Piemonte is known for its sophisticated cuisine and wines. Turin, the refined capital, has abundant baroque architecture and the monumental Mole Antonelliana, with its soaring spire. The Automobile Museum is devoted to Turin’s main industry, while the Egyptian Museum displays significant archaeological and anthropological collections. Enjoy one week exploring Italy’s northwestern region at your own pace!
Piemonte is known for its sophisticated cuisine and wines. Le Langhe Monferrato and Roero Hills are Unesco World Heritage sites. Explore the villages of Barolo, La Morra , Serralunga, Grinzane Cavour, Barbaresco and Neive with their vineyard landscapes, ancient castles and soaring watch towers. Turin, the refined capital, has abundant baroque architecture and the monumental Mole Antonelliana, with its soaring spire. Enjoy one week exploring Italy’s northwestern region at your own pace!
- One (1) Category EDMR Volkswagen Polo four door five speed manual shift for six days, including the 22% Vat tax, unlimited free mileage, collision damage waiver, mandatory fire & theft protection, third party liability up to 2 million dollars, personal accident insurance, zero -0- deductible, 24-hour road assistance.
- Two nights in Cortemilia at selected hotel
- Two nights in Pollenzo Bra at selected hotel
- Two nights in Turin at selected hotel
- Buffet breakfast daily
- Grand Gourmet dinner in Cortemilia
- Winery visit with wine tasting in Le Langhe
- Traditional Peimontese dinner in Cortemilia
- Wine tasting of the famous Barolo and Barbaresco wine in Pollenzo Bra
- Souvenir book from Slow Food "A Wine Atlas of the Langhe"
- Winery visit and wine tasting in Alba
- Walking tour of Turin with gourmet highlights
Day 1 – Cortemilia
Welcome Drink & Grand Gourmet Dinner
Pick up your Category EDMR Volkswagen Polo 4 door 5 speed manual shift at any Europcar Rental Office location and self-drive Cortemilia. Cortemilia is situated in the heart of Piedmont’s gastronomic wine region, and is surrounded by a spectacular amphitheater of hills, enriched by the famous "Terraces" of stone that characterize the landscape. Check in and room assignment. Sip on a Welcome Drink with your hosts. Welcome Grand Gourmet Dinner with local specialties. Overnight.
Day 2 – Cortemilia
Buffet Breakfast, Wine Tasting, Cheese Tasting, Piemontese Dinner
Buffet breakfast at hotel and self-drive to a nearby winery for a winery visit and wine tasting. Proceed to a local cheese artisan for a tasting of Murazzano, Roccaverano and Tume (Blue Cheese). Rest of the day is at leisure. Perhaps sample local hazel nut specialties, considered some of the best in the world. Return to your hotel. Time to freshen up before savoring a Piemontese Dinner at the villa’s gourmet restaurant. Overnight.
Day 3 – Cortemilia/Pollenzo Bra
Buffet breakfast at hotel and check out. Self-drive to Pollenzo Bra. Pollentia, known today as Pollenzo, was an ancient city on the left bank of the Tanaro River. It was Charles Albert who first realized the agricultural potential of Pollenzo, creating a proper farm with vineyards and wine cellars, where the wine-making techniques experimented at the time are now still in use for the principal reds of the Langhe District.
Charles Albert also had the romantic vision of restoring the entire medieval Pollenzo, engaging Xavier Kurten to design the gardens and creating the new neo-gothic image of the hamlet which includes the piazza, the church, the tower and the "Albertina Farmhouse".
The complex has continued to retain its original link with agriculture: promoted by Slow Food, it now accommodates the University of Gastronomic Sciences, the Bank of Wine and the hotel of the Agenzia di Pollenzo, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Check in and room assignment.
Day 4 – Pollenzo Bra
Buffet Breakfast/Wine Tasting
Buffet breakfast at hotel and today experience the terroir of one of the most appreciated wine regions in the world: Barolo and Barbaresco. Enjoy a tasting of 2 Barolo cru and 2 Barbaresco cru. A book from the Slow Food Movement “A Wine Atlas of the Langhe” will be given to each participant at the end of the tasting. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore Castello di Grinzane Cavour, the Castello di Roddi, and the Castello di Barolo with its WIMU Wine Museum.
Day 5 – Pollenzo Bra/Alba/Turin
Buffet Breakfast/Wine Tasting
Buffet breakfast at hotel and check out. Self-drive to nearby Alba. Enjoy a wine tasting at a family run winery. Continue to Turin. As all other great European capitals, Turin is a result of the stratification of cultures, people and civilizations. The city is disseminated with testimonials of the past that tell of a history that began over 2000 years ago: the oldest documents mention a small village at the foot of the Alps called Taurasia, a small settlement populated by the “taurine” tribe, descendants of the union of the Gauls and Celtic-Ligures that was destroyed by Hannibal in 218 B.C. It was a military citadel during Roman times and in 28 B.C., under Augustus, it was given the name Augusta Taurinorum. This is a colony whose layout was similar to a checkerboard: roads running parallel and perpendicular. This system will characterize the city’s zoning in centuries to come.
In 1280 the House of Savoy conquered Turin. Under their reign, the city experienced one of the most important transformations of its history. In 1563, the Savoy transferred their capital from Chambéry to Turin and called the finest architects of the times: from Ascanio Vitozzi to Amedeo and Carlo di Castellamonte, from Guarino Guarini to Filippo Juvarra. Thanks to their talent and creative genius, the city was transformed into one of the major capitals of the Baroque era. Turin acquired a style, charm and elegance all its own that has been one of its distinctive features for centuries. The city took on an importance from a religious viewpoint as well, in particular from 1578, the year in which the Duke Emanuele Filiberto transferred the Holy Shroud from Chambéry. Check in and room assignment.
Day 6 – Turin
Buffet breakfast at hotel and enjoy a private walking tour of the city with a local guide. Much of the city's public squares, castles, gardens and elegant palazzi such as Palazzo Madama, were built in the 16th and 18th century. Visit local gourmet specialty shops, chocolatiers and perhaps enjoy a Bicerin, Turin’s signature steaming beverage.
Day 07 – Turin
Buffet breakfast and check out. Self-drive to Europcar’s Rental Office to return your car. Arrivederci!!
Accommodation, Departure Dates and Prices
Hotel Villa San Carlo in Cortemilia
Hotel Albergo Corte Albertina
Hotel Conte Biancamano
PRICING PER PERSON, DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
VALID FOR TRAVEL MARCH 01 – OCTOBER 31, 2017
PARTY SIZE PREMIUM PACKAGE
2 Participants $979.00
3 Participants $749.00
Double for Single Occupancy $1,440.00 per person
A private, chauffeur driven program may also be arranged upon request.
Please contact us for details and for a custom quotation!