Truffle, Barolo, Franciacorta29 October 2020 2020-11-05 14:11
Truffle, Barolo, Franciacorta
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Truffle, Barolo, Franciacorta
From Milan to the Langhe: strong tastes and all the elegance of Northern Italy
A tour in the rich North-West of Italy, where precious cities of art alternate with large crops and green hills on which medieval villages and castles rise. All accompanied by the intense aromas and strong tastes of local cuisine, on which the white truffle of Alba, Parmigiano Reggiano and Parma ham stand out, washed down with fine wines such as Barolo and Franciacorta.
Individual arrival in Milan-Malpensa airport and minibus transfer to the Langhe region. We visit a winery among the rolling hills of the Langhe and we discover how the local wines are produced. the wines are accompanied by a refined lunch.
In the afternoon, transfer to the hotel and short panoramic walk. Welcome dinner.
The Langhe is not just famous about wine and truffle, hazelnuts are largely produced here. We walk among the hazelnut trees of a farm that transforms this delicious little fruit in flours, creams and sweets: the visit of the farm ends with the tasting of these products.
In the afternoon we visit the International Alba White Truffle Fair, that scents the medieval town of Alba with the intense smell of the truffle.
In the morning we participate at a captivating truffle hunt in the forests of the Langhe, accompanied by a truffle expert and his dogs. Our reward is the lunch, prepared with the truffle we find during the hunt.
After lunch we visit Barolo, charming medieval village overlooked by a castle and surrounded by vineyards, and the original Corkscrew Museum.
We leave the Langhe behind and we head to Turin.. We visit a prestigious chocolate laboratory where we also have the possibility of making a chocolate bar! The final tasting of their best pralines adds a sweet touch at the trip.
In the afternoon we visit the Mole Antonelliana, the landmark building of Turin: the panorama from the top of its dome is breath-taking.
The day is completely dedicated to the visit of the city centre. A easy walk brings to the most beautiful squares of Turin, surrounded by majestic and elegant buildings. We visit Palazzo Reale, one of the most important and noble buildings of the city, nowadays UNESCO heritage site and museum.
In the afternoon, free exploration of the city: shopping, walks in the parks and sweet breaks in pastry shops, there is a lot to do!
Transfer to the hills of Parma. On the way, we stop in the labyrinth of Masone, the largest labyrinth in the world built with bamboo cans: getting lost in the maze is a great experience!
After the labyrinth, we move to the hotel, built in the village of Tubiamo Castle. We visit the sumptuous rooms of the castle enclosed in its massive walls and finally we join a captivating cooking class, where we learn how to cook the best regional recipes.
Tasting balsamic vinegar is an unforgettable experience. We visit a traditional acetaia in the countryside, a elegant building surrounded by Italian-style gardens where the precious barrels has been kept for many generations.
In the afternoon we meet two young honey producer that introduce as to the magical world of the bees, as much as their treasures, honey and propolis 100% from organic farming.
Ham and cheese, the gastronomic treasures of Emilia region. We start the day visiting a Parma ham producer that breeds free-range black pigs: the ham and the cold cuts here produced have a really high quality and we finally taste these delicacies.
After lunch, it’s time to discover how cheese and the famous Parmigiano Reggiano are produced: the dairy we visit lies among the hills and uses organic methods.
Transfer day to Milano. On the way, we stop in a prestigious winery in Franciacorta, a hilly area famous for the production of a classic-method sparkling wine. We taste their best wines and walk in their beautiful property.
Once in Milano, we visit Eataly, a Italian retail chain that offers just high-quality Italian products.
The day ends with an elegant Michelin-starred dinner in one of the most modern neighbourhoods in Milan.
Full day visit of Lake Como, a splendid lake surrounded by high mountains that features fairy-tale like villas and charming villages. We first visit Varenna, a beautiful small village made of colourful houses, and then we navigate on a ferry towards Bellagio, the most romantic town by the lake.
After a fish-based lunch in the romantic Bellagio, we visit the renowned Villa del Balbainello, a XVIII century villa that has been the location of many famous movies.
Milan is the business, design and shopping capital of Italy, but it is also an important city of art. We visit the city centre by walking, passing by its most famous monuments, until we get to the Duomo square. We visit the church and then we goes up to the panoramic terraces, from where it is also possible to see the Alps during clear days.
Free afternoon for shopping and exploring the city. Final dinner in an elegant restaurant.
After the breakfast in hotel, transfer to Milano-Malpensa airport. End of services.