THE JOYS OF LIFE

Love • Wine • Food • Nature

Go alfresco with a glass of Barbaresco in the sun soaked region of Piedmont.

Well-known for its rich cultural heritage and fine wines, Piedmont is a ‘must see’ place for all true wine lovers.

Piedmont is not only the ideal place to sozzle your senses with a glass of the red stuff, it also offers a variety of historical – and edible – attractions. From the truffle market in Alba to the Castle of Grinzane Cavour, Piedmont has something for everyone.

When it comes to food there is much you can learn from the flavoursome delights created in the Piedmont region. Have a pass at making pasta or undertake to bake grissini – and don’t forget that where there is cheese, there is always wine!

When it comes to nightlife, Piedmont certainly has a fruity nose, dance with the Dolcetto or go solo without the Barolo; the evenings offer you time to unwind and enjoy the wine you have been tasting or time to simply sit back and relax.

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Piedmont Tour

Experience the charm and beauty of Piedmont with our incredible tour!

Saturday 14th October 2017

We will catch an early flight. Upon arrival, we will have a private transfer towards Langhe region and on our way we visit one of the best agrigelateria in Italy including a guided tour of the farm followed by the making of their ice cream. We will drive on to Langhe region visiting an authentic wine cellar. This will be accompanied by a sumptuous light lunch and wines prepared by the Marrone family. 

Agricola GianPiero Marrone is a family owned company, for four generations the family dedicated passion and love  to the works in the vineyards . Today the three sisters, Denise, Serena and Valentina continue this family legacy by producing some of the finest wines in the region. Following  lunch and and wine tasting  we will go to Castello Barolo D’Alba, where we visit WiMu – the Wine Museum of Barolo. Touring through five floors of the Castle traversing the history of wine, we arrive in the Regional Enoteca of Barolo in the old cellars of the family.

Optional we can just visit the Enacoteca and go AROUND BAROLO IN 32 LABELS – Taste and discover the Barolo wine through a “sensory journey” and choose freely according to personal taste and preferences: this is the ambitious goal of “AROUND BAROLO IN 32 LABELS”, the new project oh the Enoteca Regionale del Barolo that comes in every day to taste up to 32 Barolo wines, different vintage and producer, but above all for production area and organoleptic characteristics.

Sunday 15th October 2017

On the second day of our stay, after breakfast we will transfer to the picturesque town of Alba, where we will explore the historical centre and the Tartufo (Truffle) Market.

Celebrating one of the world’s most prized culinary treasures. Italy’s most famous – and ancient – truffle festival, the International Alba White Truffle Fair takes place every year in Piedmont between early October and late November . It’s a great chance to learn and taste the Tuber magnatum, i.e. the white truffle mainly found in the Langhe and Montferrat areas of Piedmont, and, most famously, in the countryside around the cities of Alba and Asti. Costing between $6,000 to $10,000 per pound, the aromatic tartufi bianchi are among the most expensive foods in the world. White truffles cannot be cultivated; growing underground near the roots of oak trees, they are hunted by trained dogs and pigs.

The magic of the Middle Ages continues with “Il Borgo si Rievoca” commemorates with games for the public and re-enactors ready to relive and reconstruct in the town streets and squares bits from the past, scenes of ancient everyday life, habits, costumes and crafts. It will be a big celebration meant to “narrate” the Middle Ages through their activities, by taking visitors into an atmosphere that will combine history and tradition as well as excellent food and the desire to taste local products in a unique medieval setting. At Alba, lunch will be optional.

At around 15.00 hours we will transfer to the Roero Region to visit Cascina Chicco  a unique and welcoming Wine Cellar that is a tribute to the Roero and its great wines where we will tour the cellars and finish with Tasting 5 Wines. 

Cascina Chicco values did not allow ourselves to be content with planting a few hectares around our houses and growing just the varieties in demand on the market. No, we went in search for the best pieces of land that would give us the highest quality grapes for those areas: Arneis in Canale, Barbera in Castellinaldo, Nebbiolo in Vezza and Castagnito.

This day will end at around 17.30 hours, after which we will go back to the hotel for a rest. Optional dinner will be held at typical piedmontese restaurant.

Monday 16th October 2017

On the third day, we will check-out from the hotel after breakfast and take a transfer to the Truffle Factory, one of the most prestigious shops  and gourmet outlets in Italy. Their Truffle specialities are appreciated in top class restaurants and gourmet shops all over the world.  Here we can taste some samples and experience a hunt for truffles with dogs. We will obviously allow you enough time to shop for various truffle products!

At approx. 11.00 hours we depart from Tartuflanghe and transfer to Fontana Fredda, in the heart of the Langhe, a world of hills dating back to ancient times and a winery that boasts 155 years of history, made up of work, passion, respect for the land and culture of taste. We will have a guided tour of the cellars concluding with Wine Tasting (including Barbaresco and Barolo).

We leave behind us Fontana Fredda and take a transfer to the Distillery Santa Teresa where we will visit the complex and have the opportunity to taste the prestigious Marolo Grappas. Paolo Marolo is the inspired orchestrator of grappa distillation, arranging harmonies and flavours through sensitive balancing of technology and passion. Marrying tradition with modernity Marolo shows great ability in creating an artful fusion of the finest quality. We will have the opportunity of tasting various excellent Grappa  accompanied by local delicacies such as chocolates and panettone.

At around 16.15 hours we take transfer to Turin, check-in at the Hotel in the centre of the city. Rest of the day free for shopping, museums or simply discover the beautiful city, once the capital of Italy.

Tuesday 17th October 2017

On the fourth and final day, we will fly back to Malta.

Own transfers to Torino airport.

Optional: 

Extend your stay to Valle D’Aosta & Bergamo Alta.

Tuesday 17th October 2017

After breakfast pick up from Concorde Hotel  and departure to the Valle d’Aosta region. Visit to a laboratory producing the Lardo d’Arnad with tasting. Reach the medieval village Bard and its fortress located on an imposing rock spur with spectacular views. Free time for the visit and lunch  (optional).

Visit to the castle of Fenis

Visit to a distillate producers with the possibility to buy the typical local distillate Genepi

Arrival and check-in at Cecchin Hotel in Aosta.

In the evening we shall meet at the reception area of the hotel and proceed to have dinner at a typical local restaurant (drinks are extra).

Wednesday 18th October 2017

After breakfast transfer to Pontal (Courmayeur) where you will take the cable car to the Mont Blanc. The three stations, Pontal d’Entrèves at 1300 mt, Pavillon du Mont Fréty at 2200 mt, and Punta Helbronner at 3466 mt, are connected by two cableway sections and the cable cars rotate a full 360 degrees along the route, affording a full view of the surrounding peaks.  At the Pavillon intermediate station there is a botanical garden, several routes to get close to nature, a solarium, two restaurants, a bar, a Mont Blanc crystals exhibit, a small shopping center, and a winery. At Punta Helbronner there is a a circular scenic terrace with a unique all around view over most of the highest peaks of the Western Alps: Mont Blanc, Monte Rosa, the Matterhorn, the Gran Paradiso and the Grand Combin.

Free time for optional lunch and return to the foot of the Mont Blanc by cable car after lunch time, visit to a winery and wine tasting.

Free time in Aosta.

In the evening we shall meet at the reception area of the hotel and proceed to have dinner at a typical local restaurant (drinks are extra).

Thursday 19th October

After breakfast we leave Aosta and head towards Bergamo. We will check in at Best Western Hotel Cappello d’Oro 4**** hotel or similar.

Day at leisure to explore Bergamo’s historic districts, its churches, its funiculars and its walkways climbing up through the lush vegetation of the Hills Park and let yourself be enchanted by the surprising views of the flatland and the mountains. Bergamo is the birthplace of Donizetti, one of the world’s five greatest opera composers: From music to art masterpieces, such as Botticelli’s, Mantegna’s, Bellini’s and Raphael’s: you can find these masters here in the halls of Accademia CarraraPicture Gallery, housing one of Europe’s most outstanding collections of the Italian Renaissance. Art and history come together in this ancient city: the medieval Upper Bergamo, surrounded by walls and crossed by countless cobblestone alleys, holds numerous roman ruins, Renaissance churches, XVIII Century palaces ad neoclassical façades overlooking its famous Piazza Vecchia, located just a few steps away from the main museums. On the other side, the core of Lower Bergamo is the highest expression of XX and XXI Centuries, from the GAMeC – the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art – to the Sentierone promenade, the most popular place for Bergamo’s citizens to go to take a stroll, Surrounded by historical boroughs, the city centre is the best place to go shopping and have some fun, enjoying a  coffee and taking a break before deciding what to do among festivals, cultural events, concerts and shows. Bergamo is a dynamic and bustling city even in the evening: come enjoy an “aperitivo” before having dinner in one of its best restaurants and try a “casoncelli” pasta dish, the most famous local food.

Friday 20th October 2017

After breakfast full day at leisure.

Optional Half day tour to the Malpaga Castle from Bergamo  Return transfers by private minivan to the Malpaga Castle located 16km south of Bergamo  Tour of the Castel with English speaking guide (duration 1 hour)

 Typical lunch at the local restaurant (drinks not included).  Price based on a minimum of 8 people : € 69 per person.

Notes: The visit to the castle can be scheduled either in the morning or in the afternoon Malpaga Castle The Malpaga Castle, with its undiminished beauty and inestimable cultural significance, represents one of the most important architectural landmarks of 14th century Lombardy. It is surrounded by 300 hectares of cultivated fields within the Serio Regional Park Area. Once the historical residence and stronghold of the valiant warlord Bartolomeo Colleoni, captain general of the Republic of Venice, today the castle and the entire village are the key players in a land requalification project One-hour guided tour inside the castle, furnished with period pieces and decorated with precious frescoes made by renowned artists during the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries The local restaurant is a family-run business facing the Malpaga Castle. It is the ideal place for those travellers who are passionate about history and nature. The restaurant offers to his guests a warm comfortable atmosphere typical of the old country way of living. It is the result of a meticulous and respectful renovation of an historical building inside the village of Malpaga. guests will also enjoy delicious and genuine meals cooked with seasonal and km 0 ingredients . The cooking philosophy intends to respect and to bring out the ancient gastronomic traditions of Malpaga.

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Agritourism

VARIE

When it comes to fresh produce and authentic local cuisine, no other experience can match Italian Agritourism! You too can immerse yourself in this Italian culinary adventure with a visit to the Farmhouse Cascina Varie; a quaint establishment situated in the hills in the small village of Castagnito in the Roero region.

At this farmhouse, guests will have the possibility of feasting on dishes prepared in typical Piedmontese style, with natural and local recipes cooked to perfection according to tradition. You can savour these unique flavours in a warm atmosphere that is provided by the patrons. This ancient farmhouse has been recently renovated by the Saorin family, and it consists of ten tastefully furnished rooms, a breakfast room, and a welcoming dining that symbolises the best traditional Piedmont vault.

The farmhouse is located on an estate that consists of a sprawling farm that embodies a genuine sense of tranquillity and relaxation. This wonderful landscape is also an ideal place for couples and families with children, as they can come into close contact with nature. There is also a lovely pond with geese and swans, which will surely capture every child’s imagination, and there is also an area that is dedicated to children’s games, so as long as they are supervised by an adult. Guests wishing to bring along their pets can do so, as pets are allowed to stay at Farmhouse Cascina Varie at the management’s discretion. However, it is suggested that you place a request in advance, and that this may incur an added charge throughout the duration of your stay.

Your stay at Farmhouse Cascina Varie will be accompanied by the best wines of the Piedmont Province, which will pair perfectly with the dishes that the kitchen is offering. Guests can expect recipes that have been handed down for generations, where their true flavours and extraordinary simplicity have been perfectly preserved. We can guarantee that these homemade dishes are made with top quality ingredients, all of which are obtained from the surrounding fertile land. Some of this farmhouse’s famous dishes include Hot Friciule, Vitello Tonnato (Veal with tuna sauce), Carpaccio Battuta Fassone (Raw Meat Fassone), homemade Tajarin (Piedmontese pasta), Rabbit meat in Barbaresco wine, and typical Italian desserts such as Bunet and Panna Cotta.

These dishes are prepared by Chiara and her mother Vanda, who also organise cooking classes in foreign languages for their guests on request.

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