Day 01 : Sat 19th Oct
Departure Malta Flight FR 3372 at 06:25 hrs. Arrive Torino Airport at 08:40 hrs. upon your arrival at the airport, collect your luggage (if any).Start the day by an early guided tour of the Palazzina di caccia di Stupinigi a hunting lodge residence to the Royal House of Savoy included in theUNESCO World Heritage Sites list. Transfer to hotel will be provided at the end of the tour check inn hotel .. Free time Food – quick snack in the centre of Torino Eataly Torino Lagrange or at a prestigious caffe Barratti & Milano. Shopping in the elegante via Roma . Art, iscover the ancient Egypt at Museo Egizio It houses one of the largest collections of Egyptian antiquities. Also in the centre you may visit the Mole Antoniana Museo Nazionale del Cinema since 2000.
Music The Teatro Regio opera house season runs from October to June. Sports Juventus museum
If you are lucky you might also see or meet football players or watch a football game whatever you choose JUST enjoy the city. Unless you are busy meet at 2000 hrs > meet at the hotel reception for an optional Typical Piedmontese dinner. Overnight in Torino
Day 02 : Sun 20th Oct – Torino
After Breakfast transfer to Casa Martini for guided tour of the adoc museums with final tasting. We continue our trip with a quick stop at the town of Barolo for Coffee/Wine break, admire the little town with its beautiful Castle, Castello di Barolo – the Wine Museum of Barolo.
Proceed to the town of Alba. We will visit 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 which 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.
Overnight in Alba
Day 03 : Mon 21 Oct
Full day of excursions
After breakfast we start our tour with Fontanafredda 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 the prestigious Barolo). Our next stop is the Truffle Factory, one of the most distinguished 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!
But is not over yet from Tartuflanghe we visit Cascina Chicco Winery in the Roero Region 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 the Tasting 5 Wines.
“The winery’s name was a choice to honor this nickname. Cascina Chicco remains as a testament to our history; a way to respect the traditions and work of our ancestors, but above all, a symbol of our deep connection and affection for this land.”
Overnight in Alba .
Day 04 : Tues 22th Oct- -canelli-spumante-la spezia
After breakfast we leave Alba to reach Canelli were you will visit the underground Cathedrals of wine in Canelli to taste and learn how the Italian Spumante is made. Then from Asti /Torino take the train to reach Stazione Centrale La Spezia. Our hotel is about 800 meters from the station. overnight.
Beautiful village of Manarola at sunset.
Day 5 – Oct, 23rd – Le Cinque Terre
After breakfast . Excursion by train to the National Park of the Five Lands. A trip by train, boat or on foot from Monterosso to Riomaggiore in the magnificent and intact scenery of The Five Lands is a truly special experience; it is an authentic immersion in the magic of historic and colorful villages positioned towards the sea, with steep reliefs and land sown with vineyards. Enjoy the excellent wines of this land as the famous Sciacchetrà sweet wine is usually paired with dessert and cheeses .and do not miss the opportunity to try the exquisite “focaccia” (bread) with cheese. In the afternoon enjoy a pesto making lesson in Levanto with delicious tastings
Day 6 – Oct, 24th – The Marble Caves
after breakfast Transfer by private minivan or minibus to the Carrara Marble Caves. The marble quarries are enormous white wounds that open themselves along wild and abrupt slopes, where small men handle gigantic stone blocks. This is the place from where Michelangelo took the marble for his masterpieces. The world of marble is not just the excavation or processing of a stone, but the history of a territory and its population that have been synonyms of marble itself for ages. You can visit the cave and take a panoramic tour on board 4×4 vehicles to enjoy unique views. The tour includes tasting of the Lardo di Colonnata, a type of charcuterie, made by curing strips of fatback with rosemary and other herbs and spices. It is included in the Ark of Taste catalogue of heritage foods. The ageing process takes place in marble basins: hollowed out blocks of white marble. The lard placed inside it together with salt and various spices produces a brine that preserves and maintains it for years. The ageing process lasts 6-10 months. The natural humidity of the grottos and the porosity of the marble walls of the basin create natural conditions for the ageing process. after the excursion private Transfer from Viareggio to your hotel in Florence.
Day7 – Oct, 25th – The Chianti wine region and San Gimignano
after breakfast , visit just a 45 minute drive from bustling Florence. A sweet and quiet area of Chianti is the backdrop to a beautiful Benedictine Abbey dating back to the year 395, the Badia a Passignano, home of San Giovanni Gualberto (The Hero of Forgiveness), founder of the Vallombrosian order of Monks who still reside at the abbey and who have been promoting scientific research (Galileo Galilei was a teacher here in 1587) and the conservation of the local countryside, especially through vine growing on the land surrounding the abbey. A visit to a nearby winery is a must-do, to taste one of the most famous wines in the world: the Chianti. Its story must be told by those who have a passion for wine, for whom every vintage is a new beginning, having their roots in the past but looking towards the future. Head to San Gimignano where you will enjoy some free time to explore the village. In 1200 the towers of San Gimignano were 70 now only 16 remain, but its charm has not changed. In Piazza della Cisterna there is Palazzo Cortesi with the Devil’s Tower and the palace and the Ardinghelli tower. The towers of its most staunch rivals, known as twin towers, are located in Piazza Duomo where there is the Cathedral and the municipal building that houses civic museums with works by Filippino Lippi and Pinturicchio. Very impressive is the courtyard with a fresco of Sodoma and the Big Tower, the tallest of them all.
Day 8 – Oct, 26th – Florence Gourmet Art & Food
After breakfast (optional) Tour for food lovers! Florence wine and food culture is as important and fascinating as its history and artistic background are. Discover how the eno-gastronomic aspect of the cradle of Renaissance is intrinsic to Florentines Everyday life and heritage through the eyes of a passionate local guiden
Piazza Santa Maria Novella-San Lorenzo Market-San Lorenzo Church-Duomo-Piazza Repbblica – OR San Michele – Ponte Vecchio –
back to the hotel for private transfers to Pisa airport for flight FR9992 Ryan Air dep 1755 arrival malta 1940.