In Italy, you can stand in an ancient cave-turned-wine-cellar and taste wine with roots dating back to the Roman Empire. Your handcrafted Piedmont Italy tour of wine and truffles takes you around Piedmont, filling each day with the sumptuous flavors of the region, from food to history. The eclectic aromas of the Truffle Festival mix with the enthusiastic calls of the crowd, each person aching to taste the unique concoctions created simply for the event. A sea of vineyards traipses over the hillside...
Milan – Fashionable Arrivals
Milan is the embodiment of a modern Italy, home to both the country’s stock exchange and the tastes of world fashion design. The Gothic cathedral stands at the city’s heart towering over the thick, smoothed cobblestones. Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper hangs in the Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie and brings in crowds of people year-round to witness the famous work. Upon your arrival in the bustling city, you will be met by a private driver arranged by one of our Italy travel agents. You find the faint aroma of espresso pouring through the streets.
Much of the cityscape dates back to the 19th century with roots as an Imperial Roman capital. When you spot the Duomo, you find 600 years of history set in 135 spires and 3,400 statues decorating the Piazza del Duomo like a crown. You hear the bells of a trolley car riding through the city, traversing the square, and combining a sense of modern-day transportation within the medieval architecture of the 14th century. The marble edifice adds decadence to the skyline standing 356 feet tall. The interior maintains the ethereal grandeur with the largest stained glass windows ever designed and placed in a cathedral. When the sun casts light through the windows, you can see the colors erupt across the gallery. I
Alba – Coming Alive
Alba – Villages and Vineyards of Piedmont
Alba – An Atypical View of Barolo
Alba – Land of Castles
Alba – Sea of Woods of Vineyards
Turin – Urban Elegance
Turin – Decadent Farewell
- Experience the divine flavors of the Piedmont region in Italy with a visit to the world-famous Truffle Festival
- Indulge in an exquisite three-course truffle menu
- Traverse the Piedmont countryside to enjoy the tours and tastings of the exquisite vineyards
- Sample the treasured tastes of the area including Barolo and Barbaresco wines
- Enjoy the decadent flavors of the regional specialty chocolates and cookies
- Explore the countryside to visit stunning ancient and medieval villages
- Delight in a guided tour of the opulent city of Turin, from its charming cafes to its wealth of palaces
The splendor of Piedmont emanates from the landscape. Emerald forest and rolling hills encompass medieval towns and ancient villages. Truffles grow underneath the lush canopy. Rich chocolates decorate shop windows. Vineyards practically outnumber people, striping the countryside with stretches of grape bundles. This 8-day Piedmont Italy tour of wine and truffles is best experienced in October during the Truffle Festival and is meant for anyone wishing to indulge in the variety of flavors in a region nestled in the base of the Alps. From celebrated wines to ineffable panoramas, a taste of Piedmont will always leave you wanting more.
Your culinary adventure begins in Milan, the fashion capital of Italy and home to the exquisite work The Last Supper by da Vinci. Your private transfer meets you at the airport and escorts you into the city where the remainder of the day is at your leisure to enjoy the energetic streets and splendid squares around the city. The following day you venture to the charming city of Alba, known as the center for wine and agriculture in the region.
Stroll through the historic Roman settlement and sample your way across the Truffle Festival, letting the earthy flavor take over your palate. Travel to the countryside visiting four villages, each known for a specific culinary tradition. The villages are La Morra, Verduno, Pollenzo, and Cherasco. Verduno is specifically known for its celebrated production of Barolo wines. Your day concludes with a delightful wine tasting and truffle-centric dinner. The countryside is ripe with villages emblematic of the region and showcasing unique history.
Next, make your way to Grinzane Cavour, Barolo, Monforte d’Alba, Castiglione Falleto, and Serralunga d’Alba. Once in Barolo, you will find the ruins of Volta Castle and the exquisite vineyards known to produce the wine of the village’s namesake. The town of Barbaresco dates back to the Roman Empire and has a tower standing over the Tanaro River. Sample the effervescent Barbaresco wine before visiting Neive and Treiso where you can savor the culinary specialties of the village.
Enjoy a leisurely day in the city of Casale Monferrato, an enchanting town known for its outdoor markets and exquisite cookies. Once in Turin, you will have a full day to explore Piedmont’s capital city, glowing with tremendous architecture and wide boulevards. Sample the exquisite flavors of the city embodied in the numerous chocolate shops. The following morning, your private transfer will meet you at the hotel and escort you to Turin Airport for your flight home.
$2,859 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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