A Taste of Northern Italy
from €3290 per person
An 8-day gourmet experience in Northern Italy
- Tour Starts Turin
- Tour Ends Turin
- Departure Dates Flexible dates for private departures.
- Activity Level Moderate walking.
Welcome to Italy! At the Airport your private driver is waiting for you and will transfer you to your centrally located Turin hotel.
Turin is the capital of Piedmont and is known for the refinement of its architecture and its cuisine. To the north-west of the city, the Alps rise up.
Sumptuous baroque buildings and old cafes floor the avenues and the great squares of Turin, such as Piazza Castello and Piazza San Carlo. Nearby is the high spire of the Mole Antonelliana, from the 19th century, which hosts the interactive exhibitions of the National Cinema Museum.
Overnight accommodation and some free time to relax after your journey and to start discovering at your own pace this enchanting city.
Gourmet Walking Tour of Turin
Meet your guide to begin your delicious tour through this culinary wonderland. Learn a bit about the history of Turin, which dates to ancient Roman times and was the first capital of a unified Italy. Find out about Piedmont's important culinary contributions.
Stop into a selection of wonderful bars and restaurants to try some local favorites such as bagna cauda, agnolotti pasta, Barolo rice, and the region's famous truffles. Indulge your sweet tooth with zabaione or a chocolate and hazelnut cream. Sip some of Italy's finest wines, like Barbaresco, Barolo, Barbera, and Asti. As you walk through Turin, pass by some of the city's important monuments and attractions.
Get tips from your guide about visiting places like the wonderful National Cinema Museum, the Royal Palace, or the Risorgimento Museum.
You will visit the Egyptian museum, is the world’s oldest Egyptian museum; founded in 1824, it ranks second only to Cairo. Dedicated exclusively to ancient Egyptian culture and art, the museum's collection has been the subject of interest for some of history’s most important scholars, for instance, Jean-François Champollion, decipherer of the Rosetta Stone. To such is attributed the fact that Turin is considered to be the city where Egyptology began.
After you will visit the National Automobile Museum, currently named after Giovanni Agnelli, it is considered one of the most important and oldest automobile museums in the world Finally you will go to the southern area of a Torino, next to the ex FIAT Lingotto factory where you will found Eataly, the temple for the gourmand.
Its official date of birth is 2007. It is considered the starting point of the Italian food and wine revival, pride and joy of Torino, that is becoming more and more attractive.
The old Carpano plant, a milestone in the history of Vermouth (invented here) is nowadays a rare and precious place, where it is possible to discover the best products from all over Italy.
Turin - Free Time
Today, after breakfast you will have a free day to explore the city. We suggest you start from Palazzo Madama, you can visit the Royal Palace, the Reinassance building, home of the first king of Italy.
Walkthrough the royal apartments, the Armory and the royal library! Next to the Royal Palace, there is the Duomo, which holds the Holy Shroud since 1578. The inside of the cathedral is an areal gem of the Baroque Age, one of the most flourishing times in the Turin area.
Continue your visit at the Roman Quadrilateral, get lost in its alleys and reach Piazza San Carlo, the Turin's living room.
Then, see the wonderful Galleria Subalpina and walk along Via Po' before end your day with a funny visit at the Cinema Museum where you will have the opportunity to climb to the top of Mole Antonelliana!
Turin - Free Time
Today after breakfast you will have free time to explore Turin. We suggest you discover the Royal Palace of Turin, it is considered the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Learn about the Savoy royalty who once inhabited the palace, see the Royal Armory and Library, explore the Gardens, and even stop by the Turin Cathedral.
Transfer to Alba
Today, after breakfast, you will check out from your hotel to be transferred to your next fabulous destination, Alba. Your private driver will transfer you to the countryside of Langhe and Alba.
Alba is considered the capital of the UNESCO Human Heritage hilly area of Langhe, and is famous for its white truffle, peach and wine production. The confectionery group Ferrero is based there. The city joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in October 2017.
The Alba Cathedral, rebuilt in Gothic style, has a bell tower with city views. Nearby, the Church of San Giovanni Battista contains artworks from the 14th century onward.
The Federico Eusebio Museum houses artefacts from prehistoric to Roman times, plus a natural history section.
Wine, Cheese & Castles
Don’t worry about your cholesterol while here in Piedmont because we are world-famous for our variety of cheeses.
In this region alone, we have 9 DOP (Protected Designation of Origin) cheeses including strong cheeses like Castelmagno and Gorgonzola to soft and delicate cheeses like Toma PIemontese or Robiola di Roccaverano.
Piemontese locals tend to eat their gnocchi with cheese sauce and love eating cheese boards with tasty local honey and jams at the end of the meal. In the Langhe, home to Barolo and Barbaresco, most of the area is under vine, which doesn’t leave much space for grazing animals like cows, goats and sheep.
Therefore, to get to the farms, we will have to drive a bit far up into the Alta Langa (Higher Elevation Area of Langhe), venture out to the Alpine valleys or visit an awesome shop in a nearby town.
Unfortunately due to strict hygiene laws in Italy, it is not possible to actually go inside the cheesemaking facilities and take part, but you can definitely have fun learning and tasting!
I would recommend skipping breakfast to hold out for this spectacular tasting of many generous portions of cheese!
You will begin the day by visiting this historical cheese shop whose owner chooses just the best small producers from all around Italy to sell in his tiny hometown shop. Not only do they select and sell amazing cheeses but they even age their own downstairs.
We will be able to visit the ageing room where a staff member will explain all you need to know about cheeses, especially the DOP Bra Duro. Afterwards, you are free to choose a local selection of cheeses or expand your palates to tasting a range from all over Italy.
Later you will go into the heart of the Barolo wine region. You will visit the imposing 13th century Castello di Grinzane Cavour; the castle's red brick profile can be seen from all over the Langhe.
You will stop also to visit a winery where you will sample wines like Dolcetto, Barolo and Barbaresco.
Finally, you'll then head to the village of La Morra where you'll have time to visit. At the end of the tour, your private driver will take you back to your accommodation.
Truffle Hunting Experience
Today awaits you an enchanting experience! You will enjoy truly authentic "truffle hunting", accompanied by an expert truffle hunter with dogs, through a typical Piedmont wood. This unique experience, suitable for small groups and privates, takes place in the beautiful hills Piedmont.
Entering the wood is an exciting ritual, an indescribable mix of emotions and impressions: the scent of nature, the silence interrupted only by the sound of the wind rustling the leaves. During the truffle hunting, your guide will tell you about the traditions, history, and legends of this precious tuber.
After this wonderful experience, you will have a special tasting: cured meats, “crostini”, local truffle cheeses with marmalades and much more.. At the end, your private driver will take you back to your accommodation.
After breakfast at your hotel, you will need to check out because it is time to say “Arrivederci” to Italy! Your English-speaking driver will accompany you to Turin Airport for your flight back home.
We are sure you will have enjoyed your “Taste of Northern Italy” and we sincerely hope to see you again soon for another delicious experience!