Italian culture is fueled by food, so prepare to indulge your palate on this walking tour of Piedmont, Italy. Your path leads through hilltop towns, following ancient trails along the medieval “Salt Route.” You’ll gain a savory perspective of local life as you rub shoulders with beekeepers, vintners, and cheesemakers, sampling their tasty wares. Stroll Piedmont’s vineyard landscape (recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage site), taking in pastoral views of fertile valleys and fruit orchards. In charming Barolo, try the world-class wine described as “the wine of kings, the king of wines” made from local Nebbiolo grapes. In Turin, walk the town’s elegant boulevards and riverside parks. Every step of your Piedmont walking tour is rich in Italian culture and cuisine.
The refined and elegant Hotel Villa Beccaris, named for a 19th-century general in Italys Wars of Italian Independence, boasts a stunning hilltop location with magnificent views of Monforte dAlba and the vineyards of Langhe. Strolls along cobbled streets to the citys castle are right outside your door. Designed to evoke classical Italy, the 18th-century villa is surrounded by parkland with a swimming pool and sun deck for lounging. Start each day over a fresh breakfast in the sunny and charming orangerie, a garden oasis awash in light and surrounded by carefully sculpted iron and wood detail. Each guest room is elegantly adorned with period furnishings, beautiful frescoed ceilings and modern bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.
Agriturismo Le Querce del Vareglio
Nestled on 86 acres of farmland, Le Querce del Vareglio was lovingly restored in 2004 from the ruins of a typical 17th-century cascina. Beautiful frescoed ceilings and beams preserve the old-world charm. You’re sure to find your hosts’ passion about the country and farming life contagious as you stroll the property’s trails, visit the horse stables and even pause to visit the onsite wine cantina. Excellent wines are produced from the well-manicured vineyards of Barbera, Nebbiolo and other grapes, and lush peaches grow in the orchard. You’ll savor the harvest of Le Querce del Vareglio throughout your stay, as ingredients for your meals are plucked fresh from the soil, including the truffles dug up from under the oak and willow trees. At the end of a day, you can cool off in the swimming pool. Air conditioning and free WiFi are available throughout the property.
Grand Hotel Sitea
A landmark four-star hotel located in the heart of Turin, the Grand Hotel Sitea is ideally positioned for exploring on foot. The city’s Via Roma and Piazza San Carlo are a short walk away. Renowned for its history, elegance, and hospitality, the air-conditioned property boasts regal Empire styling, a gracious courtyard terrace, marble and gilded accents, and a Michelin-starred restaurant specializing in local fare that infuses innovation into a rich Italian culinary tradition. Each room is classically furnished to reflect the style of the early 1900s, the era of the hotel’s opening.
2020 Pre-Tour Extension - Turin
2 Nights From $348
per person, double occupancy
Fly from USA to Turin, Italy. Please refer to your air itinerary for your specific flight details.
Upon arrival at Turin International Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign meets you as you exit the baggage-claim area. A complimentary small-group transfer is provided to the Grand Hotel Sitea, approximately 40 minutes away. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).
If you are going to be delayed meeting our transfer representative for more than 15 minutes due to delayed or lost luggage, please contact Allianz Global Assistance to advise of your delay, and they will contact our transfer service on your behalf. Our drivers are generally able to wait for up to 45 minutes from the time your flight lands, after which you would be responsible for your own transfer.
Please note: If you arrive early, and your hotel room is not available prior to the designated check-in time, you may store your luggage with the reception desk.
Country Walkers provides City Information containing recommendations about what to see and do in Turin during your stay.
Today you have the opportunity to explore, “the capital of the Alps,” a distinguished city of baroque buildings and beautiful riverside parks. From your hotel you have easy access to tour regal House of Savoy palaces, people watch in the Piazza Castello, and visit the Chapel of the Holy Shroud. This evening, a stroll through the Quadrilatero Romano yields numerous excellent restaurants offering wonderful introductions to Piedmontese fare.
After breakfast at your hotel another day in beautiful Turin awaits you. With its tree-lined boulevards and stately gardens, Turin often reminds travelers of Paris, and you delight in exploring the Versailles-inspired gardens of the Palazzo Reale. Of course, the city is all Italy where it counts: after lunch and dinner on your own today Turin will prove its claim as the capital of the Slow-Food movement.
Flight + Tour Combo
|Exceptional boutique accommodations|
|All on-tour meals except 1 lunch and 1 dinner|
|Local guides with you throughout tour|
|Local wine and/or beer with dinner|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary|
|Emergency travel assistance hotline available 24/7|
|Two extra hotel nights|
|Airport car service for arrival & departure|
|Pre- and post-tour breakfasts|
|Business-class upgrades available|
Experience your destination like an insider with people who call it home.
Having lived in Italy for more than thirty years, Christopher Wellington combines a deep love of his adopted country with wide-ranging knowledge of its past and present. A history graduate of Cambridge, he taught English and religion before moving into guiding. He is fascinated by the art and architecture of Italy, and how it has grown out of the countryside and life of the people, the source, too, of his interest in the food and wine of each region.
Marcello Bertino still mixes a spoon of Nebbiolo wine in his winter soup, just like his grandmother used to do. That’s just one of the thousands of tastes of the Langhe, where he was born and still lives with his wife and family. Marcello spent his youth studying in technical school while also hiking and biking, and it was here where his fascination with art, history, music, and wine slowly grew. Even after over a decade working as a certified guide, his goal is still the same: to help you fall in love with the flavors of the hills he calls home.
Fiorella Casartelli was born and raised in a village on the shores of Lake Como, returning to her native Italy after studying foreign languages and living for several years in England and Germany. Fiorella enjoys sharing her regional knowledge of the botany, art, history, and of course, food and wine of her home country with guests from around the world.
Alessandro Pini is a certified guide fluent in English and German, He makes his home in both Milan and his native Lake Como and is passionate about sharing his love of Italy with guests with a focus on art history, literature, and languages.
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