Piedmont sits right at the foot of the Alps and is arguably the most elegant region in Italy. As the birthplace of Slow Food, and home to some of the world’s most revered wines, this region arguably has the country’s richest culinary scene. Traditional Piedmont cuisine relies on rich flavors, full-bodied wines and indulgent desserts. The countryside is reminiscent of Tuscany with its rolling hills covered in grapevines.
Torino is a wonderful city with excellent restaurants and shops to explore. Views of the alps from the rooftop lounge at the hotel are spectacular! Visits to local producers are fun, informative and always include a delicious tasting lunch or dinner. They are so happy to take you behind the scenes, sharing their stories and their food. It’s an amazing experience! You will be traveling in peak season for the grape harvest and white truffle festival in Alba. You will also be visiting the area around Lake Como, with its spectacular views.
On the tour, you’ll enjoy traditional dishes from set menus featuring a variety of fresh, local, in season ingredients. Inclusive in the trip are all breakfasts, three lunches and seven dinners, all paired with wine. For meals on your own, a list of suggested restaurants will be provided. If you have any food allergies, or foods that you can not eat, please inform us during the registration process and Gioacchino will work hard to accommodate your needs.
9 DAYS IN PIEDMONT*
10/03/18 – 10/11/18
*10 person maximum
$6,500 per person
– Turin Palace Hotel
– Relais Villa D’Amelia
– Albergo Terminus
CITIES YOU’LL VISIT:
Torino, Vercelli, Penango, Canelli, Alessandria, Asti, Mango, Alba, Benevello, Costigliole d’Asti, Neive, Varese, Como, Cavallasca
Grappa, Wine, Chocolate, Rice, Hazelnuts, Silk
– Cooking Class
– Truffle hunting
– White Truffle Fair
– Guided tours
– Artisan Producers
MILAN > TORINO
Wednesday, October 3rd
Morning arrival to Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP). Gioacchino will pick you up and bring you to your first hotel, Turin Palace, in Torino. This hotel is located right in the center of the city with shopping, restaurants and bars. Check in, unpack and relax. Later that night, we’ll walk to La Smarrita for our first dinner together.
*Please send flight information to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can arrange transportation to/from airport for you. Due to time difference, all flights should be made 1 day prior to itinerary start date.
Thursday, October 4th
After breakfast at the hotel, we will head out on a guided tour of Turin. Afterwards, explore the city and enjoy lunch on your own. We’ll visit Guido Gobino, an award-winning Chocolatier, for a tour and tasting. You will have the rest of the afternoon to continue to explore Torino before we gather for a group dinner at La Badessa Restaurant. 5 star reviews include: “We were both highly impressed, not only with the quality and freshness of the food, but also the service and quiet, relaxing ambiance. Delizioso! Our most sincere compliments to the chef.“
TORINO > ASTI > ALBA > BENEVELLO
Friday, October 5th
While you enjoy breakfast at the hotel, Palmer’s will collect everyone’s luggage as we prepare to head to Benevello. On our way, we will stop in the city of Asti. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported back through time as you walk through Asti’s narrow cobble-stoned streets and 18th-century squares. Enjoy free time and lunch on your own this afternoon.
BENEVELLO > COSTIGLIOLE D’ASTI > CANELLI
Saturday, October 6th
After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll head to La Casa del Trifulau, a truffle producer in Costigliole d’Asti. We’ll head out as a group to go hunt for truffles! After we’ll enjoy a tasting with the producers themselves.
We will head back to the hotel where you will have time to unwind and relax before we go to Asti where you’ll get time to explore on your own. After we’ve worked up an appetite exploring, we’ll head to Canelli for dinner. Tonight our group meal is at Ristorante Enoteca Canelli.
BENEVELLO > MANGO > NEIVE > BAROLO
Sunday, October 7th
We’ll take a beautiful drive to the town of Mango where we will visit Gaia Nocciole Company, a hazelnut producer. Here we’ll have a tour and tasting at this this family-owned farm. The building sits on a beautiful hillside surrounded by vineyards and hazelnut trees.
From there we will drive to the town of Neive where you have time to shop and enjoy lunch on your own. Tonight we will head to Barolo where we will visit the wine producer Cantine Barale and enjoy a tasting dinner.
BENEVELLO > ALBA > BENEVELLO
Monday, October 8th
This morning we will head to Alba for the White Truffle Fair. This fall festival features white truffles, exquisite wines and much more to tempt your taste buds. We’ll enjoy a light lunch and then have our Cooking Class. You’ll work with a professional chef to prepare a traditional Piedmontese meal. For dinner, we’ll gather and enjoy the meals we prepared.
BENEVELLO > VERCELLI > VARESE > COMO
Tuesday, October 9th
After breakfast, pack your bags as we are headed to Como. Along the way we’ll stop at Cascina Brarola Company, a rice producer. Here we’ll enjoy a tour and tasting lunch. From there we’ll travel to Varese for a tour and tasting at Rossi D’Angera Company, a grappa producer.
After, we’re off to Como where we’ll check in to at Albergo Terminus. This upscale hotel has original art nouveau, is a 1-minute walk from the lakeside, and 5 minutes from Como Cathedral. Enjoy free time and dinner on your own tonight.
COMO > CAVALLASCA > COMO
Wednesday, October 10th
After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll travel to Cavallasca, a commune located right on the Swiss border. There we’ll visit Arteseta, a silk producer. After, we’ll head back to Como to enjoy some free time and lunch on your own. Tonight, we will enjoy our final dinner together at Michelin star Restaurant, I tigli in Theoria.
Guide and co-owner of aTTavola, Gioacchino Passalacqua, is an artisanal Italian food exporter, gastronome and native Sicilian who divides his time between Sicily, Italy and New York. As a native Mediterranean, Gioacchino has developed relationships with food producers, restaurateurs, olive oil companies, chocolatiers, vintners and confectioners. He has traveled the world in his business as an importer/exporter, taking part in food shows from Paris and San Francisco to Chicago and New York City.
Gioacchino has a keen sense of quality foods and wines which he passionately shares through his unique tours, tastings, and products. You’ll be pleased to know, every one of our guests has rated him a 5 star tour guide!