The Circle of Flavors: Piedmont, Liguria and Emilia Romagna

About this trip

This amazing culinary trip between Piedmont, Liguria and Emilia Romagna will let you discover the culture of 3 different Italian regions through their food.

Within a few kilometers, you will discover radically different ingredients and culinary traditions while immersed in breathtaking landscapes.

Connect with local people and travel off the beaten path to get in touch with Italy’s most authentic side.

Highlights

  • Discover 3 regions and their cuisine in a unique trip starting and ending in Milan
  • Be enchanted by Piedmont rolling hills
  • Taste great wines such as Barolo and Sciacchetrà
  • Sample the gastronomical delights
  • Visit small producers and listen to their stories
  • Learn to cook traditional recipes
  • Discover Genoa old shops and food market
  • Visit the amazing Cinque Terre villages and terraced vineyards
  • Prepare Pesto with mortar and pestle
  • Live the Dolce Vita in Portofino
  • Learn the secret of the production of Parma ham, Parmesan cheese, and balsamic vinegar
  • Delight your taste buds with great food and wine

Why choose it

A trip that connects you with local people and let you travel off the beaten path to get in touch with Italy’s most authentic side.

Day 1 – Welcome to Piedmont Unesco hills

Welcome to Italy! Your driver will pick you up at Milan airport and transfer to the Langhe area in Piedmont.

Check-in at your boutique hotel and prepare yourself for a tasting dinner that will immerse you in Piedmont flavors.

Overnight in the Langhe area

Day 2 – Enjoy the Langhe hills and their food and wine. Learn Local recipes

Panoramic tour in the Barbaresco wine area, along with the Unesco World heritage vineyard landscapes. During the tour, you will visit a well-known wine cellar in the Barbaresco area with tasting.

Then you will meet a small traditional cheese producer: and taste lunch with the cheesemaker.

Later in the afternoon, a short transfer to experience a local cookery course in a small and familiar cooking school.

Preparation of a traditional menu to discover the roots of our local food & wine culture, picking up some of the secrets behind the flavors and ingredients from an expert cook, alongside magical ways of combining them to create the dishes of the Langhe and Roero in order to take a part of our land back home forever.

After the course, dinner with the dishes prepared to toast to the wine &food valley. Back to your accommodation by the driver.

Overnight in the Langhe area

Day 3 – Live la Dolce Vita in Portofino

Transfer to Santa Margherita, in the Italian Riviera (about 2,5 hours drive).

Check-in at your elegant hotel.

In the afternoon start living the special Dolce Vita atmosphere with a guided visit of Santa Margherita and Portofino.

Dinner in a typical restaurant in Santa Margherita.

Overnight in Santa Margherita Ligure.

Day 4– Fall under the spell of Genoa's authentic charm

Today your local insider will make you discover Genoa’s medieval historical center with its ancient food and artisans shops.

Then you will be welcomed in a noble Renaissance palace where our traditional food expert will teach you to prepare the famous PESTO sauce made with mortar and pestle.

In the end, you will enjoy what you have prepared sipping local wine.

Overnight in Santa Margherita Ligure.

Day 5 – Explore the picturesque Cinque Terre villages

A full day to immerse yourself in the picturesque atmosphere of the Cinque Terre accompanied by your local insider (a guide with a minimum of 4 people otherwise visit on their own).

You will explore the 5 fishing villages and stop for lunch in a lovely restaurant to taste local specialties.

Transportation by train.

Overnight in Santa Margherita Ligure.

Day 6 – Toward Parma with a special cooking class

Enjoy the morning to relax by the sea or do some shopping in Santa Margherita.

In the early afternoon, private transfer to Parma where you will enjoy a special cooking class* where will learn to prepare the famous Tortelli stuffed pasta and other local specialties and have a delicious dinner.

*private class with minimum of 7 participants

Overnight in Parma

Day 7 – Immerse yourself in the Emilian Romagna flavors: parmesan, ham and balsamic vinegar 

Discover the treasures of the Italian Food Valley: visit a diary producing Parmigiano Reggiano, a historical “acetaia” where you will learn the secrets of balsamic vinegar and a producer of the famous Prosciutto di Parma. During the tour* you will taste local specialties in a lovely “trattoria”

*private tour with a minimum of 7 participants

Transfers with a minivan.

Overnight in Parma.

Day 8 – Explore Parma

Morning at disposal to explore the magnificent historic center of Parma and maybe do some shopping.

At lunch, you will be welcomed in a traditional restaurant.

In the afternoon transfer* to Milan where the tour ends.

*private transfer with minimum 4 participants, otherwise train tickets

Optional night in Milan to be quoted apart

Important information

  • This is a private trip idea and can be fully customized
  • Daily departures available all year round by request
  • Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

What’s included

  • 2 nights 4* hotel/agriturismo in Piedmont Langhe area with breakfast
  • 3 nights 4* hotel in Santa Margherita Ligure with breakfast
  • 2 nights 4* hotel in Parma with breakfast
  • 4 dinners, water and wine included
  • 5 lunches
  • Private visit to a cellar with wine tasting, private visit to a cheese producer, private cooking class on day 2
  • Half-day private guide on day 3 and 4 (Portofino and Genoa)
  • Full-day private guide on day 5 – Cinque Terre (with minimum 4 participants)
  • Train tickets on day 4 and 5
  • Private pesto class in Genoa
  • Cooking class in Parma – private class with a minimum of 7 people
  • Visit a Parmesan cheese producer, Parma ham producer, and balsamic vinegar producer – private with a minimum of 7 people
  • Private transfer from Milan to Piedmont on day 1
  • Full-day private transfer on day 2 in Piedmont
  • Private transfer from Piedmont to Santa Margherita on day 3
  • Private transfer from Santa Margherita to Parma on day 6
  • Full-day private transfer on day 7 (minimum 7 people – otherwise shared minibus)
  • Private transfer from Parma to Milan center on day 8 (minimum 4 people – otherwise train tickets)
  • Our 24h support during the trip

What’s not included

  • transfer from Cinque Terre to Portofino
  • meals and beverages other than those mentioned above
  • city tax
  • travel insurance
  • airfare to/from Italy

Price

Price for this trip starts from Euro 3150 per person.

The price shown is designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip. Since this is a tailor-made trip, there are a number of factors which will influence the price; these include the standard of accommodation, the season, the means of transport you prefer, the number of private escorted tours and activities

Feel free to ask for a customized quote, fill the form below.

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