Slow Food Tour from Piedmont to the Italian Riviera
Be ready to meet local producers, taste traditional Italian cuisine and experience untouched places included in the UNESCO World Heritage sites list! This is a special gourmet trip that starts from the Langhe, the famous wine area where Barolo is made, reaching Portofino and the picturesque Cinque Terre villages on the Italian Riviera.
Why choose this trip
This is a journey created for those who enjoy discovering genuine and authentic culinary traditions, meeting local people and producers, having fun and sampling the best that the Italian Riviera and Piedmont have to offer.
Welcome to the hills of Piedmont – a listed UNESCO site
Today is your arrival day. Benvenuto!
Prepare yourself for a tasting dinner which will immediately immerse you in the flavours of Piedmont.
Discover the Barolo wine area and truffle hunting
Together with your private tour guide, start to discover the growing area of Barolo, one of the most highly-prized wines in the world, starting in Barolo itself, the town which gives its name to this “King of Wines and Wine of Kings”.
You’ll visit a well-known wine cellar where you will taste their wines, followed by a picnic lunch: whilst comfortably seated in the vineyards that grow the Barolo wine grapes, you will sample some of the specialties of Langhe-style cuisine. Then you’ll reach Alba, the capital of Langhe hill area, taking a stroll in the elegant town centre amongst boutiques, historical cafes and shops selling typical products – there will be leisure time for shopping.
In the afternoon, you will have the magical experience of a private, simulated truffle hunt: you will be led into the woods, where you will meet the “trifolau” expert hunter and his dog,
Piedmont flavors: cheese, hazelnuts and a special cooking class
With your local tour guide you’ll discover the area of Alta Langa, where the landscape becomes wilder, thanks to the thick woods and hazelnut groves.
Visit a small farm producing hazelnuts, following the process from the grove to the laboratory, including a final tasting. The panoramic tour continues with a guided visit to a niche cheese producer with a tasting lunch. Time to relax and enjoy the pure air and the bucolic surroundings!
Today you will also have an exciting cooking lesson based on ‘Langhe cuisine’, a “hands-on” experience where you will learn how to prepare a complete traditional menu based on local recipes: the dishes that you prepare during the lesson will then be tasted afterwards at dinner, in a very special atmosphere created by wine casks illuminated by candlelight.
Welcome to Liguria! A stroll in Portofino with a sunset aperitivo in the “piazzetta”
Today you’ll reach charming Portofino, where in the beating heart of the village, its famous ‘piazzetta’, you will enjoy an aperitivo made from locally sourced ingredients. Refreshing cocktails made with artisan liqueurs, distilled by small, family-run producers using the finest Ligurian ingredients: basil, Genoese roses, lemon verbena and chinotto.
Santa Margherita Ligure and Camogli tasting tour
Today will start with a walk in the elegant coastal town of Santa Margherita Ligure, together with your private tour guide, amongst the painted facades and lush gardens. During the tour, you will have a special tasting of local specialties, such as the famous pesto sauce and typical vegetable quiches.
Then you’ll reach Camogli, one of the most picturesque villages on the Italian Riviera. Following your private guide, you will take a pleasant stroll through the village, from the spectacular promenade to its postcard picturesque fishing harbour, to the oldest part of the village, the “island”, perched on a rock. Camogli is the home of Ligurian Focaccia and you will stop at the most famous bakery, tasting different kinds of freshly baked focaccia: plain, with olives, and delicious cheese focaccia.
Genoa food tour and pesto class “a palazzo”, in a palace
A fascinating private walking tour through the medieval alleys, or carrugi, in Genoa’s historical centre, discovering the real essence of this ancient town. Your culinary expert guide will lead you to food shops that have been open for more than a century such as the old “friggitorie” or fryers who serve friscieu (fried croquettes filled with herbs), farinata and fried fresh seafood, to be eaten at the counter or taken away. You will visit the prestigious pastry cafè where famous composer Giuseppe Verdi liked to spend his time tasting the wares and then the unique “Pietro Romanengo fu Stefano”, a 200-year-old sweetshop. During your visit, you’ll taste typical street food and of course famous Genoese focaccia. Our local culinary experts will then welcome you to a private aristocratic palace you will have your pesto sauce lesson, preparing it just as the tradition requires, with mortar and pestle. After the pesto class, you will have lunch with typical Ligurian dishes.
Cinque Terre villages and lunch among the vineyards
Explore the Cinque Terre villages today with your private your guide. Spend the morning visiting Vernazza and Manarola, two of the most iconic villages. At lunchtime you will reach a gorgeous wine estate, nestled just above the village of Monterosso. It’s a true oasis of peace and tranquility surrounded by vineyards and olive trees and there you will enjoy a lunch with local specialties paired with the excellent Cinque Terre wines produced there. Take your time to relax on the lawn, sipping a Limoncino prepared with the very same lemons you will see around you. After lunch, take a stroll through the narrow streets of the village of Monterosso until you reach the bright promenade and the Capuchin convent, from which you will enjoy a magnificent view of the bay.
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