Piedmont Autumn Tour - November 7 to 12, 2019
Piedmont Autumn Tour - November 7 to 12, 2019
White Truffles, Barolo Wine, Relaxation & Sophistication
Splendido! - Highlights
This is a short but fabulous trip to the Piedmont region of Northern Italy topped off with two nights in Milan. During this five-night tour, you'll experience the famous culinary and winemaking traditions found in the Langhe wine country, with unforgettable dinners at Michelin-rated restaurants. Delight in white truffles, Barolo wine tastings at premier winemakers, historic castles, and town squares of the hilly Piedmont countryside. You'll stay at an 18th century Relais villa estate that blends elegance, charm and sophistication, with wellness, relaxation and regeneration. Indulge in a wellness area that includes a heated swimming pool, fitness center, whirlpool, Turkish bath and Finnish sauna. Amidst lush woods, vineyards and hazelnut trees you’ll have the perfect place to begin to discover the magic of Piedmont. Evenings in Piedmont will be capped by exceptional dinners, featuring the decadent white truffles and amazing red wines that the region is renowned for. A visit to Milan rounds out this unique Italian getaway. Giovanna Chiti, founder of Discover my Italy and a native Milanese, will be your hostess throughout the entire trip. Giovanna will be happy to help you plan a pre- or post-tour extension.
Piedmont Autumn Tour - Day by Day Itinerary
Departure from the United States
Wednesday, November 6
Day 1 - Welcome to Milan
Thursday, November 7
Morning: Arrive in Milan and check in to your four-star hotel in the heart of the city.
Afternoon: Free time to explore sophisticated and fashionable Milan on your own. Private guided tours are available upon request, with the option to visit the famous La Scala opera house, the architecturally stunning Galleria, Milan's cathedral (the Duomo), and Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper.
Evening: Enjoy a welcome reception with true Milanese hospitality at the private residence of Giovanna's mother, Kathleen Chiti.
Day 2 - Piedmont Wine Country
Friday, November 8
Morning: Depart Milan for the hilly area of southern Piedmont wine country, called “Le Langhe”. On the way, we will visit a passionate, artisanal cheese producer who makes cheese using sheep’s milk. At this charming farm we will enjoy a special cheese tasting.
Afternoon: Depart for the village of Neive where we will visit the Sori Paitin Estate, a family-owned estate with a reputation for quality wines. They are among the region's top producer of Barbaresco, Nebbiolo and Dolcetto. We will end the afternoon by checking into our Relais villa hotel with time to relax and get acquainted with the property.
Evening: Gourmet dinner at the hotel's Michelin-rated restaurant.
Day 3 - Wine, History & Int’l Truffle Fair
Saturday, November 9
Morning: Depart for the town of Alba where we will meet our local guide for a tour of this beautiful town and visit the world-renowned International Truffle Fair, which combines top chefs from across the globe with passionate food enthusiasts. There will be free time for shopping.
Afternoon: Visit to the Cordero di Montezemolo Winery, one of the region’s finest producers of Barolo and Barbera in the wonderful medieval estate of Monfalletto.
Evening: Gourmet dinner at a renowned local restaurant.
Day 4 - Oddero Winery & Langhe Region
Sunday, November 10
Morning: We’ll spend the morning with our local guide visiting the private castle Monticello d’Alba. This private castle is one of the best preserved castles in Piedmont and has been owned and inhabited by Roero Counts for the last 600 years. After the tour, as a special treat, the Marchesa of the castle, Marchesa Elisa Roero di Monticello, will join us for coffee and tea.
Afternoon: Private visit to the family-owned Oddero Winery, a historic name in the long tradition of Barolo winemaking. Run for generations by the Oddero family, it is now in the hands of Mariacristina and Mariavittoria, the daughters of Barolo patriarch Giacomo Oddero. Niece Isabella Oddero will show us the cellars, share the history of her family's estate and offer a tasting.
Evening: A superb authentic dinner awaits you at a local restaurant.
Day 5 - Return to Milan
Monday, November 11
Morning: Return to Milan.
Afternoon: Spend the rest of the day exploring Milan, indulging in all of the fashionable shopping and beautiful sights.
8:00 p.m. Enjoy a leisurely night on your own, or join Giovanna and her family at a favorite neighborhood restaurant (not included).
Day 6 - End of tour
Tuesday, November 12
Itinerary specifics subject to change.
Your tour price includes:
Tour Cost based on double occupancy
6 days/5 nights Piedmont Tour (land only) ................................. $2,995
Single Supplement..........................................................................+ $700
All aspects of the tour will be coordinated by Giovanna Chiti of Discover my Italy.
Our Relais villa in Piedmont's wine country
Milan's Cathedral, the Duomo
The Last Supper
Courtesy Marchesi di Grésy
Images From Piedmont - Autumn Tour Preview Video