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Piedmont Autumn Tour - November 9 to 14, 2017

Piedmont Autumn Tour - November 9 to 14, 2017

White Truffles, Barolo Wine, Relaxation & Sophistication

Itinerary
Pricing Splendido! - Highlights Cosmopolitan Milan with unparalleled fashion, design and shopping Benvenuto Reception with Milanese flair at a special private residence Treasures of Piedmont: white truffles, the rare delicacy of the earth, and Barolo, crown jewel of Italian red wine Superb dinners, including Michelin-rated restaurants International Truffle Fair in Alba Artisanal cheese tasting at local Piedmontese farm Tea with the lovely Marchesa Elisa Roero di Monticello at Castle Monticello D’Alba Winemaking traditions of Le Langhe region with private visits to legendary wineries Marchesi di Grésy, Azelia and Oddero Charming villages and alluring beauty of panoramic Piedmont Relais Villa Hotel accommodations in Piedmont countryside Overview 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 8 Day 1 - Welcome to Milan Thursday, November 9 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 10 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 Barbaresco where we will visit the Tenute Cisa Asinari Dei Marchesi di Grésy, a family-owner 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 11 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 the Azelia winery, one of the oldest and most respected wineries located in Castigline Falletto, in the centre of the area of Barolo production, Azelia is still a Barolo lover’s secret because of its small production. Evening: Gourmet dinner at a renowned local restaurant. Day 4 - Oddero Winery & Langhe Region Sunday, November 12 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 13 Morning: Return to Milan. Afternoon: Spend the rest of the day exploring Milan, indulging in all of the fashionable shopping and beautiful sights. Evening: Enjoy a leisurely night on your own, or join Giovanna and her family at their favorite Milanese seafood restaurant. Day 6 - End of tour Tuesday, November 14 Itinerary specifics subject to change. Pricing Your tour price includes: 5 nights in 4-star hotels: 2 nights Milan/3 nights Piedmont (room upgrades are available upon request) Daily breakfast The services of your host, Giovanna Chiti, founder of Discover My Italy, for the entire duration of the trip Private transportation through out the itinerary - not including airport tranfers Welcome reception in a private residence in Milan 3 exceptional dinners with important wines 3 professional and VIP wine tasting presentations with winemakers/owners Visit to artisanal cheese factory with cheese tasting Private tea in private castle Daily private guide in Piedmont All museum entrance fees All local taxes Gratuities for driver and restaurants Not Included: Flights Airport transfers Meals and drinks unless listed Personal expenses such as telephone, minibar, etc Gratuity for Piedmont guide Travel insurance (strongly recommended) ______________________________________________________________________________ Tour Cost based on double occupancy 6 days/5 nights Piedmont Tour (land only) ................................. $2,995 Single Supplement..........................................................................+ $650 ______________________________________________________________________________ All aspects of the tour will be coordinated by Giovanna Chiti of Discover my Italy.

Our Relais villa in Piedmont's wine country

White Truffles

Milan's Cathedral, the Duomo

The Last Supper

Castle of  Monticello d'Alba

Azelia winery

Seafood pasta at Milan restaurant

Courtesy Marchesi di Grésy

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