The heady scent of fresh truffles can render accomplished gourmands powerless. What more if you’re scouring the rugged Tuscan countryside on your very own truffle hunt? Lightfoot Travel invites you on an fascinating wine and truffle tour (10 days) that begins upon your arrival at the Milan or Turin airports.
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Check-in with aperitif in hand, at the Relais San Maurizio or Castello di Guarene. Rest, recharge and enjoy dinner as you discuss details with your tour leader.
After breakfast transfer to the renown Barolo area for private cellar visits, wine tastings and lunch with local produce. In the afternoon travel to Grinzane Cavour, a medieval castle and symbol of the area. The castle is also the location of the region’s most important winery, ‘Enoteca Regionale Piemontese Cavour’. Cue more wine tasting and dinner at a Michelin starred restaurant.
Personally execute every single phase of a technical cooking experience. After lunch, see the Wine Bank, created to preserve the historic memory of Italian wines. Then it’s hot air ballon tour of the region, before dinner at a prestigious historical palace.
Depart for Torino for a guided visit of Venaria Reale, a magnificent Savoy residence comprising 80,000 square metres of floor space, 50 hectare gardens and 3,000 fenced hectares of La Mandria Regional Park. Take in some of the finest example of Baroque architecture and styling, before an exciting tour of Turin in a Fiat 500.
Finally, the moment you’ve been waiting for. Together with a truffle hunter and his trained dog, begin you hunt for the illusive tuber. Expert advice on what clues to look for, plus digging up and handling ripe truffles will inform your every step. By late afternoon, enjoy a massage and spa before regrouping for dinner.
After breakfast, head out to Dogliani for the Dolcetto Dogliani DOCG wine seminar in a well-known historical cellar. In the afternoon, transfer to Alba and meeting with an expert personal food shopper for the best deals on local products and truffles (in season). Dinner will be in a 3-starred restaurant in Cathedral Square.
Visit Alta Langa and experience a traditional Italian dairy farm first hand. Then transfer to Canelli, the oldest Italian wine cellar producing sparking wine and see their massive underground cellars. For dinner you’ll be at the Zero restaurant, listed on one fo the world’s 50 best restaurants.
Enjoy lunch at one Michelin starred San Marco restaurant, before strolling through the graceful city of Cherasco. Shop for traditional pralines and Baci – chocolate treats with Piedmont hazelnuts.
Trave to Gavi, in the Southeast Piedmont, to discover this great wine area. Visit historical wine cellars with tasting and lunch or enjoy a leisurely afternoon. Gala dinner in a charming restaurant.
After breakfast and check-out, departure to Milan/Turin airport.