The Best of Piemonte: Torino, the Barolo Region and Lake Maggiore - Tour Overview
Discover the fascinating history, scenic beauty, and rich gastronomic traditions of Piedmont! Experience Torino's urban sophistication, the small villages and countryside of Piedmont's famous wine regions, and the breathtaking splendor of Lake Maggiore. And, as you get to know this quiet corner of Italy, you'll realize that you've had the good fortune to get here before everybody else!
Our 9-day adventure begins in Torino, land of the Savoy dukes and kings, first capital of unified Italy, and the home of Ferrari and Maserati. If Italy has a city to rival Paris’ broad boulevards, elegant cafes and ubiquitous bookstores, this is it. We’ll visit the lavish Royal Palace, the Egyptian museum (Italy’s finest!) and the spectacular “Mole” which started out as a synagogue and ended up as Torino’s remarkable museum of the history of cinema.
The second portion of our trip takes us to the smaller towns and villages out in the countryside where you’ll enjoy the bounty of Piedmont’s rich gastronomic traditions. The Langhe region is home to Barolo and Barbaresco, two of the famous varietals which have established Piedmont as Italy’s pre-eminent wine region, rivaled only by Tuscany. In addition to its grand wines, you’ll enjoy artisan cheeses, truffles, chocolates and other regional specialties in and around the towns of Alba, Asti and Bra, where the Slow Food movement began.
The final leg of our adventure will take us north to the picturesque town of Stresa on the shores of Lake Maggiore, once an obligatory stop on the Grand Tour. You’ll stay at a lovely lakefront hotel and enjoy views of the sparkling waters and the snow-capped mountains that surround the lake. And, for our final day, we’ve arranged a boating excursion to explore the fabulous villas and gardens on the lake’s fabled Borromeo Islands!
Come join us and discover the wonders of The Best of Piemonte: Torino, Barolo and Lake Maggiore!