Piedmont: Truffel, Barolo, Nutella and Martini
Piedmont is the second largest region in Italy after Sicily, stretching from the Swiss Alps almost to the Mediterranean. The hill area in its southeastern part, referred to as ‘Langhe’, with its castles and villas, vineyards and world-class Barolo, Barbaresco and Barbera red wines are well renowned. It is here where you will find the most expensive truffles and the world’s largest hazelnut plantations. Welcome to the home of famous Italian brands such as Nutella, Martini and Asti Cinzano.
Piedmont: Classic Car Tour through the land of thousand hills
Alfa Romeo Spider tour Piedmont
Day 1 Alba and Barolo
We will await you at Turin airport and accompany you to your hotel in Benevello. In the afternoon we will present you our Alfa Romeos and introduce you to our easy-to-follow road book. During this afternoon, a famous Barolo winery will open its gates to us. Small, winding roads on your way back to Benevello will give you an understanding about how the roads will look like during the next days: panoramic slopes atop of hills with an endless panoramic view and hardly any traffic. The hotel itselfs offers you the choice between bistrot-style casual and fine dining.
Day 2 Spumante and Amaretto
After breakfast, we will start the engines and cruise to the Northeast, changing wood and hill stretches with country roads leading through vineyards and small villages. During the morning, we will visit an Amaretto production. In nearby Canelli we will take you through the vaulted cellar of local sparkling vinery Contratto, a former supplier to the British and Italian Royal Family. The entire afternoon route seems like taken from a picture book, this is the Langhe heartland. The evening is at leisure.
Day 3 Vittorio Emanuele
Today, your itinerary heads south and west along beautiful country roads always within the Natural Reserve ‘Sorgenti del Belbo’ to Vicoforte. The small village is dominated by an oversized church, with the largest elliptical dome in the world. Here lie the remains of the last Italian King Vittorio Emanuele of Savoy and his wife Elena. The return journey via Murazzano is as spectacular as the outward journey. In the evening we take you to a nearby winery for a wine tasting and a farewell dinner.
Day 4 Alba, Truffle and Nutella
Today it is the turn of Alba, the centre of hazelnut processing and probably the most expensive truffle in the world. Dating back to 6,000 BC, Alba is home to one of the largest confectionery empires in the world, Ferrero. It all began in 1946 with a small pastry shop in the town centre, where the ‘gianduja’ dessert was made from hazelnuts and cocoa. Later, it developed to Nutella, basically a gianduia form that can be spread. The ancient pastry shop has grown into the worlds’ third largest candy company, counting many more employees than its home town does count inhabitants. Alba is also known for the particularly valuable Alba truffles, which can be bought all year round in the city’s speciality shops. You will be returning to your hotel in the afternoon, bid farewell to the Alfa Romeos, and after that we will accompany to Turin airport.
* sharing a double room/ sharing a car
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The region is one of the largest in Italy and is located on the westernmost border with France. It is one of the most varied regions and includes the highest alpine peaks in Italy, the Mont Blanc area, as well as the region around Lake Maggiore or the Langhe, land of 1000 hills. Turin is the capital of Piedmont and former seat of the Italian royal family. Turin is relatively unknown, but offers an unbelievable number of sights and is worth a stay of several days. An extension of the Nostalgic tour with a city tour in Turin is absolutely recommended: Art Museum, Royal Palace, Egyptian Museum, Mola Antonelliana, Cathedral, Juventus Stadium and much more.
Far more famous is the area southeast of Turin – the Langhe. Gourmets and wine lovers in particular come here from all over the world to enjoy the specialities from the region. One of the best and most expensive wines in Italy are produced here. Barolo, Barbaresco, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo are produced from the delicate Nebbiolo grape. The white Alba truffle regularly achieves record prices. Hazelnut plantations stretch over many kilometres and supply the “brown gold”. Hazelnuts are the most important raw material for the production of gianduja, nougat and nutella. “Ferrero”, the third largest confectionery products producer in the world (Nutella, Kinder, Ferrero Rocher, Mon Cheri and many more), has its cradle in Alba and produces confectionery from hazelnuts in its home country. The almond biscuits “Amaretti” come from the Langhe as well as the well-known Vermouth producers “Martini” and “Cinzano”.
The landscape of the Langhe hills is reminiscent of Tuscany, instead of cypress trees, Piedmont is adorned with the snow-covered mountain ranges of the Mont Blanc region all year round. Hospitality is still a priority here and Piedmont
- Transfer Turin Airport (TRN) to the hotel and back as well as on location
- Nostalgic Alfa Romeo classic car to self-drive including full comprehensive and passenger insurance, and fuel
- 3 nights accommodation incl. breakfast in 4-star hotel “Villa Amelia“ in Benevello
- 1 dinner and 1 lunch
- Admission fees, guided sightseeing according to itinerary
- English speaking guide and service team during the complete trip
Not included in the arrangement:
- travel to Turin (TRN)
- meals unless otherwise indicated
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