DAY 1 – ARRIVAL
Arrive at Milan Malpensa and transfer to Turin to your central boutique hotel. Take a private tour of the first capital of Italy and discover the city historical center. Enjoy the 18th Century old squares, the royal palaces, the homogeneous Baroque façades of the buildings, the typical porticoes and the several antique courtyards, real hidden gems of Turin. End your day treating yourself with the famous gianduja chocolate, taken here by the royal house of Savoy back in the XVIIth Century from France, and still considered as the best in Italy.
DAY 2 – TURIN
The morning is at leisure. Look for the historic cafes and elegant shops in Piazza San Carlo and Via Roma; the Egyptian Museum with its precious relics left behind by the ancient people of the Nile; the Automobile Museum, a symbol of modernity; the National Museum of Cinema, housed inside the 18th-Century Mole Antonelliana, the emblem of Turin.
Not to be missed the Savoy Residencies, located within the city and in the surroundings: the “crown of delights”. It is a complex of great historical, artistic and environmental value. These structures, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, were in part used as official residences and as hunting facilities, the favorite activity of the royal family. The magnificent public buildings include Palazzo Carignano, Palazzo Madama and Palazzo Reale, as well as the prestigious Reggia di Venaria.
Turin is also a shopping capital, with elegant boutiques under the arcades of Via Roma and inside sumptuous Baroque buildings.
In the afternoon, visit the Egyptian Museum, second in the world in importance after that of Il Cairo and completely renovated in 2015. Your Egyptologist guide will explain to you the history and the mistery of this amazing collection.
Proceed to discover unique examples of religious architecture, such as the Renaissance Duomo and the Shroud Chapel, one of the most important creations of the Baroque and a highly-revered religious site, where you will have the chance to live a one in a lifetime experience in front of the Holy Shroud, that is kept within the Church in a precious cage.
DAY 3 – TURIN / LANGHE
Travel to near-by Sacra di San Michele, symbolic monument of Piedmont. The abbey, that clings to the peak of the Pirchiriano mountain at the entrance of the alpine Susa valley, was built in the 10th Century and is now an emblem of Medieval Europe.
Proceed to meet a high-quality craft beer producer, to taste an artisanal local beer with the artisan who creates it and enjoy special food pairings.
Reach La Morra, a stunning hilltop village in the very heart of the Barolo vineyards, from where a bird-eye view of the whole Region as well as the Alps can be enjoyed.
DAY 4 – LANGHE
Gentle downhill walk from the hotel through vineyards to the beautiful village of Barolo. Time to explore this “capital of wine” and to optionally visit the Falletti Castle, that hosts a very special Wine Museum.
In the afternoon, proceed for a guided visit of Alba. Known as the city of a hundred medieval towers and without doubt the Italian capital of food and wine, the old town center is a beautifully preserved town, with a very special atmosphere.
Strolling the streets and piazzas (squares) of Alba with a gelato in hand, is one of life’s great pleasures.
DAY 5 – LANGHE / GULF OF POETS
Enjoy a visit of a family-owned winery in La Morra. Admire the old cellars and hear the story of the women that run the company. Then, taste amazing hand made local dishes with wine pairing.
Proceed to your hotel in Lerici and check into your seaside hotel. You may enjoy dinner along the scenic fisherman’s harbour, with terracotta houses and boats bobbing beneath rolling hills.
DAY 6 – GULF OF POETS
The day is free to walk, relax and enjoy this charming, ancient seaside village with its famous Bay of Poets, loved by Shelley, Lord Byron, Petrarch and Dante for the natural beauty of the landscape. You may walk to the nearby villages of Tellaro and San Terenzo, visit the Lerici Castle or just relax at the beach. Or you can take a boat, reach stunning Portovenere and proceed by train or foot to explore the Cinque Terre, a district that encompasses five glorious towns, where small houses are surrounded by lush nature and pristine waters, where wild nature is interspersed with vineyards, olive groves and citrus orchards, creating a precious bond between man, his traditions and this breathtaking stretch of coast.
DAY 7 – GULF OF POETS / PARMA
Depart and visit a white Carrara marble quarry, just like the one Michelangelo himself used for his masterpieces. The owner of the quarry will tell about the history of this industry, the characteristics of this material, and the secrets of marble extraction.
Proceed to Parma and enjoy a guided visit of this town rich in history, art and culture. Parma has been shaped over the centuries by great painters and architects. Antelami’s pink marble Baptistery and Correggio’s illusionistic frescoes decorating the Cathedral, the Chamber of St. Paul and St. John the Evangelist, are the trademarks of the town, together with Parmigianino’s masterpieces. The National Gallery, located in the Pilotta Palace, displays paintings by Canova, Tiepolo and Leonardo da Vinci.
DAY 8 – PARMA FOOD VALLEY
Visit a certified Parmigiano Reggiano dairy. You’ll discover the ancient secrets of the world’s most renowned Italian cheese. You then head to the Rocca Sanvitale di Fontanellato, a charming medieval fortress standing at the center of the town and surrounded by a deep
moat which hosts one of the masterpieces of Italian Mannerism. After lunch in the village and time to visit the town center, you head to Colorno and discover the Reggia (Royal Palace), residence of the Houses of Farnese, Bourbon and Marie Louise of Austria, Duchess of Parma.
DAY 9 – DEPARTURE
Private transfer to Milan Malpensa Airport to catch your flight home.