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CA’ SAN SEBASTIANO WINE RESORT & SPA
CAMINO – ALESSANDRIA
Langhe Roero & Monferrato

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Location: Ca’ San Sebastiano is perfectly located in the heart of Langhe and Monferrato, you can reach Torino, Barolo and Barbaresco with a short trip.
Amentities: Outdoor pool for warmer season, equipped outdoor areas to enjoy the Langhe and Monferrato landscape. Two different spas for your relax with wine therapy and beauty treatments.
Accomodations: Charming rooms and apartments all with Wi-Fi, Satellite TV, Room service, Private Bathroom, some with balcony, kitchen or fireplace. Rooms with Air Conditioning.
As far as possible we’ll try to satisfy our guests preference on type of room/apartment, but final assignments will depend upon availability.
Cooking School: We selected different chefs, all with teaching skills, sense of humor and, of course, a good grade of spoken english. Your trip in the Piedmontese cuisine is going to be really funny !

Acqua Vitae Day Spa Open on weekends or upon reservation: hours of operations 10:30 – 18:30.
Built in the former wine cellars today you can still notice traces of the past: from the winpresses converted into blower tubs, to the “waterfall” once used as winemaking tool, to the old well still visible, to the ancient wooden beams. The main room is dominated by the huge fireplace that gives, with its flames, warmth and ambiance in colder winter days. You’ll be able to spend your rushless relax time in the indoor heated pool with whirlpool seats, grotto tub, wooden bio-sauna, relax area with fresh fruits and herb teas.

Divinum Wellness Center is equipped with: wine bath tub, multijet Jacuzzi warm tub (for 2-4 people), steam bath with aroma-therapy, cascade tonic  shower, relaxation area with herbal teas. In this area we offer the following circuits:
Wellness Circuit to be carried out in complete privacy: winetherapy, aroma steam bath, waterfall shower contrast, multijet whirlpool and relaxation area with herbal teas (90-minutes or 2 hours exclusive – minimum 2 people maximum 5 people)
Relaxing Circuit to be carried out in complete privacy with: steam bath with aroma therapy, waterfall shower contrast, multijet whirlpool and relaxation area with herbal teas (1 hour exclusive – minimum 2 people maximum 5 people)
Wine Bath to be carried out in pairs in total privacy in hot tub ‘barrel’ with a glass of wine to sip during treatment – Duration 40 minutes

The restaurant ‘San Sebastiano’
Open everyday upon reservation, closed on Tuesday.
It is a magical place where peace and privacy will completely embrace your stay at the property, but is also ideal for couples, groups of friends or companies who are seeking a peaceful environment and atmosphere where you can taste a cuisine closely linked to the peasant culture of the house and the land, in conjunction of course with the famous wines of the Monferrato, produced produced in the cellars of Camino by the same owners.
In the splendid setting of the ‘Music Room‘, dominated by the large stone fireplace, you can enjoy the warm atmosphere given by the original  stone walls, the warm glow of the candlesticks and the dishes ‘inherited’ from the ancient generations that have lived in the house, for a dinner or a lunch full of traditions.

The ‘Osteria Sapori Monferrini’
Set in the beautiful ‘Cantinone‘ – the house’s old wine cellar with stone walls and arched vaults, with a large fireplace always lit in the cold months: every Friday night you can book a ‘Monferrina’ dinner made of rustic flavors and recipes taken from rural traditions.

The tavern is also a Wine Bar: here is served the typical Merenda sinoiraof Piedmont and it is also possible to taste and purchase the wines produced by the family together with typical local products: meats, artisan cheeses, flatbread, vegetable sauces, honey, jams and much more.

The Barbera vineyard
lays on the gentle slopes overlooking the hollow in Castel San Pietro. Planted  in 2008 on the same place were the ancient family’s vineyard laid, it exploits the unique characteristics of this place to give high-class grapes. In the warmer time of the year it’s suitable for guided wine tasting and luncheons based on cured meats and cheeses from Monferrato, below the fresh shadow given by the big trees.The Grignolino vineyard
lays on a particularly suitable area for this great grape variety from Monferrato: Vignale Monferrato.
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The Vellano family narrates the history of “Pierino Vellano”, the Ca’ San Sebastiano’s winery

The history of our winery has very ancient origins: it begins with the descent of king Charles V in Italy in the sixteenth century. Our family, of Burgundian origin, followed the emperor, who was at war against the French king Francis I. Thanks to our services during the war, we got some landholdings in Monferrato. This landholdinghs, because of their natural vocation, were immediately covered with vineyards.

The first wine cellar was carved into the rock (called tufo or pietra da cantoni) in the middle of the vineyards and was used until the end of the seventeenth century, when a second wine cellar was built in the village beside one of the family houses. This second wine cellar was used until 1867 and is today the site of the Acquavitae spa.

The actual cellar dates back at the end of the 50s: the fist harvest which has been made here was the memorable one of 1961. The building is divided into rooms dedicated to wine aging with fiberglass and steel tanks (the old concrete tanks, which aren’t used anymore, still show off), rooms dedicated to long aging for firm wines into oak barrels (tonneux and barrique), storage and bottling rooms.

Final night for Langhe Roero & Monferrato 7 nights journey

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14 Tips On How To Travel Italy Like A Local
by Monica Houghton

In many parts of the world, tourists are treated differently than locals. If there are ways you can adopt the local customs, you’ll be able to have an authentic experience and have a better understanding of the culture.

When I think of places that culture lovers enjoy most and where people dream to visit, I immediately think of Italy.
It’s on the top of most people’s bucket lists and even those who have been to Italy dream of returning. It’s easy to see why, Italy is beautiful and has it all –including history, art, architecture, food and wine.

Greet everyone with two kisses: Regardless of age, gender and how well you know them, when you meet someone you greet them with two kisses, one on each cheek. Italians are very affectionate people and aren’t afraid to burst your personal space bubble to say hello. Two kisses are the common greeting in Italy and anything less will just look awkward.

Don’t order a cappuccino after 11 AM: Cappuccino is strictly a breakfast drink. If you order one anytime after 11 A.M. especially with a meal, people will think you’re either weird or had a huge night out and only just woke up.

Don’t put ketchup on pasta or pizza: Every time you ask for ketchup in a restaurant you break an Italian chef’s heart. Ketchup is totally acceptable on a burger or fries, but if you put it on pasta or a pizza you will stand out like a sore thumb in Italy and earn yourself some disapproving nods from the people at nearby tables.

Langhe and Roero hills

A corner of Italy which encapsulates unique gastronomic delights, often only whispered as secrets to gourmets around the world. Here Nebbiolo reigns, with its noble sons -the Barolo and Barbaresco, protected by castles, towers and fortified villages that take us back to medieval times of struggles and splendours: pilgrims, salt merchants, soldiers of fortune, the Crusaders, and Benedictine monks have all trodden this soil leaving a heritage, a sign, a legacy. But it was the farmers whose centuries of toil shaped the hills into the breathtaking landscape which widens the eyes of the tourist today. And under these so-special hills, the ultimate and most secret treasure: the White Truffle of Alba: the “grey diamond” that made Cavour crazy and sent Vittorio Emanuele II into ecstasy , the Tuber Magnatum Pico made world-famous by the youngest son of a poor family of sharecroppers, Giacomo Morra, founder of the Fiera and true deus ex machina of the Langhe.

Because the Savoy Piedmont of royal palaces and courts, of stately homes and gardens, retains its ancient wild and native soul in the Langhe and Monferrato, between groves of oak and fragrant valleys known locally as rittani, among hazelnuts and pastures, among pheasants and wild boar, in stone villages and remote rural churches. A soul with an ancestral beauty which is reflected in the snow-covered chain of the Alps which protects it from the ruffling of the marin, the sea wind that warms and perfumes it, providing the special microclimate for its inimitable wines.

But it is also a tough soul, made of hard work and sacrifice, poverty and emigration, endurance and fatalism, so well recounted by Cesare Pavese and Beppe Fenoglio, not by coincidence two of the greatest Italian writers of the twentieth century who grew up in these hills.

Do not be surprised that today all this has become a World Heritage Site and the Cultural Landscape of these vineyards has been declared the 50th Italian location to be protected by UNESCO: we have always known how to live in a unique, special and magical place.

Knock, say “friend” and the door will open … Welcome!

Article taken from www.langheroero.it

The Safari Park delle Langhe

The Safari Park delle Langhe was born in 1976 in Murazzano, in the province of Cuneo, in the beautiful land of Langhe.

It is characterized by a amazing view of rolling green hills which allows the visitor’s gaze to sweep from the mountains almost to the sea, offering an incomparable landscape! In this wonderful scenery, tempered with pleasant breezes, the Safari Park delle Langhe develops in a spectacular wide area of over 70 hectares on which displace the different environments for our animals, to whom we guarantee plenty of space in a totally natural uncontaminated area.

The “Safari” area of about 5km is accessible with your own car and allows the visitor to closely observe our animal friends.

Year after year the Park has made a journey from “exhibition center” to “conservation center”.

Visit the The Safari Park delle Langhe website

Palazzo Reale: The historical residence of the Savoy family that from here directed the fate of Turin for over 3 centuries, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.
A succession of luxury, gold and precious stones come together in rooms and bedrooms with a baroque style of incomparable beauty. The decor reflects the baroque tastes of the families that dominated Europe at the time; while the size of the building gives an indication of the wealth of these medieval oligarchs.

The Royal Armory: The armors and the historical weapons present in the Savoy residences are collected within the path that leads from the Royal Palace to the State Secretariats. A collection that gathers unique and unobtainable pieces, which can be admired in all their beauty and legend.

Royal Gardens: A green space to relax after visiting the Turin Royal Museums. The Tritons fountain, the thousands of flowers and the paths that lead to the discovery of this corner of paradise are just some of the beauties that nature lovers can discover during their visit.

 

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If I say Rome you’ll think about the ancient times of the Empire, if you hear Florence you’ll think about the Renaissance but probably you don’t know yet that Turin is synonym of regality. The Savoia dynasty made Turin the first capital of the newly born unified Italian Kingdom in 1861. The Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace) is the proof of such majesty.

It could only be in the center, in Piazza Castello … you will be impressed by the grandeur of the rooms such as the throne room and the luxury of the Queen’s apartments; here everything is sparkling and fascinating … here you can breathe history, already admiring it from the outside the Baroque brings us back to the era of the Savoy, inside everything is a blaze of red and gold, always synonymous with royalty. The Royal Armory leaves the same taste of a jewelry, every detail is taken care of, from the floors to the ceilings, in the palace gardens the flowerbeds are decorated with seventeenth-century statues designed by La Notre, the architect of the gardens of Versailles
Visit the Palazzo Reale website.

Borgo Medioevale Torino

The Borgo Medievale of Turin
The Medieval Village of Turin is an open-air museum located along the banks of the Po river, in the Valentino Park in Turin. Entering, through the drawbridge, means traveling in time and space, leaving the city of the twenty-first century to find a moment of serenity between arcades, fountains, artisan shops, gardens and a castle that looks at you from its height

 

Inside the crenellated walls, the buildings follow one another along the main road, in an extremely evocative route re-proposing piedmontese and valdostan buildings, side by side to form an inhabited nucleus animated by the artisan shops. From the fountain to the roof of the bread oven, from the blacksmith workshop, to the hospice that welcomed pilgrims.

La Rocca (The Fortress)
It constitutes the focal point, higher compared to the path of the village. It is the fortified noble residence, with sumptuous rooms full of furniture, furnishings, fabrics, to show the uses of life of the fifteenth century. The armors, the weapons, the killtimes left in the men’s chamber of arms, the dining room, the kitchen, offer a truly “palpitating and speaking” idea of a 15th century Savoy castle. Beyond the throne room, where the Braves and the Heroines parade, the bedroom strikes for the large canopy with embroidered curtains; the chapel closes the path.

 

Visit the Borgo Medievale website

Did you know that also the Aperitivo was born in Piedmont?

It’s a very ancient story … In V century B.C. (yes, it was 2500 years ago) Greek doctor Hippocrates, father of the famous oath, invented the “vinum hippocratum” to cure the lack of appetite.

In 1786 Antonio Benedetto Carpano, owner of a small liquor store in Turin, took the old remedy to modern times inventing the vermouth by mixing white wine with more than 30 herbs and spices.Since then people start to gather in cafès to enjoy a pre-dinner drink with old friends or to meet new, making the Aperitivo not just a drink but a happening that, not by chance, we call today “happy hour”. Short after this Turin-born pleasant habit has spread in other Italian major cities like Genoa, Florence, Venice and Milan where, in 1862, Piedmont-born Gaspare Campari founds the homonym company, based in the “Cafè Campari”, located close to Duomo Square, creating his “elixirs” in the back shop.
Vermouth and Campari are the main ingredients of the world known Negroni cocktail that has a Milanese variant in the “Negroni sbagliato” (wrong Negroni) in which gin is replaced by brut sparkling wine. You can taste the original “Sbagliato” at the Bar Basso, in Milan, where it was invented.

The Piedmontese are evidently creative geniuses for aperitifs and liqueurs: MARTINI® is the guardian of the will of two men to leave a mark in Italian culture. Alessandro Martini, an enlightened entrepreneur with a global vision, and Luigi Rossi, the creative mind whose botanical fragrances tickled the nose of passers-by in Via Dora Grossa in Turin … It was the year 1863 when their fresh partnership materialized in their first vermouth: the MARTINI® Rosso. The recipe for this original blend is actual today as it was then … Come with us to visit Casa Martini…

Casa Martini

Casa Martini is the ideal reception venue. Located in Pessione di Chieri (Turin), at Martini & Rossi’s historic premises, it marks the meeting point between the company’s traditions and future.
The company has both its roots here and, at the same time, an avantgarde production facility. A place for the soul, where the values that inspired founders Alessandro Martini and Luigi Rossi over 150 years ago are still tangible.

The key feature of Casa Martini is versatility:
the one location brings a number of distinct but complementary areas together: culture (represented by the Museum of Wine History and the Mondo Martini Gallery), runs side by side with training (the Bar Academy, the Botanical Room and Old Laboratory), hospitality (Terrazza Martini and Lounge Bar), and leisure shopping at the Martini Store.

Bar Academy The Martini Bar Academy offers mixology courses on the preparation of cocktails and the “Perfect Serve”. Led by our Ambassadors and Bartenders, guests prepare some of the most famous Martini cocktails in history.

Mondo Martini How did the name Martini come to be synonymous with aperitif? The answer is found in Mondo Martini, Martini & Rossi’s company museum. This exciting interactive exhibition clearly sets out the epic story of the founders through displays of the earliest bottles and thousands of objects and documents from this pioneering company.
This cross-section of a story, Italian and at the same time international, embraces economics, culture, society and manners. A real journey through time, with an eye to the future.

Martini Store It is hard to resist the appeal of a Martini designer article. So for anyone who loves shopping, a visit to the Store is a must. A huge range of items, accessories and clothing with the Martini and Martini Racing labels: hundreds of articles, unavailable elsewhere and much sought-after by collectors. Visit the Casa Martini website

The Wine History Museum The old exposed-brick cellars house one of the world’s most important collections relating to the history of wine-making. This extraordinary heritage consists of over 600 objects, from the ancient Greco-Roman world up to the middle of the last century: over 2000 years of wine history through objects of incredible beauty and value. The collection is one of the destinations on Piedmont’s museum circuit, and is housed in 15 rooms. Guided tours can be arranged.

Mixology Masterclass: for the Gaia Food Academy travellers, in addition to the guided group visit of the Gallery Mondo Martini, you will be attending to a Mixology Masterclass in the Bar Academy. Surrounded by a unique atmosphere, our bartenders will teach you how to prepare some of the most iconic cocktails of the Martini Drink Strategy.

There are things best experienced rather than described: the attention to every detail in the Martini style is embodied in everyone involved at the CASA MARTINI and this makes each encounter a unique experience. In a word, Martini.

The Gabiano’s Castle Past and Present:
Situated in the Piedmont Region of north-west of Italy, boasts more than a century of history. In the 8th century, the document signed by Carlo Magno already testify the presence of a “Cortem magnam nominam Gabianam”. In the remote 1164, Federico I granted the investiture to the Marquis Guglielmo II of Monferrato.
From this time the Castello di Gabiano was an important strategic and economic place, theatre of wars, passing over to the Montiglio, the Paleologo and the Gonzaga until the duke Ferdinando gave it to Agostino Durazzo Pallavicini in the year 1622, granting him the title of Marquis of Gabiano.
Today Giacomo Cattaneo Adorno, the last Marquis of Gabiano,together with his wife Emanuela, passionate and determined, directly engaged in an intensive wine production, are above all committed to capture the flavors and aromas of the terroir. In this way they can assure the wine making tradition of the family, updated with the current oenology knowledge.

The Braja, Barbera d’Asti DOCG 2014 was awarded with the 2017 crown of I Vini Buoni d’Italia

 

The Labyrinth: The labyrinth of the Gabiano castle, historical monument, is one of the rare examples documented within the framework of historic gardens of Italy. This has an exceptional importance not only for its rarity but also for the historic period in which it was realized which dates back to the 1930’s when the already dominating taste for landscape integrated with formal gardens put nearby the residence but never in the form of a labyrinth.
The Gabiano labyrinth evokes the return to the past and finds its place within the framework of the restoration project assigned by the marquise Matilde Giustiniani to the Parma architect Lamberto Cusani to whom we owe the actual neo-medieval aspect of the castle and surroundings. The location of the labyrinth in the centre of the park emphasizes the contrast between the rigid and geometrical lines of the structure and the natural park that surrounds it, calling to mind the medieval concept of forest such as natural labyrinth (park) and labyrinth as artificial forest where nature is rigorously manipulated and controlled by man.

The Wine tastings: Guided tour of the 12th century cellars: visit to the Barriques area, divided in sector in order to allow the fermentation in wood, distinguished private collection of ancient vintages , starting from 1804, and all in perfect condition .
The activity will continue with the sensory analysis of Castello di Gabiano wines, with the possibility to taste local and traditional food.

The Bicerin is a must-see stop for the gourd of sweets … you can seat at the same table Cavour chose and inebriate with the scents that will reach you since the entrance. Suddenly you’ll be dragged back in 1763 when the founder Dentis opened the cafè and began to serve those strange, mistrusted at first, beverages coming from far away: tea, coffee and chocolate. In 19th century the literary and revolutionary scene attracted writers, intellectuals and artists like Alexandre Dumas, Nietzsche, Puccini that attended Turin’s historic cafès, in many of which, today, you can still breathe the same atmosphere.

In 1800 wooden tables have been replaced by marbles you can admire still today like the irreplaceable bar counter and its 40 jars of different kinds of sugared almonds.
The success arrived with the “Bicerin”, then called “poc ‘d tut” (this is really hard to translate but it could sound like “a little of everything”) made of coffe, milk and chocolate in secret amounts, served in high glasses that allows to admire the color blending. The Bicerin is a pleasure to discover and in fact, in 2001, it has been declared “traditional Piedmontese drink”.

Opening hours: open daily 8:30 am to 7:30 pm – Weekly closing : Wednesday
Click here to discover on the Cafè al Bicerin website the illustrious people that has been here

The Razzano’s Castle: positioned in one of the most panoramic spots of Monferrato and surrounded by an enchanting estate it is the ideal place to taste wines, olive oils and other typical products of the territory.

The Cellar: Monferrato is one of Italy’s most renowned wine producing zones, a true symbol of culture and tradition that the Razzano’s Castle upholds with its production of 150.000 bottles/year of the most esteemed red wines.

The Wine Shop: for all the wine and wine culture enthusiasts it is a refined and suggestive place where one can sample and buy wines of the estate’s farms, Barbera or Moscato’s Grappa, Olive Oils and Vinegars.

Tastings: guided visit to the ArteVino Museum and the Historic Aging Cellars, followed by a tasting of a selection of our locally produced wines with samples of typical food of the territory; a tasting tour in the name of excellence and high quality. Planned for groups of 10 to 60 people.

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This is more than a usual tasting, here we really lived a wine experience: via the Castle’s main entrance you access to the Museum, small but very well cared, it is not the classic museum but looks more like an art exhibit where old winery tools become true artistic installations. A huge difference is made by the lighting, designed to extol every single piece and the refurbished rooms, with high vaulted ceilings and original bricks just like you expect an ancient “once upon a time” wine cellar has to be, creating a modern and never boring way to display antique items. During the Museum visit and tasting we have been guided by the Castle’s staff that helped us to orientate through history and savors with deep knowledge, never too formal or too friendly they know how to adapt to different sorts of visitors, helpful in answering questions and to advise about wine and food matching, always proud of the Castle’s productions.

We liked them exactly because of their passion, at the end of the experience we knew already we would definitely come back to taste again wines, food and ambiance and for this reason we choose them: they are just like us … they truly care.

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Barolo … Barbaresco … Are you already reaching for the “good” glasses ?

They’re not just the names of some of the most prestigious wines in the world, but also villages that give to wine lovers as we are some precious gems like the landscapes they offer. These are places with a deep soul, only here wines suitable for meditation and philosophical reflection to share with your new friends for life can be born.

The “Barolo chinato” … let’s talk about it … this is not just oenology but it’s truly “wine-poetry”: born in 1890 from the brilliant idea of two pharmacists looking for a pleasent way for their patients to take quinine. It’s based on Barolo DOC with added sugar, alcohol, rhubarb and some other spices including “china calisaia” but each winemaker has a different recipe that keeps jealously secret … it perfectly matches with dark chocolate with at least 60-80% cocoa, you know what I’m talking about … the chocolate that leaves your tongue sticked to your palate and you’ll be happy for a week.

Stupinigi hunting lodge Savoy Resicence for Hunting and Festivals built starting from 1729 on a project by Filippo Juvarra, it is one of the monumental jewels of Turin. Built on the land of the first donation of Emanuele Filiberto to the Order of Saints Maurizio and Lazzaro (1573), it is now owned by the Fondazione Mauriziano, a government agency dedicated to its conservation and enhancement. Reopened to the public after important restoration work, the “Palazzina di Caccia”, among the most extraordinary eighteenth-century complexes in Europe, has full museum dignity with its original furnishings, paintings, masterpieces of cabinet making and the design of the territory.
It is a loisir place for hunting in the life of the Savoy court, a sumptuous and refined favorite dwelling by the Savoy for parties and weddings during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as a residence chosen by Napoleon in the early 1800s. At the beginning of the twentieth century it was chosen as a residence by Queen Margherita, and from 1919 it is also home to the Museum of Furniture.
Visit the “Palazzina di Caccia” website

ARTISAN CHOCOLATE: ALL ANOTHER TASTE

Guido Gobino is a craftsman who has innovated and evolved tradition, enriching it with creativity, taste and passion. This innovation is done through the careful selection of raw materials, cutting edge manufacturing and continuous experimentation that has as its goal the achievement of absolute quality.

Quality that is reflected in each detail, even in the design of the packaging. A unique history, created to give a new meaning to the pleasure of artisan chocolate.

Tastings, only upon reservation for small groups from 4 to 16 people, are available from Monday to Friday in January, February, May, June, July, September and October only.

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FROM THE MOST AROMATIC COCOA TO THE MOST REFINED CHOCOLATE

The cocoa used in our manufacturing process is selected only from the most aromatic qualities available, preferring the Center-South American and Asian because they are the most prestigious and richest in aromatic flavor.
The processing of Cocoa, while adopting modern techniques and mechanized, still uses a significant human contribution, which allows us to adapt to the type of cocoa, recipes and roasting times, preserving the best quality and specific aroma, ensuring the diversity of flavors typical of a artisan chocolate.
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NOT EVERY CHOCOLATE IS THE SAME
OUR CHOCOLATE IS ARTISAN, WHY?

Because it’s really handmade.
The production of our artisanal chocolate is deeply characterized by operations made entirely by hand: from coating and decoration of pralines, up to the entire production of our macarons or ganaches. In artisanal chocolate production in fact, next to the technical and scientific aspects, the human contribution, fueled by a passion for quality and research, is essential. Only a careful and precise production process allows the achievement of a product up to the Guido Gobino Artisanal Chocolate.
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On our arrival at the shop in Lagrange street in Turin we find exactely the atmosphere we hoped for, an old fashioned Bottega nestled in a 1700 historic building. Inside the tasting room is reserved just for us and we discovered origins and secrets about this fine chocolate through a selection of their best and most representative specialties. Our journey across giandujottis, macarones, pralines, ganaches, summer and winter bicherin and vermouth revaled the “universal truth”: this is not just chocolate but this is real happiness!

7 NIGHTS PIEDMONT JOURNEY
LANGHE & MONFERRATO

  • Arrive at Malpensa Airport
    We can arrange transfer upon request
  • Check in at the charming accomodation available from 14:00, you’ll be welcomed by Gaia Food Academy guide
  • You’ll be hungry… The typical Piedmontese “Merenda Sinoira” snack with cheeses and cured meats and backery will be waiting for you
  • 20:30 Welcoming Dinner at the resturant of your location
  • Morning Breakfast
  • 9:00 you’ll attend to the first cooking lesson, 4 hours… learn the secrets of italian cuisine
  • 13:00 you’ll test your culinary skills having for lunch what you just prepared… don’t worry, the chef will help you !
  • Afternoon free time to relax or discover the neighborhood
  • 20:30 We’ll take you all to a near restaurant for having a deserved dinner
  • Morning Breakfast
  • 9:00 you’ll attend the second cooking lesson, 4 hours… discover what’s in menu today
  • 13:00 lunch with what you just prepared with the chef’s help, even if you are gooder than yesterday
  • Afternoon free time to relax or discover the neighborhood vineyards and traditions
  • 20:30 Let’s try another peculiar external restaurant for dinner
  • Morning Breakfast
  • 9:00 No cooking lesson today, we’ll have a full day guided tour to discover heritage, food and wine
  • Aperitivo and Light Lunch or Tasting during the day
  • 18:00 Departure and return to hotel
  • 21:00 Dinner at your location
  • Morning Breakfast
  • 9:00 you’ll attend the third cooking lesson, 4 hours
  • 13:00 lunch with what you just prepared, for sure yet with the chef’s help, also if you became an expert cook by now!
  • In the afternoon you have a half day guided tour, come with us to visit wine cellars, cheese factories, and taste products directly from the producer
  • Morning Breakfast
  • 9:00 you’ll attend the final cooking lesson, 4 hours
  • 13:00 lunch what you just prepared
  • In the afternoon free time, but we advise not to eat too much because tonight…
  • 21:00 Gala Dinner at the location
  • Morning Breakfast
  • 10:00 Departure for your next stop, Milan, with the same tour leader
  • 12:00 Arrive at Milan hotel, the guide will help you with check-in before greetings, sometimes tears and last reccomendations for visiting Milan.
  • Fot the rest of the day and night you are free to visit, shopping, dine, have fun alone or with your new friends; return to the hotel whenever you want; reservations in Milan for dinners have to be made in advance during your week vacation, it’s the fashion capital, sometimes it’s really busy.

We know.. it’s a sad thing, this is the last day of your vacation, so after breakfast you’ll go to the airport; the hotel personnel can call a cab for you, or we can arrange the transfer in advance or…

or… you can stay, when you make the reservation you can ask for other days in Milan or other italian cities you want to discover, we are an italian tour operator so we can reserve for you other selected high level accomodations, hotel or countryhouses… let us know in advance and we’ll tailor your extended stay on your preferences.

  • 6 nights in Piedmont’s charming Accomodations, single or double occupancy, all with Private Bathrooms
  • Breakfast each day
  • 4 cooking lessons with a professional chef, 4 hours each
  • 4 lunch with delicacies you just prepared during cooking lessons
  • Beverages included with the lunch: water and the best house wines
  • 2 dinners at location’s restaurant
  • 2 dinners in external restaurants with transfer
  • 1 Gala Dinner
  • Beverages included with the dinners: water and the best bottles wines (1 for 2 persons)
  • 1 Full Day Guided Tour to discover heritage, food and wine, including Aperitivo and Light Lunch or Tasting
  • 1 Half Day Guided Tour with wine, oil or cheese tasting
  • Transfer to Milan for Saturday night
  • 1 Saturday Night in a centrally located Milan Hotel
  • Gaia Food Academy’s english speaking guide will follow and take care of you throughout your journey



  • Flights to and from Italy
  • Transfers from and to the airport, but can be arranged in advance
  • Extra beverages in addition to what is included
  • 1 free day in Milan doesn’t include lunch and dinner
  • Rent your own car
  • Travel insurance

We suggest to rent your own car, we can arrange it in the accomodation’s neighborhood for the days you need because  it’s more convenient to explore the surrounding areas in your free time; our locations are countryhouses, so with beautiful landscapes but never in the center of towns.

We recommend that you subscribe a travel insurance not to lose your payment in the event of a last minute cancellation, you can get one via your travel agent or online too.

  • € 2600,00 per person per 7 nights Journey in single accomodation
  • € 2400,00 per person per 7 nights Journey in double accomodation
  • € 2000,00 per person per 7 nights Journey in double accomodation with no cooking school as accompaining guest

Accompaining guests will perform the same activities except for the cooking lessons

Payments:
Upon the purchase of the tourist package a down payment of 25% of the price of the tourist package will be due as confirmation deposit, the balance of 75% must be paid within 60 days before the scheduled departure date.

Cancellation fees:
– 25% from 90 days to 61 days before departure
– 100% from 60 days before departure

The definitive charming location for your date will be decided according to the preferences of the majority of travelers, without prejudice to the region of destination.

You will be informed prior the date of departure.

We have single guests that can meet new friends, small groups that can mix in a new bigger one, honeymoon couples, this journey is suitable for everyone is ready to be part of a party group to learn, discover, dine, wine and have informal fun

This experience is good both for expert cooks or for newbies, the purpose is learn italian cuisine secrets while having fun with old and new friends… of course if you are starting right with us with your new passion the chef will help you more than others !

All our chefs or their assistants speak a good english; apart from the cooking school our fluent english speaking guide will be with you to accompany in guided tours, dinners etc and to assist in reservations and planning your free time

Yes, also if we know this experience could be fine and funny for children and their parents, but it’s not the same for rest of the group, so we set the minimum age at 14, enough to “hear adults speech” and to be left unattended.

But if you already travel in a group of 12/14 friends or relatives including children of any age, we can arrange the journey exclusively for your group, contact us in advance to request an available date just for you.

To be sure you are always the main character of your experience and that we can take care of your journey like you deserve, we set the maximum attendance to 14 people.

You can meet other friends, not attending to cooking lessons, during tours and dinners

Of course you can.. just warn us when you reserve the journey, so we can adjust your dinners menu and cooking lessons for you accordingly

We suggest to rent your own car, we can arrange it in the accomodation’s neighborhood for the days you need because  it’s more convenient to explore the surrounding areas in your free time; our locations are countryhouses, so with beautiful landscapes but never in the center of towns.

We recommend that you subscribe a travel insurance not to lose your payment in the event of a last minute cancellation, you can get one via your travel agent or online.

Ask to us ! Let us know in advance if you want to spend more nights in Milan or if you want to discover other italian cities, we can plan and arrange for you other reservations, in hotel or countryhouses

No, this is going to be an informal experience, so you can dress as you want and as you feel more confortable during cooking lessons, lunches and dinners; we recommend to take with you comfortable shoes for exploring with us or in your free time and to check average temperatures in the dates you reserved.

The friday night we’ll have a gala dinner, sometimes in the location’s restaurant, other times in an external one, so usually the guests choose to be more elegant and formal for this occasion.

For sure you’ll need an adapater, usually there are no issues recharging mobiles, cameras, tablets but hairdryers and irons, for example, have to be already made to work with both standards (Italian power is 220 Volts 50 Hertz, while  american and canadian is 110 Volts 60 Hertz). Please refer to your appliance specifications to be absolutely sure it will work with Italian power supply and avoid any kind of incident such as fire and electrocution…

… Your travel insurance will never cover the damages you cause to the location facilities

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