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TENIMENTO AL CASTELLO
SILLAVENGO – NOVARA
Novarese

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3 NIGHTS STAY
with cooking school

From Thursday to Sunday
from October to Easter

Included:

  • 3 nights stay in double room
  • Breakfast
  • 1 dinner per person with
    appetizer, first course, second course with side, dessert, ½ l water and ¼ l wine
  • 1 cooking lesson per person

€ 430 per couple

4 NIGHTS STAY
with cooking school

From Sunday to Thursday
from October to Easter

Included:

  • 4 nights stay in double room
  • Breakfast
  • 2 dinners per person with
    appetizer, first course, second course with side, dessert, ½ l water and ¼ l wine
  • 2 cooking lessons per person

€ 660 per couple

  • Free cot 0/3 years
  • 3rd bed €70 per 3 nights stay
  • 3rd bed €100 per 4 nights stay
  • 4th bed €60 per 3 nights stay
  • 4th bed €90 per 4 nights stay
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Pets allowed at no charge
  • SPA and massage therapy

3 NIGHTS STAY
with cooking school

From Thursday to Sunday
from October to Easter

Included:

  • 3 nights stay in double room
  • Breakfast
  • 1 dinner per person with
    appetizer, first course, second course with side, dessert, ½ l water and ¼ l wine
  • 1 cooking lesson per person

€ 690 per couple

€ 590 per couple

4 NIGHTS STAY
with cooking school

From Sunday to Thursday
from October to Easter

Included:

  • 4 nights stay in double room
  • Breakfast
  • 2 dinners per person with
    appetizer, first course, second course with side, dessert, ½ l water and ¼ l wine
  • 2 cooking lessons per person

€ 790 per couple

€ 740 per couple

  • Free cot 0/3 years
  • 3rd bed €70 per 3 nights stay
  • 3rd bed €100 per 4 nights stay
  • 4th bed €60 per 3 nights stay
  • 4th bed €90 per 4 nights stay
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Pets allowed at no charge
  • SPA and massage therapy

The Resort: We welcome you in a new dimension, out of time, chaos and daily routine. Forget for a moment the every-day frantic pace and commitments.

Let yourself be enveloped by the charming landscape of the rice fields of Novara, where nature, villages and people live in complete harmony.

The Castello welcomes you in a charming atmosphere, with the most modern comforts. Refined, yet familiar. Ancient and of intact beauty. Sabrina and Antonio will take care of you, to guarantee you a break of complete regeneration of your body and mind: whether it’s a gourmet dinner, a stay in our rooms, an event or a wellness break, find the time for yourself and your well being, here, at the Castle.

Location: an excellent starting point to discover Novara and Piedmont. Novara, the second largest Piedmontese capital, has a historic center full of things to see and to discover. Walking through the center we find the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, which despite being an unfinished structure has truly remarkable dimensions. Palaces of historical importance, disguised in the streets of Novara, will make you enjoy the architectural beauties.

Relax: A unique opportunity to take care of your body in the beautiful scenery of a 17th century manor house.
A regeneration route to find your balance of relaxation and well-being with sauna and steam bath in the salt cave and with professional massages. Outdoor swimming pool for the warmer months.

Rooms: On the upper floor of the Castle there are 12 rooms and a suite, all different in furnishings, spaces and details.

Inside the rooms: Air conditioning, LCD satellite TV, Hairdryer, Kettle, Minibar, Courtesy set, Safe, Free WiFi

Restaurant and Cooking School:  The pleasure of a gourmet dinner in a familiar and welcoming atmosphere.

High quality raw materials, traditional dishes reinterpreted in a contemporary way. Authentic and simple cuisine in its complexity.

Extreme attention and care in the preparation of dishes.

Maurizio D’Andretta welcomes you in his perceptive cuisine, where sensations accompany you on a journey of taste, in Italy and beyond.

The Chef  Native of Salerno, globetrotter and creative in the heart, has ranged between the kitchens of the great Italian and international chefs, – “taking everything there was to learn” – he says – and always adding that touch of personality that distinguishes it. His journey begins in 2001, at Villa Crespi with Antonino Cannavacciuolo. He then continued his training in the Grand Hotel Palazzo della Fonte in Fiuggi, at the Hotel Monaco and at the Grand Canal in Venice. In 2003 he left for Paris to work in the Gualtiero Marchesi restaurant. Since 2005 he has worked in Alessandria and in 2008 he took on the role of Sous Chef in the restaurant Alli due Buoi Rossi. In 2010, the summer season takes him to the Hotel Capo d’Orso in Sardinia and, in 2011, for one day (one day only, but among the most important of his life, of course) he juggles in the kitchen of Eleven Madison Park, 3 Michelin stars, in Manhattan, New York.

His career then continues between Tuscany, France, Alto Adige and Sardinia. In 2014 he starts working as Sous Chef at the Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco with Chef Enrico Figliuolo, until … In January 2017 he enters the kitchen of Restaurant Q33, at the country resort “Al Castello”.

Maurizio D’Andretta here wants to create a kitchen of his own, in his image and likeness, close to his talented wife that runs the hall. Today in his kitchen there are no rules, standardizations and recipes that are always the same (otherwise he gets bored!) but he researches and selects raw materials, times of cooking, love for the mise en place, imagination and passion in the colors and the mix of ingredients. A journey through the sensations of food: crispness, density, softness, acidity … everything must be tested, tasting after tasting. Each dish hits the eyes before the palate, provoking a “WOW effect” which then continues in taste.

Surroundings

BORROMEAN ISLANDS

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ISOLA BELLA

Isola Bella is a natural jewel that the human hand has made even more precious: the flower gardens and artistic beauties enrich the landscape.

The garden of the Isola Bella, a typical example of a 17th century “Italian garden” developed on terraces, is a real unspoilt paradise where rare exotic plants and flowers of great beauty are preserved.

The ancient baroque palace offers visitors an elegant and sumptuous setting that preserves numerous works of art: tapestries, furniture, statues, paintings, stuccos but also the curious mosaic caves, a place of coolness and delight.

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ISOLA MADRE

Isola Madre is the largest of the Borromean Islands and the most characteristic for its intimate and quiet atmosphere. The ancient palace, which preserves prestigious furnishings and an exceptional display of puppets, is surrounded by a beautiful garden of rare plants and exotic flowers in which peacocks, parrots and pheasants of all varieties live freely creating the charm of a tropical land. Isola Madre is particularly famous for the flowering of azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, but also for the ancient wisteria bowers, the largest European specimen of Kashmir cypress over two hundred years old, the espaliers of cedars and lemons, the collection of ibiscus, the Ginkgo biloba.

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ISOLA DEI PESCATORI

Isola dei Pescatori is the only one among the islands that does not belong to the Borromeo family and is inhabited during all the months of the year.

Features are the multi-storey houses, designed to make the most out of the little space available.

The church, still with a Roman section, tells through its fifteenth-century frescoes how much importance it had for the inhabitants in the past; the small cemetery, always tidy, reminds the islanders of the fatigue of the fishermen and their families; the small alleys, and the middle road tell how important the space was !!!

Rocca di Angera

The gardens The Rocca d’Angera garden is progressively transforming into a mean of interpretation and understanding of the medieval times. The place is committed to all the enthusiasts, families and schools. The last step of this transformation occurred with the restoration of the medieval gardens. The study of many medieval codices and documents brought to life the first realization of a temporary exhibition about the three kind of gardens: il Giardino dei Principi (The Garden of Princes), il Verzere and Il Giardino delle Erbe Piccole. Years after, it was created a vast representation of the three above on a great terrace overlooking the Lago Maggiore.
Outside the Rocca, Borromeo master gardeners devised the realization of a complex process that will thoroughly implement, year after year, many of the gardens described in the ancient codices.

The Historical Halls The magnificent Rocca d’Angera is the graceful result of the merge of five different buildings from various era, spacing from the medieval times to the Fifteenth Century: the Torre Castellana, Ala Scaligera, Ala Viscontea, Torre di Giovanni Visconti and the Ala dei Borromeo.
It’s almost impossible not to feel the strength and the importance of the building, and you will taste the solemnity of the Sala del Buon Romano, della Mitologia, delle Cerimonie, di San Carlo, dei Fasti Borromeo where great paintings, portraits and polished furniture take your mind to ancient, long-gone eras.

The Museum of Dolls and Toys Founded in 1988 by Princess Bona Borromeo Arese, the Museum of Dolls and Toys shows more than one thousand dolls crafted since XVIII with various materials of the ancient tradition: wood, wax, papier-mâché, porcelain, biscuit, composition and cloth.
The great variety and the high quality of the collection bestows this Museum a place among the most important of this sector in Europe.
The collection takes up to twelve rooms divided by argument: one is for non-European dolls and toys, the other for the Petit Musée du Costume of Tours by Giséle Pesché, which consists in an extraordinary collection of French and German drones of XIX and so on.

Masino Castle

Masino Castle For more than a thousand years, Masino Castle has overlooked the vaste Canavese plain from high ground in front of the evocative morainic barrier of the Serra di Ivrea, an intact and seemingly endless landscape. The strategic location resulted in being frequently attacked, but the noble Valperga dynasty whom, legend has it, are descended from Arduin of Ivrea, the first King of Italy, retained ownership of it right from the very beginning, documented as far back as 1070. Over the centuries, the illustrious family converted the castle into an aristocratic residence, and then into an elegant holiday home.

This glorious past is recounted by the halls, which are adorned with frescoes and ostentatious furnishings and by the bedrooms used by visiting ambassadors, the private apartments, the lounges and the panoramic terraces. It all adds up to a refined embodiment of 17th and 18th century culture, which was also expressed in the rooms dedicated to the celebration of knowledge, such as the priceless library, which hosts more than 25,000 antique volumes.

Outside the castle monumental and romantic grounds, featuring one of the largest mazes in Italy, a majestic tree-lined boulevard, large clearings and picturesque corners that, in spring, are inundated by beautiful blossom. A trip to Masino is an ever-changing experience: from visits to the castle, taking different routes round it each time, to a day in the open air to savour the beauty of the grounds, or participation in any of the numerous events organised throughout the course of the year, perhaps including a coffee at the panoramic cafeteria.

Masino is perfect for kids, who will have great fun on the treasure hunt or visiting the Carriage Museum, the Tower of the Winds, the Elf Garden and other spaces designed with them in mind.

Visit the Masino Castle 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.
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.

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.

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 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

PRICE LIST

3 NIGHTS STAY
with cooking school

From Thursday to Sunday
from October to Easter

Included:

  • 3 nights stay in double room
  • Breakfast
  • 1 dinner per person with
    appetizer, first course, second course with side, dessert, ½ l water and ¼ l wine
  • 1 cooking lesson per person

€ 430 per couple

4 NIGHTS STAY
with cooking school

From Sunday to Thursday
from October to Easter

Included:

  • 4 nights stay in double room
  • Breakfast
  • 2 dinners per person with
    appetizer, first course, second course with side, dessert, ½ l water and ¼ l wine
  • 2 cooking lessons per person

€ 660 per couple

  • Free cot 0/3 years
  • 3rd bed €70 per 3 nights stay
  • 3rd bed €100 per 4 nights stay
  • 4th bed €60 per 3 nights stay
  • 4th bed €90 per 4 nights stay
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Pets allowed at no charge
  • SPA and massage therapy

3 NIGHTS STAY
with cooking school

From Thursday to Sunday
from October to Easter

Included:

  • 3 nights stay in double room
  • Breakfast
  • 1 dinner per person with
    appetizer, first course, second course with side, dessert, ½ l water and ¼ l wine
  • 1 cooking lesson per person

€ 690 per couple

€ 590 per couple

4 NIGHTS STAY
with cooking school

From Sunday to Thursday
from October to Easter

Included:

  • 4 nights stay in double room
  • Breakfast
  • 2 dinners per person with
    appetizer, first course, second course with side, dessert, ½ l water and ¼ l wine
  • 2 cooking lessons per person

€ 790 per couple

€ 740 per couple

  • Free cot 0/3 years
  • 3rd bed €70 per 3 nights stay
  • 3rd bed €100 per 4 nights stay
  • 4th bed €60 per 3 nights stay
  • 4th bed €90 per 4 nights stay
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Pets allowed at no charge
  • SPA and massage therapy
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