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TENUTA DELLA GUARDIA
GAVI – AL
High Monferrato

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3 NIGHTS STAY
with cooking school

From Thursday to Sunday
from May 2018 to Easter 2019
Excluding Christmas and New Year’s day
Closed from February 18 to March 17 2019

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 May 2018 to Easter 2019
Excluding Christmas and New Year’s day
Closed from February 18 to March 17 2019

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
  • 3 nights stay:
    3rd bed from 4 to 14 years €60 per stay
    4th bed from 4 to 14 years €60 per stay
  • 4 nights stay:
    3rd bed from 4 to 14 years €80 per stay
    4th bed from 4 to 14 years €80 per stay
  • Free Wi Fi
  • Pets allowed free of charge

3 NIGHTS STAY
with cooking school

From Thursday to Sunday
from May 2018 to Easter 2019
Excluding Christmas and New Year’s day
Closed from February 18 to March 17 2019

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 May 2018 to Easter 2019
Excluding Christmas and New Year’s day
Closed from February 18 to March 17 2019

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
  • 3 nights stay:
    3rd bed from 4 to 14 years €60 per stay
    4th bed from 4 to 14 years €60 per stay
  • 4 nights stay:
    3rd bed from 4 to 14 years €80 per stay
    4th bed from 4 to 14 years €80 per stay
  • Free Wi Fi
  • Pets allowed free of charge

The Estate: Tenuta della Guardia is in a panoramic position, surrounded by the Piedmont hills and the vineyards of the famous “Gavi”: a farmhouse surrounded by the silence of nature and tranquility, out of time.

The estate includes a hotel with rooms with patio and private entrance and large rooms with seating corner and balcony, the La Guardia restaurant where tradition meets the innovation of our promising Chef and two beautiful terraces, Arazzo and Gavi, perfect for a drink under the stars, a candlelit dinner or a party with friends.

Sabrina and Antonio will take care of you, to guarantee you a break of complete regeneration of body and mind: whether it is a dinner, a stay in our rooms or an event, find the time for yourself and your well-being, here, at La Guardia.

Location: Strategically located, at less than 15 minutes from the A7 motorway exit and the Serravalle Scrivia Designer Outlet, it is the ideal place for business travelers, tourists who want to discover the beauty of our territory and to organize events like banquets, congresses and weddings.

In a strategic position 60 km from Genoa, 100 km from Milan and 140 km from Turin, you can access the most beautiful areas of Alto Monferrato. You can choose between a visit to historic buildings such as the Forte di Gavi, the Sanctuary of Nostra Signora Della Guardia, the castles of the various nearby villages, a dip in shopping at the Serravalle Designer Outlet or a leap into the Italian cycling past by visiting the Museum of the Champions of Novi Ligure, dedicated to the local runners Fausto Coppi and Costante Girardengo. A few km from the estate is also the Natural Park Capanne di Marcarolo for a trip immersed in nature.

Relax: A dip in nature, an experience of taste and relaxation: terraces and outdoor areas perfectly equipped to enjoy the view over the valleys and the surrounding vineyards.

Rooms: The 18 rooms are bright, immersed in tranquility and equipped with all comforts: private bathroom with shower, complimentary toiletries, balcony or patio, free wifi, TV, electric kettle and some with seating area.

The 6 rooms on the ground floor have a private entrance, a front patio and air conditioning.

The 12 rooms on the upper floors are large, comfortable, all with a seating area and a balcony.

Restaurant and Cooking School: Tasty dishes where tradition meets innovation.

Quality of raw materials, traditional dishes, light creativity.

The refined restaurant La Guardia offers a familiar and welcoming atmosphere and, in the warmer months, the panoramic terrace allows you to enjoy the splendid view of the hills surrounding the estate.

La Guardia Restaurant is open from Wednesday to Monday for dinner and on Saturday and Sunday also for lunch.

Weddings & Events: La Guardia, an unforgettable setting for your day, offers you two halls, both with a large terrace overlooking an enchanting panoramic view. The terraces are perfect to welcome guests with aperitifs and buffets or to toast the couple in a dream setting.
The Sala Dell’Arazzo, characterized by a splendid tapestry and furnished with magnificent antiques, contains up to 70 people: its terrace will be the ideal place for aperitifs and toasts.
The Colline di Gavi hall, complete with a large space and wide windows that give a radiant natural light to the environment and allow you to admire the surrounding nature, contains up to 200 people: even its terrace can be the ideal setting for the cutting of the cake and toasts.

Surroundings

Gavi

Those who arrive in Gavi, even for a trip of a few hours, can visit monuments of thousand-year history as the Fort, which dominates the town, the Portino, the Parish Church of San Giacomo, local small churches and many buildings and archaeological finds witness the grandeur and splendor that were of this ancient village.

You must then reach the center of the town to visit the many shops and craft shops, as well as enjoy the gastronomic specialties such as amaretti, ravioli (said to have been invented here) and the inevitable “Gavi”, the famous delicate and excellent white wine named after the city.
And thanks to the fertile soil, ideal climate and especially the tenacity of man vines here reward the hard work with harvests of quality grapes which, through a careful winemaking, produce this internationally renownedvwine.

A Legend tells that Princess Gavia, daughter of Clodomiro king of the Franks, who got married against the wishes of the court, came to Gavi to escape the king’s troops. Here the couple found water, forests and peace, and they decided to stop. Discovered the two, with the permission of the Pope, could settle in Gavi and the Queen of the Goths, Amalasunta, gave them authority over the land.
The princess was beautiful and “cortese”, hence the name of the grape variety that originates the Gavi. Multiple and interesting are the events that take place throughout the Gavi with the double objective of preserving and making known to tourists its culture, the tradition and the gastronomy of the Gavi region.

Forte di Gavi : the existence of a castle in Gavi is attested since 973. With an imperial diploma dated May 30 1191, Henry VI, son of Frederick I Barbarossa, donated the castle and the village as a fief to the Republic of Genoa. In 1418, following war events, the feud passed under the dominion of the Visconti of Milan; after other changes of ownership, in 1528 it returned to the Republic of Genoa, which held it until 1815, the year in which the ancient republic was annexed to the Savoy kingdom.

Over the centuries the castle assumed the appearance of a mighty fortress. The first radical interventions were carried out in 1540 by Giovanni Maria Olgiati, a military engineer at the service of the Republic of Genoa, who designed and completely rebuilt the walls, creating new bastions and consolidating the original structure.

In the seventeenth century the fort was further expanded with the intervention of the Dominican friar Vincenzo da Fiorenzuola, born Gaspare Maculani. He, known for being the inquisitor in the trial against Galileo Galilei, was, besides being a religious, a great expert in military architecture. The works for the transformation of the building into a great fortress were made between 1626 and 1629, but other interventions followed one another until the early nineteenth century. On the eastern side was built the inner keep of Monte Moro, connected to the fort by a tunnel; inside were built housing for soldiers and officers, cisterns, powder magazines, guardrooms and squares of arms, all with the help of the most famous military engineers of the time, from Stefano Scaniglia to Domenico Orsolino, from Pietro Morettini to Pierre De Cotte.

In 1859 the ancient Genoese fortress was disarmed and deprived of its historical identity to be transformed into a civil recluse; during World War I it became a military prison. In the interlude between the two wars in some embankments of the fortress experimental vines were implanted by the Anti-Paradoxical Consortium. With World War II the fort returned to be a place of detention; in 1946 it was handed over to the Superintendency for the Architectural Heritage of Piedmont which, since 1978, has initiated a constant and progressive restoration and protection of this rare example of military architecture. Visit the Forte di Gavi website for hours of operation and informations

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…

The Sanctuary of the Madonna della Guardia… This is the House of Mary, mother of Jesus, who appeared on 29 August 1490 at Benedetto Pareto, a farmer from Livellato, in Valpolcevera. So began a fruitful popular story, in which the humbles became the first witnesses of a regenerated faith and the laity first involved the Church in a process of renewal.

The Basilica  In sixteenth-century style, 49 meters long and 26 wide, Latin cross shaped with three naves divided by eight round arches, the Basilica is surmounted by an octagonal dome 40 m high. On the east side of the Basilica, the majestic bell tower (45 m.), completed in 1899 on the design of engineer Guglielmo Calmieri.

Chapel of the First Apparition Very modest, it is a rectangular building, about 3 meters long and 4 meters wide.
The floor of the primitive chapel still shows traces of the old floor, the roof is made of a simple wooden gable.
In the back wall there is a niche in which an ancient statue has been recently placed, very important in the history of the Sanctuary. It is in fact the first marble effigy of the Madonna della Guardia. It is a marble statuette 40 centimeters high, which was donated by Laura Ghersi, a niece of Bartolomeo.

The Chapel of the Second Apparition does not rise on the summit of the mountain like the other buildings, but it is situated on its slopes, in the locality “Pareti” of Livellato, where by tradition is the home of Benedetto Pareto.

The Ex Voto and Candle Room:  The desire to leave at the feet of the Virgin a sign of gratitude for the graces received is very old. Over the centuries tens of thousands of votive offerings have been brought to Our Lady of the Guard. Simple or precious objects, curious or common, voluminous or small, but all important.
Entering the Sanctuary’s Ex Voto Room (entrance from the left aisle) you realize the great variety of ways to express this gratitude.

Nativity displays We have enchanting cribs at the Guardia!
Since 30 May 1999 the characteristic nativity scene of Gigi Noli is open to the public: it is built entirely with “poor” materials like roots, wood, shells, hazels, barks and is enriched by complicated systems of mechanical animation. Gigi Noli sent the offers of visitors of “his” crib to support missions all over the world. Today, unfortunately, Gigi is no longer with us, but we are sure that from Heaven he will continue to watch over his crib and send inspiration, ideas and enthusiasm to those who have collected his legacy, taking care of its maintenance. Finally, we are creating an ad hoc exhibition area, where you can admire other amazing nativity scenes and dioramas that tell the life of Jesus.

The Path of the Beatitudes: The pilgrim who climbed the sanctuary on foot, after an hour and more walking starting from the valley bottom, near the Chapel of the Apparition faced the final stretch, the steepest and most impervious of the whole route … Our ancestors, imagining that this last obstacle had been put there on purpose to discourage even the most tenacious pilgrim, called it Path of the Devil.
Today the path has been made easier and it seemed appropriate to remove that reference that was inopportune to the sanctity of the place: it was decided to call it Path of the Beatitudes and the affixing, along the path, of stone slabs engraved with the evangelical beatitudes wants to be an invitation to the pilgrim to approach the Shrine abandoning the logic of this world to refer instead to the Gospel logic. Visit the Sanctuary website for informations and hours of operation.

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Il Museum of the Champions it is considered the greatest tribute to the history of cycling, as well as a way to remind the protagonists from Novi Ligure that inspired the idea: Fausto Coppi and Costante Girandengo.

The museum was set up in an early 20th-century industrial warehouse next to the city center.

A special central “track” divides and organizes the exhibition space, but above all represents the evolution of the “road surface”: from the beaten earth, to the cobblestones, to the asphalt, to the modern materials of the cycling tracks. 40 bicycles that, resting on different backgrounds, tell the technical evolution of the bicycle from the first wooden model based on the one designed at the end of the fifteenth century by Leonardo da Vinci, to the latest titanium prototypes.

In the large rooms next to the track there is an ideal story of the Giro d’Italia through images and pages of newspapers (Gazzetta dello Sport and Tuttosport) which introduces the tribute given by the Museum to the two champions from Novi with films and visual/sound testimonies from that days of their sporting enterprises that flow on big screens. On the back of the central hall a curious exhibition of bicycles tied to different jobs like that of the seller of roast chestnuts, the bicycle of the knife grinder, the one fitted to transport gas bottles or the baker’s bike.

On either side of the large central exhibition space there are four rooms, two of which are for temporary exhibitions and two museums, but diametrically opposed: the Hall of Champions, dedicated to the memory of Fausto Coppi and Costante Girardengo, with relics and unpublished testimonies of the their glory of champions but also of their daily lives; the audiovisual rooms present to the public films and visual and sound testimonies of spectacular arrivals or epoch-making duels. 8 multimedia totems allow the first level of deepening and personalization of the visit: through a menu of videos it is possible to enrich the information about the exhibited pieces or relive important moments in the history of cycling on the road, on the track, or on dirt in the sections dedicated to cyclocross and mountain bike. Visit the website for info and hours of operations.

Genoa

The Center of Genoa … the “parlor” of the city: it is the central Piazza De Ferrari, on which faces one of the sides of the Palazzo Ducale. Formerly the seat of the Doge of Genoa and restored in 1992 for the celebrations of the anniversary of the discovery of America (Cristoforo Colombo, as you know, is one of the local glories), the Palazzo Ducale hosts museums and magnificent temporary art exhibitions.

The Rolli di Genova in ancient times were the lists of the most beautiful and richly decorated noble palaces, those that hosted prominent personalities visiting the city. Today 42 of the 116 palaces that were in the Rolli are UNESCO heritage sites, and are one of the things to see on a trip in the Ligurian capital.

The Old Port is one of the most lively areas of Genoa: games, shops, museums, the famous Genoa Aquarium, restaurants and bars, spaces for concerts and events … The ideal place if you are traveling with children and a great place to have a picnic nearby the sea, or just stroll. Take the panoramic lift if you want to enjoy a 360 ° view across Genoa.

The charm of Genoa lies above all in its historical center of narrow, winding alleys (the famous caruggi), often so narrow that the light of the sun can not even reach the ground. Stroll through bars, book stalls and perfumes of all kinds: there is no better way to fully enjoy the experience of this city. Do not miss Via del Campo, the famous street sung by Fabrizio De Andrè (Genoese songwriter). At number 29 red there is a small exhibition space dedicated to him and to other Genoese songwriters.

Genoa is nicknamed “the city of the Lantern”, and the Lanterna (the lighthouse) is the undisputed symbol of the city. It is the highest lighthouse in the Mediterranean, with its 76 meters: it dates back to 1543, and is the third oldest lighthouse in the world still in operation. It is located in the district of Sampierdarena, and can be visited: from the panoramic terrace there is a breathtaking view.

Genoa for children offers an entire city! This is the City of children and young people, a play area of over 3000 square meters, with multimedia and interactive exhibits to visit and touch, fun even for parents.

Villa Durazzo Pallavicini Located in the western part of the city, just a few steps from the beautiful seafront promenade of the Pegli district, this romantic garden park is unrivaled in the city.

It was built between 1837 and 1846, commissioned by the Marquis Ignazio Pallavicini according to the project of the architect Michele Canzio, at the time set designer of the Carlo Felice Theatre, which created a real theatrical representation.

The tour is divided into prologue, antefact, three acts each composed of four scenes characterized by lakes, torrents, waterfalls, garden buildings, furnishings, rare plants, visual glimpses and scenographic deceptions able of appropriating the external panorama and dilating almost indefinitely the boundaries of this “magical” place and final exodus.

The itinerary develops from the main entrance of the villa, located next to the Genova Pegli railway station. The driveway leads to the building that in the past was the summer residence of the Marquises; today it is home to the Archaeological Museum and houses Ligurian artifacts ranging from prehistory to Roman times. Not far away you can also visit the beautiful Botanical Garden, wanted in the mid ‘800 by the Marquise Clelia Durazzo Pallavicini, an expert botanist.
Here you can admire several greenhouses dedicated to the various botanical groups (succulent plants, carnivorous plants, ferns, etc.), and beautiful outdoor flowerbeds that hold hundreds of precious species.

Leaving the Botanical Garden you can access the park itself, with its almost theatrical scenography. Then we pass the Gothic Tribune, we walk up to the Coffee house where the nobles sip the rare and precious drink and proceed along the Viale Classico, up to the Arc de Triomphe.
You can also admire temples, obelisks, caves, lakes, pagodas, rare and majestic trees, as in a romantic fairy tale that accompanies visitors on a journey through the centuries and cultures. Do not miss, between March and April, the splendid flowering of the ancient Camellias, once personally cultivated by the Marquise.
Visit the website for info and hours of operations.

The Acquario di Genova is the Aquarium that hosts the most extensive range of aquatic biodiversity in Europe. The exhibition gallery consists of over 70 exhibits and about 12,000 specimen of 600 species, from all the seas of the world. From the rarest species such as manatees, marine mammals that may be at the origin of the legend of mermaids, to the most famous like the dolphins, from penguins to the great predators of the sea: the sharks. And then jellyfish, seals and multi-coloured tropical fish species.
Come with us in a journey that will fill you with a range of emotions and inspire you to respect deeply the sea and its extraordinary inhabitants.

The Blue Planet is the new room that opens the visit. A wonderful video mapping welcomes the visitors with a stunning sequence of images, showing marine animals coming from all the oceans. The core of this interesting experience is the importance that water has for life.
The video is projected on a big map of the oceans of the world, which shows the distribution of the waters on Earth. It stresses the fact that the sea, from ancient times up to the present day, has been an important means of communication, allowing to get in touch with new civilizations.

In the mermaids lagoon swim the the manatees, aquatic herbivorous mammals.
It seems that these tame animals were at the origin of the myth of mermaids, mythological creatures that are half woman and half fish.

 

The predators of the sea: A portal with an holographic effect welcomes visitors in the sharks bay, giving a sneak preview of what you will feel while watching the big tank that hosts the predators of the sea – not only various species of sharks from different environments, but also other interesting fish. Near the bottom, for example, you can find two specimens of sawfish, typical of the Indian and Western Pacific Ocean; they can be identified easily because of their long rostrum with tooth-like denticles.

As you enter into the Cetaceans Pavilion, you can’t help but hold your breath while your heart starts racing. The four open-air tanks host a group of bottlenose dolphins, a species that lives close to the shores. The visit is an immersive experience thanks to a tank on two levels that will allow you to look at the animals both on the surface, as if you were watching them in the open sea, and underwater, with spectacular views. The exhibit is like a window on the Pelagos Sanctuary, the largest Marine Protected Area in the Mediterranean Sea. Here you will have the chance of looking closely at dolphins, thanks to a 24-meters glass wall and to a stunning 15 meters long underwater tunnel.

The tropical garden Wings flapping in the Acquario di Genova is a different environment that complements the marine one. Here you can actually enter into the Central America forest and you can watch tropical plants, birds, amphibians, reptiles and multi-coloured butterflies without fences, to take a look at their fascinating life cycle.

Meet the penguins: in this 2-hour experience you will be accompanied by one of our guides who will explain the food preparation activities, introduce you to the penguin display tank and tell you about the daily management of these animals, with access inside the pool to assist in the distribution of the afternoon meal by specialized Aquarists.

Visit the Genoa Acquarium website for informations and hours of operation.

PRICE LIST

3 NIGHTS STAY
with cooking school

From Thursday to Sunday
from May 2018 to Easter 2019
Excluding Christmas and New Year’s day
Closed from February 18 to March 17 2019

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 May 2018 to Easter 2019
Excluding Christmas and New Year’s day
Closed from February 18 to March 17 2019

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
  • 3 nights stay:
    3rd bed from 4 to 14 years €60 per stay
    4th bed from 4 to 14 years €60 per stay
  • 4 nights stay:
    3rd bed from 4 to 14 years €80 per stay
    4th bed from 4 to 14 years €80 per stay
  • Free Wi Fi
  • Pets allowed free of charge

3 NIGHTS STAY
with cooking school

From Thursday to Sunday
from May 2018 to Easter 2019
Excluding Christmas and New Year’s day
Closed from February 18 to March 17 2019

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 May 2018 to Easter 2019
Excluding Christmas and New Year’s day
Closed from February 18 to March 17 2019

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
  • 3 nights stay:
    3rd bed from 4 to 14 years €60 per stay
    4th bed from 4 to 14 years €60 per stay
  • 4 nights stay:
    3rd bed from 4 to 14 years €80 per stay
    4th bed from 4 to 14 years €80 per stay
  • Free Wi Fi
  • Pets allowed free of charge
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