Winner of the iGap Travel Guide Global Awards 2017: Cultural Tour Operator of the Year
Piedmont - the ‘land at the foot of the mountain’ - is one of Italy’s best-kept secrets, stretching from the Alps almost down to the Mediterranean. Tourists tend to bypass it for other parts of Italy, but the fantastic art, history and cuisine of this region deserve a much wider audience. Step outside the cities, and you find yourself in a land of Medieval hilltop towns, castles and abbeys that contains a wealth of art, and the Gothic frescoes of Piedmont are simply breathtaking. Piedmont is the birthplace of the Slow Food movement: some of the finest wines of Italy are produced in the rolling hills of the Langhe, and the best risotto rice is cultivated in the plains. The cuisine of the region is rich with earthy flavours, and butter, rather than olive oil, is often used for cooking.
I am an enthusiastic champion of this beautiful region, and I weave together different aspects Piedmont to create my cultural tours here: a rich mixture of art, history and gastronomy. Private, chauffeur-driver transport brings you from Turin Airport to the small town of Sant’Albano Stura, which is used as a base for visits to wonderful locations across rural Piedmont, places otherwise difficult to reach, and presented to you by an historian with a real passion for the culture of this corner of Italy.
Weekend Tours 2017
Warriors and Wall Paintings, the Gothic Art of Piedmont
This tour is a fascinating voyage into the hidden world of small churches and tiny chapels nestling in the Piedmontese countryside, filled with vibrant frescoes painted by itinerant local artists. By contrast, we also experience the high courtly art of Valerano of Saluzzo, Lord of the Castle of La Manta: stunning frescoes every bit as good as anything to be found in Florence.
October 6th - 9th
Price per person, double occupancy: £595 (single occupancy add £90).
Maximum number of participants 14, of which up to 4 can be single occupancy.