FOOD AND CULTURE TOURS OF PIEDMONT AND N.W. ITALY
At VILLA SAMPAGUITA we are always more then happy to assist our
guests in planning their local touring agendas of wineries, places
to visit and historic towns.
In response to many requests we have made arrangements with a local
driver who has his own mini-bus and lots of experience of taking
groups around the area. With the assistance of the Asti Tourism
office we have worked out a number of tours which we think will
be of most interest to our guests.
The mini-bus can hold 6 people comfortably (and 8 for shorter rides)
and we think is a great way for to visit wineries and restaurants,
without worrying about getting lost or "influence driving".
Naturally the economics favour a group, as the cost of the van stays
the same, and of course you can drive yourself if you prefer, we
can make the bookings and show you the routes. We can also make
customized tour agendas such as hiking or biking.
Our driver does not speak much English, but most places we have selected
have someone who speaks some English and we think that its part of the
experience of being in a new country. He is very flexible and will stop
anywhere you like to take photos, drink the view or unscheduled stops.
We also can provide an interpreter guide if you like.
For all of the tours we have selected one or two great restaurants for
lunch, many taken from the Slow Food's Osterie D'Italia guide, and others
based on our own knowledge or high recommendations from our guests. The
prices are normally quite reasonable in the 20-30 euro per head range,
although we have included a few upmarket ones if you like to splurge.
We have also included options for dinner, or you may prefer to have a
quite dinner at Villa Sampaguita after a full days touring.
This is a summary of the tours with the transport costs. If you want
the full detailed tour sheet please e-mail and ask us to send it to you.
|A guided tour of medieval Asti, the palazzi, historic
towers, old churches, and shopping in fine boutiques or bargains
at the market.
||130 € inc guide.
The Holy Grail , Wine & Chocolate
in Monferatto Hills
|Up to the Northern Monferrato hills and visit Cocconato, the
Bava Winery and chocolate centre, shop at nearby Conbipel factory
outlet, stop at the hauntingly beautiful Abbazia Di Vezzolano,
then Castelnouvo Don Bosco and the Freisa co-operative winery.
|Turin, the Royal City
|Visit Italy’s best-kept secret, Turin. Check out the
Martini Wine Museum, the Superga, browse the old baroque centre
and a wide choice of many museums and galleries, including the
famous Shroud of Turin, the automobile or cinema museums, or
the Galleria Sabaudo.
|A night at the Opera
Opera or Ballet at Teatro Regio in Turin - program and
tickets at www.teatroregio.torino.it
or the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa - program and tickets
|220 € or add 50€ to Turin or Genoa tour
| Barolo, King of Wines and Wine
|Visit Barolo town and vine museum followed by a visit to a
small traditional cantina in the heart of town. After lunch
take tour of the Barolo district, including another winery (or
two) and then stop and browse in the town of Alba.
| Queen Barbera, Piedmont’s
|Tour the scenic hills of the Barbera heartland with stops
at Rochetta Tanaro, Vinchio-Vaglio, Nizza, Costigliole D’Asti.
Tasting at 2 wineries.
|The Prince and the Princess, Barberesco
and Moscato D’Asti.
|Tour the incredible panorama of the high Langhe hills, with
stops at Barberesco, with a winery tasting followed by lunch,
then a spectacular drive via Mango over the Moscato hills to
Canelli, centre of Asti Spumante wine, with a visit to one of
the “cathedrals of wine” huge underground cellars
carved into the limestone hill (and more tasting of course).
||250 € (+ wine tasting)
|Roman Baths in Acqui Terme
|A day in Acqui Terme, take in a spa treatment, and boutique
shopping, and return either via scenic vine hills around Ovada
OR visit Roccaverano, famous for traditional goat cheese and
Loazallo, home of Moscato Passito
|Novara, Gorgonzola, and Magic Maggiore
|Visit Novara and a nearby Gorgonzola cheese casaficio, then
to beautiful Lago Maggiore. Stop in Stresa and take a boat-ride
to Isola Bella followed by a cable car trip to Monte Mattarone,
overlooking the lake and the Alps.
|Alpine Splendour, Val D’Aosta
and the Canavese
|Drive into the mountains to the beautiful Aosta valley (two
hours). Visit Aosta city, the Fontina Cheese Centre, and an
alpine valley. Return through the old Roman terraced pergola
vineyards of the Canavese.
|Pesto al Genovese
|Visit the old maritime republic of Genoa, with its palazzi,
old port, aquarium, maritime museum, old villa gardens, and
|Wines and Olive Oil in Liguria.
|A Scenic drive to the Mediterranean Riveira (two hours) and
then into the hills to visit an olive oil frontaio and a local
winery. Lunch at Albenga, then drive back along ocean front
road with beach time at Noli, and a stop in Savona
of Cinque Terre
|Drive to Cinque Terre (2.5 hours) and then explore this world-heritage
site by walking, boat-ride or train between the 5 cliff-side
villages and . Visit Portofino on the return trip.
|Milan, Power and Fashion
|Visit the Duomo, the Galleria, Da Vinci’s Last Supper,
Castle Sforza, Brera Gallery and browse the designer shops
Piedmontese Cooking Class
|Your hostess gives you a hands-on introduction to Piedmontese
cooking at Villa Sampaguita
||35€ each (4-6 people)
Piedmont Wine Tasting
|Your host conducts an evening tasting seminar of some lesser
known Piedmont wines at Villa Sampaguita
||10 € each for minimum 4 persons
|Enjoy one of our many local festivals
around our area.
||250 € for full day
|During the tartufo season October-November, we can make arrangements
to visit a family "trifulau" house for a discourse
(in English) about truffles and join the trifulau as he hunts
for tartufi with his faithful hounds followed by aperitif and
snacks. Also tours for summer black truffles from May-September.
||around 30€ per person, minimum 5 people, not including
Of course we can also arrange custom tours as well. For a detailed brochure
with all tours and costs for small groups please send e-mail request to
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