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Piedmont is much more than anyone may expect: it is history, culture, food and wine in their major expressions. It is great mountains, the Western side of Alps, where the 2006 Winter Olympic games took place, where the longest river in Italy, the Po, originates. Piedmont is also Lake Orta and Lake Maggiore with their amazing small islands, where one of the greatest Italian chefs finds his home. Not forgetting truffle and Barolo, as well as Barbaresco in the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato, UNESCO Heritage since 2014.
Turin, its capital, was the first national capital in the XIX century and it is now well renowned for palaces and royal residences (Venaria Reale), as well as for its International Movie Museum, and for ots baroque architecture.
Turin is still recalled as the trailblazer for the gay movements in Italy: its gay pride has been one of the first in Italy and it is still performs an amazing parade.
Travelling to Piedmont means to discover one of the best examples of Italian culture, history, architecture food and wine. Not forgetting that a trip to Piedmont is for all tastes: its paths in the green hills of Langhe and Roero or Monferrato challenge the best bikers; Nevertheless, you can rent a car and follow the gay friendly Piedmont itinerary at your convenience.
Any season is a good season, here: winter is amazing for ski lovers, springtime is the green season and the region blossoms in all shades of colors; summer is the season to go and visit vineyards or travel to discover small hamlets and their castles; Autumn is the best season: it is the vintage time and also the truffle hunting experience. Any season is for amazing food and wine, for great hospitality of excellent hotels or b&b or ‘agriturismi’.
Piedmont can only surprise you!
starting from € 1,900.00 (per person in double room)
Accommodation at a gay-friendly 4-star hotel.
Day off to start visit the city on your own.
Meet your local gay/gay friendly guide for a walking tour of three hours. The tour is named ‘Completely Another Story’ and will take you to discover the gay history of Turin through its historical places.
Have lunch in a local ‘osteria’, which is called ‘piola’ : here you can taste the original Piedmont cuisine made of agnolotti, braised veal, great cold cuts and cheese. Whenever you like, try the typical ‘bicerin’ (‘small glass’) made of coffee, cream and chocolate, in one of the old-style bars in the center.
In the afternoon, have a visit to the International Museum of the Movie located in the ‘Mole Antonelliana’ the tower symbol of the town. Also, you will immediately perceive the squared geometry of Turin of Roman origin: not easy to get lost here, in a city which allure goes back to the XIX century: if you like antiques, Turin is the right place for you.
This was the hunting residence of the last king of Italy in XIX century and has been recently restored to its original splendor. Here you can walk within the great rooms and the famous royal corridor and imagine the king and his court’s life. A hunting reserve is also nearby, plunged into the green of a huge park. Fountains and water games enrich your experience here.
You can have lunch in one of the several ‘trattoria’ in Venaria or eat a fantastic ice-cream with hazelnut cream: hazelnuts are one of the ingredients of Nutella which was invented exactly in Piedmont!
From Venaria, you can move to the Alps, to Cesana, where you can stop for the night, in one of the local small hotels on the way to the ski runs. If you travel in winter and you like skiing, here you are in the right place!
You are on the Milky Way, 400 km of ski runs. We also advise a visit to Sauze D’Oulx a beautiful hamlet with typical mountain cabins. Great location for trekking and for walk amongs pine woods.
If it’s winter time and if you like skiing, you can try the Sestriere ski runs for a full day snow immersion! Or you ca visit Limone Piemonte and Bardonecchia, you can go bike riding or trekking.
Here you are in the very heart of the UNESCO Heritage of Langhe, Roero and Monferrato. The Langhe are well known for their smooth hills and for the ‘Slow Food’ movement, which was born here more than twenty years ago. It is a super district for excellent cuisine and high-standard products. Alba is the town of the white truffle (in autumn season, whereas you can taste black truffle during the rest of the year). Wine tasting at one of the famous winery in Alba and lunch in town: depending on the season you can have ‘hand-made tagliolini with truffle’. A glass of Barolo or Barbaresco is a must, here.
In the afternoon, you can drive to Barolo for a super wine experience. Look around, and you will see vineyards almost everywhere ‘I Carrubi’ is one of the most famous vineyard in Langhe.
Back to Alba to your four-star hotel. Overnight.
Enjoy a truffle hunting experience: meet our guide Mario and his dog Ricky at ‘La Morra’ and enjoy a unique experience amongst the hazelnut trees to hunt black truffles. Learn the techniques and at the end you will enjoy a truffle tasting and discover all secrets about this product. In the afternoon , you can visit one of the most famous castle in Piedmont: Grinzane Cavour…. Or just go back to Alba for a light lazy afternoon. In 2017 Alba had its first gay pride, with thousands of people taking part to the parade.
Asti is the core of the Monferrato area: green hills, small hamlets and castle around. In Canelli you should not miss a visit to the ‘Cathedrals underground’. They are better known as ‘Infernot’ stone caves underground where wine was left to mature.Asti is the town of the ‘Palio’ and of the famous ‘Asti spumante’. You can spend a whole day here, enjoying the slow life of a small country town. Overnight at a four star hotel in Asti or in Canelli.
Here, two major lakes are worthy a visit: Lake Orta and Lake Maggiore.Lake Orta is the right place to slow down your trip. Its hamlets and blossoming balconies reflecting on the lake waters almost lead to an out-of-time atmosphere. Here you can walk along the narrow roads and squares: the village of Orta San Giulio is spotted of neoclassical villas and it is in front of the San Giulio Island, which you can reach by boat. Here you can have lunch with lake fish at the only one osteria on the lake or you can decide to move to Villa Crespi, a moresque villa, now converted in a superb restaurant with a very famous Italian chef. You can have dinner here. It would be a once-in-a-life experience! Overnight in Orta.
Stroll along the alleys and take your time to visit the ‘Borromee Islands’ in the lake: the Isola Bella, the Isola Madre and the Isola dei Pescatori. Visit the Villa Borromeo in Isola Madre (the villa was built in the XVI century by a rich bishop family, the ‘Borromeos’) which will astonish with its frescoes and its Italian botanical garden. Make a tour of the three islands and go back to Stresa, for your overnight.
Stresa is a touristic town on the Lake Maggiore, you can find here some good opportunities for shopping. Also, you can drive to Pallanza and Arona, to visit the statue of ‘San Carlo’, 35 mt high: you can step up to the statue head and enjoy an amazing view on the lake.
A day off, to do whatever you like: maybe go back to the place you liked most! Return to Turin. Overnight
Check out and drive to Caselle Airport –Turin. Handle back the car. End of services
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