Savor the flavors of Piedmont and Slow Food in its birthplace, alongside a star chef who grew up here
Join chef Giorgio Rapicavoli in the birthplace of Slow Food
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Heart of Piedmont from Turin to Bra, Gavi, Langhe and Asti
Savor this moment. You step onto a terrace and look out at the expanse of vineyards, noting the shades of green that paint the hillsides and Alps in the distance. Flavors linger in your mouth, from sparkling wine harvested from the nearby vineyards, rich chocolate made locally, truffles sniffed out by dogs as you cheered them on. Despite the endless array of food, immersive experiences and incredible company, this trip has been a lesson in slowing down. For as much as the Piedmont way is to preserve the local ecosystem, flavor and tradition it also keeps the memories alive.
With you on this seven-day Italian adventure is Giorgio Rapicavoli, a Miami chef raised in the Piedmont region. Giorgio Rapicavoli has won Chopped, is a two-time James Beard Award semifinalist, made Forbes’ “30 Under 30 List” and has been labeled ‘Miami’s Hottest Chef.’ Spending half his life in Italy’s Piedmont region, he’s long dreamed of showing his second home to the world. We can’t wait to experience Piedmont through his eyes.
If you crave good food, beautiful scenery and a fresh take on food culture, this trip is for you. We’ll learn to identify, gather and cook truffles and indulge in Piedmont’s most famous flavors, like sparkling wine, chocolate and, well, more truffles.
With the true flavors of Piedmont: white truffles and snails, agnolotti pasta and aged Gogrgonzola, rich panna cotta and crisp Cortese di Gavi
Meet local chefs and winemakers, producers and artisans who've worked in harmony with the land for centuries
Honor the ethos of Slow Food in its birthplace with chef Giorgio Rapicavoli. “Good, Clean, and Fair”—the Slow Food motto is literally tattooed on his arm, in Italian.
“Slow Food is about keeping traditions and cultures alive. It was a part of my life before I even knew what it meant.” —Giorgio Rapicavoli
“Northern Italy was very fortunate to have access to all these ingredients. It’s everything people love about the country.” —Giorgio Rapicavoli
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There’s much to feast on in Piedmont, a region that combines a rich food scene with a side of rolling hills and mountain vistas. We’ll sample it all—the truffles, family-owned wineries, local chocolates and regional cheeses.
Benvenuto a Torino! Today we take in the beauty of the Piedmont region in Turin, which with its Baroque buildings, stone streets and towering Alps backdrop, is all too easy. The city market—Europe’s largest open-air fruit and vegetable market—is alive and bustling, and we’ll dive right in. Our first taste of the city is a literal one: a food tour led by a local expert. We’ll sample regional flavors, including the stracchino, toma and robiola cheeses for which Turin is known, and lunch on seasonal delicacies.
Besides cheese and truffles, Turin is obsessed with chocolate (produced locally since 1560). So, of course, we’ll taste an array of chocolates from legendary local chocolatiers including Gobino, Domori and D. Barbero, perhaps washed down with one of the city’s proudest inventions, a steaming Bicerin made of espresso, drinking chocolate, and milk.
We’ll reconvene in the evening for a pre-dinner aperitif and introduction to Turin’s Slow Food movement—a theme we’ll be exploring deliciously during the week ahead—followed by a welcome dinner as the sun dissolves behind the Alps, a truly epic first day.
Hold your morning cup of joe. Today, we’ll journey just outside Turin to the small town of Chieri to experience Piedmont’s coffee culture at Accademia Vergnano. Here, we’ll take an expert lesson in coffee cupping and roasting the slow and flavorful Piedmont way at Italy’s oldest coffee roaster.
Once back in the city center, the afternoon and evening are ours to spend exploring. Visit art galleries and museums, or relish city views from the observation deck of the National Cinema Museum. Or, if you’re craving a green escape from the city, snag some fresh fixings from a local market and have yourself a picnic along the River Po. Lie in the grass and let the sun lull you further into this Italian paradise. Just be sure to wake in time for dinner, perhaps at one of Turin’s seven Michelin starred restaurants.
Today, it’s best you arrive hungry for some Slow Food knowledge. Giorgio is sharing some of his all-time favorite spots in Bra, where he spent time growing up. We’ll hit up his go-to bakery, macelleria or salumeria and live like a native. We’ll meet up at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, birthplace of the Slow Food movement, for Giorgio to cook us lunch sourced from local meats and produce. This will be a meal to remember, a toast to Giorgio and our new shared connection to his favorite place in the world.
And because great food deserves a great pairing, after lunch we’ll head to Ettore Germano. This family-owned spot is steeped in four generations of viticulture knowledge. Thanks to its loyalty to small scale, this vineyard is an inviting nod to Slow Food—or in this case, slow wine.
It’s time to head to Canelli, the birthplace of Italian sparkling wine. Vineyards stretch in all directions across the area’s gently rolling land, and it’s our mission to explore its flavors. In keeping with our slow-food theme, our dining will be localized to Canelli. We’ll visit with a cheese maker who produces the exquisite Tuma di Langa, a rindless sheep cheese made locally for centuries.
We’ll cap the day at Contratto, best known for its sparkling wines and prominent fanbase, including the Italian royal family. Salute!
The hunt is on for truffles! Led by a judge from the local Truffle Fair, you’ll retreat to the forest with specially trained dogs for a guided experience on locating, identifying and cooking up these flavorful fungi, the centerpiece of your lunch today. After, you’ll have some time to unwind and relax, perhaps take a walk through the city or recline in Valentino Park along the River Po.
We’ll reconvene for dinner, which will be another skillful lesson in how to make a delicious Piedmontese meal with truffles as the highlight.
Yesterday was your truffle primer—today is the main event. The Internazionale Tartufo Bianco (White Truffle Fair), for 90 years held each October and November in nearby Alba, is a gathering of people from around the world who appreciate flavorful food sourced ethically and locally. A local expert will guide us through the fair, explaining the many local flavors on display.
Later this evening, Giorgio will cook a farewell meal for us that incorporates the ethos of flavor we’ve experienced on our journey. Saluti to locally sourced food, bountiful wine, tasting truffles and the Italian experience!
All good things must come to an end. We’ll soak up the last of our time together over a big farewell breakfast before bidding goodbyes. We’ll pack our bags and try our best to take one last mental picture of the magical Turin before heading out on afternoon flights. Until next time: Ciao!
Natural beauty and luxurious comfort. Our accommodations capture the essence, ethos and hospitality of Piedmont.
Wide windows and spacious balconies make it easy to enjoy Turin from afar. Light-filled rooms and all the modern comforts make it the perfect base to explore the city.
Set near lush woods and the sprawling vineyards of Monterotondo, our boutique villa hotel is the perfect nature-meets-luxury experience, set in a beautifully restored 18th-century farmhouse manor with all the modern comforts. It's also a working vineyard, producing acclaimed Gavi and Barbera wines stored on the grounds in historic cellars you can visit in between visits to the spa or simply wandering the expansive grounds.
Once upon a time, parts of what is now Relais Sant’Uffizio operated as a monastery used for producing wine. Today, the luxurious Sant’Uffizio is surrounded by peaceful green vineyards and is the ideal place to unwind after a day exploring the region’s wineries.
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Six nights at four- and five-star accommodations; private travel for all day trips and excursions; departure airport transfer; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; exclusive VIP access and tastings; guided activities, adventures and expeditions; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals.
International roundtrip airfare to Italy; travel insurance; transportation to the trip’s starting point; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverages not included in itinerary; gratuity for tour leader.
Our adventure begins at the Turin Palace Hotel in Turin, Italy. The closest airport is the Torino International Airport (TRN). We recommend arriving one day early in Turin to ensure you're at our starting point on time. Our adventure ends in the small town of Cioccaro, Italy. The closest airport is Torino International Airport (TRN), about seventy-five minutes away. Your flight home should be scheduled to depart at 2pm or later from TRN.
US citizens are not required to have a visa for stays in Italy of under 90 days. Just bring a valid US passport. For citizens of other countries, please check with the Italian embassy or consulate for information and requirements.
For solo travelers, there is an $2,000 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. If you would like us to pair you with a roommate, that option may be available upon checkout—these spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Our adventures typically have between 10 and 20 guests, and our Modern Adventure Team. Our experiences are fun and inclusive and you can expect to be joined by a diverse group in terms of age, background and interests—including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This adventure is for travelers age 18 and above.
This trip is led by an expert Modern Adventure trip leader. They're an experienced travel guide, a representative of Modern Adventure and your go-to person for questions or concerns on the trip. We’ll be joined throughout our adventure by local, expert guides who are deeply knowledgeable with respect to local cultures, customs and history and are passionate about sharing that with us.
You may cancel before June 27, 2021, and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after June 28, 2021, there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after August 26, 2021, there is a 100% cancellation fee. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases of family/medical emergency or cases of the trip being canceled (see our Terms and Conditions for full details).