Piedmont & Northern Italy

Save the Date | Departing October 2022

Savor the Slow Life

Experience the flavors and traditions of Piedmont & Northern Italy

Save the Date

Our Piedmont experience will travel in October 2022

7 Days, 6 Nights

Heart of Piedmont from Turin to Bra, Gavi, Langhe and Asti

Price from

$8,000

Per person, based on double occupancy

Speak with an adventure expert

+1 (855) 219-8018

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, truffles sniffed out by dogs as you cheered them on, fresh herbs and artisan coffee. Here in Piedmont, it’s not uncommon for every dish, and each precious ingredient, to have its own story and local heritage. It’s part of the ethical ‘Slow Food’ culture born in the region and threaded eloquently through all of northern Italy. You take another sip, appreciative of your time with people who know food etiquette is about far more than silverware placement—it’s about responsibility and reverence to the region, to landscape and ingredients, and to tradition.

If you love fine wines and exquisite regional cuisine, this trip to Piedmont and northern Italy is for you. If you consider yourself a foodie or are fascinated by how landscape and history shape a bottle of local Barolo or Barbaresco, you’ll relish every minute. Meet winemakers and artisans whose generations-old techniques reflect the region’s authentic heritage. This is Italy like you’ve never experienced.

Piedmont Highlights

Stimulate Your Senses

With the true flavors of Piedmont: white truffles, agnolotti pasta and aged Gorgonzola, rich panna cotta and crisp Cortese di Gavi

Exclusive VIP Access

Meet local chefs and winemakers, producers and artisans who've worked in harmony with the land for centuries

How We Travel

In style! If you crave good food, beautiful scenery and luxurious comfort, this is the Piedmont experience you've been waiting for

Your Piedmont Experience

Slow Food is about keeping traditions and cultures alive: good, clean and fair.

Northern Italy is everything people love about the country: the flavors, people and landscape.

We curate travel experiences to inspiring destinations. Each adventure is designed to broaden horizons, expand exploration and, perhaps most important, create opportunities for Arlington Club members to connect with one another to create lifelong memories and friendships.

Day by Day

Day 1

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’s open-air market—Europe’s largest—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 cheese, 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 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.

Day 1 Highlights

  • Food tour led by local expert
  • Artisanal chocolate tastings
  • Welcome dinner
  • Stay at Turin Palace Hotel in Turin

Day 2

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.

Day 2 Highlights

  • Coffee tasting at Caffè Vergnano Accademia
  • Explore Turin 
  • Stay at Turin Palace Hotel

Day 3

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, a winery best known for its sparkling wine and prominent fanbase, including the Italian royal family, followed by dinner and a tour of the cellars at our vineyard-ensconced hotel, which happens to produce acclaimed Gavi and Barbera vintages. Salute!

Day 3 Highlights

  • Meet-up with traditional cheesemaker 
  • Winery tour and tasting at Contratto
  • Stay at Villa Sparina in Gavi

Day 4

Today, we start with private visit and tasting at Ettore Germano, a family-owned winery steeped in four generations of knowledge and a true leader in small scale, handcrafted ‘slow wine.’ Next stop on this wine-focused day is Podere Luigi Einaudi, founded by the second president of Italy who shared a passion for both politics and wine; his legacy continues in this bucolic family winery. We’ll have a private tasting and meet the winemakers.

Day 4 Highlights

  • Ettore Germano vineyards tour & tasting
  • Podere Luigi Einaudi tour & tasting
  • Stay at Villa Sparina in Gavi

Day 5

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. And because a day of truffles deserves a hearty pairing, we’ll enjoy lunch at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, learning about Slow Food history over an unforgettable multi-course meal.

After, you’ll have time to unwind and relax, perhaps take a walk through the city or recline in Valentino Park. We’ll reconvene for dinner, which will be a hands-on cooking experience, celebrating our time together and incorporating the ethos of flavor we’ve experienced on our journey. 

Day 5 Highlights

  • Guided truffle hunt
  • Lunch at University of Gastronomic Sciences 
  • Hands-on cooking experience
  • Stay at Relais Sant’Uffizio in Asti

Day 6

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. In the evening, we’ll meet up for a farewell dinner to remember, with truffles as the star. Saluti to locally sourced food, bountiful wine, tasting truffles and the Italian experience!

Day 6 Highlights

  • White Truffle Fair
  • Farewell dinner
  • Stay at Relais Sant’Uffizio in Asti

Day 7

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 final 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!

Day 7 Highlights

  • Transfer to airport

Where We Sleep

Natural beauty and luxurious comfort. Our accommodations capture the essence, ethos and hospitality of Piedmont.

Turin Palace Hotel

Turin

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.

Villa Sparina

Gavi

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.

Relais Sant’Uffizio

Asti

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.

Questions?

That’s OK, we have answers. Read our FAQs below or call +1 (855) 219-8018 to ask us any questions you have. We're here weekdays 8am to 5pm Pacific.

  1. What does the price include?

    Six nights at boutique 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.

  2. What does the price not include?

    International roundtrip airfare to or from 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.

  3. Where does the trip start and end?

    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 to ensure you're at our starting point on time. Our adventure ends seven days later in the small town of Cioccaro, Italy.  The closest airport is the Torino International Airport (TRN), about 75 minutes away. 

  4. What travel documents are needed?

    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.  

  5. Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?

    For solo travelers, there is a $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.

  6. Who is going on this trip?

    Our adventures typically have between 10 and 18 Arlington Club members and guests, plus 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.

  7. Who is leading the trip?

    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.

  8. Do I need Travel Insurance?

    We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement for your trip costs; if your trip plans change for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to get medical help, emergency transport, and for theft, loss or damage of items while traveling. For best coverage, always insure the full trip cost within two weeks of your initial trip deposit and note that most 'Cancel For Any Reason' policies must be purchased on the date of your initial deposit.