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Cooking, Wine & Walking Tour in Piedmont’s Barolo Wine Country and Cinque Terre


** This is a sample itinerary to give you ideas for your custom designed tour so prices are approximate only.

5 nights

Your gourmet vacation is short so in a few days, you want to discover two extraordinary regions, each with delightfully different cuisines, wines and landscapes: Piedmont’s magnificent Barolo wine country hills and Cinque Terre’s stunning coast,

In Piedmont, immerse yourself in private, authentic, local cooking and wine experiences with Piedmont wine makers, home cooks and chefs, so you get to know each other. Cook typical family dishes with them in their kitchens and savour your exquisite food together.

In exceptional, insider experiences, drink wines one-on-one with Barolo wine makers in their cellars. Discover Piedmont’s top red wines like Barolo and Barbaresco and the regional food that complements them.

In Cinque Terre, walk the stunningly beautiful pathways and dine on excellent, traditional plates at specially chosen restaurants.

The ultimate in rich Italian lifestyle experiences connecting you through cooking, food and wine with local people so you feel part of their lives! A feast for your senses and heart.

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Sunday: Welcome to Barolo wine country

Private transport from Turin airport or train station to town of Barolo. Stay in a three star hotel in Barolo with swimming pool and beautiful views of Barolo castle, run by a local wine producer family.

Welcome dinner of typical local dishes in a great restaurant.

Monday: Enjoy Barolo winery, countryside, cooking class

Visit a winery near Barolo, whose passionate owners tell you all you ever wanted to know about Barolo, Barbera, Nebbiolo and other wines.

Drive along Barolo country roads, gazing at spectacular wine country views, and to hill town Castiglione Falletto. Light lunch on a cafe patio with lovely views.

Drive to a restaurant in the countryside for a hands-on cooking class on local dishes with creative touches with a young, welcoming, passionate chef. Dishes like: risotto with Barbera wine and tuma cheese cream or semifreddo with boysenberries, white chocolate and mint. Savour your creations with great Piedmont wines.

Tuesday: Discover Barolo wine history, unique castle, cook with village women

In Barolo visit the historic Marchesi di Barolo winery where modern Barolo wine making began. Discover the fascinating history of Barolo wine.

Drive to Serralunga to visit a unique medieval castle. With the castle’s guide, learn how ingenious architectural features kept invaders out. Marvel at the 360 degree views of the medieval town walls and the vine covered hills.

On an isolated ridge, visit Francesca’s family farm. They produce their own cheeses and most of what they eat. Lunch at their dining table in their kitchen.

In small town, Sinio enjoy a full menu, hands-on cooking class of traditional Piedmont dishes with elder village women, excellent home cooks. Dine on your creations with them.

Wednesday: Welcome to Italian Riviera & Portovenere

Drive to colourful Portovenere on the Riviera south of Cinque Terre. Check into four star hotel by the sea. For lunch, enjoy fresh focaccia and vegetable torts in a typical cafe.

Free time. Walk along the sea, up to the castle, or along narrow streets filled with shops, gelaterias and cafes.

Dine on lovely seafood in a Portovenere restaurant, with stunning views of the Bay of Poets.

Thursday: Explore Cinque Terre

Explore magnificent the five towns of Cinque Terre by boat or by walking the paths.

In beautiful Vernazza, relax at a restaurant on the piazza by the sea for lunch.

In late afternoon return to Portovenere by boat. Seafood dinner of typical dishes in a restaurant in Portovenere.

Friday: Ciao for now!

After a final breakfast, depart with our private transfer for La Spezia train station.

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  • 5 nights hotel with breakfast in three and four star hotel
  • all meals
  • 2 cooking classes
  • 2 Barolo winery tours & tastings
  • guided visits in Piedmont towns: Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, Serralunga, Sinio
  • guided visit in Serralunga castle
  • guided visit to all  Cinque Terre towns if you walk. Visit four towns if you go by boat. (assuming all paths are open)
  • transport throughout tour in private minivan or public boat
  • private transfers from/to pick-up/drop-off points of Turin and La Spezia
  • local guide throughout

Not Included:

  • Wines with your meals so you can choose the wines you like.

Tour Dates

** This is a sample itinerary to give you ideas for your custom designed tour so prices are approximate only.

Please ask us for the dates you’d like.


Tour Prices

# people in group: 2-8
Subject to foreign exchange fluctuations

CDN: $3790 about
US: $2880 about
Euros: about €2525


Single Supplement (1 person)

Euros: €280
CDN: $420 about
US: $320

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