Piedmont | Palaces, Abbeys & Art

The Sacra di San Michele Monastery,Turin
The Sacra di San Michele Monastery,Turin
Royal Palace Galleria di Diana, Venaria
Royal Palace Galleria di Diana, Venaria
Caserta Royal Palace
Caserta Royal Palace
Peschiera at Venaria Palace
Peschiera at Venaria Palace
Consolata Baroque Church Domes
Consolata Baroque Church Domes
Piazza Carignano, Turin
Piazza Carignano, Turin

Discover the beautiful Italian region of Piedmont with its culture, history and art on this autumn tour. Gaze upon the magnificent Sacra di San Michele, an evocative
monastery perched high up in the mountains. Tour the Palazzo Reale as well as the Consolata, pay a visit to Castello della Manta and even explore the Palazzo Madama. Buildings of religious significance open their doors to us and welcome us warmly, and we accept private invitations to stand before mesmerising works of art in fabulous locations.

Of course, no tour of this country would be complete without the opportunity to really indulge in the fantastic local cuisine. We are lucky enough to sample regional dishes throughout this entire trip. With ample time to wander the area and really explore at leisure, we will leave this inimitable part of the world with satisfied appetites, minds that have been engaged and fulfilled, and a real sense of place.

  • Walk to the magnificent Sacra di San Michele abbey, dramatically perched on mountain tops
  • The chance to sample bicerin - a chocolate drink - where it was first served in the 18th century
  • An out-of-hours tour of Casa Cavassa with its collection of truly amazing frescoes
  • Visit Venaria Palace, the luxurious hunting lodge of the Savoy kings


  • Cultural Excursion


  • Special Access
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

Meet in London at the airport and have an independent lunch before our flight to Turin. An introductory lecture from our guide awaits and then we enjoy a group dinner ahead of tomorrow’s touring.

Hotel: Sitea, Turin
Meals: Dinner included

Day 2

Take a guided walk through Turin, passing Piazza San Carlo, Piazza Carlo Alberto and more. After lunch at a local restaurant, we visit the Palazzo Realo and the Santuario della Consolata. The latter is a striking church with an eclectic collection of architecture. Dinner will be at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Sitea, Turin
Meals: All meals included

Day 3

Drive out to Saluzzo today for a private tour of Casa Cavassa, home to wonderful art and furniture. After lunch at a regional eatery, visit the Castello della Manta with its fresco cycles, architecture and artworks and then we make our return to Turin for dinner.

Hotel: Sitea, Turin
Meals: All meals included

Day 4

Venaria Palace, a UNESCO-listed and former royal residence, is ours to explore this morning. After lunch, we return to Turin for some free time to wander the shops or buy some souvenirs in this lovely capital of Piedmont.

Hotel: Sitea, Turin
Meals: All meals included

Day 5

A unique experience awaits us this morning at the breathtaking Sacra di San Michele. This is a truly stunning ancient abbey that inspired Umberto Eco’s novel, “The Name of the Rose”, and it offers incredible views over Turin and the Val di Susa. Lunch will be at a local restaurant and from here we make our way back to Turin. Another afternoon of free time awaits us and then we reconvene for our evening meal.

Hotel: Sitea, Turin
Meals: All meals included

Day 6

A leisurely morning awaits and then we meet for lunch at the hotel before visiting Palazzo Madama. After a tour here, we return to London.

Meals: Breakfast included

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - Most meals included with wine at dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Hotels
  7. Flights

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2019 Tour Details

Wed 16th October - Mon 21st October




sgl supp: £360


Led By: Dr Agata Chrzanowska

Guide Lecturer

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