Turin Festive Food
Nestled on three sides by the towering Alps and Apennine mountains, Piedmont, of which Turin is the capital, is a region as famous for its gourmet delicacies as its feuding fiefdoms. Home to the Savoy dynasty and battlefield of many wars, Piedmont’s history is vibrant.
Enjoy a Christmas that perfectly combines archaeological sites with Piedmont’s best local food and wine. Explore the wine cellars of Canelli and descend beneath Alba to the remains of the Roman and medieval city below. Learn how to make panissa among the rice fields of Vercelli and sample traditional Gramolino cake in the 15th century castle of Galliate.
- Discover excavations that lie hidden beneath the streets of modern day Alba
- Enjoy a Christmas Day walk along the splendid avenues and piazzas of Turin followed by a traditional Christmas lunch
- Receive special access to the 16th century fresco cycle at the remains of the abbey of San Sileno
Wednesday 20 December 2017
We arrive in Milan.
En route to Turin we stop at Galliate where we are treated to a special welcome to Piedmont - sampling traditional local specialities inside an impressive 15th century castle.
Thursday 21 December 2017
During our first morning in Turin, we see how chocolate is made before exploring the Porta Palatina, original gateway of Julia Augusta Taurinorum and its archaeological park. After lunch we visit the Egyptian Museum, home to one of the world’s most important assemblages of Egyptian material.
We enjoy a performance at the Teatro Regio tonight.
Friday 22 December 2017
We learn the secrets of the beans behind the classic Italian espresso before we leave for the rice fields at Vettigné – a magical site, rising from the low-lying mists of surrounding rice fields. We can help make our own ‘panissa’, the local rice dish, which we enjoy at lunch. Spend some free time Christmas shopping this afternoon in Turin.
Saturday 23 December 2017
Driving out of the city, we travel through the hills of the Monferrato to Canelli, and the famous cellars of the Asti Spumante wine. As well as being an attractive medieval and later town, Alba is the home of the innovative ‘Hidden City’ museum - a series of excavated and preserved sites beneath the city’s streets
Sunday 24 December – Christmas Eve
Start the day driving to Romagnano Sesia to view the 11th century frescoed cellar of San Sileno. We are joined by a wine expert who will lead us in a tasting of the region’s best local food and wine for lunch before heading to Lake Orta. With our own private ferry we cross the lake to the island of San Giulio. The frescoed interior of the church is striking and still has its carved Romanesque pulpit.
Monday 25 December – Christmas Day
We enjoy a leisurely start to Christmas Day - warming up with a glass of Bicerin – a delicious chocolate drink. Afterwards, we enjoy a walk to the Mole Antonelliana tower for a splendid view over the city before our Christmas lunch.
Tuesday 26 December – Boxing Day
On our final morning, we visit the Basilica of Superga, the burial place of the royal family of Savoy before leaving Turin for San Nazzaro Val Sesia, a superb example of a 15th century Lombardo Gothic Church. We stop lunch before heading for the airport.
- Flights - Scheduled return flights from London to Milan
- Tour Manager
- Local Travel - Private a/c coach
- Meals - All meals included - dinners with wine
- Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
- Hotel - 6 nights located only a ten minute walk from Piazza Castello and other major sites in Turin. The restaurant offers classic Italian cuisine and free access to the on-site fitness suite.
6 nights located only a ten minute walk from Piazza Castello and other major sites in Turin. The restaurant offers classic Italian cuisine and free access to the on-site fitness suite.
Lucid, adventurous, expert-led holidays exploring some of the world’s most fascinating ancient sites, in the company of like-minded fellow travellers - what could be merrier?
"Rome at Christmas - eating in local Italian restaurants - the beautiful decorations in the streets and Piazzas - the fascinating archaeology - St Peter's Square on Christmas morning, I could continue indefinitely!"