Italian Riviera and Piedmont

 

DAY 01: ROME - MILAN

Please be on time at Roma Termini train station in order to check the right platform and schedule according to the train booking. High-speed train to Milan (3 hours approx). Arrival in Milan and accommodation at the hotel. Overnight in Milan.

 

DAY 02: MILAN - GENOA

At 08:30 am depart from Starhotel Ritz, Via Spallanzani 40, Milan to Genoa. Seaport, one of the largest of South Europe, the first in Italy; 6th city of the country, this town has an important history, as a Maritime Republic. Its historical center has grown around the dock, is full of narrow and characteristic streets and has a medieval origin. Visit of the modern zone of "Ancient Port", restored for the 500 years of America discovery by Cristopher Columbus. Here we find the Aquarius, the second biggest in Europe. Free time for lunch. Accommodation in hotel and free evening for your personal interests. Overnight in Genoa.

 

DAY 03: GENOA - SANREMO - GENOA

Breakfast at the hotel and outgoing to Sanremo. Sanremo, defined as the city of flowers and sun, is known all over the world for the Italian Song Festival. Its economy is based on flower farming and tourism. This little town of Riviera of Ponente (West Riviera), offer many possibilities of entertainment like beaches and promenades. Its famous Casino is situated on the top of the most elegant street in the town, where you can find shops of clothes and many others. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon return to Genoa along the Rivera of Ponente and passing through characteristic villages. Overnight in Genoa.

 

DAY 04: GENOA - PORTOVENERE - CINQUE TERRE - GENOA

Breakfast at the hotel and departure to Portovenere, a fishermen village located at the end of La Spezia Gulf. Visit. Ferry to Cinque Terre (if the atmospheric conditions don't permit the boarding, the visit will be done with a panoramic itinerary by train). Heritage of the Unesco, these 5 fishermen villages, symbolize a group unique in the World for its beautiful landscape and the medieval style of their buildings. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon coming back to Genoa. Overnight in Genoa.

 

DAY 05: GENOA - RAPALLO - PORTOFINO - MONFERRATO AREA - TURIN

Breakfast at the hotel and departure to Rapallo. A famous tourist center that offers one of the most suggestive examples of architecture of the Liguria coast. After the Visit leave for Portofino. Around a little square, you can have a nice view of a group of high, colored and picturesque houses. In the small port, during the high season, you can see expensive yachts from every part of the world. Continue to Santa Margherita, the famous seaside city of Riviera of Levante, located in the Tigullio Gulf. Departure to Casale Monferrato, the capital of the ancient Dukedom of Monferrato. The old town includes several beautiful buildings with different architectural styles, such as the Fortress, the Civic Tower and the Cathedral. Next, departure to Turin, capital of the region, crossing the North of Monferrato with short stops in Moncalvo, a nice village at the top of several vineyards and Crea, where it is possible to visit the local Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage. Continue to your hotel. Overnight in Turin.

 

DAY 06: TURIN

Breakfast at the hotel. Full day dedicated to visiting the town. Turin, of Roman origin, the first capital of the Kingdom of Italy, the main center of car factory FIAT, cultural and university center, it is nowadays the fourth biggest town of the country for inhabitants and the third for industrial development. In the morning, visit the famous Savoy Route, including the Royal Palace, in Venaria, the greatest abode of the Royal Family. This imposing structure inspired the French architects during the project of renovation of the Palace of Versailles, near Paris. Built-in the second half of the 1600 by command of the Savoy Duke Charles Emmanuel that gave it as a gift to his wife, the palace presents the main central building as well as the largest part of the region. Then, continue to Superga, the second hill of the region. Here, visit the Basilica, built at the beginning of 1700 by command of the King of Sardinia, Victor Amadeus II as the dedication to the Virgin in order to celebrate the victory of the Piedmont Army versus France and Spain. Most graves of the family and the unique masterpiece of the Pope's pictures, painted on cloth, are conserved inside. Break to have free time for lunch, coming back to the city center. After lunch at leisure, visit of the downtown, including Piazza Castello, with Palazzo Madama, old Roman gate, residence of the Royal Family and finally Art Museum and the Royal Palace; the Mole Antonelliana, the major landmark of the city, built by the architect Alessandro Antonelli in 1873 and dedicated to King Victor Emmanuel II: it houses the Museo Nazionale del Cinema, the National Museum of Film; the Cathedral which hedges in the Shroud, a linen cloth bearing the image of a man who appears to have been physically traumatized in a manner consistent with crucifixion. Jesus, according to the catholic tradition; Piazza San Carlo, with its galleries in typical Piedmont style; walk through Via Roma and Garibaldi and free time to enjoy the everyday life of this amazing city. Overnight at the hotel.

 

DAY 07: TURIN - THE LANGHE - ASTI - TURIN

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to La Morra, a small village of the Middle Age. It grounds its richness on the so-called "Red gold", the Barolo. Visit a typical wine cellar in order to taste the best wines of the region. Then, continue to Grinzane Cavour, which houses the homonym castle and some of the main wine bars of the area. There, the first Italian Prime Minister, Camillo Cavour created the myth of the Barolo. In an amazing trip among hills and vineyards, arrive to Alba, town considered as the capital of the Langhe, district of hills and strong production of wines, known also as the regional leader in the ambit of buying and selling of truffles and chocolates (Ferrero, the multinational factory in the production of tea, chocolate, biscuits all over the world). Founded in the pre-Roman age, Alba had an important role in the Middle Age. Visit of the Cathedral, the old town center with the road of business, Vittorio Emanuele and Cavour and the City Hall Palace. Free time for lunch. Then continue to Asti. The city presents Roman and baroque styles and tracks of the Middle Age and of the Renaissance. In the world, it is known due to its top-production of wines, of which the most important one is the Asti Spumante. Visit downtown: Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral, Piazza Roma with the monument to Italy, the Red Tower, of the Roman age, the baroque palaces, and the Middle Age towers. Back to Turin. Overnight at the hotel.

 

DAY 08: TURIN - AOSTA - COURMAYEUR - MILAN

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Fenis to look up to the castle, built in the XII century, located in the highest valley of the region. Built by command of the family Challant because of a reason of prestige, now it represents one of the most charming masterpieces of that age in all Northern Italy. Then, a short walk in Courmayeur, a small village located at the bottom of the Mont Blanc, the last Italian place before the frontier with France. Entered in the collective imaginary due to its 11 km long tunnel between Italy and France under the Mont Blanc, it presents a unique and wonderful landscape among the best and most fascinating peaks of the Western Alps. Next, departure to Aosta, capital of the autonomous region of Aosta Valley, the smallest region of our country, located in the middle of the highest mountains of the Alps. Old town, founded before Christ and partially built by the Romans according to the typical style of a Roman camp (core and parallel streets). Still today Roman tracks are extremely evident: Arch of Augustus, the Praetorian gates, the old entrances of the city and the modern district with the modern works, as the Cathedral and Piazza Chanoux with the City Hall. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon, return to Milan. Transfer to the train station and train back to Rome. End of our services.

 

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