Piedmont and Langhe

 

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 - MONFERRATO AREA - TURIN

Departure at 8.30 am to the hilly area of Monferrato, in the South-East of Piedmont. Arrive in Acqui Terme, an old city founded by the Romans famous for its original aqueduct. In the old town, you can admire “La Bollente”, a beautiful white stone structure built to protect the amazing hot spring with water at 75°. After a short walk in the old town continue 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 to depart 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 03: 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 in Turin.

 

DAY 04: 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 castle and some of the main wine bars of the area. In an amazing trip among hills and vineyards, arrive in Alba, the capital of the Langhe, district of hills and strong production of wines. 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 05: TURIN - COURMAYEUR - AOSTA – MILAN - ROME

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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