Choice 1: One day or two day (counts as 2 choices) Italian cooking class at Try Piedmont
Choice 2: An historic tour of Turin
Guided tour on foot of the historic city centre with its important monuments: the Cathedral where the Holy Shroud is kept, the Royal Palace and its beautiful gardens, the Church of the Great Mother of God, the Porte Palatine (remains of Roman walls) and the Roman district, the Mole Antonelliana which hosts the new National Cinema Museum, and the elegant Piazza San Carlo with the historic cafés where you may taste the delicious bicherin drink prepared with the traditional Gianduja chocolate.
You will also visit the Egyptian Museum, second only to the one in Cairo. And finally, driving just a few miles from the city, you can visit the Basilica of Superga which stands on the hill overlooking Turin and go down into the royal tombs of the Savoy family.
Choice 3: Asti Center and wine appreciation
A guided tour through the historic centre of the city famous for the Palio, the traditional horse race which takes place every 3rd Sunday of September. From Piazza Alfieri, dedicated to the famous playwright Vittorio Alfieri who was born in Asti in 1749, you may reach the Romanesque-gothic Collegiate Church of San Secondo. Then visit the baroque Town Hall, the theatre, and walk through the medieval towers and buildings up to the gothic cathedral.
Your tour continues in the Crypt of Sant'Anastasio, a collection of some Roman ruins, an VIII-X century graveyard area, romanesque capitels, etc., and finishes in the Complex of San Pietro in Consavia, built as an imitation of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, where you will also visit a paleontological and an archeological museum (the latter with some Egyptian finds). For those who love shopping, a walk along the Corso Alfieri with its elegant shops is not to be missed and time will be allowed to enable you to do so should you wish, then on to do some wine tasting in the center of Asti where we will introduce you to some fantastic local wines and food treats.
Choice 4 : Alba Center and Barolo Castle
Guided tour on foot of the historic centre of Alba, that back in the middle Ages was given the name of “the town of 100 towers”. Today only four of them are left, all stand in Piazza del Risorgimento where beautiful medieval buildings and the late-gothic cathedral of San Lorenzo create a stunning atmosphere.
Alba is also famous for the White Truffle Fair which takes place every October (this year at its first international edition!). You can then walk along the main street (via Maestra) and visit shops and places where you could try and buy wines, chocolate and…..truffles.
We will then visit the famous wine town of Barolo where we will have a tour around the castle and sample some of the wonderful wine that they have on offer.
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