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Cultural Tours in Piedmont

Piemontese Art, History and Gastronomy

Cultural and Gastonomic Tours in Piedmont
The breathtaking abbey of the Sacra di San Michele, the inspiration for Umberto Eco’s Name of the Rose. Photo: Ellio Pallard (CC-BY-SA 4.0).

Piedmont - the ‘land at the foot of the mountain’ - is one of Italy’s best-kept secrets, stretching from the Alps almost down to the Mediterranean. Previously tourists tended to bypass it for other parts of Italy, but as the fantastic cuisine of this beautiful region has become more widely-known, Piedmont is becoming much more popular as a desitination. Piedmont is the birthplace of the Slow Food movement: some of the finest wines of Italy are produced in the rolling hills of the Langhe, and the cuisine of the region is rich with earthy flavours. And then there are the chocolate truffles... Piedmont is also full of hidden treasures when it comes to art: step outside the cities, and you find yourself in a land of Medieval hilltop towns, castles and abbeys that contains a wealth of art, and the Gothic frescoes of Piedmont are simply breathtaking.

Chris Dobson is an enthusiastic champion of this beautiful region, and he weaves together different aspects of Piemontese culture to create bespoke tours here as a rich mixture of art, history and gastronomy. This is true sustainable tourism, far from the crowds, where you will be amongst local Piemontesi who will be delighted to welcome you, and to introduce you to the unique culture of their region. We can design a custom itinerary just for you, including private, chauffeur-driven transport, and if necessary we can provide transfers from Turin Airport, Milan Malpensa Airport or Genoa Airport to Fossano, or the nearby small town of Sant’Albano Stura, locations which we use as a base for visits to wonderful locations across rural Piedmont: places otherwise difficult to reach, and presented to you with a real passion for the culture of this corner of Italy. They are for small groups of a maximum of 10 people.

Each tour is tailored to your personal requirements, so prices of each itinerary will vary. Generally speaking though, a single-day tour of approximately six hours would cost from around €750, plus museum entrance fees, food and transport. We can arrange accommodation on request. We are happy to provide you with a detailed costing for your personal itinerary on request: if you would like to discuss your requirements for custom private tours, then please get in touch via the Contact page.

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Private cultural tours in Piedmont
The beautiful Gothic frescoes in the castle of La Manta: equal to anything found in Florence. Photo: © Chris Dobson.
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