Treasures of Demetra offers a wonderful opportunity to discover culinary traditions, excellent food products and outstanding wines with a Food and Wine Tour in the Langhe and on the Ligurian Riviera.
Awaiting you is a journey through the most fascinating places in the Langhe and the Riviera of Flowers. Come along and discover for yourself the most magical spots in two areas that are so rich and abundant in history and tradition, where you will see stunning scenery and find cuisine that is so delicious and so authentic.
The Langhe and Roero are a hilly area where you will be amazed by the intensity and range of the colors on view thanks to the vegetation, both wild and cultivated. On the hilltops there are ancient towns and villages, dominated by magnificent fortress strongholds, or by high church bell towers. Panoramic views and gastronomy are the two major attractions of this vast and wonderful area which is so proud of its wine production. There is also something very special to be found in the little woods in the hills: mushrooms, aromatic herbs and, above all, truffles, which characterize the local cuisine.
You will then continue your journey, following the sea breezes, to the Riviera Ponente, a treasure chest of excitement, tastes and colors.The sea sparkles with the stunningly clear light and the waves that crash onto the rocks have a deep emerald hue. The gentle hills looking out over the sea are covered in olive trees which filter the warm Riviera sunshine with their delicate foliage. In this way the olives ripen gently before being gathered to produce the “gold” of the Riviera, the excellent extra virgin olive oil which is fundamental to so much that is delicious from the area.
TOUR PACKAGE Treasures of Demetra food and wine tour 5 days – 4 nights
Arrival in Alba in late afternoon for check in to hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.
2nd Day: Scents and Tastes of the Langhe
In the morning, a guided tour of the historic centre of the capital of the Langhe, Alba which is also known as the city of the hundred towers. The city, due to its position among rolling hills, is an amphitheatre rich in a long history. The historic center is a medieval affair where you will find numerous towers rising skyward, and streets full of Romano-Gothic monuments, such as the imposing cathedral.
Next you will move on to Valle Talloria d’Alba to take a fascinating tour of Barolo. The landscape provides a stunning backdrop to your visit with its imposing castles and pristine vineyards.
In a local wine merchant’s you will have the opportunity to taste the great Piedmontese wines, accompanied by some local delicacies.
In the afternoon your tour will take you on to the imposing and grand fortress/castle of Serralunga, whose position provides superb views over this entirely preserved medieval village. The castle was stormed and taken by Spanish forces in 1616. It has been the property of the state since 1950, when it was restored by order of the president of the republic, Luigi Einaudi.
Return to hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
3rd Day: Between the Alps and the sea… on to the Riviera of Flowers.
On this exciting day you will visit one of the most colorful spots in the Langhe, before heading towards one of the most characteristic and beautiful locations of the Riviera.
In the morning you will stop in the delightful village of Sinio, 30 kms. from Alba. Here you will visit the premises of a torronificio workshop where you can observe the production process of the making of torrone during a tour of the factory. Torrone is considered to be one of the most typical products from the Langhe, and so you will be beginning your day very sweetly. At the end of the visit you may wish to buy some of the products available at the adjacent shop.
You are free for lunch.
Afterwards you will set off for Finale Ligure to discover the medieval village of Finalborgo, still enclosed within its ancient walls – here you will find further interesting shopping opportunities.
In the late afternoon you will travel on to San Remo to check into your hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.
4th Day: The Riviera of Ponente, the festival of olives and flowers.
In the morning you will transfer to Imperia where you will visit the Museum of the Olive (closed on Sundays), owned by the Fratelli Carli company of Imperia. Situated in the heart of Oneglia which has been an olive oil port for millennia, the museum won the prize for European Museum of the Year in 1993, sponsored by the Council of Europe. In the display rooms of the museum you will find the production line of a typical olive oil producer accurately recreated . After seeing the historical production methods you will be able to visit the modern establishment of the Fratelli Carli and to do some shopping in the adjacent shop.
Afterwards you will travel on to a modern olive oil mill in Valle Impero, where you will see for yourself the most modern production techniques, from the outset of the process to the verification of quality which makes the extra virgin olive oil of the Riviera so special.
To follow on there will be the opportunity to taste some local delicacies.
In the afternoon you will have the chance to appreciate the beauty of the city of San Remo, during a tour designed to show off the artistry of the City of Flowers.
A tour follows of Villa Ormond, built by the local Rambaldi family before being taken over by the Parisian Ormond family in 1887. The plants which give so much color to the garden come from every corner of the globe, from the Canaries to Japan, from Tasmania to China and from California to Brazil.
In the immediate vicinity you will find the Villa Nobel, the last home of the Swedish scientist, Alfred Nobel, surrounded by a park which displays a rich collection of pavilions and ornamental statues. Recently the Villa has been fully restored and transformed into a museum: so it will be possible to see a collection of relics and equipment which belonged to the scientist, his laboratory, and the apartment where he drew up the famous will which brought to life the prize bearing his name.
Return to your hotel, dinner, and overnight stay.
Departure after breakfast.
More information on the Food and Wine Tour in Langhe and the Ligurian Riviera
Our offer includes:
- Individual subscription fee covering the administrative costs.
- Accommodation at our hotels in double room with half board.
- Admission to the Museums and Villas included in the program.
Our offer does not include
- Round trip travel, local transportation and all that is not included under the entry “our offer includes”.
- Lunches and dinners should be selected from the menu of the day or the tasting menu proposed by the chef. Beverages and à la carte items are to be paid for on site.
- The tours suggested in the program are to be considered as free, i.e. without a guide.
- Tour guide to visit the villages.
- Local transfers by auto or minibus with driver.