Piemonte e tartufi (Piedmont and truffle)
- Traveller Christa K. from Ede:
Piedmont: the Walhalla for wine-tasting gourmets. And with Hans and Stefania as guidance you definitely get what you come for. A lot of information about Italian culture, history and culinary hotspots. Fine variety between churches and palaces in Torino (must surely be one of the best kept secrets of Italy?) And the rural peace around Alba. Delicious wine tastings, meeting special people and eating super tasty. In short, a must.
- Traveller Wil from A:
This trip was in November because of the festival of the white truffle in Alba during that period. The first few days of this trip we were in Turin in a beautiful hotel in the center of the city. We had all the sights within walking distance and did not need the car. Besides culture there was also a lot of wine and gastronomy included in the program. The program sections on culture were in excellent English from the Italian guide and the sections on wine and gastronomy were explained by a Dutch expert. Alba was impressive and the truffle festival a huge spectacle where it became clear to us how big the (taste) differences between the white and the black truffle are.
We had someone with less mobility in our tour group, but that was very well taken into account in the program and “logistics”.
- Traveller Eric de V. from Ede:
Four days of traveling with Hans and Stefania: our friendly, knowledgeable and flexible tour guides. Many seen in Turin (surprisingly beautiful city) and around Alba (truffles and wine tasting). Very well organized. Recommended!
- Traveller Brigitte uit A:
We took this trip in November; also because in this period the truffle festival takes place in Alba. Highly recommended if you like truffle! A great experience to walk around at such a festival with only truffle: you do not know what you see and especially smell! The city of Alba is also worth discovering. The journey started in Turin; a beautiful city with many sights that we all discovered under the expert guidance of Stefania and Hans. We were also taken to the nicest restaurants where we got to taste all kinds of delicacies. Really fantastic in this way to see and taste the best that the region has to offer. The only downside during this trip was the weather; it was foggy and rainy so we missed the fantastic views a bit. But yes, the weather is simply not in your hand! So we just go once again to this beautiful region !!
- Traveller Wil from A:
A tour with a nice mix of culture, wine and food, nature and landscapes. Lake Iseo is perhaps less known, but that is wrong in our opinion. The advantage is that it is therefore less crowded and touristy😉. Brescia is a beautiful city with a lot of history from Roman times. And then Verona, the city on the Adige where there is so much to see. We had already attended an opera show in the arena of Verona last year and therefore we had not booked that part of the program, but to visit a show is an absolute must.
An excellent organized tour in which our customized wishes were included in the program.
- Traveller Brigitte from A:
What a wonderful tour to (for me) three unknown Italian cities: Parma, Modena and Bologna. All three very different but in their own way very beautiful and interesting! Stefania and Hans took us to the most beautiful places in these cities and knew a lot about the backgrounds. And what have we tasted many tasty things; both in terms of food and drinks. The Lambrusco was really a discovery for me! What a nice, fresh, light wine! With great taste (and not the sweet version that we only know here in the Netherlands …). Nice to see how the Parma ham and the Parmesan cheese are made and in Modena the balsamic vinegar! The hotels chosen by Hans were very good and perfect in terms of location. You could discover the city on foot, so you could taste the atmosphere of all three cities.
All in all a great trip and definitely recommended if you want to see and taste something different from Italy!
- Traveller Wil from A:
What is the story behind the towers of Asinelli and Garisenda in Bologna. How are Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma made, what is real Lambrusco. All things that are clarified in the course of this tour. Parma, Modena and Bologna are cities in the Emilia Romagna region which are at a pleasantly short distance from each other, yet are very different. The Italian guide, who speaks excellent English, was very well prepared, answered all questions and smoothed some folds in the Italian bureaucracy. We had already been to Italy many times, but never before in Emilia Romagna, but after this trip we will certainly go back again.
A very relaxing journey in which everything was well organized and met expectations in all respects.