Between the Alps and the Sea: Portofino and Truffles

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A strong historical-cultural homogeneity unites Piedmont, a region that derives its name from being dominated by the western Alps, and Liguria, lying in a crescent, with its panoramic cliffs, overlooking the sea. This itinerary enhances the extraordinary artistic and food and wine resources of a nerve center of the Bel Paese, a centuries-old crossroads between the Mediterranean and the European continent.

Itinerary

Genoa UNESCO Rolli Palaces Travel Italy
1° day: Genoa

Meet at the airport with our driver and transfer to the “Grand Hotel Savoia”, where you will be greeted with a welcome cocktail and checked-in. In the afternoon, enjoy a private guided tour of Genoa, one of the most prosperous Italian maritime republics, independent from 1099 to 1815, called the “Superba” because, as her motto says, she did not recognize any power above herself. Explore its intricate historic center, a maze of alleys and squares, which combines shadows and lights, dark streets and the splendid noble palaces of the “Rolli”, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the end of the visit, return to the hotel, enjoy dinner at leisure and rest for the night.

Pesto Sauce Genoa
2° day: Genoa

Have breakfast at the hotel and get ready for a day dedicated to Genoese cuisine, with a visit to the main city food market, where you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the fragrances and colors of local products, such as the renowned “focaccia”, and a special cooking class, dedicated to the preparation of the famous “pesto”, a Ligurian basil sauce, in a splendid noble building. At the end of the visit, return to the hotel, enjoy dinner at leisure and rest for the night.

Portofino Italy Travel
3° day: Genoa - Portofino

After breakfast at the hotel, meet with our driver and transfer to Portofino, where a welcome cocktail will wait for you while you check-in at the “Splendido” hotel, followed by a visit to this fairytale village, set in a hidden, secret cove.  Return to the hotel, enjoy dinner at leisure and rest for the night.

Italian Sea Travel Abbey of San Fruttuoso
4° day: Portofino

After breakfast at the hotel, depart for a private boat excursion in the Gulf of Tigullio, admiring the lighthouse of Portofino, Paraggi, Santa Margherita and San Fruttuoso, where you can stop for lunch at leisure. It will also be possible to reach Camogli and Punta Chiappa. At the end of the tour, return to the hotel and relax. We recommend dinner in a local restaurant before turning in for the night.

Abbey of Cervara Liguria Italy
5° day: Portofino - Abbey of Cervara - Portofino

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a full free morning and lunch at leisure and, in the afternoon, meet with our driver and leave towards the former Abbey of Cervara, of fourteenth-century origin, a treasure chest of priceless artistic treasures, where you will savour a dreamy aperitif in the sumptuous monumental Italian garden, romantically overlooking the Gulf of Tigullio. At the end of the visit, return to the hotel and rest for the night.

Langhe UNESCO Italy Travel
6° day: Portofino - Cherasco - Santo Stefano Belbo

Have breakfast at the hotel, meet with our driver and leave for Piedmont. Stop in the town of Cherasco, to visit its fine historic center and taste the exquisite “baci”, chocolates invented in 1881 by a local pastry chef. After a lunch at leisure, enjoy a scrumptious tasting at a famous winery. Continue on in the direction of Santo Stefano Belbo, a small village in the heart of the “Langhe”, a hilly area of lower Piedmont that UNESCO protects for the very high environmental and cultural value of its wine landscapes. Check-in at the “Relais San Maurizio” hotel and relax for the rest of the day.

Alba white truffle Piedmont travel food Italy
7° day: Santo Stefano Belbo - Neive - Alba - Santo Stefano Belbo

Meet your private tour guide and driver after breakfast at the hotel and depart for a panoramic tour through the Barbaresco’s hillsReach Neive, “one of the most beautiful towns in Italy”. Enjoy a walking tour in the historical centre, before being transferred to a prestigious Barbaresco-producing cellar for a tour and a tasting. Spend your lunch time in Alba, the city with a hundred towers, famous for its truffle production. Enjoy the flavor of the truffle and all the culinary excellences of this land at leisure (lunch not included). Walk the streets of the old town and get in touch with its traditions and old testimonies of the past. Return to the hotel and enjoy a late afternoon of pure relaxation.

POSSIBLE ADD ONS 

  • Truffle experience: enjoy a guided tour with a truffle hunter to discover everything about truffles, the local traditions, their growth environment, their varieties and characteristics. Savour a decadent truffle tasting with local cheese and wine. 
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8° day: Santo Stefano Belbo

After breakfast at the hotel get privately transferred to the airport of your choice.

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