RICE, MONFERRATO VALLEY & CANAVESE
“You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food” - Paul Prudhomme -
✦ 4 days/3 nights
✦ from April to October
✦ Accommodation: hotel 4*/agriturismo
✦ Private transfers by car/minivan
✦ Vercelli 3 hours walking tour with private guide and risotto tasting
✦ The Principality of Lucedio: the birthplace of the Italian rice cultivation
✦ Monferrato Valley: UNESCO World Heritage site
✦ Saints and Wine: winery tour, tasting of Barbera wine & visit at the Sacred Mount of Crea
✦ Winery tour and tasting of Erbaluce wine & visit at the Castle of Masino
Day 1. The meeting point is the train station of Vercelli, where our expert guide will wait for you. Vercelli is one most beautiful and relatively unknown Italian cities of art thanks to its extraordinary artistic and cultural sites. Our guide will lead you through the historical ecclesiastical heritage of Vercelli. The first stop is at the Basilica di Sant’Andrea (the Abbey of Saint Andrew), the glory, the gem and the symbol of Vercelli. The beautiful Romanesque-gothic Cathedral was erected between 1219 and 1227, thanks to Guala Bicchieri’s considerable donation. Just a few steps from the Basilica di Sant’Andrea starts the walk to the city centre: Piazza Cavour, the Tower of the Angel, Corso Libertà. Our second stop is at the Church of Saint Cristoforo, a little gem erected in the 16th century and restored towards the middle of the 18th century, an invaluable work of art, in which there is the circle of frescoes done by hand by Gaudenzio Ferrari, an elegant balustrade done on drawings by Juvarra, a wooden crucifix and eight Mayerle canvases. After the tour we will take you to a traditional restaurant where you will taste the risotto, the traditional dish of this area. In the afternoon we will transfer you to the Principality of Lucedio, the place where the Italian rice cultivation was born. Tour of the Principality with private guide and then transfer back to the hotel. Dinner. Overnight at hotel 4* hotel/ agriturismo located in the Province of Vercelli.
Day 2. Breakfast. Transfer to Monferrato Valley, recently recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Visit at a beautiful winery located in the middle of Monferrato’s hills and tasting of Barbera wine, the most famous one of this area. Lunch on your own. In the afternoon you will have a guided tour of the Sacred Mount of Crea and of its wonderful sanctuary at the top of the hill and the famous path the brings to 23 small chapels. After the visit you will be transferred back to the hotel. Dinner. Overnight at 4* hotel/agriturismo.
Day 3. Breakfast. Transfer to Canavese area, also called the “garden of Turin”, famous to be very green and for its “white gold”, the Erbaluce wine. Winery tour and tasting of Erbaluce. Lunch. In the afternoon guided tour of the castle of Masino, which is certainly a Piedmont treasure to discover thanks to its palace and park recognized by the FAI (Italian Environment Fund). After the tour you will be transferred back to the hotel. Dinner.
Day 4. Breakfast. End of the service. “Arrivederci”.
Price (per person):
3 nights in 4* hotel/agriturismo located in the Province of Vercelli (half-board service);
Vercelli 3 hours walking tour with private guide + risotto tasting + private transfer by car/minivan + Principality of Lucedio guided tour with private guide (day 1);
Private transfer by car/minivan + private winery tour and tasting of Barbera wine + guided tour of the Sacred Mount of Crea with private guide (day 2);
Private transfer by car/minivan + private winery tour and tasting of Erbaluce wine + guided tour of the Castle of Masino with private guide (day 3);
Tickets entrance for attractions/museums included in the tour.
Single room on request;
Pick-up and drop off from/to other destinations will be quoted at the time of request;
Services not mentioned in the section “Services Included”.
Luxury accommodation/hotel on request;
The tour is available Monday to Sunday, April to October. Other months on request;
Museums are closed on Monday;
If some of the attractions/suppliers mentioned above are not available they will be replaced by others of the same quality;
If lunch is not included we suggest to book the restaurants in advance;
We reserve the right to change an itinerary after departure due to local circumstances or events outside of our control;
Booking: advanced booking is recommended;
Cancellation Policies: please, see Terms and Conditions
I GO TRAVEL SNC, Via Monte Grappa 14, 13049, Tronzano Vercellese (Italy)
Phone: +39 3492660501 / +39 (0) 161 1681122
Location: Piedmont and Emilia Romagna
Period: April - May - June - July - Agust - September - October
Durata: 4 days/3 nights