Authentic Experience in Piedmont
Travel to the very north of Italy, and you'll discover Piedmont, a majestic land of pastures, mountain fortresses, vineyards where Nebbiolo grapes for Barolo wines are grown, and stunning views of the Alps. This northern region is also home to Turin, a unique and thriving city that is known both for its stunning architecture, including baroque palazzos, as well as its shopping, what with the city's many charming boutiques. It's also a place where culinary traditions thrive; pair the region's famous Barolo wines with everything from starters like grissini, to entrees of agnolotti, and desserts of gianduja chocolates and biscotti, and you'll be living like the locals do.
Just forty minutes outside of Turin is the quaint medieval town of Casalborgone. Situated among the hills, it offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside, which you can experience and see from your accommodations, the bed and breakfast ViaVai, a top-rated hotel on TripAdvisor. Once a family home, today this B&B is run by Francesca and her husband Albert, who treat their guests like family. Opened in 2007, the renovated property seamlessly blends the modern with the old in its six guest rooms (only double rooms are available). As Francesca likes to say, these are not formal accommodations; rather, it's a country palace and the perfect place to get to know Italy while enjoying the peace and relaxation of the countryside.
About the cooking classes: Inspired and taught by a family of good cooks, Francesca also developed her skills in the kitchen with Cordon Bleu chefs. While she loves to shop for and use local ingredients, she's also passionate about making as much as possible by hand, and that includes pasta, bread, cakes, biscuits, pastries, and crusts.
During the hands-on courses, Francesca will teach you basic tricks of the trade as well as how to cook with the seasonal ingredients and products of Piedmont. She often brings guests to the local grocery store to pick the ingredients for class or the local mill in Casalborgone to purchase flour that's been milled by hand. In the kitchen, you'll discover the traditional flavors of the region, and enjoy meals out on the terrace.