Italian Cookery Courses: Asti, Piedmont Cookery Holiday in Italy
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Bountiful Piedmont
La Morra (Alta Langa), Piedmont

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About the location: By now their names are familiar everywhere: Barbaresco, Barbera, Nebbiolo, and most famous of all, Barolo. The Langhe area of southern Piedmont, the land of some of Italy’s most prized wines, has become a well-known destination for wine connoisseurs and truffle-lovers. Less known, however, are its other charms: the number of stunning medieval castles that dot the countryside, standing majestically on the Langhe’s tall hills; the awesome sight of the snow-covered Alps that can be seen encircling the region on a clear day; the genteel hospitality of the residents, who will welcome you into their homes and hearts and impart their pride of place to you; the breathtaking views of steep hills and valleys, blanketed with vineyards.


The cuisine of the Langhe area of Piedmont encompasses the best of Italian cooking and embraces the land’s proximity to France: emphasis is placed on starters and main courses, while first courses feature such staples as home-made pasta al ragù (meat sauce), and melt-in-your-mouth gnocchi in a creamy sauce flavored with the region’s famous cheeses. Not to be missed are the second courses, such as the traditional “Brasato al Barolo,” or veal marinated and cooked in Barolo wine, and desserts such as the earthy torta di nocciola (hazelnut cake) in chocolate sauce.


Depending on availability, your accommodations will be in one of several charming B&B properties in the Langhe. It may be a small family-owned property features amazing views of the surrounding countryside, or in the guest rooms of a well respected local trattoria. Your hosts will do their utmost to make you love and appreciate this exquisite region.


About the cookery courses: The cookery courses are given by your host or hostess in either the B&B kitchen or the trattoria kitchenn. They will share not only their recipes, but also their love for the Piedmontese cuisine, land and culture. During each class you will participate in the preparation of a full meal. A very special experience, in one of Italy’s most beautiful areas.

Bountiful Piedmont Itinerary

Day 1

Please note that depending on days of the week and season, some activities or order of events may change.

  • Arrival at Malpensa airport or Milan train station and transfer to the Langhe; check in to your charming B&B accommodations.
  • A driver will be at your disposal to take you to and from dinner. (Meal not included).
  • Overnight.

Day 2

  • Breakfast.
  • Explore the magic of the uncontaminated Upper Langa: a panoramic tour through Diano, Montelupo, Borgomale, Cravanzana, and Bossolasco, as far as Murazzano. Visit to a cheese producer to see the pasture, sheepfold, milking room, and cheese-making and aging process, followed by a tasting lunch.
  • Return to your accommodations for the first lesson on “the cuisine of the Langhe:” the lady who runs your accommodations will show how a typical menu is prepared (one starter, one pasta dish, one main course, one dessert); the dishes prepared during the lesson will then be tasted afterwards at dinner, paired with local wines.
  • Overnight.

Day 3

  • Breakfast.
  • Today will be spent discovering the growing area of Barolo, one of the most highly- prized wines in the world: tour plus tasting in a winery where the “King of wines” is made.
  • Time on your own to visit the charming towns of Barolo and Monforte.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • In the afternoon, tour of Grinzane Cavour Castle, its Country Life Museum, and the Regional Enoteca with traditional wines carefully selected by the masters of the Order of the Knights of the Truffle and Wines of Alba.
  • A driver will be at your disposal to take you to and from dinner. (Meal not included).
  • Overnight.

Day 4

  • Breakfast.
  • Depart for Barbaresco wine country, and travel through the towns of Barbaresco, Treiso, and the characteristic old village of Neive. You may wish to stop and walk through the towns, or to have another wine tasting at one of the local enotecas.
  • Visit the tower of Barbaresco (entrance ticket included), and take the lift up to the panoramic terrace overlooking the Langhe and Roero hills.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Experience a guided visit to a Barbaresco wine cellar or an ancient distillery, followed by a tasting.
  • A driver will be at your disposal to take you to and from dinner. (Meal not included).
  • Overnight.

Day 5

  • Breakfast, followed by a very special day. Transfer to Alba for a morning in the historic capital of the Langhe, with its numerous enotecas and places where good food and wine are an intrinsic part of the culture. Time to explore on your own.
  • Lunch on your own in Alba.
  • Transfer to your accommodations for your second lesson on “the cuisine of the Langhe.” The chef will show how a second typical menu is prepared; the dishes prepared during the lesson will then be tasted afterwards at a final dinner, paired with local wines.
  • Overnight.

Day 6

  • Breakfast, then transfer to Malpensa airport or Milan train station.