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.

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.


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Every second of this program was perfect. From the moment Francesca met us at the train station in Torino until we said goodbye 4 days later it was clear that Francesca was a wonderful chef, teacher and host. The home, kitchen and accommodations were excellent. The good taste extended, not only to the kitchen, but to the decor and thoughtful design of the home. Every Italian delicacy that I had wanted to learn to cook was included in the curriculum that Francesca had planned. She is a great teacher with lots of tips to help me succeed with recipes I have found challenging in the past, such as gnocchi and fresh pasta. I can't wait to get home to make the recipes for my family and friends. My friend and I were lucky to be the only cooking students at the time, which made the class time comfortable created the feeling of three friends cooking together in the kitchen. Francesca has arranged for English friends to take us to the market, winery tour and visit to a nearby abbey. They were wonderful people, not only informative about the places visited, but great fun. I can not recommend this program highly enough. It is very lucky people who find their way to this program. I can guarantee they will leave very happy, well fed, and as better cooks. [Regarding The International Kitchen staff:] The Chicago staff responded quickly with answers to my questions. Carol M., NM

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