CHRIS DOBSON
Experience the Art and History of Italy

Cultural Tours in Piedmont

Piemontese Art, History and Gastronomy

Cultural and Gastonomic Tours in Piedmont
The breathtaking abbey of the Sacra di San Michele, inspiration for Umberto Eco’s Name of the Rose. Photo: Ellio Pallard (CC-BY-SA 4.0).

Winner of the iGap Travel Guide Global Awards 2017: Cultural Tour Operator of the Year

Piedmont - the ‘land at the foot of the mountain’ - is one of Italy’s best-kept secrets, stretching from the Alps almost down to the Mediterranean. Tourists tend to bypass it for other parts of Italy, but the fantastic art, history and cuisine of this region deserve a much wider audience. Step outside the cities, and you find yourself in a land of Medieval hilltop towns, castles and abbeys that contains a wealth of art, and the Gothic frescoes of Piedmont are simply breathtaking. Piedmont is the birthplace of the Slow Food movement: some of the finest wines of Italy are produced in the rolling hills of the Langhe, and the cuisine of the region is rich with earthy flavours. And then there’s the chocolate truffles...

I am an enthusiastic champion of this beautiful region, and I weave together different aspects of Piedmont to create my cultural tours here: a rich mixture of art, history and gastronomy. This is true sustainable tourism, far from the crowds, where you will be amongst local Piemontesi who will be delighted to welcome you, and to introduce you to the unique culture of their region. You can either join one of our scheduled tours, or we can design a custom tour just for you, including transport. On our scheduled tours, private, chauffeur-driver transport brings you from Turin Airport (or from Milan Malpensa Airport or Genoa Airport as an optional extra*) to the small town of Sant’Albano Stura, which we use as a base for visits to wonderful locations across rural Piedmont: places otherwise difficult to reach, and presented to you with a real passion for the culture of this corner of Italy.

Scheduled Weekend Tours 2017

Warriors and Wall Paintings, the Gothic Art of Piedmont, October 6th - 9th
This tour is a fascinating voyage into the hidden world of small churches and tiny chapels nestling in the Piedmontese countryside, filled with vibrant frescoes painted by itinerant local artists. By contrast, we also experience the high courtly art of Valerano of Saluzzo, Lord of the Castle of La Manta: stunning frescoes every bit as good as anything to be found in Florence.

Normal price per person, double occupancy: £595 (single occupancy add £90).

*Milan Malpensa Airport/Genoa Airport transfer supplement from £95 return (based on 8 people sharing). Please Contact Us for details.
Maximum number of participants 14. ** There are currently 8 places left**, of which up to 3 can be single occupancy.

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Private Art Tours in Piedmont
The Coronation of the Virgin, part of the beautiful fresco cycles by Bonifacio della Torre in the Church of Bastia Mondovì. Photo: Angros47 (CC-BY-SA 4.0).
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