The stars have aligned and I am teaming up with my buddy Paolo again and returning to this magical region of Italy, the Piemonte.
Known for rolling hills of vineyards at the foothills of the Alps that produce some of the best wines in Italy, castles, unique & delicious cuisine, uncrowded and filled with a cast of characters you will never forget.
We will stop over in Barolo, stay at the Castello di Razzano, and this time add a few days in the alpine lake region of Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta, near Lake Cuomo. Food and wine will be plentiful, yoga will refresh and restore, and Northern Italy we will explore!
Join us for 5 1/2 days/5 nights or 7 days/6 nights
Here is our proposed itinerary:
Day 0 - In the case you arive early, meet Paolo and I for a pre-gathering in the city of Torino:
follow Paolo in a walking tour of the city center
stroll around Piazza Castello and along the Via Roma
Torino, capital of the Piedmont region
Known for baroque architecture, chocolate, and sports cars
Day 1, WEDNESDAY, August the 29th : BAROLO
meet/gather at the Porta Nuova Railway in Torino (Turin) station between 10:00-12:00pm
transfer to Barolo via group shuttle (1h 30' drive)
accommodation at Hotel Brezza Barolo
Welcome Barolo tasting (5 different crus by Brezza winery) and a Candlelit Dinner on Brezza's terrasse overlooking the ancient Burgh
Hotel Brezza Barolo, our home for 2 nights
Yoga to help a full belly ;) ... we will eat well!
Town of Barolo
Day 2 THURSDAY, August the 30th : BAROLO and ALBA
time in the morning to decompress
around 12:00p departure to Borgomale village (40' drive through the beautiful Alta Langa forrests...): sheep chesse tasting at Silvio Pistone's farm
after lunch (3:00 p.m.), transfer to Riondino's Estate (20' drive): yoga class, bath and snack/drink close to the little. private water-lily pond (through a filtration system, the water is fresh and clean!)
round 7:00 p.m.: transfer to Alba and time on your own for aperitivo, stroll, dinner
round h 11:00 p.m. back to Brezza Barolo
do not forget to PACK
The town of Alba
Agriturismo Antoco Borgo del Riondino
Castello Di Razzano in Piemonte
Castello di Razzano, a centuries old castle &operating winery built upon ancient roman ruins
the beautiful Castello at night
Day#3, FRIDAY, August the 31st : BARBARESCO and Castello di RAZZANO
free morning (yoga – swimming pool at Brezza's– Barolo's exploration)
after lunch (at Brezza's), departure to Treiso village: Barbaresco wine tasting at Giorgio Pelissero's
transfer to Castello di Razzano: accommodation, Welcome drink in the old cellars and Dinner at Castle
Day 4, SATURDAY, September the 1st : MONFERRATO in VESPA and TRUFFLE HUNT
time to enjoy the Castle
round noon, Vespa-Day: Monferrato district exploration according to our suggestions (Moncalvo town or the olive oil farm or Crea's Sanctuary...) or to your liking/rhythm
OR relax at the Castle: hiking, sun-bathing at the swimming pool, mountain-bike, “dolce fa niente”...)
round h 5/6:00 truffle hunt and Aperitivo at Giorgio Cardani private truffle field
h 8:00 p.m. : back to Razzano and dinner/pic-nic on your own (buy your food or ask Razzano's stafff to prepare something...) at the Castle or in a nearby restaurant (cab needed)
Truffle hunt & tasting!
the pool at the Castello
Day 5, SUNDAY September the 2nd : ASTI, the PALIO and ITALIAN-STYLED YOGA CLASS
round noon: transfer to Asti
snack at Caffetteria Mazzetti and time to enjoy the Historic Palio d'Asti horse-race historic Parade (h 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Or time to explore the old quarters with Paolo)
round h 4:30 p.m., transfer to Flavio Meistro's winery in the nearby village of Costigliole (20' drive): yoga class with Patrizia and rustic dinner
round h 9:00 p.m. Back to Razzano's
N.B. : do not forget to PACK
Historic horse-race in Asti
yoga with Italian teacher Patrizia
Day 6 MONDAY, September the 3rd : LAKE ORTA
after breakfast, departure to Lake Orta (2h drive)
accommodation at Hotel La Bussola
after lunch (on your own), round h 3:00 p.m. guided tour of the village and Saint Julius island by boat
h 8:00 p.m. : Farewell Dinner at the nearby “Taverna dell'Antico Agnello”
N.B. : do not forget to PACK
Surrounded by the Alps
Day#7, TUESDAY, September the 4th : MOTTARONE MOUNT and LAKE MAGGIORE: STRESA and BORROMEO'S ISLANDS
after breakfast, departure to Mottarone Mountain, to enjoy the seven Lakes spectacular views
transfer to Stresa: cruise to Isola dei Pescatori and lunch at “Unione” restaurant
guided tour of Borromeo Palace and its hanging Gardens
mid-afternoon: back to Stresa: END of our services (head back to Orta/to another location or to the airport)
At the hanging garden of the Borromeo palace
Prices & Accomodations:
Reserve with $350 Deposit (NON-Refundable)
5 1/2 Days& 5 nights Barolo & Castello Trip:
$1595 Double Accomodation/Standard (SOLD OUT)
$1795 Single Accomodation/Standard (SOLD OUT)
$1695 Double Accomodation/ Junior Suite* (SOLD OUT)
$1740 Double Accomodation/Duplex Suite (1 left)
$1795 Double Accommodation/Superior Suite* - SOLD OUT
$1895 Single Accommodation/Superior Suite* - SOLD OUT
7 Days/6 nights Barolo, Castello, & Lake (Full Trip):
$1895 Double Accomodation/Standard (SOLD OUT)
$2095 Single Accomodation/Standard (SOLD OUT)
$1995 Double Accomodation/Junior Suite* (SOLD OUT)
$2040 Double Accomodation Duplex Suite (1 left)
$2095 Double Accomodation/Superior Suite* - SOLD OUT
$2195 Single Accomodation/Superior Suite* - SOLD OUT
*The Suites listed above are at Castello Razzano only, nights #3-5. Suite packages will include rooms with upgraded ammenities/balconies in Hotels Brezzo and Bussola as well. For a glance at the rooms, go here
**Prices include daily yoga or meditation, daily breakfast 6 lunches/4 dinners for Full trip & 4 lunches/ 3 Dinners for the short trip, as well as all tours, wine tastings, and transportation *excluding airport transfers to meeting points. Accommodations are 2 nights in stunning Hotel Brezza Barolo, 3 nights in a castle (Castello di Razzano) and 2 nights in the beautiful Hotel Bussola on Lake Orta. All are gorgeous!
Remainder of balance paid in 3 installments (4/1, 6/1, 8/1 must be paid in full by 8/1)
**Only 50% refunds on payments if cancellation 60 days out or less
Plane tickets: Currently as low as $800-1,000 through Condor and WOW Airlines! Fly into Milan (MalPensa) or Turin. You choose! Paolo and will be happy to help you book train travel (so fun!) or bus. We are meeting on Day 1 in Turin and there our services willl begin as we take a group shuttle to Barolo.
Milan and Turin are approx 45m-1h apart via train and that is what I would suggest using to travel if you are flying into Milan. https://www.trainline.eu/train-times/turin-to-milan . Train tickets are super easy to buy and cost as low as 9 Euro (use the link above). Looking at airline prices, Milan seems to be the best bet for money and ease.
Keep in mind, Turin is the "gateway" to the alps so you could potentially spend a few days in France or Switz if you wanted to fly in there and train down to meet us.
On departure days:
For the short trip you will be leaving from Castello di Razzano where a taxi/shuttle can easily be coordinated for the group to pay the lowest price (Paolo and I Can arrange that for you as the trip approaches). Milan is about 1 hour drive from The Castello.
For the Full trip, Milan airport is only about 30 minutes from Lake Orta and is easily reached by bus or train. Paolo and I will help everyone find transportation out and we can coordinate a group shuttle for anyone departing early am as we get closer to the trip date.
I have been to some stunning venues for yoga retreats over the last 10 years and Emily Lodge Yoga in Italy summer of 2016 was no exception. It was my first trip to Italy! My favorite memories from this trip are not the yoga (don't get me wrong, the yoga was lovely and accessible to all), it was that the retreat was amazingly organized and executed. Emily and her partner in crime, Paolo Ferrero, orchestrated exquisite wine tastings, meals and excursions making every day some what magical. The trip would get my vote for absolute best bang for your buck! So much quality, beautiful and AMAZING dinning and tastings. My cup "ranneth" over!
About Your Guides:
Paolo Ferrero is a "gastronomic tourguide" based in Northern Italy. He is one of those guys who knows and is loved by everyone; has the hook ups on all the great restaurants and wineries because he is so friendly and knows his craft well. He began is culinary journey as a chef and worked/ran several restaurants in the Piemonte region before shifting over to the wine/food tourism industry. He is a cookbook author "Monferrato Mio!" and runs Buongusto tour company.
Emily Lodge is a food and wine snob-turned yoga teacher who loves marrying the tree seemingly separate things. Yoga relieves tension and tightness from the body and opens our eyes to being present and fully experiencing every moment in living color. She believes a healthy and balanced life involves travel, adventure, and leisure. She started her post-Army career learning to be a pastry chef in Switzerland, then evolved into the wine business for several years before becoming a yoga teacher. For a more detailed bio go here.