DEPARTURE FROM THE UNITED STATES
Wednesday, November 8
DAY 1: Thursday, November 9
Welcome to Milan
Morning: Arrive in Milan and check in to your four-star hotel in the heart of the city.
Afternoon: Free time to explore sophisticated and fashionable Milan on your own. Private guided tours are available upon request, with the option to visit the famous La Scala opera house, the architecturally stunning Galleria, Milan's cathedral (the Duomo), and Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper.
Evening: Welcome reception with true Milanese hospitality at the private residence of Giovanna's mother, Kathleen Chiti.
DAY 2: Friday, November 10
Piedmont Wine Country
Morning: Depart Milan for the hilly area of southern Piedmont wine country, called “Le Langhe”. On the way, we will visit a passionate, charismatic, artisanal cheese maker who specializes in sheep’s milk cheeses. At his charming rustic farm we will enjoy a special cheese tasting.
Afternoon: Visit the Prunotto winery, a family-owned estate with a renowned reputation as one of the region's top vinters of Barbaresco, Nebbiolo and Dolcetto wines. We will end the afternoon by checking into our Relais Villa hotel with time to relax and get acquainted with the property.
Evening: Gourmet dinner at the Relais Villa restaurant.
DAY 3: Saturday, November 11
Wine, History & International Truffle Fair
Morning: Depart for the town of Alba where we will meet our local guide for a tour of this beautiful town and visit the world-renowned International Truffle Fair, where top chefs from across the globe mingle with passionate food enthusiasts. There will be free time for shopping.
Afternoon: Visit to the Elio Altare winery, top vinter of Barolo, Italy’s finest wine. Elio Altare is one of Italy’s greatest winemakers and a living legend in the Piedmont region.
Evening: Gourmet dinner at a renowned local restaurant.
DAY 4: Sunday, November 12
Oddero Winery & Langhe Region
Morning: We’ll spend the morning with our local guide visiting the castle Monticello d’Alba. This private castle is one of the best preserved in Piedmont and has been owned and inhabited by Roero Counts for the last 600 years. After the tour, as a special treat, the Marchesa of the castle, Marchesa Elisa Roero di Monticello, will join us for coffee and tea.
Afternoon: Private visit to the family-owned Oddero Winery, a historic name in the long tradition of Barolo winemaking. Run for generations by the Oddero family, it is now in the hands of Mariacristina and Mariavittoria, the daughters of Barolo patriarch Giacomo Oddero. Niece Isabella Oddero will show us the cellars, share the history of her family's estate and offer a tasting.
Evening: A superb authentic Piedmontese dinner awaits you at a local restaurant.
DAY 5: Monday, November 13
Return to Milan
Morning: Return to Milan.
Afternoon: Enjoy a leisurely afternoon on your own, or join Giovanna and her family at a local Milan restaurant for lunch (not included). Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring Milan, indulging in all of the fashionable shopping and beautiful sights.
Evening: Enjoy a leisurely dinner on your own.
DAY 6: Tuesday, November 14
End of Tour
Private transfer from your hotel to the Milan airports.
Itinerary specifics subject to change.