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2012 ASTI PALIO WEEK AND BRA CHEESE FESTIVALS

To celebrate the 2012 September Palio d'Asti week, Villa Sampaguita is pleased to offer a complete tour package for including accommodation at our beautiful bed and breakfast just outside of Asti.

The package includes airport pick-up and drop off, accomodation at Villa Sampaguita, lunch and dinner at selected restaurants, tickets for the Palio, and a tour agenda designed to let you see some of the best attractions that this region of fabulous wines and food has to offer.

Please email to stay@villasampaguita.com for more information and tour costs.

Saturday 8th September

Benvenuti

Pickup from airport or train station. Welcome dinner at beautiful Villa Sampaguita and meet your hosts Tim Brewer and Rina Vargas with a pre-dinner tasting and an introduction to some of the lesser-known wines of Piedmont

Sunday 9th September

Festival delle Sagre,

the world’s biggest restaurant

 

After leisurely breakfast we bring you into Asti to watch the colourful farmer’s parade, with floats depicting traditional Piedmont country life followed by al al al fresco lunch at the Sagre food festival. Time for browsing Asti’s shops and tasting wine at the Douja d’Or wine festival.

Dinner at Tacabanda in old Asti

Monday 10th September

Barolo

The king of wines and the wine of kings

Leave at 9.30 am; first stop Borgogno winery in Barolo for a cellar tasting tour, followed by lunch at Osterie Vignaiolo near La Morra. Then a visit to nearby Erbaluna (organic) winery and a tour of the Barolo wine area and visit Alba if time permits) and back to Villa Sampaguita for supper

Tuesday 11th September

Northern Monferrato

Wine, Chocolate and La Terre dei Sante

Leave at 9.30 am for Cocconato with first stop at Bava Winery for chocolate and wine tasting followed by lunch at Cascina Rosengana, and shoppingat Conbipel factory outlet. Later we visit the hauntingly beautiful Abbazia di Vezzolana, and an an optional visit to the Basilica of Don Bosco.

Supper at Villa Sampaguita

Wednesday 12th September

Asti

Medieval City

Guided tour of medieval Asti city in late morning, then free time* for lunch and afternoon.

Dinner at Angolo Beato in Asti, and if you like, more wine tasting at Douja d’Or.

 

Thursday 13th September

Turin

Italy’s Best Kept Secret

Leave around 9.30 am and drive to Turin, the old royal capital of Piedmont and Italy, with its baroque piazze and many palaces. First stop at the Superga, overlooking the Po river, Turin and the Alps. Your driver will take you to Eataly for food browsing and lunch and drop you in the centre of the old town for shopping or checking out the many museums and galleries in Turin.

Dinner at Pompa Magna in Asti and then watch Palio degli Sbandieratori (flag-throwing competition)

Friday 14th September

Langhe

Barbaresco, Mango & truffle hunting


Leave at 9.30 am for the town of Barbaresco with its stunning views, and a visit to Marchesi di Gresy winery. Lunch at Rabaja restaurant with panoramic views of the Tanaro valley. Then a stunning drive through the Langhe hills via Mango over to Costigliole for a (white) truffle hunt at La Casa del Trifalau.

Supper at Villa Sampaguita. (bring your own truffles!)

Saturday 15th September

Free day


Free Day. You can putter around the woods at Villa Sampaguita, go into to Asti for shopping (market day), or we can arrange another trip for you by mini-bus or train (Turin or Genoa) for more exploration. Lunch and dinner on your own (we can provide meals at Villa Sampaguita of course)

Sunday 16 th September

Palio d'Asti

Late brunch at Villa Sampaguita. After lunch we bring you to town to watch the spectacular medieval parade, through the old town and then take your seats for the heats and final of the Palio di Asti bareback horse race, first staged in 1273. After the horse racing, time for a last session at Douja d’Or.

Farewell dinner at Villa Sampaguita

Monday 17th September

Farewell

We transport you to the airport or train station.

Tour Prices: Please contact us for tour prices, we can accomodate up to a maximum of 14 people.

Of course you may stay at Villa Sampaguita during the festival week without taking the tour, and depending on space you may join selected parts. However we can only accept bookings for the entire period 8th to 17th September

Of course we can also arrange custom tours as well. For a detailed brochure with all tours and costs for small groups please send e-mail request to stay@villasampaguita.com

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