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To celebrate the 2016 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 for more information and tour costs.

Saturday 9th September


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 10th 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 Pompa Magna in old Asti

Monday 11th September


The king of wines and the wine of kings

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

Tuesday 12th September


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 shopping at 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 13th September


Medieval City

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

In the evening we accompany you for a wine tasting at Douja d’Or including Piatte d’Autore (chef’s special plate from one of the local restaurants).


Thursday 14th September


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 in Asti at Angolo Beato followed by the Palio degli Sbandieratori (flag-throwing competition)

Friday 15th September


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 16th September

Free Day

Free Day.

Relax at Villa Sampaguita, go into to Asti for shopping (market day) and more tasting at Douja d'Or; or we can arrange another trip for you by mini-bus or train (Turin or Genoa) for more exploration.

Option visit to Slow Food Bra Cheese Festival (pending schedule)

Lunch and dinner on your own.

Sunday 17th 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,farewell dinner at Villa Sampaguita..

Farewell dinner at Villa Sampaguita

Monday 18th September


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 9th to 18th 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

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