Food and wine excellence: hazelnuts, olives and chocolate

The tour starts with two days discovering the eastern part of Liguria, between Chiavari and the Sturla Valley, in search of the cultural and gastronomic traditions that make the area unique. We will discover the wines produced by the famous Bisson winery, the historic shops that characterise Chiavari’s historic centre, the famous “Nocciola Misto Chiavari” and the olive groves overlooking the sea. Before arriving in Piedmont, we stop in an area that feels both Ligurian and Piedmontese to get to know the most famous excellence: chocolate. The journey concludes with another hazelnut experience, that of Piedmont.

DAY 1: CHIAVARI

– Arrival in Tigullio and meeting with the guide for the guided tour of Chiavari, with its majestic cathedral, its historical shops, rich in scents and excellent flavours and its narrow alleys. The route through the arcades will lead to the discovery of wood craftsmen, modellers of Chiavari chairs, bakers who produce farinata, focaccia and vegetable pies, and pastry chefs who work with hazelnuts and chocolate.

– Free lunch in the village in a typical trattoria.

– In the afternoon transfer to Cantina Bisson for a visit with wine tasting, to discover the local wines.

– Free dinner.

– Overnight stay in B&B or Farmhouse.

 

DAY 2: AVETO

– In the morning transfer to Borgonovo for a day dedicated to the discovery of hazelnuts and oil from the valleys. Visit to a hazelnut grove where “Misto Chiavari” hazelnuts are cultivated and to an olive grove to admire the olive trees growing above the sea.

– Tasting of olive and hazelnut products at the Borgonovo oil mill.

– Free lunch.

– In the afternoon meeting in Mezzanego to visit the oil mill.

– Free dinner.

– Overnight stay in B&B or Farmhouse.

 

DAY 3 – NOVI LIGURE

– Check out and departure from Genoa.

– On the way, stop for a guided tour of Novi Ligure, known not only for its chocolate but also for the “painted palaces” in the historic centre.

– Visit and tasting in a workshop to discover all the secrets of the chocolate production process, from the cocoa bean to the packaging.

– In the afternoon, arrival at a splendid location, where the fil rouge inspiring all the rooms is contemporary art, with a wonderful panoramic view of the surrounding countryside, a wellness centre, indoor swimming pool and sauna.

– Free dinner and overnight stay.

 

DAY 4 – MONFERRATO

– Breakfast at the hotel.

– A day at a farmhouse with a panoramic view of the Monferrato hills to discover the world of hazelnut cultivation and processing in Piedmont.

– After an introduction to hazelnuts, a journey through the colours of the earth begins with a walk through the hazelnut grove and a visit to the processing workshop. The experience then begins with a test of one’s own skills: each participant will be given a kit to prepare their own personal hazelnut cream. Guests will receive the kit to take home and continue their experiments in their own kitchens.

– Lunch at the farmhouse.

– Free dinner and overnight stay.

 

DAY 5 – MONFERRATO

– Breakfast and check out.

– In the morning visit to an artisanal charcuterie factory that has been run by a family for five generations to admire the production and taste typical Monferrato and Piedmontese charcuterie, such as the famous Muletta, a Slow Food Presidium.

– At the end, an independent visit to the Sanctuary of Crea and the Sacro Monte park. The Sacred Mount of Crea (Serralunga di Crea), with the Sacred Mounts of Piedmont and Lombardy, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It consists of the Sanctuary, 23 chapels, 5 hermitages and stands on a site of ancient Marian worship.
It was built between 1589 and 1612, with a further construction phase in the 1820s with the artistic contribution of great masters of sculpture. Tradition has it that it was St Eusebius who brought here the statue of the Madonna and Child, still venerated today. The second chapel, in fact, is dedicated to the saint and is located in front of an imposing stone wall on which is placed an ancient seat defined by legends as “The stone that heals”.

– Before returning, we recommend lunch at the Grignoliteca, a restaurant offering excellent local cuisine and located right on the square of the Sanctuary.

Price: from 585 euro per person (minimum 4)

 

The price includes:

– 2 nights in double room in B&B or farmhouse in Sturla Valley with breakfast

– guided tour of Chiavari 2 ½ hours and tastings

– visit to the Bisson winery and basic wine tasting, wines in tasting: Bianco “Tre Vigne” and Ciliegiolo Rubino – visit to the hazelnut and olive grove and tasting

– 2 nights in a double room in a charming hotel with breakfast

– Access to the indoor swimming pool and SPA area

– Guided tour of Novi Ligure

– Visit and tasting in chocolate laboratory

– Guided tour of a hazelnut workshop in Piedmont

– Course to learn how to make hazelnut cream

– Kit for preparation both on site and at home

– 1 lunch (drinks included)

– Visit to a charcuterie factory

The price does not include:

– Transfer from and to the place of origin and daily transfers

– Eventual tourist tax, extras and everything not mentioned under “the fee includes”