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food & drink • 7 days, 6 nights

From Chocolate to Truffles: Italian Culinary Adventures

Gastro Obscura
food & drink • 7 days, 6 nights

From Chocolate to Truffles: Italian Culinary Adventures

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  • Group Size 12 People Maximum
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    Communities Up Close
from $4,130 USD per person
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Trip Overview

Nestled in the foothills of the Alps, Italy’s Piedmont region is home to a rich, centuries-old culinary culture rooted in local and seasonal ingredients, thoughtful preparation, and meals enjoyed with others—ideals that would come to inspire Slow Food, a global movement that brought these regional traditions into the international consciousness. Join us as we wind our way from Turin to Langhe to explore Piedmont’s dynamic and variegated gastronomic landscape—zigzagging through lively markets, sipping velvety bicerin, and foraging for fresh truffles along the way. The real magic of this trip, however, will come from meeting the people who breathe life into the region’s distinctive food scene each day, from local hazelnut producers to seasoned sommeliers. Come prepared to dig deep into this delicious corner of the country, diving into a hands-on cooking class, dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant, and glimpsing into the world of food photography. Together, we’ll live out our wildest epicurean dreams, savoring each new morsel we discover along the way.

Gastro Obscura Trips: inspiring wonder and curiosity about the world through food and drink.

  • Foraging for black truffles
  • Market tours and vineyard visits
  • Hands-on pasta-making class
  • Dining at a Michelin three-star restaurant
  • Conversations with chefs and winemakers
  • Fine patisserie tours


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Trip Leaders

Marina Spironetti
Marina is an experienced tour guide, journalist, and an award-winning photographer, with work appearing in newspapers and magazines across the globe. In recent years, she’s turned to travel and food photography, with images from her recent travels to Western Africa and India landing her among the winners of the last edition of the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year. A native of Milan but a citizen of the world (she’s lived in London, Paris, and Buenos Aires), Marina sees her camera as a powerful tool for going beyond merely scratching the surface of a place—taking a closer look and perhaps, gaining new perspective.
Andrea Azzarelli
A native of Alba, Andrea is a trained actor, natural communicator, and food aficionado with an extensive knowledge of Italian and Piedmontese food. After spending five years in London working as a head chef, he opened his own restaurant in Burkina Faso, which quickly became one of Ouagadougou’s most beloved addresses. Over the past five years, Andrea has led tours across Europe, developing immersive itineraries using cuisine as a lens through which travelers can more deeply understand a given place.

Additional Info


The listed price of this trip is per person based on double occupancy.

Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you: 

Shared Room (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You’ll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.

Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $525. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll add the option to your booking and final balance.

Arrival & Departure

Our trip begins with a welcome drink on Day 1. We recommend you arrive in Turin by 3 p.m. so that you can settle into your accommodations and meet your guide and group in time for drinks and dinner. Our trip concludes the morning of Day 7. If leaving the Langhe region directly following the end of this trip, we recommend departing any time that day. We’ll offer a transfer back to Turin or Alba for those who want it. If you’d like to extend your trip, we’d be more than happy to provide suggestions for things to do in the city on your own.

Activity Level

Our pace will generally be relaxed, but travelers should feel comfortable walking two to four miles over the course of each day, climbing stairs, and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. Travelers should be prepared to walk on both flat and uneven ground, and to roll up their sleeves and participate in several cooking workshops. Please keep in mind we’ll embark on a two-hour truffle hunt, which will entail walking in the woods on uneven, hilly, trail-less terrain.

  • Accommodation throughout the trip at comfortable boutique hotels.
  • All meals described in the itinerary.
  • Two experienced local guides to accompany you during the trip as well as special guests throughout.
  • Transportation throughout the trip. Travel will be by public transportation and by private shuttle buses.
  • Transfer from Monforte to Turin or Alba on Day 7.
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events.
  • A hungry group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers, excited to explore all that this stunning corner of Italy has to offer.
  • 24/7 emergency assistance through Global Rescue.
  • Transportation to Turin and from Monforte. (Note that a transfer between Monforte and Turin will be available on Day 7.)
  • Airport transfers. 
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages.
  • Applying for an Italian visa, if applicable (not required for U.S. citizens.)
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Trip FAQ

September in Alba is usually a very pleasant month for sightseeing. The first half of the month can still have summer temperatures of up to 82°F, dropping into the low 60s in the evening. The second half is usually a bit cooler, with average daytime temperatures of 70 to 75°F, dropping to about 60°F during the evening. In general, daytime still feels pretty much as summertime, while in the evening, a light jacket and a sweater are recommended.

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