Discovering Alba, the Land of Truffles
Follow this gourmet itinerary suggested by our Concierges in Le Langhe, the famous region for wines and truffles. Leaving the hotel around 9:00 am with your private driver, you will reach Alba around 10:30 am and meet with your guide to visit one of the local wineries amongst the following producers:
- Pio Cesare – One of the earliest producers of the Barolo area, which carries on its tradition five generations later
- Renato Corino – Located in the heart of the vineyard Arborina, it is a small producer of four types of excellent Barolo
- Gomba Boschetti – A small producer of Barolo and Arneis, which boasts stunning views of the surrounding vineyards
- Elvio Cogno – Follows the footsteps of Elvio the maestro, continuing to produce wines that tell the family history without altering the traditions and styles
- Pelissero – Located on a historic property and specializes in Barbaresco wine
Lunch in Alba, suggested at the restaurant "Dulcis Vitis", managed by Chef Bruno Cingolani, where you will taste typical dishes of the area, such as the characteristic Alba white truffles and the main wine labels of Le Langhe. After lunch, visit the city of Alba or visit of additional wineries and return to the Hotel.
Contact our Concierges for a personalized itinerary and book a visit into the wine cellars.
Falling in love with Bergamo
Located in the region of Lombardy, approximately 40 kilometres north of Milan, Bergamo is a must see, listed as one of Italy's UNESCO World Heritage sites. It is comprised of two parts – the Città Bassa (lower city) is the modern, financial center, whilst the famous Città Alta (upper city) is a beautiful medieval town built on the hills. The two parts are separated by the Venetian Walls built by the Republic of Venice in the second half of the 16th century to defend the city.
Bergamo is a true statement of its historic past and rich culture, so expect a romantic city filled with extraordinary churches, countless characterful shops and alluring restaurants. The foothills of the Alps meet the Italian plains just at the outskirts of the city, making it a splendid destination for scenic views seekers.
A visit to Franciacorta, the wine region
There is much to experience outside of Milan’s city limits, so save room in your itinerary for a day trip or two. Italy’s finest sparkling wines come from Franciacorta, which lies about an hour east of Milan. Notable vineyards to visit in this area include Bellavista, Ca’ del Bosco and Contadi Castaldi, where you can witness the winemaking process during a cellar tour before sampling the fruits of the labour.
Ask your Concierge to arrange the excursion.
Design in Milan
Since the 1950s, the design and furniture brands in Milan have been developing and innovating, creating a contemporary unique style. Visit the most famous street for Design in Milan, the "Via Durini".
Top furniture shops, from the family-run Italian companies to fresh design talents, the new spaces are starting to close the gap between design and art. Follow our Concierge recommendations to not miss any of this exciting Design scene and visit “Interni Showroom”, a multi-brand store for those in search of modern style and “Roberta e basta”, a brand with five stores in the Brera area, specialized in vintage Italian design.
We also suggest a visit to Via Pisacane, the most important street for antiques shops.
From traditional craftsmanship to the most cutting-edge style, the special galleries will give you a glimpse at the homegrown brands that make Milan an international hub for furniture design.