Italian Alps walking and cooking holiday

“Retreat to the Italian Alps on this five-day small group holiday. Staying at a mountain-view B&B, you’ll hike, cook and eat your way through the best bits of foodie-friendly Piedmont.”

Highlights

Mountain B&B | guided alpine hikes | market day in Pinerolo | cooking class & local wine pairing | homecooked meals

Description of Italian Alps walking and cooking holiday

Experience an off-the-beaten-path part of Piedmont on this Italian Alps retreat. You’ll stay at a charming B&B, from which you’ll be guided around this peaceful slice of the Alps. This is the Italian and French border, where the ancient history is richly textured. One day you’ll start the guided walk as soon as you step out the door and another day you’ll go to a different area of the Cottian Alps to explore.

The July and August period and weekends in September will feature a chairlift ride to above the tree line for a spectacular day walking in the high country. It’ll mix quaint villages, mountain flowers, clear cold streams and pure fresh air to invigorate and refresh you whilst you enjoy this peaceful location up away from it all in the Alps located at 1,100m (3,600 ft). When you’re in the neighbourhood of local artisan producers, you’ll stop in and sample their cheese, have a sip of wine, coffee or a digestive liqueur made from local mountain herbs grown high in the upper mountains.

Market day has the group heading into the biggest town at the mouth of the Chisone valley to participate in the purveying and purchasing of seasonal produce directly from the area farmers who traditionally have been gathering in Pinerolo to sell their produce for well over 1,000 years. Town is lively on market days and it’s worth a look round the medieval centre, sample some locally made chocolates or award-winning pasticcini (miniature pastries).

The cooking class will be a hands-on look into making some local Piemontese specialties depending what's in season, what’s found in the market or what needs using from the organic garden. Dinner will be topped off with local wine pairings.

Your meals will be made in the B&B, with love and the help of high quality ingredients that are simply prepared to let their true flavour shine through. Your hosts Fabrizio and Marla are both former chefs who love guests and make almost everything served. There is almost always a fresh baked pastry tucked in amongst the breakfast offerings of cereal, cheese and meats. The toast and bread are all made in-house.

You'll be sure to get plenty of walking in to balance out all the good food you’ll be enjoying and also give you some time to relax and soak up the spectacular alpine view of the Italian French border from the top of the land. This is truly a holiday for the senses and the soul as you experience what nature the Italian Alps has on offer.

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Responsible tourism

Italian Alps walking and cooking holiday

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

We are committed to preserving our heritage in this alpine environment by using natural and environmentally safe cleaning products, low energy consuming light bulbs, we compost our organic waste with the help of composting worms. We recycle our glass, plastic, paper and metal and have bins to encourage our guests to do the same. We have an organic garden that we try to utilize as much as possible.

We joined Wwoof (World Wide Organic Opportunities) to partner with volunteers to teach and share organic gardening practices as we work side by side in our garden. We heat completely with wood and cut wood on our own property managing our forest for over three generations in our family. We helped initiate and are involved with the local CAI association, a walking and alpine organization, to clean, sign and maintain our local alpine paths thereby helping to keep the woods clean and maintained. We are involved with the restocking of our local mountain stream with native trout. We are committed to eco-friendly practices.

Community

We live in a small alpine community that relies on each other to help maintain our community which has lost many jobs over the years. We created "TEM", which is our Sustainable Mountain Tourism association that grew out of our desire to include small businesses, organic food producers and artisans that strive to preserve and enhance rural community life.

We buy local and shop in our small businesses and local outdoor food markets, avoiding the large supermarket except for any items that we are unable to find anywhere else. We support small cheese makers; butcher, beer crafters, vintners and liqueur producers that still pay mountain residents to not only gather necessary herbs, but to protect the natural habitat as well as providing much needed jobs. We promote local artisan. Through our collective effort we strive to build a healthy community through sound economic and ecological practices. Your visit helps us take another step along that path.

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Reviewed on 27 Jun 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The two most memorable parts of the holiday were, first, the location of the accommodation, immersed in the beauty of the mountainous Piedmont terrain. Second, being hosted by Fabrizio, a fifth generation Piedmontese, and his partner Marla who's been there since early 2000, in a way that felt like staying with friends who were intimate with their local area.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be open to the local cuisine provided by Fabrizio and Marla. The standard is excellent and plentiful.
With only 5 bedrooms be prepared to engage socially with others staying whom you don't know to develop a relaxed, friendly and fun atmosphere whether it's when walking, cooking or at the meal table.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Fabrizio and Marla are involved in an association (Touristic Ecosostenible Montano) to promote responsible ecological tourism and support and preserve mountain culture and cuisine. Their cooking classes and the daily meals support local farmers by using produce from local farmers markets - we had a buying visit to a vibrant local market in Pinerolo. The wine at the table is local Piedmont wine. The holiday included a visit to a local producer of Mountain Liqueurs (Bernard in Pomaretto); and a goats cheese manufacturer where lunch involved cheese from 5 stages of maturity. The Mountain Inn is run in a conservation minded way.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We had an excellent holiday hosted by 2 very knowledgeable and caring people. All aspects of the cooking, walking and sightseeing was made so enjoyable because of their enthusiasm and attention to details. We were made to feel like friends staying who they were very pleased to see; and we were consulted over all of the activities to ensure it was what we wanted to do and in a way we were comfortable with.

Reviewed on 06 Jul 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


This trip was the perfect place for a relaxing holiday. The mountain setting is splendid with wonderful views and very quiet. Marla and Fabrizio offer exceptional hospitality and locally produced food prepared to a high standard. Cooking with them in a small group was great fun.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Travellers need to be relatively fit for walking in mountainous countryside and be willing to be part of ‘the family’.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. We were eating locally produced food and buying some local produce- wine, cheese, honey. All walks involved very little driving.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent.

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The entire holiday was memorable! From the moment we got there and were welcomed by our wonderful hosts at their beautiful B&B in the mountains, to
the stunning walk through the Alps, the freshly baked treats each morning, the market tour and all the amazing cheese, the cooking class using local or homegrown ingredients, the local tour, the passion of our hosts in sustainably revitalising their area and showing us how they were trying to achieve that, the pizza party. All of it! Marla and Fabrizio are the best hosts you will ever have and we enjoyed every minute of the tour.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Just book it, you won't regret it!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Absolutely! We supported local business, used locally sourced or homegrown ingredients in everything we did and we were made a part of the vision that our
hosts had for the area and saw all the hard work they were doing to make it come true which was an amazing experience.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


The communication with Marla before the holiday was excellent and we were picked up at the airport without any issue. The accommodation was in the most beautiful location, all the meals were lovely (not surprising as Marla and Fabrizio and both chefs), the walk through the Alps was stunning but not overly challenging so would suit any person with average fitness levels (we weren't rushed in any way), the market trip was fun and so nice to see all the local produce and try all the beautiful cheeses and meats, the cooking class was eally thorough and everyone was included and the result was yummy, and the hosts were just wonderful and I will definitely be going back there one day! This was the highlight of my five week tour around Europe!

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