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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10 Jul 2021
1100
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24 Jul 2021
1100
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04 Sep 2021
1100
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

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

The Impacts of this Trip

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 19 Sep 2019 by

We had a great time and would return next time we go to Italy Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Jun 2019 by

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. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Jul 2019 by

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. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2017 by

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... Read full review

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