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»» Touring the White Truffle Land: Alba and Langhe, in Piedmont

The white truffle, the valued tuber that can only be found in a very limited number of areas in Italy, is one of the specialties that only a few have a chance to taste. Increasingly visitors to Italy are looking for guided tours that give them the chance to know more about truffle hunting and the best way to buy or taste this valued tuber — Tuber Magnatum Pico. You could find a number of group tours offering that chance.
Alternatively, you could opt for cheap all inclusive holidays offering travel packages to Piedmont or Tuscany and Umbria, the areas where the white truffle can be mostly found.

These travel packages usually include gourmet and wine tours, tasting sessions, visits to truffle festivals and fairs.

At truffle festivals or fairs you can buy white truffles at best prices.

In Piedmont, you could visit a number of truffle festivals taking place in October and November, especially in the little towns located in the Langhe area — one of the most important white truffle growing zones in the world — where you’ll also be able to taste lot of specialty foods and recipes based on the truffle along with excellent local wines.
The “Fiera Internazionale del Tartufo Bianco d’Alba” — Alba International White Truffle Fair — is the most important white truffle market. It take places in Alba, town situated at the heart of the Langhe area, from early October to mid November.

Alba International White Truffle Fair is an event featuring a truffle fair, a truffle market — where you can also buy truffle-related produce and Piedmontese speciality foods, a historic festival and many other cultural and gourmet events.
For more details and the program of Alba International White Truffle Fair, you can visit http://fieradeltartufo.org.


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»» Design Your Own Wine Tour in Tuscany

Tuscany is one of the favorite destinations in Italy for wine tours.
Land well known for its stunning countryside landscapes, art, history, Tuscany is also one of the most recognized areas of the country for producing excellent wines. With its large number of wineries, Tuscany is an ideal holiday destination for wine tourists who are planning a trip to Italy.
When it comes to guided wine tours, wine tourists have a lot of options to choose from, particularly if they opt for group tours.

However, those who want design their own — individual — tour have a decision to take: renting a car and going on their own or going on a tour with a driver.

A tour with a driver could be very expensive. You could pay a price in the region of 500 – 600 Euros a day.

Renting a car would be, not only a cheaper option, it would give you the freedom you need to deeply enjoy your wine tour. It would allow you to visit wineries on your own schedule, to explore the hill-top towns located in the surroundings and stop when you please whilst  touring the gorgeous countryside of Tuscany. 
Also you’d save money. Renting a small-size car — best option for narrow roads you could drive on — would cost 50-70 euro a day. The wineries will charge a fee for wine tastings.
They could offer you a large selection of wines to taste and serve you snacks — Pecorino cheese, Prosciutto and other local specialties to pair with the wines. You should expect to pay for this service rates in the region of 10-40 euro.

Which wineries to visit? You can find on the web a large number of wineries providing tastings in Tuscany. Search wineries located in the major wine growing zones of Tuscany: Chianti, Chianti Classico, Montalcino and Montepulciano.
Most of wineries will require you to fix an appointment when planning a visit.


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»» Free Wine Sampling in Italy Last Week-end of May

Over a thousand of wineries across Italy throw open the doors to the public last week-end of May. It’s “Cantine Aperte” — Open Cellars — annual week-end wine festival.

It offers a chance to combine trips to some of the most amazing places in the countryside across the Peninsula — just think to Piedmont, Tuscan hills … — with sampling of excellent wines.

It’s also a great occasion for wine enthusiasts for taking a closer look at how — and where — the wine is made.

The sponsor of the event, the “Movimento Turismo del Vino” — Italy’s Wine Tourism Movement — offers on its website www.movimentoturismovino.it, advice on how to plan your wine trip.


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»» Gourmet Tourists Prefer Florence and Turin in March

Gourmet tourists visiting art cities in Italy in mid-March have some options to attend major food events in Florence and in Turin.

Sweet Turin

Turin hosts a 10-day chocolate festival — “CioccolaTO’” .
This annual festival — 2009 edition is held March 6 through March 15, offers chocolate tastings alongside a rich programme of cocoa-themed events.

For those who are interested to mix art, history and food, “Merenda Reale” — Royal Snack — offers a series of “sweet” meetings which revive the Savoy’s tradition of the afternoon snack and of the great patisserie.
Beginning February through March 15, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm, 19 venues in Turin are transformed into 18th-century tearooms serving cakes and drinks produced by some of Turin’s most prestigious pasticcerie.

In Florence, an exhibition about the pleasures of the table — “Pitti Immagine Taste” — is held the second or third week-end of March (2009 edition: March 14 – 16).
The event taking place at Florence’s Stazione Leopolda offers the chance to explore the cultural and biological diversity of food through debates, Taste Tours and visits to Taste Shops.


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