Tour «To Mamma Mary»: between Liguria & Piedmont, Mountains & the Sea

Tour «To Mamma Mary»: between Liguria & Piedmont, Mountains & the Sea

Tour “To Mamma Mary” immediately evokes the memories of a song by Ricchi e Poveri group. That famous song was extremely popular at all discos of Europe in 80-ties and 90-ties. After 40 years of musical career, the famous trio is still travelling all around the world and, from time to time, all of them just need to escape from the crowds of fans. “Mamma Maria” is not only one of the main hits of the group, but also the name given to the Guest House by Angela, their soloist. That’s a real chalet of Alpine type, a solid housing made of wood and stone, which offers magnificent views. You can enjoy admiring the surroundings directly from the swimming pool or sitting at veranda in the evenings. The cuisine offered by local restaurants is based on Piedmont, with some Ligurian trends, but the most important thing that it makes maximum use of fresh products. The guesthouse is absolutely authenticable, trying to combine high quality of service with an informal atmosphere. Angela says that it is her secret place, a favorite one, where she likes to be alone with herself, at times… When Angela is not on tour, she enjoys gardening, walking around, visiting the nearest cheese-making factory. She loves fresh organic food, which she brings to her guests, as well.

PROGRAM

DAY 1

  • Arrival to Milan
  • Transfer to the hotel (2 hours) or transfer from Genova (1 hour)
  • Check-in, relax
  • Dinner & gitting aquainted with the group
  • Night in the hotel

DAY 2

  • On the way, we will visit the Gavi Winery (1.5 hours), which is located in Villa Pallavicini. It is named after a well-known Italian manufacturer of white wine. Gavi dry wines have a lively and elegant taste, and their fans consider them to be perfect with seafood. The sort of grapes Cortese, out of which this wine is made of, gives them a subtlety, delicacy and freshness, as well as elegant and soft flavor. The experts and wine connoisseurs consider them to be the best white wines of Italy.
  • Visit to Aqui Thermae (40 kms) – a Roman aqueduct, the ancient thermal baths, after which you will have some free time for walk or relax
  • Lunch (OPTIONAL)
  • Visit to “The Lake of a Spring” historical complex, based in the famous Acqui Thermal Water (OPTIONAL)
  • Dinner
  • Night in the hotel

DAY 3

  • An exciting combination tour of Genoa: its streets and squares, buildings in famous “Liberty”style, with a stop for a cup of coffee in the favorite confectionery of Giuseppe Verdi; the aristocratic quarter of Genoa built up with old villas (the former residence of the Genoese nobility), beautiful parks and Camposanto Staglieno – monumental European cemetery that is an open air museum; Cathedral of Genoa where the relics of John the Baptist, St. Lawrence, St. Anne, St. Jacob – Apostle, the Holy Face icon and other priceless relics being kept.
  • Sanctuary of the Virgin Mary on top of the mountain, that offers a magnificent view from the observation point
  • Lunch (OPTIONAL)
  • Free time for shopping        OR: visit of Genoa Aquarium, the largest and most famous aquarium in Italy that contains thousands of the Mediterranean’s inhabitants
  • Dinner
  • Night in the hotel

DAY 4

  • The Pearls of Levante (east)

Sightseeing tour of the east coast of Liguria, to the charming fishing village of Camogli, the place being unique with its old fortress, an elegant church and fishing boats. When the navigation is allowed you can sail by the sea to the medieval abbey, founded by the ancient Greeks and located in a small picturesque bay.

OR, according to the weather conditions:

  • The Pearls of Ponente (west)
    Walk along the Western Riviera and explore the charming ancient towns of the west coast included in the list of the most “beautiful places of Italy” — Alafia, Finalborgo, Noli, San Remo
  • Lunch (OPTIONAL)
  •  Dinner
  • Night in the hotel

DAY 5

  • Luxurious villas of Liguria, immersed in the greenery between the mountains and the sea, their gardens being full of exotic plants, which were popular in the 14th century with the eminent aristocratic families:

Villa Pallavicin (Pegli) – take a walk through the villa and its magnificent park with an esoteric route;
Villa Cambiaso (Santa Margherita) – it is located a little farther down the coast. We will be able to visit the first floor of the villa and a small part of the aristocratic park with a fountain by Bernini

  • Lunch (OPTIONAL)
  • Free time – relax at the sea shore
  • Thermal baths of Acquasanta (OPTIONAL) — a real oasis located a few kms from the sea coast. An exclusive Wellness Center is based on the curative quality of the water, known since the 16th century and not by chance since those days called “Aqua Santa” (holy water). Today is a large facility with 3 levels, one of which is totally dedicated to the SPA.
  • Dinner
  • Night in the hotel

DAY 6

  • Piedmont is a birthplace of famous red wines such as Barolo, Barbaresco, Nebbiolo, Barbera and white Spumante, Prosecco and Arneys, sweet Malvasia and Brachetto, as well as of fragrant white truffles. This time we will see the town of Alba and its surroundings (50 mins), which is considered to be the capital of enogastronomy, where the people come from all over the world on purpose. You will certainly have a walk around the center, with its small streets and wine shops, observation decks and underground tunnels.
  • This is a place with a certain concentration of restaurants marked with Michelin stars. For lunch (optional) we suggest tasting from specially arranged degustation menu: meat tartare veal with tuna sauce, anchovies, fries a-la-Piedmont with tayarin (homemade noodles), “Bagna Cauda” sweet pepper sauce and bunet dessert.
  • The town of Barolo and the Castle of the Marquises with their Wine Museum will be the continuation of our wine route. You will have free time to visit the unusual museum of wine corks, after which we will move to one of the best wineries in the region.
  • And, another stop for grappa lovers (grape brandy): a visit to the distilled grappa production enterprise. You will be able to see the whole process: for making grappa “vinaccia” grape pomace (squeeze) being used, and then the product is placed in oak casks called “barrique”, for slow aging.
  • Dinner
  • Night in the hotel

DAY 7

  • Breakfast
  • Check-out and departure in Milan’s direction
  • Break for shopping in Serravale Fashion Outlet
  • Transfer to the airport or to Milan, for the continuation of vacation

Total cost of the tour: Euro 2,500

Included into the price:

  • Residence in the hotel
  • Meals: half-board (breakfast & dinner)
  • Transfer on the arrival date + during the week
  • Excursions included into the program
  • Master-classes
  • Guide assistance during the whole trip
  • Bus for the whole group

 Not included into the price:

  • Lunches
  • Additional excursions (indicated as “optional” in the above program)
  • Flight tickets
  • Visa service (if required)
  • Medical Insurance
  • Transfer to the airport on the last day
  • Additional nights to be spent in Rome
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