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Turin (Torino), panorama from the Cathedral bell tower

Home to Martini, Lavazza and Fiat, this elegant first capital of Italy is also of course where hot chocolate, chocolate houses and even chocolate spread were created! Our short break to this delicious city proposes just a ‘taster’ of the history of this desirable delight...

Statue of Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour in Turin - Italy

Cathedral & Café Culture

This scenic location of the 1960’s film classic The Italian Job is also capital of the Piedmont region lying at the foot of the western Alps and home of the ‘Slow Food’ movement. Our guided walk of the city amongst the squares, monuments, churches and palaces showcase how the culture and society of Piedmont have been influenced by cocoa and chocolate over centuries. Some stopping points will include the Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace) built in the 16th century, Palazzo Madama; the municipal museum of ancient art, and the Palazzo Carignano and its beautiful baroque construction. We stop for a gourmet break at one of the many historic café’s for a taste. These café’s are where the Piedmontese art of pastry was born and developed earning the city the title of Italian Capital of Chocolate. From this tradition comes the creation Bicerin, a drink made of espresso, bitter chocolate and whipped cream and has been enjoyed by Alexandre Dumas and Ernest Hemingway alike. We can also sample Gianduitto, the typical local chocolate containing the hazelnut produced in the region.


Vermouth and more Chocolate!

According to sources, the ‘in’ drink in 2017 is the aromatised and fortified wine, Vermouth. ‘Born’ in Turin in the 1700’s, this legendary ingredient in many cocktails including Martini and her sweeter sister a Manhattan each contain its herbal goodness. We have the opportunity to make our own as we are guided by Fulvio Piccinino through a fascinating laboratory tracing the history, hear stories and curious anecdotes before a tasting and then instructions to prepare our own bottle using wine, herbs, sugar and extracts.

There will be plenty of time to explore the city on our own but remember to visit the historical Café Al Bicerin in Piazza della Consolata or take the panoramic lift to the top of the Mole Antonelliana for 360 degree view of the city and the surrounding alps. Perhaps while away the afternoon and satisfy the senses with a rich velvety hot chocolate people watching as the winter draws in and the smell fills the air!

Best Western Crimea Torino

Our friendly hotel is located in the quiet residential area of Crimea next to the River Po and just a 20 minute walk or short bus ride into the centre of the city.

Facilities Include

There is a breakfast room and small cocktail lounge and plenty of local restaurants nearby. Bicycles are also available to rent.

Rooms Include

Our rooms all come with air-conditioning, minibar, safe, cable TV, fridge, complimentary WiFi and hairdryer.


GMT + 2 hours


2 hours


Average Daily Maximum:

Jan, Feb 08°C, Mar 10°C,
Apr 13°C, May 17°C,
Jun 20°C, Jul, Aug 24°C,
Sep 20°C, Oct 17°C,
Nov 11°C, Dec 8°C

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Useful Information

Transfer Time

The transfer from Turin Airport to the hotel is approximately 30 minutes, depending on traffic.

Included Programme

During your stay, two excursions are included:

Guided half day tour of the city with 2 tastings included

Vermouth experience


There is often confusion on the question of gratuities, since it frequently depends on the type of holiday, location and, of course, your attitude towards tipping, as to what is normally expected. In order to give you a rough idea, we have given appropriate guidance below.

Your Tour Leader will be on hand to offer advice or suggestions if required but gratuities are offered entirely at the sole discretion of the individual. We suggest a group collection to cover drivers, porters and hotel staff of €15.00. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate % to add on.

Temperature (Average Daily Maximum ºC)

Oct 18ºC

Dress Code

Comfortable wear with layers during the day. Smart casual wear is recommended for the evenings. Sweaters, coats, warm jackets would be necessary with rainwear in case of showers. Comfortable shoes are a “must” for sightseeing.

Please note that a Tourist tax of €2.80 per night is payable locally at the end of your stay.



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Depart Return Nights Age Group Price COMMENTS  
12 Apr 2019 15 Apr 2019 3 All Ages £ 605 BOOK

What's included:

  • Scheduled return flights London Gatwick/Turin with British Airways & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Double room for single use with private facilities
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • ½ day chocolate experience guided tour of Turin
  • Vermouth tasting and creation
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader

Solos Board:

  • Breakfast daily & 1 dinner

What’s extra:

  • City Tax - approximately €2.80 per night payable locally
  • Insurance see here




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