City Breaks - Turin – Italy's Chocolate Capital

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City Breaks - Turin – Italy's Chocolate Capital

Italy • 3 Nights • Solos Board 



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...

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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.

During our time in Turin we hope there will be the ‘CioccolaTO’ annual festival (dates to be confirmed) which is dedicated to Italian and international chocolate and focusing on producers in Piedmont. 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!


Our accommodation


Best Western Crimea Torino

 

Facilities include

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. There is a breakfast room and small cocktail lounge and plenty of local restaurants nearby.

Rooms include

Our rooms all come with air-conditioning, minibar, safe, cable TV, fridge, complimentary WiFi and hairdryer. Bicycles are also available to rent.

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Date Duration Holiday Notes Age group Price
22 Mar 18 3 nights Turin – Italy's Chocolate Capital All Ages From £655

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