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Feast Valle Maira

Valle Maira Food Tour: A Taste of the Italian Alps

Exploring Piedmont's Hidden Gems: Hiking, Traditional Cuisine, and Local Hospitality

Length

7 Days

Group size

4-12 travelers

Travel style

Wanderer

Maira Valley: Alpine Culinary Delights - 7 Days

20 Reviews

Trip highlights

Hiking in the Marmora Valley

Ancient city of Elva

Piedmontese-Occitan cuisine course

Hikes in the romantic Unerzio Valley

The Feast experience

Meals and beverages included

Visit a beekeeper at 2,000 metres

Visit a raw milk cheese dairy

300-year-old farm with new rooms

Enjoy wild nature, hiking, and great cuisine in the Piedmontese Alps! The valley's products are based on aromatic mountain herbs. We visit a raw milk cheesemaker and an agriturismo with beekeeping and excellent honey. In the evenings, host Valeria spoils us with Piedmontese specialties. She also shares her wealth of experience with us during a cooking course.

Arrival information: By Plane: Airport Turin / Milan Malpensa. We recommend our transfer service, which can be booked depending on the place of arrival.

Parking: Guests arriving by car can easily park it on the premises of the accommodation.

Nutritional information: gluten-free and/or vegetarian options available. Please reach out to us and let us know any dietary restrictions when you book.

Why book with Feast?

✔ Experts for culinary discoveries in the Mediterranean
✔ Book with confidence: 20 years of experience VTT
✔ Small groups of 4-12 travellers
✔ All experiences, meals, guides and daily transfers included
✔ Sustainable travel, avoiding mass tourism sights
✔ Complete and flexible rescheduling without inconvenience, complexity, and stress with our Flexi option.

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Valle Maira (Sapio)
Valle Maira (Sapio)
Valle Maira (Sapio)

Map

Itinerary

Transfer Sapio

1 Day

Transfer airport Milan Malpensa - Locanda Lou Pitavin Marmora

Transfer von Flughafen Malpensa zur Unterkunft in der Valle Maira.

From

USD 218

Transfer Sapio

2 Days

Transfer airport Turin - Locanda Lou Pitavin

Transfer Flughafen bis Unterkunft in Valle Maira

From

USD 153

transfer train sapio

1 Day

Transfer train station Fossano - Locanda Lou Pitavin Marmora

From

USD 80

Valle Maira (Sapio)
Valle Maira (Sapio)
Valle Maira (Sapio)

Valle Maira welcome dinner

Meals Included: Dinner

Arrive to Locanda Lou Pitavin in Marmora, an idyllic village 1,300 metres above sea level in the breathtaking Piedmontese Alps. Marmora is about 128 km southwest of Turin and can be reached by car in about two hours. If desired, we can organize a transfer from the train station or airport so that you have a comfortable journey. Your warm hosts Marco and Valeria will be waiting for you in the Locanda. Both were born in Valle Maira and look forward to welcoming you. Over dinner in the property's excellent restaurant, run by Valeria, you'll have the opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers and get in the mood for the adventure ahead. The culinary delicacies that Valeria prepares are inspired by Occitan and Piedmontese cuisine, and promise an unforgettable taste experience. Enjoy the fine specialties, prepared with passion and attention to detail. The restaurant's ambience and warm hospitality create a welcoming atmosphere in which you will immediately feel at home.

Relax and enjoy every experience, knowing that our tour guide will assist you at every moment.

Valle Maira (Sapio)
Valle Maira (Sapio)
Valle Maira (Sapio)

Trekking through Valle Maira

Lunch with Monica and Sergio

Dinner and wine from Piemont

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transportation: By Foot (2:30h)

Experience the local culinary culture welcomed by the local family

Enjoy breakfast with a delicious cappuccino, home-baked bread, and cheese and sausage from the Valle Maira. Afterwards, you’ll hike up the Marmora Valley directly from the accommodation. You will see the small hamlets, which often only consist of a few houses. Almost everyone here made a living from raising livestock and making cheese. You’ll also see a chapel from the 15th century. You are invited to lunch today with Monica and Sergio in Torello. There, the two of them have revitalized an old farm with vegetable gardens, fruit cultivation, and handicrafts. After returning to your accommodation, you have some time for a break. When the sun is shining, relax in the deck chairs in the garden and enjoy the view of the impressive mountain peaks. In the evening, Valeria will spoil you again with her wonderful cuisine, which she inherited from her mother and grandmother. For example, with homemade, thinly sliced tagliatelle (tajarin), stewed veal in Nebbiolo or roast rabbit with juniper berries. Marco is very familiar with Piedmontese wines and will serve you selections from his cellar that go well with your meal.

Relax and enjoy every experience, knowing that our tour guide will assist you at every moment.

Hiking Information:

  • distance 6 km
  • time: 2,5 hours
  • difficulty: easy-medium with an elevation difference of 250 meters uphill and downhill.
Valle Maira (Sapio)
Valle Maira (Sapio)
Valle Maira (Sapio)

Visit agritourism and beekeeper

Visit to a local farm

Roman village Elva

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transportation: Private Bus (1:00h), By Foot (3:00h)

Honey sommelier Carlo Olivero will accompany you as you taste the sweet gold.

Today, you’ll head to the other side of the valley, to Elva. Founded in Roman times, the town is famous for the frescoes by Hans Clemer, in a church from the late 15th century. After visiting the church, you’ll go to the starting point of the hike. Walk through sparse larch forests with wonderful views over the valley, across alpine pastures down to a family business. There, rare varieties of potatoes, rye, fruit, and berries are grown. Above all, many different honeys are produced from the bee colonies. Three of these honeys are now Slow Food staples: rhododendron honey, high mountain blossom honey, and fir honey. Mamma Pasqualina awaits you for a lunch made with her own products. In the afternoon, you will return to the accommodation for a relaxing break before a Piedmontese evening meal with Valeria and Marco.

Hike:

Distance: 8 km Time: About 4 hours Altitude gain: with an elevation difference of 400 metres uphill and 500 metres downhill. Difficulty: medium

Valle Maira (Sapio)
Valle Maira (Sapio)
Valle Maira (Sapio)

Giorgio & Marta's cheese dairy

Maira Valley specialty

Piedmontese cooking class

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transportation: Private Bus (1:00h)

Visit to the potter Lara, who uses rose petals to create her ceramics

Today, you will visit Giorgio and Marta, who keep goats in San Damiano and make excellent raw milk cheese. From San Damiano, you’ll hike up to the goat farm, see the animals on the pasture, and visit the small cheese dairy. It's amazing how the cheeses develop very differently over the maturation period. At lunch, you will be able to try these with some other delicacies. Back at the accommodation and after a break, Valeria and Marco will give you a cooking class. You can also bake sourdough bread and a cake in the town's old bakery, right next to the accommodation, such as the hazelnut cake that is famous in Piedmont. Valeria will show you how to prepare the Maira Valley specialty, L’öla, a stew with beans, potatoes, leeks, and pork ribs, which cooks overnight using the residual heat from the oven. Of course, Valeria has one already prepared, which you can then eat along with the dishes you have prepared yourself. Hike from San Damiano up to the Ziegenhof: 45 minutes, about half a mile, with 200 metres altitude.

Valle Maira (Sapio)
Valle Maira (Sapio)
Valle Maira (Sapio)

Hiking on ancient trails

Lunch break with a view

Piedmontese & Occitan dinner

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transportation: Private Bus (0:30h), By Foot (2:30h)

Prepare to immerse yourself in nature for a little-known hike in the valleys!

In the morning, you’ll be taken to Frere on the Unerzio side of the valley. You’ll hike the Scurcio, an old path that connected the small hamlets of the valley before today's road existed. Walk along the Unerzio stream through deciduous forests, encountering evidence of old traditions such as water mills, bakeries, and lime kilns. A little further up, you’ll walk through a larch forest and across alpine pastures up to the Viviere mountain hut, behind which the peaks of the Gardetta plateau rise. A delicious snack platter awaits you there. Enjoy the wonderful views and relax before returning to Marmora. In the evening, Valeria will surprise you again at the accommodation with new Piedmontese and Occitan specialties. Hike: 2.5 hours, about 7 km, with an elevation difference of 550 metres uphill. Difficulty: medium.

Valle Maira (Sapio)
Valle Maira (Sapio)
Valle Maira (Sapio)

Picnic at mountain lake Resile

Farewell dinner

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transportation: Private Bus (0:30h), By Foot (3:30h)

Today you will embark on a fascinating hike through the picturesque Marmora Valley, which will take you to Lake Resile. This crystal-clear, small mountain lake awaits you at an impressive altitude of almost 2,000 metres. During your hike, enjoy breathtaking panoramic views over the valley, observing the wildlife of diverse bird species and cute marmots. Those looking for a refreshing dip are welcome to swim in the clear waters of the lake and enjoy nature to the fullest. A delicious mountain picnic awaits you in the immediate vicinity of Lago Resile. All ingredients have been carefully selected and provided by Marco to give you an unforgettable culinary experience. Take a seat, inhale the fresh aromas of the mountains, and let yourself be seduced by the authentic taste experiences as you linger in this picturesque setting. In the early afternoon, you will return to your accommodation, where you will have free time to relax. Take this opportunity to calm your senses, reflect on your impressions, or simply be enchanted by the tranquil atmosphere of your surroundings. In the evening, there is an unforgettable farewell dinner with Valeria and Marco, who pamper their guests with attention on this special occasion. Enjoy the harmonious combination of exquisite ingredients, prepared with passion and skill, while you celebrate the farewell to this special journey in good company.

Hike:

Distance: 13 km Time: Around 3.5 hours Altitude gain: with a difference in altitude of 700 meters uphill Difficulty: medium. (It is possible to take a shorter hike if desired)

Valle Maira (Sapio)
Valle Maira (Sapio)
Valle Maira (Sapio)

Meals Included: Breakfast

After a delicious breakfast, it's time to say goodbye to Valle Maira. If you wish to extend your stay, we are at your disposal with inspiring suggestions and helpful recommendations. We know the region and its secrets very well and want to ensure that you can continue to explore the diversity and beauty of Valle Maira even after your trip officially ends. Do not hesitate to contact us to plan your extension and enrich the memories of your trip even further.

Transfer Sapio

1 Day

Transfer Locanda Lou Pitavin Marmora - airport Turin

Transfer von Unterkunft in Valle Maira zum Flughafen Turin

From

USD 153

Transfer Sapio

1 Day

Transfer Locanda Lou Pitavin Marmora - airport Mailand Malpensa

Transfer von Unterkunft in Valle Maira zum Flughafen Mailand Malpensa.

From

USD 218

transfer train sapio

1 Day

Transfer Locanda Lou Pitavin Marmora - train station Fossano

From

USD 80

Dates & Prices

Start date

End date

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Guide

Availability

Price

1

Sep

2024

7

Sep

2024

Full

From

USD 1,927

Info

English speaking tour: This trip is being conducted in English.

Guide

Karen Kloß

Karen

Your guide for this tour

Karen Kloß has lived in Piedmont since 2004. The trained landscape gardener fell in love with the Piedmontese Alps while hiking in the 1990s and a few years later she was able to turn her hobby into a career. She has been working as a certified hiking and cultural guide and translator in south-western Piedmont since 2007 and enjoys passing on her enthusiasm for the diverse landscape, culture and gastronomy of the various valleys to her travel guests. She is particularly interested in the rich flora, the late medieval frescoes of the small country chapels and the excellent wines of her adopted home.

The indicated flight times and airlines may change, as we have to plan well in advance of the day of departure.

1

Sep

2024

7

Sep

2024

English speaking tour

Karen Kloß
Full

From

USD 1,927

8

Sep

2024

14

Sep

2024

Full

From

USD 2,089

Info

German speaking tour: This trip will be held in German.

Guide

Karen Kloß

Karen

Your guide for this tour

Karen Kloß has lived in Piedmont since 2004. The trained landscape gardener fell in love with the Piedmontese Alps while hiking in the 1990s and a few years later she was able to turn her hobby into a career. She has been working as a certified hiking and cultural guide and translator in south-western Piedmont since 2007 and enjoys passing on her enthusiasm for the diverse landscape, culture and gastronomy of the various valleys to her travel guests. She is particularly interested in the rich flora, the late medieval frescoes of the small country chapels and the excellent wines of her adopted home.

The indicated flight times and airlines may change, as we have to plan well in advance of the day of departure.

8

Sep

2024

14

Sep

2024

German speaking tour

Karen Kloß
Full

From

USD 2,089

21

Sep

2024

27

Sep

2024

Full

From

USD 2,036

Info

English speaking tour: This trip is being conducted in English.

Your guide for this tour

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The tour guide for this trip will be announced shortly. Our guides are culinary specialists of the Mediterranean area, and are at least bilingual. Each of our guides is unique and brings their own personal touch to the trips, so you can discover the region as if you were travelling with a friend!

The indicated flight times and airlines may change, as we have to plan well in advance of the day of departure.

21

Sep

2024

27

Sep

2024

English speaking tour

FEAST logo no TC photo
Full

From

USD 2,036

1

Jun

2025

7

Jun

2025

Available

From

USD 2,089

Info

German speaking tour: This trip will be held in German.

Guide

Karen Kloß

Karen

Your guide for this tour

Karen Kloß has lived in Piedmont since 2004. The trained landscape gardener fell in love with the Piedmontese Alps while hiking in the 1990s and a few years later she was able to turn her hobby into a career. She has been working as a certified hiking and cultural guide and translator in south-western Piedmont since 2007 and enjoys passing on her enthusiasm for the diverse landscape, culture and gastronomy of the various valleys to her travel guests. She is particularly interested in the rich flora, the late medieval frescoes of the small country chapels and the excellent wines of her adopted home.

The indicated flight times and airlines may change, as we have to plan well in advance of the day of departure.


or


1

Jun

2025

7

Jun

2025

German speaking tour

Karen Kloß
Available

From

USD 2,089


or


14

Sep

2025

20

Sep

2025

Available

From

USD 2,089

Info

German speaking tour: This trip will be held in German.

Guide

Karen Kloß

Karen

Your guide for this tour

Karen Kloß has lived in Piedmont since 2004. The trained landscape gardener fell in love with the Piedmontese Alps while hiking in the 1990s and a few years later she was able to turn her hobby into a career. She has been working as a certified hiking and cultural guide and translator in south-western Piedmont since 2007 and enjoys passing on her enthusiasm for the diverse landscape, culture and gastronomy of the various valleys to her travel guests. She is particularly interested in the rich flora, the late medieval frescoes of the small country chapels and the excellent wines of her adopted home.

The indicated flight times and airlines may change, as we have to plan well in advance of the day of departure.


or


14

Sep

2025

20

Sep

2025

German speaking tour

Karen Kloß
Available

From

USD 2,089


or


Preferred date unavailable? You'd like to book further ahead in the future? Contact us

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Single Room Supplement

When booking online, you can choose the option "share room (if possible)". If no other participant chooses this option, you will be accommodated in a single room. The cost of the single room is USD 268 and Feast will in that case pay 50% of the single room supplement, the rest will need to be covered by you. We will notify you approximately one month before the start of the tour.

What's included

6 Nights at the Agriturismo "Locanda Lou Pitavin" in Marmora

Daily Homemade Breakfast

No Hotel Change

6 Dinners at the Agriturismo (water, coffee and 1/2 bottle of wine included)

4 Lunches (water, coffee, and 1/2 bottle of wine included): 2 at the Local Farmer's, 1 at a Typical Osteria, and 1 at the Cheese Producer's

1 Picnic (water & coffee included)

1 Cooking Class with Valeria Ariaudo

Entrance Tickets for All Services Included in the Tour Program

All Transfers During the Trip

Qualified, Multilingual Feast Tour Guide on Site

Daily Small Extras: the Feast+

Travel Documents, Detailed Information, and Packing Tips

Your Trip Supports the Ventura TRAVEL Project for Holistic Environmental Protection

10 EUR Donation to the VSocial Foundation to Support Community Projects https://www.vsocialfoundation.org/

What's not included

Transportation to and from the destination

Additional drinks

Tips

Reviews

Valle Maira

Thomas Karl Oberle

Maira Valley: Alpine Culinary Delights - 7 Days

Wanderer

Wunderschöne individuelle Reise weit abseits der ausgetretenen Massentourismus-Pfade. Durch sorgfältig ausgewählte und sehr fachkundig geführte Wandertouren hat uns unsere sehr kompetente und nette Reiseleiterin Karen die außergewöhnlichen Gebirgslandschaften das Valle Maira und seine Kultur und Eigenarten umfassend vermittelt. Die dabei besuchten Produzenten haben uns durch die Verkostung ihrer handwerklich hergestellten Produkte und Speisen mit dem Geschmack und Geruch der okzitanischen Kultur verzaubert. In unserer sehr schön gelegenen, liebevoll und nachhaltig ausgestatteten Locanda haben uns Marco und Valeria und ihr Team jeden Tag mit einem sehr guten und reichhaltigen Frühstück und abends mit einem köstlichen 4-Gänge Menu samt dazu passenden regionalen Weinen verwöhnt. Dabei waren von der Marmelade über das Brot bis zum Dessert alle Speisen selbst hergestellt. Der Kochkurs in Valeria's Küche mit der Zubereitung von regionalen Spezialitäten und dem anschließenden Brotbacken im Holzbackofen mit Marco, war eines der Highlights der Woche. Das war für uns ein sehr sehr schöner Aktiv-Urlaub. Vielen Dank!

Valle Maira (Sapio)

Gundula R

Maira Valley: Alpine Culinary Delights - 7 Days

Wanderer

Besser gehts nicht - alles super (Hotel, Essen, Wandern und Wanderleiterin, Programm) - einfach ein superschöner Urlaub - vielen herzlichen Dank !!!

Valle Maira

Jens Herion

Maira Valley: Alpine Culinary Delights - 7 Days

Wanderer

Kompetent und umsichtig geleitete Wanderungen durch faszinierende Berglandschaften, kombiniert mit sehr interessanten kulinarischen Veranstaltungen bei regionalen Erzeugungsbetrieben. Ein wunderbares Quartier mit sehr guter regionaler Küche bei einem sehr gastfreundlichen Gastgeber-Paar.

FAQs

If the traveller withdraws before the start of the trip or does not start the trip, Ventura loses the right to the travel price. Instead, Ventura may demand reasonable compensation from the traveller. This shall not apply if Ventura is responsible for the cancellation or if unavoidable, extraordinary circumstances occur at the destination or in its immediate vicinity, which significantly impair the performance of the package tour or the transport of persons to the destination; circumstances are unavoidable and extraordinary if they are beyond the control of the party invoking them and their consequences could not have been avoided even if all reasonable precautions had been taken.

Ventura has defined this claim for compensation to which it is entitled in the following cancellation fees. The calculation is made taking into account the time of the cancellation declared by the traveller up to the contractually agreed start of the trip, the expected saving of expenses and the expected acquisition through alternative use of the travel services. The compensation shall be calculated as follows according to the time of receipt of the declaration of cancellation by Ventura or the travel agent:

a) General cancellation fee (as a percentage of the travel price):

For bookings in the CLASSIC fare: up to 65 days before departure 20% from the 64th to 30th day before departure 25% 45% from the 29th to 15th day before departure from the 14th to 7th day before departure 60% from the 6th day before departure 80% 90% on the day of departure and in the event of a no-show

For bookings in the FLEXI fare: up to 65 days before departure 0% from the 64th to the 45th day before departure 10% from the 44th to the 30th day before departure 20% from 29 days before departure, the cancellation fees are identical to those of the CLASSIC rate

b) Special cancellation fee:

Special offers/specials, individually prepared package tours and group tours may be subject to special cancellation conditions, to which explicit reference is made in the respective service description or travel advertisement/offer and the travel confirmation in accordance with Art. 250 §§ 3, 6 EGBGB.

Ventura reserves the right to demand higher, specifically calculated compensation instead of the above cancellation flat rates, insofar as Ventura can prove the occurrence of significantly higher expenses than the applicable cancellation flat rate.

We advise you to take out travel cancellation insurance, as it can always happen that you are unable to travel shortly before the departure date due to unforeseen illness, an accident or for other reasons. Repatriation assistance insurance is strongly recommended!

If you pay for your Feast trip with your VISA credit card, you are normally insured, but please ask your bank to confirm this. If you do not wish to take out insurance, Feast cannot be held liable.

Feast's travel insurance offer:

We offer 3 types of insurance (cancellation cover/all-round cover/travel cover) when you book online through our partner HanseMerkur. Of course, you can also contact other insurance companies of your choice.

The following links will take you to the insurance booking portal. After booking, you will receive your insurance documents and invoice directly from our partner HanseMerkur.

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No, all our tours include an individual journey in order to avoid unnecessary national bundled flights and to give you the opportunity to organise your journey individually.

We are happy to help you plan and decide on flights, train connections or intermediate stages.

If you need a transfer from the airport or train station, we can organise this for you.

A deposit of 20% of the tour price is due upon receipt of the invoice. Please transfer the remaining payment no later than 21 days before departure. Bank transfers from Germany and other EU countries via IBAN and BIC are fast and inexpensive. You can also pay conveniently by credit card.

According to our terms and conditions, we can cancel the trip if the minimum number of participants is not reached up to 21 days before the start of the trip. As a rule, we will inform you one month in advance to discuss alternatives. You can then, for example, choose another date or an alternative trip. If these options are not suitable for you, we will refund the full travel costs already paid. However, it is rare that a trip cannot be realised. As soon as a trip is guaranteed to take place, we will highlight this on our "Dates & Prices" page.

You can start organising and booking your journey as soon as we have confirmed that the trip is guaranteed to take place. This happens at the latest approx. 30 days before the start of the trip. If the minimum number of participants has already been reached, you will of course be informed immediately.

Maira Valley: Alpine Culinary Delights - 7 Days

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