Let's indulge our senses in Milan and Turin

Milan, Italy

Changi Airport Terminal 1

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Milan: Let's indulge our senses in Milan and Turin

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Do you love chocolates, truffles, good food, good wines, fashion, nature, and appreciate history?  If you love all that then this is the perfect trip for you.  We will be visitng Turin a food, truffles, chocolate capital of Italy, it is also home to the largest palace in the world.  Then moving on to Milan to learn fashion, design, architecture, and art.  Also,witnessing the ingenuity of Leonardo Da Vinci.  Let's indulge our senses.

Here is the glimpse of what we will be experiencing
  • Learn how to make chocolate, pasta, and truffles dishes in the food capital of Italy, Turin
  • Indulge in an exquisite three-course truffle menu, Alba is also famous worldwide for its white truffles
  • Traverse the Piedmont countryside to enjoy the tours and tastings of the exquisite vineyards
  • Sample the treasured tastes of the area including Barolo and Barbaresco wines
  • Enjoy the decadent flavors of the regional specialty chocolates and cookies in Italy's chocolate capital, Turin
  • Explore the countryside to visit stunning ancient and medieval villages of Lake Como, Lake Garda, Lake Maggiore
  • Learn from the local expert of the opulent city of Turin and the grandeur of Milan
  • Learn to hunt for truffles
  • Visit the largest Gothic church in the world that is built over 600 years, Milan Cathedral
  • Learn fashion and design from fashion capital of the world, Milan
  • Visit the largest palace in the world, Palace of Venaria
  • Visit Sacra of San Michele, the spiritual landscape that surrounds
  • Witness the life of Leonardo Da Vinci and The Last Supper
We will start our journey in Turin, indulging in good food, chocolate, and truffles.  If you love hazelnuts chocolate and Nutella, then you would love to try from where it was originated from in Turin.  The story goes like this at that time, importing cocoa was difficult and expensive, hazelnuts were readily available in Turin, and were cheaper than cocoa. So the creative chefs decided to swap out some of the cocoa for nuts.  It was an easy way then to make chocolate a bit cheaper to produce, and more affordable to consume.

Then came World War II, cocoa prices saw another dramatic rise. To solve the problem, Pietro Ferrero, founder of Ferrero, tried making chocolate cheaper for his consumers.He created pasta gianduja a small loaf of chocolate hazelnut paste meant to be sliced and served on bread, the precursor to Nutella.

Let's indulge our senses in Milan and Turin starting at Milan, ItalyChocolates in Turin, photo by André Ribeiro licensed under CC BY 2.0

We will go around cafes to try their famous food such as bollito misto, bagna càuda, and fritto misto, and also their local wine like Barolo, Barbera, Barbaresco and Nebbiolo for the reds and Arneis, Gavi and Favorita for the whites. Oh yes of course, the white truffle, served with pasta (the local tajarin) or risotto. Gnocchi and agnolotti are other types of local pasta, which can be served with Alp cheese or mushrooms.  Wow, don't you think this is so yummy?

Let's indulge our senses in Milan and Turin starting at Milan, ItalyBagna Càuda is a hot dish and dipping sauce in Italian cuisine that is used to dip vegetables in. It is prepared using olive oil, chopped anchovies and garlic. Photo by Lombroso licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

We won't only be eating all this good food, we will be learning how to make them as well!  We will also learn how to hunt for truffles!  We will complete this gastronomy indulgences to the vineyards too.  Yeah.

Let's indulge our senses in Milan and Turin starting at Milan, ItalyTruffles hunting with dogs, photo by Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar licensed under CC BY 2.0 

Let's indulge our senses in Milan and Turin starting at Milan, ItalyCooking class in Turin, photo by Pete Sheffield licensed under CC BY 2.0 

Let's indulge our senses in Milan and Turin starting at Milan, ItalyWine tasting in Turin, photo by maryannelouise licensed under CC BY 2.0

Let's indulge our senses in Milan and Turin starting at Milan, ItalyVineyards in Turin

Let's indulge our senses in Milan and Turin starting at Milan, ItalyFresh food in Turin market, photo by Cloudy Child licensed under CC BY 2.0

Let's indulge our senses in Milan and Turin starting at Milan, ItalyTruffles tasting plate, photo by Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar licensed under CC BY 2.0

Let's indulge our senses in Milan and Turin starting at Milan, ItalyTurin, photo by Alejandro licensed under CC BY 2.0

Let's indulge our senses in Milan and Turin starting at Milan, ItalyVillage in Turin, photo by Eric Borda licensed under CC BY 2.0

After all the good food and good wine, we will visit the holy and mysterious Sacra di San Michele, one of the sacred sites dedicated to the Archangel Michael. Mysteriously, the three most important medieval monasteries venerating Saint Michael in Europe are all located on the same axis, one straight pilgrimage route, known as Via Sancti Michaelis, going from the Mont Saint-Michelin Normandy (France) to Monte Sant’Angelo(Monte Gargano) in Puglia (Italy). The Sacra di San Michele is located exactly at the midpoint of this 2000km long pilgrimage route!

Perhaps even more surprising is that the Sacra di San Michele lies in perfect geographic alignment with three other Saint Michael monasteries, on a straight line going from Skellig Michael(Ireland), over Saint Michael’s Mount(Cornwall, England), including the pilgrimage route previously mentioned, to the Monastery of Saint Michael(Symi island, Greece) before coming to an end in Jerusalem, atMount Carmel.  I hope we will absorb some of the good energy in Sacra di San Michele.

Let's indulge our senses in Milan and Turin starting at Milan, ItalySacra di San Michele, photo by Elio Pallard licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Let's indulge our senses in Milan and Turin starting at Milan, ItalyPalace of Venaria

Palace of Venaria a UNESCO World Heritage Site, also one of the largest palaces on earth.  We will attempt to explore its 80 hectares of beautiful gardens and 6000 hectares of parkland.  It is said it is in every way as impressive as the Palace of Versailles.

We will move on to Milan and be awed by their fashion, art, and architecture for the next 2 days.  We will attempt to learn everything about what it means to be Made in Italy and learn about the ingenuity of Leonardo Da Vinci.  We will end our trip with visiting Milan Cathedral, Lake Como, Lake Garda, Lake Maggiore.  

Let's indulge our senses in Milan and Turin starting at Milan, ItalyDuomo roof, photo by Daniel Case licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

The amazing cathedral that took nearly six centuries to complete. It is the largest church in Italy, the third largest in Europe and the fourth largest in the world.

Let's indulge our senses in Milan and Turin starting at Milan, ItalyCentre of Milan

Let's indulge our senses in Milan and Turin starting at Milan, ItalyLake Maggiore

Let's indulge our senses in Milan and Turin starting at Milan, ItalyLake Como

At over 400 metres deep, it is one of the deepest lakes in Europe, and the bottom of the lake is more than 200 metres below sea level.  Lake Como has been a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times, and a very popular tourist attraction with many artistic and cultural gems. It has many villas and palaces such as Villa Olmo, Villa Serbelloni, and Villa Carlotta. Many famous people have had and have homes on the shores of Lake Como.

Let's indulge our senses in Milan and Turin starting at Milan, ItalyWalk around in Lake Como, photo by Gaspar Torriero licensed under CC BY 2.0