A weekend of walks and good food in Valchiusella, rediscovering the wild herbs

A walk with the Magistre d'Erbe, an excursion to alpine huts, the Herbs dinner, the discovery of the villages: nature and traditional wisdom to learn to recognize mountain herbs

€ 299

The edible wild herbs, whose secrets are kept and disseminated by the Magistre d'Erbe, cover the meadows of Valchiusella in the month of May, when spring explodes with colors and scents. In the same period, the famous Tome are produced in the high pastures, with a characteristic taste known by the connoisseurs of cheese. 

We offer you a journey to discover these delicacies of taste and the extraordinary natural and human environment that make Valchiusella a true treasure of our Piedmont. 

We will learn to recognize the herbs during a walk with the Magistre, we will taste them in the famous Herb Dinner at the Centro Restaurant in Vico Canavese, where our guest, Mara, cooks with passion and local produce. We will climb to the mountain pasture on Mount Cavallara to see how the milk is processed and become 'tuma carià' with an unmistakable taste. We will enjoy incredible landscapes: from Monviso, to the Morainic Amphitheater of Ivrea, to Valle d'Aosta.

We will relax in nature looking at the stars in the evening, and we will meet the locals on a slow and relaxed journey, after which we will have discovered that in Valchiusella, inhabited since the dawn of time, time seems to have stopped.

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difficulty level:For everyone

Tours in which there are some walking stretches together with other nature discovery activities. Suitable to all travellers.

1st day, the Magistre d'Erbe, ancient wisdom

After leaving Turin, before arriving in Vico Canavese we will take a detour to admire the enchanting Lake Meugliano, to begin to familiarize ourselves with this natural environment.

Once in Vico we will be greeted by Mara, from the Ristorante Albergo Centro di Vico, who will have prepared a light and tasty lunch, perfect for preparing for the afternoon walk. We will take possession of the rooms, from whose windows we will hear the gentle flow of the fresh waters of the Nantes river.

In the afternoon, meeting at the Ponte Folle in Traversella for a simple walk and a lesson about the wild herbs by the Magistre d'Erbe.

For dinner, Mara will prepare the famous 'Dinner of Herbs', and we will find in her dishes what we discovered during the walk.

 

2nd day, the mountain and the toma cheese of the Valchiusella valley

After breakfast we will leave with an Environmental Hiking Guide for Monte Cavallaria where we will learn about the processing of milk and the preparation of the "tuma caria" (typical cheese) of Valchiusella.

We will stay for lunch as well with succulent “polenta concia”, stew and toma cheese.

We will descend calmly, enjoying the views ranging from Valle d'Aosta to the Central Alps, from the Serra Morenica to the Monviso.

We will then return to Turin by minibus

 

During the trip you will be assisted by our guide Alessandro, who will participate with the group in the activities and excursions and will drive the minibus. 

For the hike to the alpine hut there will be an Environmental Hiking Guide, while the herb walk is made with the Magistre d’Erbe of the Valchiusella Academy of Herbs.

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Alessandro

Alessandro is a sportsman and a team player: soccer, tennis, beach volley, baseball, basketball, even poker, if there is a game you'll find him there. Self-made guitarist, fearless snowboarder, his manners are sweet and his humour will charm you. The last to go to sleep, the first to wake up in the morning to take his dog for a walk and get ready, perfectly groomed. He drives smoothly and knows every road in our beautiful Piemonte.

Never without: a ball to play with

Favourite quote: "I can draw horses very well"

This A weekend of walks and good food in Valchiusella includes:

  • Transportation by minibus from Turin or Ivrea, with guide and assistance throughout the weekend

  • visit to the Lake of Meugliano

  • walk of the Herbs with the Magistre d'Erbe of the Valchiusella valley
  • hike to a mountain hut on Mount Cavallaria with an Environmental Excursion Guide
  • demonstration on a mountain pasture of milk processing and 
    making of the “tuma caria” (Typical Valchiusella valley cheese).
  • 1 restaurant lunch
  • 1 lunch at the mountain pasture
  • 1 dinner with typical menu of wild herbs and local produce
  • 2 afternoon snacks
  • transport to the starting points of the paths and to the hotel in the evening
  • 1 night at the Hotel Centro in Vico Canavese, in a double room with breakfast 
Hotel Centro Valchiusella

The trip includes transportation on our 9-seater minibus with air conditioning and free wifi.

Here are the departure timetables:

- Porta Susa railway station in Torino at 9:30

- Ivrea (TO) railway station at 10:30

The return to Turin is expected at approximately 18.30.

 

If you want to stay in Turin before or after the tour, or if you want to take advantage of the opportunity to visit Ivrea, an industrial city of the twentieth century included in the Unesco World Heritage, we have some ideas for you :) You can contact Paola ([email protected] - phone 370 3506333) or write to us directly on the site chat clicking here

This tour is perfect for solo travellers:

  • we take care of everything
  • you are independent and can choose whether and when to share meals and your free time with the group
  • you get to know people from all around the world in a small group

We'll start with a coffee (yes, real espresso!) or a juice and pastry, get to know the group, and by the time we jump on board and start exploring you'll be among friends.

So, solo travellers are very welcome on our tours, and if you are ok with sharing a double/triple room with other members of the group we'll send you an email after the booking and you will tell us your preferences (e.g. girl ok to share a bedroom with other girls only, etc).

If however you prefer us to book a single room for you, it is available during the reservation process for an additional fee..

If there are no other solo travellers in your tour or if there is no possibility to match your preferences (or your roommates happen to snore too much!), your single room will be on us, no additional charge will be required.

The activities organized this weekend do not involve particular physical difficulties, and are designed for a 'soft' approach to contact with nature.

It is still necessary to be willing to walk a bit to enjoy the views and discover the world of wild herbs.

For walks and outdoor activities we recommend comfortable, layered clothing with breathable garments, without forgetting a light fleece and a windproof and rainproof jacket. Regarding the trousers it is better to opt for a pair that would be not too heavy, able to dry quickly and especially with elastic parts to facilitate movement and be comfortable.

FOOTWEAR: boots are good, better if not too heavy given the season, also low shoes as long as they are hiking shoes, suitable for walking on trails and dirt paths.

We also recommend a small backpack to carry a water bottle with half a liter of water, sunglasses and a belt to protect the forehead and ears.

TREKKING STICKS: ideal both uphill and downhill to reduce the effort of leg muscles and to reduce the load on the joints. 

For further information you can read the article by Marco B. on our blog: Which clothing to choose for a hike? 4 recommendations

All our tours are directly made by us, Giroola Srl, via Amorosa 3, 10030 Villareggia (TO) (P.iva 11671600010, Scia 19022017-1520 Suap 9007)

During the tour you'll be covered by our Civil Responsibility Assurance (Reale Mutua Assicurazioni, via Corte d'Appello 1, 10122 Torino, nr.2007/03/2276452).  

We adhere to the Guarantee Fund (art.50 Dlgs 23.05.2011 n.79) which can be used by all travellers provided they have a contract in case of bankruptcy or insolvency for the refunding of the price paid. (Fondo Garanzia Viaggi Srl, via Nazionale 60, 00184 Roma, certificate n. A/146.1485/5/2017).

 

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What's included

Meals

  • 1 restaurant lunch
  • 1 lunch at the alpine hut
  • 1 dinner with local products and wild herbs
  • 2 breakfasts
  • 2 afternoon snacks

Transport

  • Transportation on our minibus from Turin or Ivrea to Vico Canavese, and transport to the start of the trails

Accommodation

  • Overnight stay in double room with breakfast at the Albergo Centro Restaurant in Vico Canavese

Activities

  • Walk of the herbs with the Magistre D’Erbe, to rediscover and recognize the wild herbs
  • Hiking excursion with an Environmental Hiking Guide to Mount Cavallaria  
  • Demonstration of milk processing and production of 'Tuma Caria' cheese
  • Visit to the Lake of Meugliano

Book this tour

You can book directly and quickly here on the site, or if you prefer us to assist you with your booking, click here to chat with us now, or call us at +39.370.350.63.33, we'll be happy to help!

If you are booking over a month in advance, only a deposit of 25% is necessary.

Itinerary and activities may vary depending on weather conditions, seasonal events, special events and group suggestions.

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