All the tours dedicated to students are perfectly adaptable to families; Welcome Piemonte wants to offer to them a series of valiant alternatives in order to spend a week end in the sign of nature, discovery and fun. These activities can involve parents and children of all ages and can be made on reservation all Saturdays and Sundays; the costs are very convenient and start from 49,00 euros for family. On request it’s possible to reserve meals, tastings, overnight – stays and means of transport. The routes can be also modified on request.
We invite You ti visit the current calendar of events and guided tours already planned for every week end at the link http://www.welcomepiemonte.it/events/months/?lang=en
STUDY HOLIDAYS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
An unforgettable experience for all the international students who wish to improve the knowledge of Italian language discovering the beauties of Piedmont supported by professional tour guides and some experts in the field of education and planning. Students will be able to improve knowledge of language by itineraries and practical activities with regional literature, history, art and architecture as the protagonists, moving from the masterpieces of Romanesque to Risorgimento, from Cesare Pavese to Savoy Realms. Touching the most important places in Piedmont, crossing Monferrato, Langhe and Roero Hills, a large space will be given to food and wine, two strategic aspects of culture and economy of this territory, with tastings in wine-cellars and farm houses where local specialties are produced. On request, special tasting and cooking classes.
Welcome Piemonte presents its offers to all the typologies and classes of school, both Italian and international, in order to give valiant instruments of research about the knowledge of our heritage, by guided tours and practical activities, moving from Nature and Fossils to Literature, from History to Art and Sport.
ALL THE ACTIVITIES CAN BE ADAPTED TO THE SPECIFIC NECESSITIES OF STUDENTS AND COMBINED TOGETHER IN ORDER TO CREATE A LONG STAY IN PIEDMONT FOR MORE DAYS. WELCOME PIEMONTE CAN ALSO ORGANIZE GUIDED TOURS IN ENGLISH, GERMAN, FRENCH AND DUTCH (the level of difficulty will be adapted to the knowledge of students).
If You want to have some extra tourist services connected to the offers (means of transport, food service, overnight – stay) Welcome Piemonte will be at your beck and call in order to satisfy every kind of request.
COSTS OF ACTIVITIES:
FOR SCHOOLS: starting from 6,00 euros per student
FOR FAMILIES: starting from 49,00 euros per family
FOR INFO AND BOOKING:
PALEOLAB – Introduction to the geological evolution of Monferrato territory up to the current morphological structure. Visit at the small Museum in Valleandona, where important fossils of animals and plants dated to Pliocene period (from 5 to 2 million of years ago) are exhibited. The practical activity includes production of das casts, classification of fossil and present shells and fossils cleaning. In the afternoon there is a tour among the Special Natural Reserve of Valle Andona, Valle Botto and Val Grande, where students observe the fossils outcrops and make an amusing simulated excavation.
VIGLIANOTTERA SPECIAL OFFER – Visit at the Paleontological Museum of Asti placed in Michelerio Complex, where many fossils found in Pliocene Period are shown. It’s possible to observe a rich collection of fossil shells, the fin whale called Tersilla, lived 3 million of years ago, the fin whale from Chiusano and the famous fin whale called Viglianottera, one of the most interesting finds in Europe from the Tertiary Era.
FROM THE VINEYARD TO THE CELLAR – The life cycle of vine and the wine-making process – Among lines of Monferrato Hills students discover the life cycle of vine and all the phases characterizing the job of farmer in vineyard, from planting to harvest; later in the wine cellar it’s possible to observe the complete wine making process step by step.
THE HAZELNUT CHAIN OF PRODUCTION – Entering some famous local farms placed in the village of Castellero, recognized as a “City of Hazelnut” nationally, students can discover the various methods of growing and both antique and modern techniques of hazelnut production and processing. The tour includes “Cascina Arisio”, where student can observe how the hazelnut oil was produced in the past. The next stop is “Cascina Cunotto”, a very famous farm in this sector thanks to really innovative techniques of hazelnuts growing and harvest. The last stop is an important family-run business where students can observe the use of hazelnut in traditional baked-products and pastries making. The tour shows also the life cycle of hazelnut tree from the young plant to the hazelnuts harvest and final processing. On request, it’s possible to make hazelnut biscuits.
FROM MILK TO CHEESE – By a tour among the beautiful Monferrato Hills, students can observe animals closely, discover farming methods and some typical products process. Thanks to this activity, students can get in contact with local fauna by fieldwork and not only by books. Particular attention will be given to local cheese chain of production.
FROM THE BIG WINERY TO THE SMALL WINE PRODUCER – A guided tour discovering some successful local enterprises. They are well-established in Monferrato territory and stand out since many decades thanks to the production of some local wine and food specialties, a very important branch in Piedmont from economic, social and cultural points of view. The tour starts from a world famous winery which produces excellent kinds of Barbera wines, every year exporting thousands of bottles all over the world. During the itinerary the productive process and the company structure will be illustrated. In the afternoon transfer to a renowned distillery, characterized by an innovative business system, where students can see the modern distillation machinery. Finally, they enter the confectionary workshop, where delicious “Amaretti morbidi” are produced; they are a typical specialty born in Monferrato and nowadays appreciated internationally. A really unique good union between spirits and baked-products, result of combination between tradition and innovation.
THE ROMAN CITY OF ASTI – A guided tour on the track of Hasta Pompeia, the Roman city of Asti which was able to achieve a place among the noble towns of Cisalpine Gaul. During the walk, students discover the famous Red Tower, the most important remain from Roman Period, the domus, a noble house, a small jewel of local archeological heritage, and the ancient square of foro. The itinerary goes on entering two important city museums: the Crypt of Saint Anastasio with the annexed Museum, where the Roman architecture is mixed with the Medieval style, in a really unique structure, and the Archeological Museum placed in the Complex of Saint Pietro in Consavia, where objects and ornaments narrate customs and traditions of ancient people and their transformation during the time.
THE MEDIEVAL TOWN OF ASTI – A guided tour discovering the Medieval city of Asti, which lived between the Twelfth and the Fifteenth centuries its Golden Period. Walking among fortified houses and towers, symbol of power for the families that ruled it, students enter the Collegiate Church of Saint Secondo, dedicated to the Patron, and the majestic Cathedral of Saint Mary, two beautiful examples of Piedmontese Gothic style. Tour goes on with the Crypt of Saint Anastasio, a jewel of Romanesque architecture in Asti built between the Eleventh and the Twelfth centuries, and the Complex of Saint Pietro in Consavia, one of the most important medieval monuments in Piedmont, which was the seat of the famous Knights from Malta for many centuries.
THE ROMANESQUE CHURCHES, JEWELS AMONG MONFERRATO HILLS. Tour crosses the beautiful Monferrato Hills, discovering the famous Romanesque churches, real masterpieces of Medieval architecture, built between the Eleventh and the Twelfth centuries on the most hidden and quietest hills. Students visit the church of Saints Nazario and Celso in Montechiaro d’Asti, with its particular two-color walls and impressive bell-tower, and the church of Saint Lorenzo in Montiglio, famous for sculpted capitals illustrating mysterious figures. Going on toward the north-western border of province, students reach Albugnano, where it’s possible to have packed lunch. Later they visit the beautiful Abbey of Vezzolano. According to the legend it was founded by Carl the Great who loved hunting in these woods; in the cloister it preserves a precious fresco decoration that dates back to the Thirteenth and Fourteenth centuries. Coming back to Asti, a last stop for visiting the church of Saint Secondo in Cortazzone, famous for sculpted decorations and suggestive panoramic position.
TREASURE HUNT – Monferrato area has got a fascinating history and beautiful monuments. In order to make discover them in an original, simple and funny way, the students, divided in teams, will have to find treasure. With the help of some clues they solve amazing riddles using logic, cunning and ability!
In order to experience Piedmont for more days we suggest some extra places:
LITERARY TOURS – Guided tour discovering places where four great writers lived, places became immortal in their works: Cesare Pavese, Beppe Fenoglio, Davide Lajolo and Vittorio Alfieri.
DREAMING OF TURIN – Guided tour dedicated to the old town centre, Savoy Residences and places symbol of Risorgimento.
JEWISH PIEDMONT- From the Synagogue of Casale Monferrato to the Jewish ghetto in Asti.
ARCHEOLOGY BETWEEN ALPS AND SEE..FROM LIGURI TRIBE TO THE GLORY OF ALBA POMPEIA
IMMORTALS TOUR – 8 steps discovering the places symbol of history of Torino Team soccer from the Church of Superga to Filadelfia Stadium.