Visit EXPO Milan 2015, Italian Lakes, Piedmont and Switzerland

EXPO Milano 2015 is fast approaching. At Alps and Beyond, we are ready to welcome its visitors and to introduce them to the regions of Lombardy and Piedmont through one of our unique tours.

The Universal Exposition will focus on sustainability, food, and nutrition, and Italy is the perfect place to host this extraordinary event. A country with rich and unmatched gastronomic history and traditions, and with a strong, worldwide reputation.

This is the perfect time to Explore the spectacular places just a stone-throw away from Milan. In fact, the Italian Lakes, with their beauty and romantic environments, are a stone-throw away; Piemonte (a.k.a. Piedmont), Italy’s wine country and, very appropriately, home to the Slowfood movement is a mandatory stop for foodies and wine lovers; Valle d’Aosta, the smallest region in Italy, and producer of the famous Fontina cheese is a paradise for those seeking an active get-away.

Switzerland’s Italian-speaking region, Ticino, a spectacular regions, has it all: the Alps, gastronomy, wine, history, culture and traditions, and two extraordinary UNESCO sites: Bellinzona and Monte San Giorgio.
In just two simple words: COME VISIT!!

Forbes Magazine rates Emilia Romagna “Italy’s Greatest Gastronomic Treasure”

Forbes Magazine’s article is a true hymn to the gastronomic quality of Emilia Romagna, a unique Italian region, too often overlooked. From its first few lines, it picks up momentum, pointing out all the delicious, mouth-watering, typical dishes of this extraordinary region. From Parma prosciutto and Parmesan cheese to tortellini and ravioli; from Balsamic vinegar and Lambrusco wine to an array of desserts that are simply “to-die-for”. With all these options at hand, one has the difficulty of the choice.

However, there is more to Emilia Romagna than just wonderful cuisine. This bucolic region, which still holds on to strong pastoral and farming traditions, is rich in art, history, and an exquisite landscape that does not hold back on panoramas. Its people are friendly, gentle, courteous, welcoming, and accommodating.

Infinite are the walking and hiking possibilities amongst vineyards, magical woods, past secluded hamlets and religious sites.

Joining our exclusive Emilia Romagna  hiking & gastronomy tour, and discover a unique region, still removed from mass tourism, and all its extraordinary characteristics.

Read Forbes Magazine’s article.

New Hiking Tours in Italy for 2014


HIKING IN NORTHERN PIEMONTE
. The first of our two extraordinary hiking tours in Italy takes you into a lesser-known area of a fantastic region where mountains, secluded sanctuaries, geology and exquisite hamlets blend into a harmonious picture. A real Mecca for walkers, hikers, and nature lovers alike. A concentration of fabulous food and renowned wines. A precious shrine of spirituality, culture and history. This is our  tour, biefly.
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HIKING IN EMILIA ROMAGNA. Join an exclusive tour and a true culinary delight. Walking and hiking forays take us on a discovery of a unique region of Italy, still removed from the mainstream tourist map. Let you taste buds party on the flavour of real Parmesan cheese and the best traditional Balsamic Vinegar. Visit the extraordinary town of Bologna, seat of the oldest western university, and home to freshly-made “tortellini” pasta.
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Alba – Truffle Fair

The enchanting town of Alba, in Piemonte (a.k.a. Piedmont) is hosting its annual [Truffle Fair], dedicated exclusively to Alba’s famous white truffle. The goal of the initiative is to promote, protect and certify the Tuber Magnum Pico brand.

Needless to say, gastronomy is at its best. The white truffle is the main protagonist on all the menus, adding that special flavour to carefully selected local ingredients. The famous wines of the area, Barbera, Barbaresco, Nebbiolo, Barolo, and Dolcetto will complete an ultimate sensorial experience.

Special events and games enliven the days. The Alba flag-wavers group brings back the traditions that used to brighten up important ceremonies between the 12th and the 18th century. The Donkey Palio race is the highlight, introduced by a procession of more than a thousand characters, including noblewomen, knights, soldiers, commoners and peasants. Trumpets, rolling drums, standards and flags add excitment and colour.

A unique tour can introduce you to this decade-long tradition, where the eye meets the palate.