Bella Baita Experiences

Why Choose a Holiday in the Piedmont Alps with Us?

By choosing an "off the beaten path" holiday with us here in Piedmont's Cottian Alps, you will be able to immerse yourself in the northern Italian cuisine and culture while we guide through the best of what Val Chisone and the surrounding area have to offer. Groups numbers range between 4-10, and usually around 6.

You won't need to dig deep to find the hidden gems, as Fabrizio and his family have lived here for several generations, so he knows the area intimately. Fabrizio will do the driving so you can enjoy the spectacular scenery along with delicious Piemontese culture, cuisine, wines, and digestives. Marla, an American transplant, enjoys sharing insights into the history, customs, and backstories of this not well known, but very deserving part of the Italian Alps.

We are both passionate about sharing genuine food, natural environs, and authentic cultural experiences, combined with our professional culinary skills along with insiders' knowledge, and you can rest assured you are in capable hands. We are also a lifetime member of the "Slow Food" organization that originated in nearby Bra, Italy. We want you to learn to make some of the delicious dishes you will be sampling, so we'll teach some cookery workshops. You'll leave with skills, and recipes to recreate them when you get back home.

By choosing this holiday you are helping to support us, as we, through our T.E.M association, in turn, support our valley and mountain businesses and the rapidly disappearing mountain way of life. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your interest no matter what you choose to do.

Below we have listed some dates we wish to fill with 6 -7 people. They run from Saturday to Saturday. 

We are open to offering these or other tailor-made bespoke experiences on other dates with a minimum of 4 people.

Request more information and price quote on the Contact Us form at the bottom of the page.

 Walking and Cooking Holiday 

1 Week - Saturday to Saturday 2020 Dates

Inquire for Availability or alternate dates for groups of 6

  • 20 - 27 June 2020
  • 18 - 25 July 2020
  • 01 - 08 August 2020
  • 05 - 12 September 2020

Still availability on all dates

Cultural and Culinary Holiday 

1 Week Saturday to Saturday - 2020 Dates

Inquire for Availability or alternate dates for groups of 6

  • 16 - 23 May 2020
  • 26 Sep - 03 Oct 2020

Still availability on both dates.

Walking and Cooking Holiday

The week will feature a variety of walks that range from starting from our doorstep to the higher mountain meadows of Val Chisone and Germansca. Most walks are moderate, keeping in mind that we are in the mountains, so consideration for the altitude, the need for proper footwear with ankle support is necessary, and most importantly, some exertion will be required. Our inn, where all our adventures originate, is located at 1,100 m (3,600ft). Our walks take us through chestnut and evergreen forests, with quaint villages, high mountain meadows with spectacular views and much more. Depending on the time of year, we might include a chairlift ride to above treeline walking or end up at some very impressive waterfalls. Variations to itineraries are adjusted with the weather conditions of course. Some days we'll bring along a picnic featuring our homemade bread, local cheeses, and other tempting treats while other days we'll eat at a mountain trattoria, sampling the local specialties such as cured meats, salami, and cheese, along with gnocchi, polenta, egg-rich pasta, and custardy based desserts. We'll replicate some of these specialties in our three cookery sessions and possibly fire up the wood oven to make pizza one night. We send you home with recipes and plenty of tips to make more culinary memories once you are back home.

Request more information and price quote on the Contact Us form at the bottom of the page.

Cultural and Cooking Holiday

This week will be an interesting combination of sightseeing, historical sites, easy walks, and shopping in the farmers market that's been a tradition for over 1,000 years. We'll undoubtedly be sampling the cuisine and wine of Piedmont every step of the way. From our inn, we face an impressive panoramic view of the Italian French border mountain range. This area has quite a fascinating history having been part of France and Savoy Kingdom and is now present-day Piedmont. We are called the Waldensian valleys because in the 11th century the followers of Walden settled here to escape religious “protestant” persecution. The upper Chisone valley has impressive Fenestrelle Fortress, which is the largest in Europe, taking 125 years to build. We will wander through quaint mountain villages festooned with prodigious flower boxes, whimsical murals and vertical sundials adorning the stone buildings. Nearby Sacra San Michele monastery and Manta castle, along with interesting architecture and warm, friendly people will round out the week. We love sharing our passion and knowledge of food, so we'll recreate some of the local dishes during the two cooking workshops that we teach. We'll also make the various courses to an Italian meal and ensure you have recipes to take back home with you to savor the holiday all over again. 

Request more information and a price quote on the contact us form at the bottom of the page.

Highlights of Our Week   

Food ExperiencesWalking Days
Pinerolo Market and Town visit2 walks from our doorstep
3 Cooking Classes3 upper mountain walks
Tomini cheese demonstration and tastingWandering through quaint villages, mountain stream and meadows
Wine and Digestivi tastingPicnics, agriturismo, and trattoria

.....and more.....

Highlights of Our Week

Food ExperiencesExcursions
Pinerolo Market and Old Town visitManta Castle 
2 Cooking ClassesSacra San Michele
Dining at trattorias, agriturismo, brewpubTomini cheese demonstration and tasting
Wine and Digestivi tastingSeveral small local museums 

  .....and more.....

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