Special 1st May long week-end – Rice and Lake

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Special 1st May long week-end – Rice and Lake

1st National Festival of Italian Risotto

A weekend dedicated to  discovery of rice, its use in cooking, its flavours … but also to gain knowledge of a production, which is still nowadays one of the most important in Italy. Water is an important element in the growth of this cereal and this is the reason why we included in the program a visit to a magnificent “water” area: the Lake District of Piedmond : Lake Maggiore and Lake of Orta.

April 28th Arrival in the afternoon, visit the Museum Casalbeltrame  L,civel.  This museum is entirely dedicated to rice cultivation … accompanied by  ” al caminant” you will learn the true story of the campaign of Novara; how people used to live and work. Before leaving this unique land, you have to stop at Materima to admire the  oldest tree on earth, Gingko Biloba sole survivor of the class of Ginkgoinae. This specimen has a circumference of 5.85 meters and is located inside the Materima, a place with a philosophy of art and unique spaces … Definitely worth visiting!

Before evening falls, arrival at Lake Orta and check – in in a good 3* hotel. Dinner and overnight.

April 29th  After breakfast, you reach Stresa “pearl of Lake Maggiore” and your day start with a visit of the famous Borromee Islands. By a  private boat you will reach Isola Bella with its Palace and gardens, Isola Pescatori the Fishermen’s Island, a picturesque stroll and a light lunch, before you proceed  your journey to marvellous Isola Madre. The best way to end this incredible day is a tasty dinner in the charming tiny village of Pella, on the shores of Lake Orta. www.ristorante-imbarcadero.it

April 30th Today is Rice’s day!  We finally reach the heart of  ”1st National Festival of Italian Risotto”.  Event will take place in Gaglianico – Biella –  and the daily programme is divided  in 3 main areas: display and sales area, food area, information area, and conferences. During the show you will be invited to vote your favorite risotto ….  Every day a different region is represented in this particular cooking way:  today is Novara, on April 28th Biella, Vercelli on April 29th. On May 1st:  end of the festival and declaration of “RE RISOTTO ITALIANO 2012″

Before leaving the city of Biella we highly recommend a stop at Ricetto, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy – www.candeloeventi.it

Return to charming Lake of Orta, dinner at hotel and overnight.

May 1st  Last but not least  ”Discover Lake Orta” : the medieval town of Orta, the ancient and spiritual Isola San Giulio  and the Holy Mount “Sacro Monte di Orta”.

….and sadly the return journey begins….


Special package: Euro 289,00 per person in double room (min 2 pax)

Services includes:

- 3 nights in a good 3 * hotel on Lake Orta
- 2 dinners at hotel
- 1 dinner in Pella
- Museum ticket L’Civel
- Private boat to the Borromee Islands
- Entrance tickets to Isola Bella and Isola Madre (Palace and gardens)
- Light lunch  on the Isola Pescatori
- Ticket to Risotto festival including n. 1 tasting of risotto
- Boat ride and return to Isola San Giulio, Lake Orta

NB: drinks are not included

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