Toma del Mottarone

Toma del Mottarone: amongst the best cheese of the mountain pasture

Toma del Mottarone

The Pearl of Mottarone: Toma del Mottarone

Toma del Mottarone is a cheese realized with cow’s milk. This cheese comes from Mottarone, and it is considered one of the best cheese of Piedmontese mountain pasture.

Mottarone is where a delicious cheese is produced: Toma. This latter’s organoleptic and visual characteristics make it an important dairy product. In Piedmont, Toma del Mottarone is one of the best mountain pastures. 

What are the peculiarities of Toma del Mottarone and the techniques to produce it? 

What are its characteristics?

Toma distinguishes itself as it is a dairy product coming from untreated cow’s milk. Comes from the homonymous Piedmontese area, namely Mottarone. The texture of this cheese is morbida occhiata: the duration of the aging is between two or three months. 

One of the main characteristics is its color, namely pale yellow. Cow’s milk is indeed very rich in beta-carotene or Vitamin A: for this reason, toma’s color is pale yellow. One block of cheese weighs 4 kg. Based on the production techniques and area, Toma del Mottarone will have a stronger or softer taste, even though its taste is generally very balanced

What are the techniques to produce? 

Producers of Toma del Mottarone use a traditional method for preparing it. This latter dates back to the Middle Ages, and it is strongly related to the alpine pasture. 

This kind of cheese relies on some milk that does not go through pasteurization and sterilization processes. After curdling the milk at a temperature of 36 degrees celsius, producers get a curdle which they make rest. After this, they heat the curdle up to a temperature of 42 degrees celsius and put it into brine for one day. 

After this procedure, aging starts. After two or three months, you can buy Toma del Mottarone in Cooperatives or in the Saturday’s city market of Armeno and the Tuesday-morning’s one in Gignese. This cheese is ideal with Cognà, gelatine di Moscato e Dolcetto and Truffle honey.


San Maurizio

San Maurizio D’opaglio: its History And the Main Attractions

San Maurizio

Discover San Maurizio d’Opaglio, the main city in Italy for the production of taps and fittings.               

San Maurizio d’Opaglio is a town in the province of Novara, Piedmont, nationally acknowledged as the capital of taps and fittings.

Town in the province of Novara, is famous for its manufacturers of taps and fittings. This characteristic town sits in the South-Western region of Lake Orta and its history is not too ancient. 

The History

San Maurizio d’Opaglio foundation dates back to 1568: the ancient villages of Briallo (Riallo), Lagna (Alagna) and Opaglio (Opallium or Upai) came together. The consecration of the Parish of San Maurizio came only in 1590. 

Still, the devotion to San Maurizio precedes these years: a 1537 cadastral survey highlights the presence of a church dedicated to San Maurizio in the district of Briallo. 

Before the construction of the Parish, the territory was a feudal property, which a castle defended. However, Novara’s Ghibellines destroyed the castle, together with other ones, in 1311.

The past of this town witnessed a significant presence of stonemasons: this happened after the industrial exploitation of the white granite quarry, coming directly from Alzo di Pella. Several inhabitants went working in these quarries. This activity exponentially grew until World War I, when a slow decline began. 

After the decline of stonemasons, the rise of tap and fittings manufacturers began. The first manufacturer came in 1920, and, in the second post-war period, the sector expanded rapidly.  This expansion was the reason why this hamlet was elected the Italian capital of taps and fittings. 

What to see? 

One of the cultural elements that are a symbol of San Maurizio d’Opaglio is the Museum of Taps and of its Technology, which the municipality founded in 1995. The Museum centers on the permanent exhibition of “The Mankind and Water,” which rattles off the relationship between human beings and water. 

The museum sits inside of the Church of San Carlo Borromeo: this sacred place was built in the first couple of decades of 1600, when the black plague raged in Europe. To ward off illness, believers turned to the Saint, to whom they dedicated the Church, the altar and the paint “Madonna col Bambino, San Carlo e San Grato.”

The Parish of San Maurizio is also worth visiting. Since 1568, the Parish went through important restoration works, which aimed to beautify the exterior and the only aisle present. 

For what concerns the civil architecture, on the contrary, you should visit Ponte Romano, Casa Brioschi, and Palazzo Bettoja. On the third Sunday of September, San Maurizio d’Opaglio hosts a festival dedicated to the Saint, d the citizens express their devotion towards this Saint Maurizio. 


Pettenasco

Pettenasco, a Corner of the Middle Ages on Lake Orta

Pettenasco

Pettenasco: History and Activities of this village on Lake Orta 

A Piedmontese Village on Lake d’Orta, whose History is Important and Where Is Possible to Practice Several Different Activities.

Pettenasco is a village in the area of Novara, in Piedmont, overlooking Lake Orta. Precisely, this village is located in-between Orta San Giulio and Omegna. Despite being a small municipality, Pettenasco vaunts significant historical roots and activities that are suitable for any tourist. North to the Medieval Village, then, you find Punta Crabbia, one of the most famous promontories in the area. There, you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Lake from Omegna to Orta. 

History

With its 1376 inhabitants, Pettenasco history dates back to the Ancient Romans. This latter could dominate this territory in the past, as some graves present in the area testify. The hypothesis of the Roman presence finds its justification in the legend of Saint Giulio’s life, which tells the story of prefect Audentius, who lived in this area around the 4th century A.D.

The Middle Ages is the historical era that has impacted the history of Pettenasco the most. It is still possible to find several dwellings of that time, presenting stone portals engraved with several decorations. Among these dwellings, the mansion which is best-preserved is the Casa Medioevale (Medieval House), at Piazza Unità d’Italia.  The cultural association Pro Loco Pettenasco Nostra manages Casa Medievale. The organization offers exhibitions, concerts, and kermesse reunions in the court and rooms of Casa Medioevale.

What to See and Do? 

Besides the remains of Saint Audentius Church and the Parish of Saint Audentius and Catherine, windmills are worth visiting when in Pettenasco. These latter represent the agricultural nature that the town had in the past, as they were used to grind flour. 

Later, windmills turned into hydraulic plumbings used by woodturners to manufacture crafts to sell: this activity lasted until the end of the fifties. Today, these woodturners and, in particular, the one on the Roggia Molinara welcomes the Museum on the Art of Woodturning, where one can admire the tools of the trade.  

Concerning the activities that Pettenasco offers for tourists, they can choose among several beaches on the lake. If you want to relax in nature by the Passeggiata del Lungolago (Lakeside promenade), the best beaches are: 

  • Approdo beach;
  • Dolphin’s beach;
  • Riva Pisola beach;

Sports lovers can engage in various hiking trails and, in particular, those of Mount Barro and the Anello Azzurro (Blue Ring). Pettenasco and its surroundings host the Lake Orta Wine Festival, which is the most important wine festival in the district.  The event promotes local wines and their tasting, and it usually takes place during the second week of September.

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tapulone

Tapulone: the recipe of Borgomanero.

tapulone

Tapulone di Borgomanero – The Tapulone of Borgomanero

Tapulone is an ancient dish in the tradition of Northern Piedmont. People serve Tapulone after having cooked it for 30 minutes. 

The name “Tapulone” is curious and evocative: it apparently originates from mythology. In reality, the name originates from the Piedmontese verb ciapulè, which means “chopping.” To cook Tapulone, people chopped donkey meat finely and mixed it with rosemary, cloves, salt, and local red wine. 

The Origin

Popular traditions are a jumble of interesting stories and narratives. Tapulone has its own story, too. 

The legend says that 13 starving pilgrims were on their way back from Orta San Giulio. While approaching Borgomanero, they realized they were worn-out. For this reason, they started looking for some food, as they had finished all their supplies, but they could not find any. As a consequence, they had to kill one of the donkeys that were with them in their pilgrimage and try to cook it. To attenuate the toughness of the donkey meat, they chopped it finely and cook it in wine. 

Pilgrims loved donkey meat cooked that way, and they thought it was a blessing. Therefore, they decided to stop and settle down exactly where they eat Tapulone the first time. 

In this way, they founded Borgomanero. Like every popular recipe, Tapulone teaches people how to cook simple ingredients.

The Classic Recipe

Borgomanero’s recipe for Tapulone is a very simple one and takes about 30 minutes.

You start by preparing a sofrito. You do so by putting either oil EVO or butter in a pan and make them fry together with minced onions and garlic. In the case of Tapulone, you also add bay leaves and rosemary. 

Once this mixture starts to fry – make sure that onion and everything does not get too gold – you add minced meat. Once you have added minced meat, you add battuto di lardo – in case you do not find lardo in your country, bacon works as well – savoy cabbage and aromatic herbs, making sure the heat is low. 

Once you have gathered all the ingredients together, you add abundant red wine, which should be a local one. 

Today, we cannot exactly reproduce the recipe of original Tapulone, as the meat and the way animals are bred is different, and wine, which used to be full of tannin, nowadays lacks tannin. 

Today, some variants of the original recipe, replace meat with beef or horse, and people sometimes add mushrooms and parsley. However, is always a good, tasty and characteristic recipe.


Mortadella di fegato

Mortadella di fegato, the characteristic of the product

Mortadella di fegato

Mortadella di fegato: history and characteristics

The mortadella di fegato is a kind of salami typical of the Val d’Ossola and the Pavia, Mantova, and Como district. The history of this salami vaunts a very traditional production method.

The mortadella di fegato (also known as Fidighina) is a product typical of Val d’Ossola and the province of Pavia, Mantova, and Como. The salami is prepared with mixed swine meats. People can enjoy it both raw and boiled, and they can choose between different receipts. The Mortadella della Val d’Ossola is a product under the Slow Food Presidium

But what are the production methods for this salami? And what is its history?

The history of the Fidighina 

We have known of the existence of Fidighina in the Italian territory since the Seventeenth Century, as some historical documents testify. At the same time, some testimonies related to the Mortadella Stagionata have appeared also in the Ticino area as well, as an legal practice on some tools pertaining to the Salsamenteria, among which they found a “mortadella buona e ben stagionata” (that was good and finely aged). 

People did not only try Mortadella della Val d’Ossola when finely aged, but also when fresh. On a eighteenth-century advertisement, moreover, Salumieri  the producers of Salami – started to boil the Fideghina. Not only Salumieri prepared the Fideghina, but also families whenever the time to kill porks came. 

The name does not have to be misleading. Mortadella is indeed a term which describes a product that is different from salami. However, this Mortadella is exactly a salami. This depends on the fact that the term Mortadella derives from the noun “mortar;”this term indicates that salumieri used this tool to chop and crush the meat. 

Salumieri producing Fidighina did not follow this procedure, but these products maintained the name of “Mortadella” rather than “Salami”. The territory of Val d’Ossola, which is an area in-between Piedmont, Lombardy and Switzerland, possessed and still possesses an ancient tradition of pork-butchery. Butchers breeded pigs in a natural state, and they gaze them around the alpine pasture, with a nose ring. 

How do butchers produce?

Butchers in the Ossola area produce the Mortadella Ossolana or Di Fegato in minimum quantities. The receipt is a mix of raw swines, to which butchers add a maximum of 5% of liver and, in few occasion, some tiepid wine flavored with spices. Butcher put this mixture into the a cleaned part of the pig intestine and make the sausage age for about two months.  

The final product has a strong taste: you would love to eat it sliced together with Coimo’s Black Bread.  

When the Mortadella di Fegato is fresh, you can either boil it and serve it with potatoes, or baked with Polenta. 

If you decide to visit the production area and get a taste of Mortadella di Fegato, you can eat it together with Prunent, a local wine that is homonymous with the local vineyards that produce it. 

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Isola Bella Lago Maggiore

Borromean Islands, a tour amidst nature and art

Exploring Lake Maggiore around the Borromean Islands

Isola Bella Lago Maggiore

Isola Madre, Isola Bella and Isola dei Pescatori, the three islands forming the Borromean Islands, a charming archipelago located on Lake Maggiore

The Borromean Islands are a wonderful archipelago located in the area of the Borromean Gulf, one of the most famous and well-known areas of Lake Maggiore. The islands are precisely located on the Piedmontese shore of the lake, which also includes the towns of Stresa, Baveno and Verbania. Thousands of tourists visit Isola Madre, Isola Bella and Isola dei Pescatori, the three famous Borromean Islands, every year.

The Borromean Islands archipelago attracts so many visitors thanks not only to the characteristic natural beauty and setting, but also to how easy it is to explore its 3 signature islands. In fact, these “pearls” are located in front of Stresa, and can be reached with the Navigazione Laghi ferryboats, which make about 40 daily trips with departures every 30 minutes.

Visit the Borromean Islands and discover the Isola Madre

The largest of the Borromean Islands is that of Isola Madre with its charming and intimate atmosphere. This natural paradise features the Borromeo family’s eighteenth-century palace, which preserves both the family’s precious porcelain as well as an extraordinary display of marionettes. This structure, considered one of the best examples of topiary art in the world, is surrounded by a magnificent garden, with rare plants and exotic flowers, in addition to a varied fauna of white peacocks, parrots and wild gilded pheasants.

Nature is the true Ruler of Isola Madre; in fact, it is particularly known for the flowering of azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias. Visitors to the island will be delighted by the ancient pergolas of wisteria, cedar and lemon espaliers and a collection of hibiscus. Tourists are also surprised to learn that the largest of the Borromean Islands is home to Europe’s largest cypress tree, a 200-year-old specimen from Kashmir.

Visit Isola Bella, the Borromean Islands’ natural jewel

Isola Bella is the sister of Isola Madre whose name comes from Isabella d’Adda, the wife of Charles III Borromeo, and is known for its Palazzo Borromeo. Visitors are captivated by this artistic and architectural gem with its halls and rooms, stone and shell-covered caves and garden, which houses a variety of exotic plants. Of particular interest are the 10 overlapping terraces in the garden, which is a classic example of a 17th century “Italian garden“.

The Palazzo Borromeo also has great historical importance, including guests such as Napoleon Bonaparte, with a room dedicated to him, and Mussolini, who transformed the building into a representative seat for a 1935 international conference.

The characteristic Isola dei Pescatori

And finally, the Isola dei Pescatori, the only Borromean Islands which does not belong to the Borromeo family is inhabited all year round. Also known as the Isola Superiore, it gets its name from the fishing practices carried out by its inhabitants. Most of the multi-story houses on the island have long balconies, essential for drying fish. During the summer, in particular around mid-August, numerous visitors flock to this picturesque spot not only to buy local handicrafts in the island’s characteristic market, but also and above all to witness the procession of illuminated fishing boats carrying the statue of the Assumption around the island.

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Isola di san Giulio

Who was San Giulio d'Orta?

Life and Works of San Giulio d’Orta

Isola di san Giulio

San Giulio d’Orta (Saint Julius) and San Giuliano (Saint Julian) were two brothers from a small Greek island. During their lifetime they built 100 churches and fought against dragons and snakes.

Aegina is a small island about 50 km from Athens. In the 4th Century, two brothers of Aegina, Julius and Julian, arrived on the shores of Lake Orta with the task of evangelizing the pagans and building churches. The Emperor Theodosius entrusted them with this responsibility and commissioned the brothers to physically destroy pagan altars and heathen woodlands as well as building churches in their place.

When they arrived in Italy, St. Julius and St. Julian lived for a period in Aqua Salvia, near Rome, then crossed Lazio and arrived in northern Italy without stopping their preaching, conversion and especially the construction of churches.

The number of churches erected by the two Greek brothers quickly rose and reached a remarkable total of 98 sites.

San Giulio and Lake Orta

As always, as we venture into the lives of the Saints, it is difficult to separate historical truth from stories and legends. Focusing on the latter, Julius would have left his brother with the task of building the ninety-ninth church in Gozzano, while he would go looking alone for the place where the hundredth would be built. The Saint is said to have chosen a delightful little island – as if he was able to “square the circle” (he left an island and returned to an island) – to be the ideal spot to build the 100th church. Since no one was willing to take him to the area he sought, Julius is said to have stretched his cloak over the waters of the lake, and travelled to it. On the island Julius fought dragons and snakes, freeing the island from pagan coils and laying the foundations of the church on the same spot where the Basilica di San Giulio is located today.

His life – truth or legend?

When reading about dragons, invading snakes, cloaks which float and carry, it would be easy to define it all as a “legend”. But things would seem a bit more complex. In fact, at least two of the more than 100 churches believed to have been built by Julius and Julian of Aegina have been proven to be of Paleo-Christian origin. Where? Right in Gozzano and on the island of San Giulio. Archaeological excavations carried out in the Basilica di San Giulio and in the San Lorenzo Church in Gozzano can confirm the hypothesis the “legend” of the two Saints actually entails different historical elements. On San Giulio, research has revealed traces of a primitive basilica (V-VI century) in the form of a small chapel with a single apse facing north.

The relics

The relics of St. Julius are still preserved in the Basilica di San Giulio, on the island of San Giulio, in the middle of Lake Orta. Julian’s relics, on the other hand, were moved in 1360 to the new church in Gozzano, dedicated to him, and placed under the high altar, whereas in the old church of S. Lorenzo there is still the cenotaph, or rather, a sepulchral monument without the human remains of the individual for whom it was built.

San Giulio (Saint Julius) is the patron saint of bricklayers, thanks to his activity as a church builder and is often portrayed with tools in hand.

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Ameno - Lago d'Orta

Ameno, the village of artists and nature

Ameno, a culture and nature tour of the “town of artists”

Is a village on Lake Orta known for its numerous palaces and stately villas as well as for its incredible natural beauty.

Also known as the “town of artists“, Ameno, situated on the eastern shore of Lake Orta amidst the hills, has very ancient origins. The area has been a tourist destination since the 18th century; nearly 500,000 tourists visit each year. Numerous aristocratic villas were built here at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries. They can now be visited during the annual “Cortili e Giardini Aperti” event when their gardens are opened to the public and you can enjoy these historic estates. What other cultural, artistic and natural sites are worth visiting during a weekend in Ameno?

Ameno, a cultural excursion among churches and villas

On a religious note, the Chiesa Parrocchiale di Santa Maria Assunta (the parish church) in Ameno is an example of medieval architecture, with its three naves, flanked by a late-Romanesque bell tower built with granite stones. The church seems to date back to the second half of the 14th century. The Convento di Monte Mesma is another cultural landmark you just have to stop and see while visiting Ameno. Its particularly picturesque position makes it possible to admire a magnificent view of the entire Po Valley, including Milan and Novara. The Franciscan convent, which is 576 meters high, was built in 1619 from the remains of a castle which was the stage of hostile clashes between Novara and the local diocese. The convent has two baroque cloisters, which lead to a gabled church with interesting paintings inside. The convent can also be reached by traveling along two mule tracks which leave just outside the neighborhoods of Bolzano and Lortallo.

Palazzo dei Conti Tornelli, Palazzo del Marchese Solaroli, Villa del Conte Agazzini, Casa Cotta, Villa Obicini, Palazzo Vegezzi, Casa Pestalozza and Villa Reiser are just some of the historic villas and palaces characterizing Ameno. This Renaissance trousseau is crowned by the Casa Calderara, home of the painter Antonio Calderara. It is an example of bourgeois architecture, distinguished by a triple arcaded portico of granite columns and which was built at the end of the 16th century. Currently this building is a foundation housing and protecting 327 works of art, all collected by Calderara and of which 271 belong to 133 European, American, Japanese and Chinese artists.

Villa Monte Oro is an illustrious Liberty-style example located at the beginning of Ameno. Designed by Carlo Nigra in 1926, this complex includes multiple two or three storey buildings. The vast park covering the entire hill on which stands the villa at the top is both unique and spectacular; in fact, inside you can find an incredible variety of rare conifers, azaleas, rhododendrons and secular beeches.

Discovering Ameno’s protected natural heritage

As far as Nature is concerned, in Ameno, Monte Mesma is one of its most important sights. In fact, in addition to being able to hike along the two mule tracks mentioned above to reach the Franciscan Convento, you should know that this area is also a Nature Reserve. The slopes of the mountain are rich in vegetation. In particular, you’ll find woods full of chestnut and oak trees. The entire area is also home to a remarkable archaeological site, with artifacts of Celtic origin and materials from the Gallic and Roman-Imperial periods.

In front of Palazzo Tornielli, also in Ameno, there is a Neo-Gothic park. Originally this green area was connected to the building by an underground passage, and opened to the public in 1920. During renovations from 2007 to 2011, the original beauty and splendor of this place was brought to light – trees centuries-old, flowerbeds with native species, a traditional pavilion with floral décor, an old ice-house and a tower are just a few of the elements characterizing the charm and uniqueness of Ameno’s Neo-Gothic Park.

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Mottarone Lago d'Orta

Monte Mottarone, the mountain overlooking the lakes

Monte Mottarone is located between Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta. Visitors know it for its breathtakingly beautiful natural surroundings.

Mottarone Lago d'Orta

Monte Mottarone is an imposing peak at 1491 meters above sea level separating Lake Maggiore from Lake Orta. Located between the provinces of Verbania and Novara, this rocky complex is renowned not only for its 5 km long skiing resort with 17 ski and snowboard runs, as well as for the stunning panorama you can relish at the summit.

Monte Mottarone, the spectacular beauty of nature

Nature enthusiasts looking for spectacular panoramas can’t miss out on Monte Mottarone. From the top you can enjoy a 360° view of the Ligurian Apennines, Maritime Alps, Monte Rosa and Monviso, as well as the Swiss Alps. And that’s not all … from Monte Mottarone you can also marvel at the Po Valley and the natural splendor of the “Seven Lakes” (Orta, Maggiore, Mergozzo, Biandronno, Varese, Monate and Comabbio).

In 1911 a rack train was built and became an historic means of transport to reach Monte Mottarone from Stresa. Subsequently, this charming little train was closed down and the current Stresa-Alpino-Mottarone cable car was built in its place. In just 20 minutes, you can go from a lakeside to mountainside setting. Historically, Mottarone is also famous because it was here, on 18 January 1935, that the “Coppa del Duce” was held, an international skiing competition representing Italy’s first giant slalom event.

Monte Mottarone, the ultimate place for sports enthusiasts

Those who love trekking will find Monte Mottarone an ideal location for long and relaxing walks immersed in nature. There are numerous historical and scenic trails that run along this rocky peak. You can hike through secular pine, fir, beech, larch and chestnut forests.

One of the most beautiful is the trail connecting the village of Alpino with the top of Mottarone; in fact, it has an altitude difference of more than 680 meters and lasts about 1.5 hours. Despite the fatigue, visitors are surprised and satisfied by the beautiful natural surroundings and by the spectacular panorama awaiting them at the top of the mountain.

Mottarone is also a very interesting geological site, thanks to the various quarries, primarily made up of white and pink granites, defining its territory. In winter, Monte Mottarone is very popular with skiers and snowboarders. The Mottarone ski resort is home to several kilometers of runs, as well as a fully equipped restaurant area and equipment rental point.

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Coccole e Relax

"Coccole e Relax" package designed by Cinzia Cannavacciuolo

Discover the luxurious package for a bit of pampering and relaxation designed for you by Cinzia Cannavacciuolo

Coccole e Relax” includes a tasting menu with offerings from the South to the North of Italy along with selected wines.

There are many ways to experience Villa Crespi, but only one has been specifically designed by Cinzia Primatesta Cannavacciuolo, Coccole & Relax, where you can enjoy an exclusive break at the Moorish villa overlooking Lake Orta, benefit from the Michelin-starred cuisine and unique personal well-being and treatments.

Three nights at Villa Crespi with à la carte breakfast served in your room

Coccole e Relax” includes a 3-night stay at Villa Crespi in a selected room or suite with a la carte breakfast served directly in your room.

Visit Chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo’s kitchen

The Coccole e Relax package includes a 2-hour experience in the kitchen of Villa Crespi’s 2-star Michelin restaurant. A captivating and in-depth tour unveiling the secrets of one of Italy’s most renowned and coveted restaurants. It is here, within this sacred place, that cuisine becomes an art. Come and see how and why it happens. We are waiting for you from 9.30 to 11.30 am.

Menu Primavera Villa Crespi

From the South to the North of Italy – a romantic dinner for two

The Coccole e Relax package includes a romantic dinner for two at Villa Crespi’s 2-star Michelin restaurant. You’ll have the unique opportunity of enjoying an authentic food and wine journey created by Chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo. His cooking philosophy combines his two “homes” – Piedmont, his adopted region, and Campania, his native region. These two territories come together, ingredients are fused; cheeses and meats from Piedmont with the pasta and fish of the Mediterranean, to create a fresh and savory culinary experience together with carefully selected wines to enhance the evolving innovative menu. Villa Crespi‘s wine cellars, one for reds and the other for sparkling wines, champagnes and white wines, are ideal for storing the bottles at the best temperature and humidity.

Personalised well-being and relaxation massages

With the Coccole e Relax package, guests can choose between the Sound of Silence deep full body relaxation treatment (75 minutes) or the exclusive holistic Onyricon treatment (60 minutes).

Which one should be chosen?

Sound of Silence, deep full body relaxation treatment

This treatment rebalances one’s mind and body. It also stimulates the body’s flow of energy with specific hand movements made to the head and body. This ritual includes, in addition to the body massage, a wonderful facial mask.

Onyricon, holistic treatment

Exclusive holistic treatment deeply affects the body’s senses, which results in a state of deep peace, well-being and psychophysical tranquillity as it naturally stimulates one’s nervous system. During treatment, particular hand movements are carried out on the body’s fundamental points and meridians tied to sleep/wake rhythms. It’s perfect for tackling stress, insomnia, jet leg, as well as anxiety.

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Coccole e Relax – additional offered services

In addition to the Coccole e Relax package, a number of further exclusive services are available on request:

  • Private limousine service to and from Turin or Milan airports.
  • Boat ride with visit to the island of San Giulio.
  • Champagne rosé afternoon tea, with fresh pastries and savory delicacies.


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