Piedmont
Destination
3 hours
Duration
Ita-Eng+
Language
1+
People

Rice and blueberries

In Tornaco, in a unique environment among the paddy fields of the lower Novara area, we will discover an excellence of this territory: the farm and “agriturismo” specialised in the cultivation of rice and blueberries.

The old family farmstead, made up of several residential structures, was renovated in the 2000s, maintaining the traditional country house architecture, with all modern comforts.

We will begin with the visit to the paddy fields (10 a.m.) where they produce their Carnaroli rice.

We will then take a short break to taste the nectar, the jam of small fruits and to visit the blueberry orchard (11 a.m.).

In fact, the real gems of this farm are blueberries and berries, which are grown without the use of any type of chemicals and then used in the farm restaurant or for the production of their jam and nectar.

So we could not miss a blueberry lunch (at noon)! We will taste: appetiser, blueberry and speck risotto, dessert. You will be able to purchase the farm products.

In the harvest season (June – July – August), you will be able to continue the experience in the afternoon, independently and without a guide, enjoying the harvest of blueberries and small fruits. Naturally, you will buy the fruits collected by weight.


The Expert Giulia: I am a licensed tour guide for the provinces of Vercelli, Novara and Pavia. I have a great passion for telling the story of my territory in its landscape, cultural and gastronomic aspects: these three provinces are, in fact, the territory where more than 60% of European rice is produced. Impossible not to fall in love with it!

Not just museums: I will guide you to visit some of the most interesting farms in the area. We will discover Carnaroli rice and Artemide Black rice, a fragrant cross between the Venus Black and the Basmati rice. You will be engaged in cooking classes on rice and panissa, in the harvest of blueberries and berries. We will enter the world of the Sensory Analysis of Rice with Sommeliers of this cereal.

WhereTornaco, Novara – 60 min from Milan and 90 min from Turin
WhenFrom Monday to Friday – duration 3 hours
Start time10 a.m.
LanguageItalian, English and French
What’s included
Visit to the paddy fieldsNectar and jam tasting
Visit to the blueberry orchard and orchardBlueberry lunch
What’s not included
Transport

Cancellation policy: all bookings can be cancelled within 3 days from the start date of the experience. Read the Terms and Conditions.

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I am a licensed tour guide for the provinces of Vercelli, Novara and Pavia. I have a great passion for telling the story of my territory in its landscape, cultural and gastronomic aspects: these three provinces are, in fact, the territory where more than 60% of European rice is produced. Impossible not to fall in love with it!

After my degree in History of Art and Archaeology and the Master in Journalism and Communication, since 2008 I have been dealing with the cultural columns of Radio City The Radio of Eastern Piedmont, with guided tours between Piedmont and Lombardy for travellers of all ages, with the coordination of the activities of the multimedia Rice Museum of Casalbeltrame and with social media marketing for museums, monuments, accommodation facilities and cultural associations.

The Rice Museum of Casalbeltrame is not a classic ethnographic museum, but a multimedia museum. With audio and video effects, augmented reality, tactile experiences and an engaging narrative, travellers will be able to discover the history of paddy fields, how the fields were cultivated before mechanization and how rice cultivation has evolved to this day. A visit to the museum is a real journey through time, from season to season, discovering how paddy fields change from winter, spring, summer, to the harvest festival and November 11th, the Feast of San Martin. To accompany visitors, three guides: me in person, ready to answer your questions; one in voice, which tells in a poetic way what the “caminant”, the vagabond storyteller, saw in the countryside; and a technological guide, to deepen rice and its cultivation today with tablets and smartphones.

Not just museums: I will guide you to visit some of the most interesting farms in the area. We will discover Carnaroli rice and Artemide Black rice, a fragrant cross between the Venus Black and the Basmati rice. You will be engaged in cooking classes on rice and panissa, in the harvest of blueberries and berries. We will enter the world of the Sensory Analysis of Rice with Sommeliers of this cereal.

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