Piedmont
Destination
1.5 hours
Duration
Ita-Eng+
Language
2+
People

Discover how Italian rice is made

Visit the large, completely environmentally sustainable rice processing factory in Asigliano and follow the production of rice, from paddy (rough rice) to brown rice to milled rice.


What you’ll do

  • Visit the farm and the rice production factory with the guide
  • Find out all the facts about Italian rice processing

 Group Tour: 2+ people

Price per person: € 65


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What to expect

In Asigliano, near Vercelli, we will visit the company that houses the eco-sustainable rice processing factory, which selects the best rice varieties according to ancient traditions, with the love and sensitivity that only expert hands can provide.

Here we will follow all the steps of rice processing, from paddy rice (rough rice) to brown rice to milled rice, carried out by modern, high-tech rice production machinery.

We will also find out where the rice processing waste ends up and why it is said that “nothing is thrown away”!

In addition to a wide range of rice varieties, such as Carnaroli, Baldo, Venere, Rosso Integrale, Classico and Basmati, you will find other rice products: risottos, gluten-free pasta, flours, biscuits, mousse, breadsticks and grappa. You can also buy natural cosmetics made with rice oil.

Where Asigliano, Vercelli – 60 min from Turin and 90 min from Milan
When From Monday to Friday – duration 1.5 hours
Start time Flexible start time by agreement with the Expert
Language Italian, English and French
Important information
  • We suggest that you wear comfortable clothing for the rice experience.
What’s included
Admission & Guided Tour in the farm
What’s not included
Transport

Price per person: € 65 – minimum 2 people

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The Food Expert:

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.


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

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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