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

Rice and blueberries

Discover an excellence of the Novara lowlands! Visit Tornaco, in a unique place surrounded by Piedmontese rice paddies, the farm and agritourism specialising in the production of Italian rice and blueberries.


What you’ll do

  • Visit with the guide Piedmont’s famous rice fields in Tornaco
  • Enjoy blueberry nectar and small fruit jams
  • Visit the farm’s blueberry orchard
  • Lunch with blueberry menu – starter, risotto with blueberries and speck, dessert

 Group Tour: 2+ people

Price per person: € 120


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What to expect

We will begin the experience in the old family farmhouse, composed of several structures. It was renovated in the 2000s maintaining the traditional architecture of a country house surrounded by the rice fields of Piedmont, with all the current comforts.

We will start with a visit to the Piedmontese rice fields (10 a.m.), where they produce their Carnaroli rice.

We will then take a short break to taste blueberry nectar, small fruit jams and visit the blueberry grove (11 a.m.). In fact, the real gem of this farm are the blueberries and berries. They are grown without the use of any kind of chemical product, and then used in the farm’s restaurant or for the production of jams and blueberry nectar.

So a blueberry lunch is a must (at noon)! We will taste: appetiser, risotto with blueberries and speck, dessert. You will be able to buy the farm’s products.

In the blueberry picking seasons (June – July – August), you can continue the food tour in the afternoon, on your own and without a guide, by picking your own blueberries and berries. Naturally, you will buy the fruit picked according to weight.

Where Tornaco, Novara – 60 min from Milan and 90 min from Turin
When From Monday to Friday – duration 3 hours
Start time 10 a.m.
Language Italian, English and French
Important information
  • We suggest that you wear comfortable clothing for the Piedmont rice tour.
  • The best season to admire and possibly book self-harvesting is June-July. From April to May, only the flower or the green fruit is present.
  • Please inform us in good time of any intolerances, allergies and other dietary requirements.
What’s included
Guided Tour in the paddy fields
Nectar and jam tasting
Guided Tour in the blueberry orchard and orchard
Blueberry lunch
What’s not included
Transport
Extra drinks

Price per person: € 120 – 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 rice and blueberries 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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