If you’re seeking an Italian-style gay travel experience in a warm and welcoming environment, where you can unwind and indulge in great wine and food, look no further than Villa Sparina. Nestled in the heart of Monferrato, Gavi, Villa Sparina offers a magical setting that exudes hospitality without distinctions. This picturesque retreat, surrounded by lush greenery, pays meticulous attention to every detail to ensure an unforgettable stay.
Villa Sparinahas a rich history as a family-run business that dates back to the early 1970s when the Moccagatta family acquired the villa. Within a short span of time, the estate established itself as one of Piedmont’s premier Gavi wine producers. In 2004, they expanded their offerings to include a 4-star superior resort and the renowned restaurant “La Gallina“.
The 18th-century villa, set amidst breathtaking natural beauty, houses 33 elegant rooms adorned with authentic design pieces. These exquisite accommodations provide a tranquil haven where gay travelers can unwind and rejuvenate during their visit to Piedmont.
The restaurant at Villa Sparina showcases the excellence of the region, offering dishes prepared with locally-sourced, zero-kilometer, seasonal ingredients. The culinary creations, presented with a modern twist, epitomize the flavors of the area. Additionally, the cellar, recognized as the 2021 Best European Wine Cellar by the Wine Star Awards, proudly presents the fragrant and highly sought-after Gavi wine, as well as the typical Piedmontese red wine Barbera, both crafted from grapes grown in the estate’s vineyards.
Quiiky’s Press Tour at Villa Sparina
During the IGLTA International Convention on Gay Tourism, which took place in Milan from October 26th to 29th, 2022, Quiiky Tour Operator organized a press tour to Villa Sparina. Accompanied by ten journalists from the USA, Canada, and Europe, the tour offered an exclusive opportunity to experience the charms of Villa Sparina firsthand. The journalists were warmly welcomed and treated to a cooking class led by the highly skilled and professional chefs of the villa. From gnocchi with pesto sauce to braised beef with mashed potatoes to tiramisu, the journalists savored these delectable specialties during lunch on the terrace, overlooking the picturesque vineyards.
This extraordinary experience immersed everyone in the rich heritage of the region, as well as promoted the values of Italian culture, hospitality, and inclusivity. The journey continued with a visit to the McArthurGlen Serravalle Designer Outlet, where the journalists were greeted in the exclusive lounge before embarking on an authentic shopping spree. This renowned outlet, housing over 300 sought-after Italian and international fashion brands, provided a memorable shopping experience for all.
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