Since the Bronze Age people have accessed the coast carrying salt from the Camargue to the Upper Roya through drailles, hidden paths used by local traders and their mules. In 1458, the Duke of Savoy introduced La Gabelle, a specific tax on the salt trade. And when the County of Nice came under the control of the House of Savoy in 1581, the entire area between Nice and Piedmont became a single territory. Shortly after the Nice-Piedmont road - the Salt Road - was born following the ancient paths. The Salt Road, also known as the Royal Road, is the route we invite you to discover on our new culinary tour in the company of your very own French chef.
PAN BAGNAT, TRUFFLE, BAROLO
The Salt Road, also known as the Royal Road, is the route we invite you to discover on our new culinary tour in the company of your very own French chef. Starting from the sea, find Mediterranean products such as citrus, olive, chickpeas, and a very colorful cuisine. Continuing to the ‘white cuisine’ of the Roya Valley discover dairy products, wild plants, honey, root vegetables, and edible flowers. In Piedmont taste hazelnut, game, white truffles, chocolate and explore the world capital of slow food movement in the medieval city of Bra. The diversity of the food is reflected in an even more varied landscape encompassing the French Riviera, magnificent Alps, the Piedmont lakes and the remote Barolo vineyards, not to mention the different cultures one encounters along the way from Occitan-Provençal, Ligurian and Piedmontese to Celtic and Roman.
april ~ november
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The variety of terroirs, the quality of the local produce and the know-how handed down from generation to generation leaves you with all the choice you need.
MEET W/ LOCALS.
Craftsmen, winemakers, olive growers, citrus producers, truffle hunters...
The ‘white cuisine’ of the Roya Valley: dairy products, wild plants, honey, root vegetables, and edible flowers.
The Salt Road is an original way to discover both France and Italy, their connections with each other, and the off the beaten path places where eating and drinking are a living art!
Explore with chef Paul! Paul studied in Paris & Kyoto under renowned chef Pascal Barbot & Eiichi Takahashi. As a local, speaking both french and italian, he will introduce you to some of his favorites... will offer you "his nose" to smell the thousand perfumes of the Royal Road, and his hands, to transform and translate to the plate the exceptional products of each valley.
Do you know how sweet is the salt road? crichente breilloise, tarte meringuée au citron de Menton, baci di san remo, gattafin, palpiton, matsafam, pralines cri cri, krumiri, torta di nocciole, gianduja, fugascina de Mergozzo, gateau de buscajet, cariton, pansarola, torta di riso, strozzagatti, ganse, tourte aux blettes sucrées, fleurs cristallisées, citronnettes, pompe à huile, tarte au citron meringuée...
"Food history is as important as a baroque church [...] A cheese is as worthy of preserving as a sixteenth-century building."
On the paths of your gourmet wanderings, you will have the opportunity to appreciate all the diversity of the local habitat, specific to each place visited. Spend a night under the stars in a hillside filled of olive trees (restanques), or go for a night walk in the vineyards of an azienda in Barolo. Your accommodation will allow you to appreciate all the richness and diversity of the Royal Road. We offer a panel of magical and different places, which will surprise and amaze you. Agricultural domain renovated by an Italian designer near Alba. Renaissance castle in the rice fields... Choices will not fail to refine your journey, in order to soak you up with the soul of this legendary route.