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Gian Piero Vivalda
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Owner and Grand Chef of Antica Corona Reale
My Route du Bonheur… from Milan to the French Riviera

Gian Piero Vivalda is the owner and Grand Chef of Antica Corona Reale.

I spent my childhood in the valley of Cervere. My grandfather would take me fishing and woodcock hunting. When we returned home, we would cook what we had caught. Little by little, I got to know Piedmont, its scenery and the local produce. I gradually moved further afield, discovering the shores of Liguria and the nearby French Riviera. This was a revelation to me. Since then, I have never tired of repeating this journey whenever I have a little time to spare.

Relais & Châteaux proposes its Routes du Bonheur for your inspiration: they are suggestions of itineraries that you can adapt to your preferences and desired experiences. Our advisors are at your disposal to individualise your routes and help you make reservations at our properties.
Example for a 4 nights stay from 1081€*
* Minimum indicative rate per person, subject to availability, on the basis of a double room with double occupancy, including accommodation, breakfast and dinner (menu, without beverages) in the properties suggested for the itinerary.
Activities on site and nearby must be reserved by you.

My Route du Bonheur
Step 1: 1 day, 1 night

Château Monfort

A fairy tale castle
Château Monfort
In the heart of Milan, this urban chateau, built in the early twentieth century by the well-known architect Paolo Mezzanotte, conceals an absolutely incredible interior. No one could guess what lies beyond the facade of this Art Nouveau palace, decorated with equal parts whimsy and luxury. This pastel-hued fairytale setting, with its fabulous furnishings, is like nothing else I have ever seen.

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The Naviglio Grande Antiques Market, Milan

On the last Sunday of every month, a big antiques market is held along the Naviglio Grande. It is an opportunity to unearth a few books, some old jewellery or some quality antique furniture next to this picturesque canal. Take a stroll beside the houses with their flower-covered balconies before stopping by one of the art galleries that are open. There is always a lively Milanese atmosphere.

Milan Cathedral

Milan’s extraordinary Gothic cathedral is the real icon of the city. Construction began in the late fourteenth century, and the cathedral remains one of the largest in the world. The first time I came here was for a mass. I was only a child, but I remember having a powerful feeling of serenity inside these walls. After leaving the cathedral, take a few steps back to admire the facade, a sort of lacework in stone, and enjoy some panettone on the Piazza Duomo.

Sforza Castle

Built in the fifteenth century on the ruins of an old citadel, this castle is the former residence of the Dukes of Milan. Today it houses several museums, including a splendid art gallery which I visit regularly to admire the paintings of members of the Lombard School. At the sculpture museum, don’t miss the amazing Rondanini Pietà, the last, unfinished, work by the great Michelangelo.

Relais & Chateaux Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia, Milan

The lovechild of Aimo and Nadia Moroni, this famous Michelin-starred restaurant in Milan made its name from its Tuscan cuisine, and then opened up to other regions. Here, the produce is paramount: olives, tomatoes, capers, prawns, courgettes, Buffalo mozzarella etc. Following in the couple’s footsteps are their daughter Stefania and two brilliant young chefs - Alesandro Negrini and Fabio Pisani - who reveal new flavours and constantly renewed creativity.

Relais & Chateaux Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia

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Relais San Maurizio

The art of wellness in Piedmont
Relais San Maurizio
Opened in 2002, on the site of an old monastery founded in the seventeenth century by Franciscan friars, the Relais San Maurizio is a totally unique hotel. Old stones, frescoes and gardens with ancient trees remind visitors of the history of the site. Here, tranquillity and serenity reign. Set at the top of the hill, the hotel looks out over the splendid scenery of Santo Stefano Belbo. An ideal place to unwind.

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Relais & Chateaux Antica Corona Reale, Cervere

In 2015 we will celebrate the 200th anniversary of this family restaurant, which our family founded and has run ever since. Two hundred years of knowledge handed down from one generation to the next, to continue offering food that is both simple and refined. Our restaurant evokes the entire history of Piedmontese cuisine. When I took over the management in 1994, it was just a simple bistro. Since then, Antica Corona Reale has become a Michelin-starred restaurant.

Relais & Chateaux Antica Corona Reale

The wine route

In the heart of absolutely superb scenery, discover the vineyards of Piedmont, set on century old terraces. The hills of Montferrat and the Langhe are home to the vineyards which produce the fine white wines of Moscato d’Asti. Nearby, around the hills of Alto Monferrato, the grapes used to make Barbera d’Asti, a deep, vivid ruby-coloured wine, are planted. These marvellous wines are the perfect complement to the local cuisine.

The hot springs of Acqui Terme

As evidenced by the ruins of the aqueduct and the ancient thermal pool, this is where the biggest thermal spa in Piedmont was founded during Roman times. The town developed around La Bollente, an impressive spring whose sulphurous water gushes up at over 70°C. The waters of the spa town are believed to treat rheumatism and ailments of the chest. Today, many people still come to take the waters at two thermal spas. I come here regularly to enjoy the springs.

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La Meridiana

A stylish country resort near the sea of the Italian West Coast Riviera
La Meridiana
I feel very much at home in this superb mansion, founded by Alessandra and Edmondo Segre. I regularly visit this hotel on the outskirts of Alassio to enjoy its myrtle and broom scented gardens. Here the Italian Riviera is yours for the taking. Outside the very beautiful rooms, a golf course and the sea await you.

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Garlenda Golf Club

Just next to the La Meridiana hotel is the very beautiful Garlenda Golf Club. The Torrente Lerrone river flows through the course, which winds between pines and olive trees. Opened in 1964, this 18-hole course (par 72, 6040 m) was the setting for the Italian Open during the 1971 season.

Alassio and its baci

When I was about sixteen, I spent several months making baci in Alassio’s central square. It’s a pleasant memory. This seaside town reflects the history of the wealthy English tourists who would holiday here in the past. Alassio is known for its Muretto, a colourful wall decorated with tiles signed by famous artists, including Ernest Hemingway and Louis Armstrong. These same artists could once be found at the highly select Café Roma.

Relais & Chateaux Mirazur, Menton

Mauro Colagreco is one of the new young chefs who are reinventing French cuisine every day. This Argentinian, who has lived in Menton for many years, learned the ropes in the kitchens of some of France’s greatest chefs: Bernard Loiseau, Alain Passard, Alain Ducasse and Guy Martin. Working in all these restaurants allowed him to develop a real sense of creativity and perfection. Today, this wandering chef grows local produce. He has even planted an incredible tomato garden just outside his kitchen. Between land and sea…

Relais & Chateaux Mirazur

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The wines of the Selvadolce Estate, Bordighera

Located a few kilometres from the border on the Italian side, the Selvadolce Estate is a favourite of chef Mauro Colagreco. Owner Aristide Blancardi tends his nearly seven hectares of vines with great humility and passion. The vineyards, biodynamically cultivated since 2004, are arranged in terraces beside the sea. Low stone walls and bougainvillea lend the site a truly enchanting air.

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Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel

An architectural gem on the beach
Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel
When I was little, my grandmother would take me on holiday between Antibes and Juan-les-Pins. I spent hours exploring the beaches and paths near the Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel. What started out as just a small fishing cabin has been transformed into a superb Relais & Châteaux hotel, with contemporary architecture and sleek lines. The hotel has a private sandy beach with a view of the cape and of the mysterious Lérins Islands.

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The Forville Market, Cannes

This is where the Chef of L’Oasis comes to buy his fish every morning. Refurbished in 1934, this covered market seems to preserve the very essence of the city of Cannes. This is where the locals meet, far from the beaches and the big hotels, far from the postcard views of the Film Festival. You can find superb seasonal produce here. Just outside the exit of the market, at 22 Rue Meynadier, stop by the Céneri cheese shop, a very fine firm founded in 1968.

Relais & Chateaux L’Oasis, La Napoule

Facing the sea, the Raimbault brothers work as a trio, with Stéphane and Antoine handling savoury dishes, and François overseeing the desserts. Local fishing offers them the finest selection of seafood, which they take delight in preparing in every possible way. Influenced by his years spent in Japan, Stéphane brings an oriental touch to this Mediterranean cuisine. A wonderful gastronomic experience on the patio of their oasis, looking out over the marina of Mandelieu-La-Napoule.

L’Oasis la Napoule

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