Piedmont: Land of Barolo and Barbera

Piedmont: Land of Barolo and Barbera

Trip Highlights

  • Sample an infinite selection of incredible local wines, cheeses, sweets and chocolates
  • Try the famous white truffles which this region is renowned for
  • Walk through beautiful vineyards and hazelnut forests
  • Enjoy staying in small, comfortable, family-run accommodation
  • Experience the quiet walking paths of Piedmont

Trip Summary

For true connoisseurs of mouth-watering food, truffles and fabulous wines, the Italian region of Piedmont is a foodie's paradise. Situated between the Alps and the Apennine mountains, the Langhe region is naturally blessed with fertile lands that produce the Tuber Magnatum - a prized white truffle - as well as some of Italy's most prestigious red wines: the Barolo and Barbera. This walking trip along the quiet footpaths in Piedmont will allow you to discover a tantalizing array of local specialties including gourmet cheeses, pastries and chocolates that are appreciated the world over. While the food is worth a visit alone, the walking can also be described as mouth-watering. Hike amidst a magnificent landscape of rolling hills dotted with small picturesque villages, elegant castles and feudal towers. On a clear day the views of the snow-capped Alps can be enjoyed while walking through the delightful vineyards and hazelnut forests. Each night you'll stay in small rural villages, where the accommodation is charming and welcoming.

Suitability

The walking is graded introductory to moderate (2). Daily walks are between 12 and 20km on well marked trails over diverse terrain – from vineyard trails, uneven footpaths, mule tracks and small gravel roads (strade bianche). The trails through the vineyards can be slippery, muddy and heavy-going when wet or after it has rained. The trails do not always have markings. The accent is on keeping a steady pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos. You will need a good level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure.

Itinerary

Today you will make your own way to the first hotel in Alba. Alba is the heart of Piedmont wine country, and is a captivating medieval city of a “hundred towers” and a treasure chest of flavours and aromas. After checking in, go out for a walk to explore the town and why not stop in one of its many divine pastry shops to tempt your palette. Treat yourself to the sweet tastes of Italy.

Meals:  Nil

This morning you will be transferred to Roddi, where you will start your walk. Today you will walk across several hills until you reach the rustic hilltop village of La Morra. From there you continue to the hamlet of Vergne. En route you have several wine tasting options. On clear days you can see the Alps and Mt. Monviso that stay snow-capped until the beginning of summer. In La Morra you can visit the Ratti Museum to learn about the history, tradition and the art of the good wine. You can stop at Cantina Comunale (closed on Tuesdays) which has a wide selection of wines to taste and buy, and also a lot of videos on local wines and gastronomy. Today's walk can be shortened by about 4km by taking a transfer to Verduno instead of Roddi. Depending on hotel availability you will stay overnight in either Vergne or Baroli. This will be confirmed in your hotel list. Walk: 15 or 13km/9.5 or 8 mi, 4 or 3.5hrs. Ascent: 509 or 446m/1670 or 1463ft. Descent: 383 or 409m/1257 or 1341ft.

Meals:  B

On today's walk to Monforte d'Alba you'll pass by the old village of Novello, with its Middle Aged tower. Soon after you will reach the wine capital of Barolo, where the famous wine is produced. Spend some time exploring the recently opened WiMu Wine Museum located in the Castello dei Marchesi Faletti. You can stop for lunch at one of the great local trattorias. From here on the walk continues through vineyards and forests and leads you to Monforte d’Alba, a nice hill top village where you will overnight. Walk: 12 or 8km/7.5 or 5mi, 4 or 3hrs. Ascent: 447m/1467ft. Descent: 390m/1280ft.

Meals:  B

The landscape for today is far more varied than on the previous days as you leave the vineyards behind. As you walk you'll climb through tidy hazelnut forests and wild woods surrounding the ancient hamlet of Serralunga d’Alba. From here a steep climb brings you to Roddino, then a long descent takes you to the final climb up to Cissone. Overnight in Cissone. Walk: 17km/10.5mi, 5hrs. Ascent: 680m/2231ft. Descent: 565m/1854ft.

Meals:  B

Today you can choose to relax in the centre of the village, and enjoy a glass or two of local wine from a traditional cantina. Otherwise you can choose to take a short circular walk in the surroundings of Cissone. As you walk you can unwind and admire the splendid views from the farms. The scenery is a unique spectacle, embroidered with vineyards and dotted with towers and castles. Overnight Cissone. Walk: 8.5km/5mi, 3hrs. Ascent: 307m/1007ft. Descent: 307m/1007ft.

Meals:  B

Today you will walk in the spectacular high Langhe area. The landscape of this area around Cissone is characterised by hazelnut forests and oak trees. This is also the area where the most precious of the local treasures can be found - the ‘Tuber Magnatum’, also known as ‘the white truffle of Alba’. If you don’t find it underground, you are sure to find these delicious truffles in a local restaurant. Overnight Cravanzana. Walk: 20 or 13km/12.5 or 8mi. Ascent: 600 or 370m/1969 or 1214ft. Descent: 665 or 550m/2182 or 1804ft.

Meals:  B

Both the landscape and the walk today are varied. En route you will visit the villages of Torre Bormida and Bergolo. The walk to these villages is through hazelnut plantations and dense chestnut woods, and you'll walk on broad forest paths, small grassy trails and narrow cobbled streets until you reach the town of Cortemilia. Overnight Cortemilia. Walk: 13km/8mi, 5hrs. Ascent: 450m/1476ft. Descent: 790ft/2592ft.

Meals:  B

The trip concludes this morning in Cortemilia. The arrangements conclude after breakfast. Note: buses do not operate from Cortemilia on Sundays. A private transfer will be required, please ask for our rates.

Meals:  B

6 Day Itinerary

Today you will make your own way to the first hotel in Alba. Alba is the heart of Piedmont wine country, and is a captivating medieval city of a “hundred towers” and a treasure chest of flavours and aromas. After checking in, go out for a walk to explore the town and why not stop in one of its many divine pastry shops to tempt your palette. Treat yourself to the sweet tastes of Italy.

Meals:  Nil

This morning you will be transferred to Roddi, where you will start your walk. Today you will walk across several hills until you reach the rustic hilltop village of La Morra. From there you continue to the hamlet of Vergne. En route you have several wine tasting options. On clear days you can see the Alps and Mt. Monviso that stay snow-capped until the beginning of summer. In La Morra you can visit the Ratti Museum to learn about the history, tradition and the art of the good wine. You can stop at Cantina Comunale (closed on Tuesdays) which has a wide selection of wines to taste and buy, and also a lot of videos on local wines and gastronomy. Today’s walk can be shortened by about 4km by taking a transfer to Verduno instead of Roddi. Depending on hotel availability you will stay overnight in either Vergne or Baroli. This will be confirmed in your hotel list. Walk: 15 or 13km/9.5 or 8 mi, 4 or 3.5hrs. Ascent: 509 or 446m/1670 or 1463ft. Descent: 383 or 409m/1257 or 1341ft.

Meals:  B

On today’s walk to Monforte d’Alba you’ll pass by the old village of Novello, with its Middle Aged tower. Soon after you will reach the wine capital of Barolo, where the famous wine is produced. Spend some time exploring the recently opened WiMu Wine Museum located in the Castello dei Marchesi Faletti. You can stop for lunch at one of the great local trattorias. From here on the walk continues through vineyards and forests and leads you to Monforte d’Alba, a nice hill top village where you will overnight. Walk: 12 or 8km/7.5 or 5mi, 4 or 3hrs. Ascent: 447m/1467ft. Descent: 390m/1280ft.

Meals:  B

The landscape for today is far more varied than on the previous days as you leave the vineyards behind. As you walk you’ll climb through tidy hazelnut forests and wild woods surrounding the ancient hamlet of Serralunga d’Alba. From here a steep climb brings you to Roddino, then a long descent takes you to the final climb up to Cissone. Overnight in Cissone. Walk: 17km/10.5mi, 5hrs. Ascent: 680m/2231ft. Descent: 565m/1854ft.

Meals:  B

Today you will walk in the spectacular high Langhe area. The landscape of this area around Cissone is characterised by hazelnut forests and oak trees. This is also the area where the most precious of the local treasures can be found - the ‘Tuber Magnatum’, also known as ‘the white truffle of Alba’. If you don’t find it underground, you are sure to find these delicious truffles in a local restaurant. Overnight Cravanzana. Walk: 20 or 13km/12.5 or 8mi. Ascent: 600 or 370m/1969 or 1214ft. Descent: 665 or 550m/2182 or 1804ft.

Meals:  B

The trip concludes this morning in Cravanzana. The arrangements conclude after breakfast.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 7 breakfasts: Breakfasts are usually continental inclusive of breads, tea, coffee & juices
  • 7 nights in 2 to 4 star hotels and Agriturismo on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Information pack including route notes and maps per room booked
  • Private transfer on day 2
  • Luggage transfers
  • Emergency hotline
  • *If you are booked on the 6 day itinerary only 5 nights of accommodation and 5 breakfasts are included. All other inclusions remain the same.

What's Not Included

  • Travel to and from Alba / Cortemilia or Cravanzana
  • Lunch, dinner and drinks daily. Allow approx EUR15-20 for each dinner and EUR5 for a picnic lunch
  • Items of a personal nature including drinks, souvenirs, phone calls, internet and laundry etc.
  • Entrance fees (museums, galleries etc.)
  • Wine tastings
  • Guide - this is a self guided tour
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Tourist Tax - allow €1-2 per day - payable directly to each hotel

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AT A GLANCE

Duration:8 Days
Countries:Italy
Starting Point:Alba
Finishing Point:Cortemilia
Activities:SELF GUIDED WALK
Grade:Introductory to Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:LBO
Prices From:GBP£690 Per Person
Single Supplement:GBP£180  Click for more information
Single Traveller Surcharge:GBP£290  Click for more information