Mention Piemonte to an Italian and they will tell of mouth-watering food, white truffles, chocolates, cheeses and delectable wines. There is no better way to explore a region so famous for its gourmet traditions than on foot, allowing a complete immersion in the land which produced the food and building a healthy appetite for the meals to come. The Langhe region is set between the Appenines in the south and the Alps to the north, and is blessed with the fertile lands which produce the Tuber Magnatum - a prized white truffle - and some of Italy's most prestigious wines: Barolo and Barbaresco. This walking trip takes you amidst this magnificent landscape of rolling hills dotted with small picturesque villages, elegant castles and feudal towers. Walk through vineyards and hazelnut forests and stay in small rural villages where accommodation is both charming and welcoming.
There are few more enticing destinations for gourmet travelers than Alba, a picturesque town in the heart of Piedmont that's renowned world-wide for its succulent white truffles, velvety red Barolo and Barbaresco wines and wonderful fruit. Let your nose carry you through town to the traditional and simple, wonderful restaurants, shops and bars that seem to be dotted along every cobblestone street. Overnight in Alba.
A short transfer to the magnificent Castle of Grinzane Cavour. Take your time to enjoy this lovely wine town with its small museum and its famous enoteca. Following lush paths, perhaps with hawks cruising overhead, you cross the Talloria river. A gentle climb through holm oaks to Serralunga d’Alba, whose 13th century castle seems to surge towards the sky. A last gentle ascent through vines takes you to the centre of Castiglione Falletto. Dinner and overnight in Castiglione. (12km)
Today we suggest a spectacular circular route around vineyards, chapels and lovely towns. A gentle uphill leads you to the church of Annunziata, famous for its frescoes. Continue through vineyards and hazelnut groves to the village La Morra, the 'Balcony of the Langhe'. There are plenty of wine tasting opportunities in its bustling centre. Enjoy a special wine and cheese tasting before returning via several small hamlets to Castiglione. Overnight in Castiglione Falletto. (18km)
Descending gently to the Talloria Valley, follow the path towards the castle of Barolo, where this famous wine is produced. Visit panoramic Novello before continuing through panoramic fields offering views to two neighboring valleys. Dinner and overnight in Monforte d’Alba. (14km)
A relaxing day in Monforte d’Alba, choosing one of the way-marked paths taking in frescoes, chapels and verdant countryside. Before dinner, enjoy a special wine tasting served with local products. Overnight in Monforte. (10km)
Short transfer to Cissone, the start point of today’s walk. This is the High Langa, famous for its hazelnuts, and the landscape is dominated by hazelnut forests. Walk across the valley of Belbo and stop to visit the church of Cerretto Langhe. Dinner and overnight in Cravanzana. (15km)
From Cravanzana, a nice downhill walk will bring you to the tower Torre Bormida, where you cross the river bearing the same name. A steep climb will bring you to Bergolo, one of the smallest municipalities of this area. Crossing the woods, you reach Cortemilia, a lovely town with Roman origins. Overnight in Cortemilia. (12km)
Your trip concludes after breakfast. Please note that the public bus does not operate on Sundays from Cortemilia to Alba. A transfer will need to be booked in the event that your departure day is a Sunday (note a supplement applies)
We really enjoyed this self guided walk as it allowed us to go at our own pace, exploring some incredibly lovely, out of the way places which we would never have found otherwise. The accommodation was amazing. It's hard to believe how little it cost for all we received.
C. Chudley., Echuca, VIC. Australia.
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