Dramatic Alps Scenery in the Barolo Wine Region

Trek hills and valleys, sheltering the quaint rural villages of the Piedmont region, set against a backdrop of the snow-capped peaks of the neighbouring Alps. The Barolo and Langhe region is renowned for its local produce (home of the famous white truffle and Barolo wine), and on your walk through classic Italian countryside, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the award-winning restaurants and vineyards of the area.

  • Travel through the heart of the Barolo wine region with opportunities to sample the region’s fine wines and cuisine (truffles and local cheeses in particular)
  • Breath-taking views of the snow-capped Alps and Mt Monviso as you make your way through hazelnut forests and vineyards
  • Rustic hilltop villages, the medieval city of Alba and antiquated little towns with their fascinating history, old piazzas and medieval towers
  • Journey through a pastoral, rustic region where wine production remains mainly a small-scale, family-run operation
  • The Langhe wine-growing region is preserved as part of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, not just for its famous wine production, but the natural beauty of its landscape

RouteBarolo & Langhe Wine Route
Duration7 nights/6 days walking
Length55 mi (89km)
GradeEasy to Moderate
AvailabilityApr - Nov
Price from£665
Holiday CodeITA-PDM

Why this Walk?

Travel through the heart of the Barolo wine region on foot, learning about the local cuisine and culture, with the opportunity to indulge in some of the area’s award-winning local wines. Take paths that lead through forests of hazel and vineyards, enjoying breath-taking views of the snow-capped Alps and Mount Monviso in the distance. The medieval city of Alba and other antiquated little towns are also found en route, with their fascinating history, old piazzas and medieval towers.

The Path

The nature of the paths you take while walking in the Langhe Valley, are based on their original use. You'll find that the roads taken through chesnut groves are wide paths that follow the contours of the slope, whilst rural roads and mule tracks are more undulating underfoot. These routes are testimony to a more subdued, wild and natural aspect of Italy, where the medieval architecture and vineyards blend seamlessly into the surrounding hills of the Langhe region.

The Langhe is a hilly valley, with infrequent uphill climbs through vineyards. Here, you’ll find an undulating terrain that is fairly gentle on the whole, with infrequent strenuous sections as you ascend and descend through the ravines left by dried up riverbeds.

The Accommodation

Accommodation in the local area is often converted from 19th century villas and old farmhouses, here you'll find that renovation work has been carried out with simplicity and a sense of stewardship to the original historic features and character of the building.

From your hotel in the heart of the city of Alba to the Agriturismo restored farmhouses in the Barolo region, accommodation is selected on the character of the places you visit. All rooms have private bathrooms with breakfast included in the price.

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Itinerary: Alba to Cortemilia

  • Day 1

    Arrival in Alba

    Arrive in Alba via train from Turin or Milan airports. The gourmet capital of Piedmont is a beautifully preserved town, decorated with medieval towers. Fine pastries, peaches and truffles are a local specialty (it's also the birthplace of Ferrero Roche and Nutella).
  • Day 2

    Transfer to Roddi & walk to Vergne-Barolo

    9.3 miles/15km

    Follow tracks through the network of winding hills (known as 'colline') to the rustic village of La Morra, perched upon the hilltop. From here, you’ve got an unrivalled vantage point over the Alps and the Renato Ratti museum (where you can gain some insight on the art and tradition of the regional wine-making process) and during the summer months, Mt Monviso. There’s also a multitude of wine-tasting options on your route to Vergne, as well as the exemplary local wine shop – Cantina Communale. Or transfer to Verduno & walk to Vergne-Barolo (8.1 miles/13km)
  • Day 3

    Vergne-Barolo to Monforte d’Alba

    7.5 miles/12km

    Today’s walk takes you through the historic village of Novello, with its medieval tower and views over to the towering Mt. Monviso in one direction, and the castle-topped hills of Langhe on the other (don't forget to being your camera!). From here, you reach the wine capital of Barolo, taking time to explore the Catello dei Marchesi Faletti, home to the Barolo wine museum and various exceptional trattorias. The route then leads out through vineyards and woodland trails to the historic village of Monforte d’Alba, which also boasts wonderful scenery and the Alps as a awe-inspiring backdrop. Or take an optional shorter walking route that cuts out Novello altogether (5 miles/8km).
  • Day 4

    Monforte d’Alba to Cissone

    10.6 miles/17km

    As you follow the route leading out of Monforte d’Alba you’ll find a varied and shifting scenery of well-kept rows of Hazlenut to wild stretches of forest tracks that lead you over the hill to Roddino, and back down again before the final ascent up to Cissone. Or two other optional routes, both of which are approximately 12km in length.
  • Day 5

    Cissone circular walk

    5.3 miles/8.5km

    A day to unwind, and take in the breath-taking views of surrounding Cissone on this short circular route. As well as the history and cultural highlights of Cissone that the trail beings forth, you'll have the opportunity to sit back and relax after a day's active discovery with an exemplary local wine from a traditional cantina upon your return.
  • Day 6

    Cissone to Cravanzana

    12.5 miles/20km

    Along routes too steep for cultivation, a familiar landscape of hazlenuts and vineyards leaves your immediate view as you make the climb to slopes capped with oaks. The slopes are famed for their truffle-bearing qualities, the ‘Tuber Magnatum’, also known as ‘The white truffle of Alba’, is a regional treasure, can can be found in the local restaurants of the area. There route can be shortened with transfer available at clients own coast (8.1 miles/13km).
  • Day 7

    Cravanzana to Cortemilia

    8.1 miles/13km

    Your final day is an interesting route through a picturesque and varied landscape. Upon reaching the stone, frescoed villages of Torre Bormida and Bergolo, join forest tracks through thick rows of Hazel and Chestnut, set against the dramatic landscape of the Alps. From here, diverging routes over fields and narrow cobbled streets lead to the town of Cortemilia, famed as the 'Hazlenut Capital' and an important town in the centre of Piedmont's gastronomic wine region.
  • Day 8

    Departure from Cortemilia

    Have breakfast and (unless you have booked extra nights) proceed to Alba by bus, from where you can transfer by train to Turin or Milan airport.

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PricesSeason 1
01/04/19 – 15/11/19
Two people sharing (p.p.)£665
Single person in a party£835
Solo person£965

  • What's Included?

    Price Includes

    • 7 nights bed and breakfast
    • Luggage transfers and personal transfers to/from the path where necessary during the walking programme.
    • Destination Manual and Road Book (route notes) showing directions to your accommodation(s).

    Price Does Not Include

    • City taxes (per person) only payable direct to accommodations – The prices below indicates the total to pay per person, rather than per night.

    Please consider city tax can vary during the year and new taxes can be introduced

    (Alba 1,5€, Barolo 1,5€, Monforte d’Alba 1,5€, Cortemilia 1,5€)

    • Packed lunches (own arrangements)
    • Dinners (own arrangements)
    • Travel to Alba / from Cortemilia
    • Postage Overseas: £5.00 (Europe), £10.00 (Rest of the World) ~ per walk pack.
  • Price Info.

    Holiday arrival/departure dates:

    You choose which day you would like your holiday to start on. We will book your holiday in accordance with your requirements.

  • Getting There

    Travel arrangements for arrival/departure:

    Nearest airports are Turin (served by both major and low-cost carriers) and Milan Linate and Malpensa airports that are served by more flights.

    Turin                            (TRN)                           http://www.aeroportoditorino.it/en

     Milan Linate                 (LIN)                             http://www.milanolinate-airport.com/en           

    Milan Malpensa            (MXP)                           http://www.milanomalpensa-airport.com/en              

    You are responsible for booking your air travel to airports and onward travel to your first accommodation and from your accommodation on departure.

    Optional taxi transfer can be arranged at time of booking

    TRANSFER PRICES (to be requested at time of booking)

    • Turin Airport to Alba £170
    • Cortemilia to Turin Airport £210
    • Cortemilia to Alba £65
  • Best Time to Travel

    If you're looking to avoid crowds, spring is arguably the best time to visit the Piemontese region. However, you'll find that this region is a bit more subdued than some of the more famous regions of the south, especially on the hiking trails you'll be taking out into the country. Autumn is another favoured time to visit, due to harvest season, where truffles and wines are in abundance.


Further Reading

For more inspiration on the Piedmont region, you may wish to visit the region's Lonely Planet page
Lonely Planet page

To learn more about the Barolo Wine: Piedmont Wine Guide

Enquire About Piedmont: Barolo & Langhe Wine Region

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