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 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.
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.
Our Piedmont: Barolo & Langhe Wine Region Itineraries
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).
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)
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
You choose which day you would like your holiday to start on. We will book your holiday in accordance with your requirements.
Our Piedmont: Barolo & Langhe Wine Region holidays are available to walk April to November.
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.
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.
TRANSFER PRICES (to be requested at time of booking)
Turin Airport to Alba £185
Cortemilia to Turin Airport £220
Cortemilia to Alba £69
We can organise additional nights/rest days, as well as transport options. Please contact us to discuss how we can help you with your specific requirements. Call one of our helpful team on +44 (0)1291 689774 or e-mail us here.
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