Piedmont – The Vineyards & Castles of the Barolo

Piedmont, Italy

Holiday overview

Destination

Italy


Type

Self Guided, Wine Tours


Difficulty

Moderate


Month

Jan - Dec


Price

£ 675 pp


Duration

7 nights


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The Langhe is a hilly area in the province of Cuneo in Piedmont, northern Italy, famous for its wines, cheeses, hazlenuts and truffles — particularly the white truffles of Alba. It features strongly in the works of one of Italy’s greatest modern writers, Cesare Pavese. This walk allows you to discover the region’s many landscapes, whilst visiting some of its most beautiful towns; and includes the vineyards that have made the region famous all over the world: Barolo, and the terraces of Nebbiolo

The Langhe is a hilly area in the province of Cuneo in Piedmont, northern Italy. It is famous for its wines, cheeses, and truffles—particularly the white truffles of Alba. It features strongly in the works of one of Italy’s greatest modern writers, Cesare Pavese. This walk gives you the opportunity to discover the region’s many landscapes, whilst visiting some of its most beautiful towns and includes the vineyards that have made the region famous all over the world: Barolo, and the terraces of Nebbiolo vines. The second part of the route brings you to the region’s wilder parts, the high Langa, home to the world’s finest hazelnuts.

 

Price:

£675 per person based on 2 people sharing (supplement of £35 September and October).

Single supplement £195.

 

Included:

  • 7 night accommodation in family run establishments renowned for their food: 5 overnight in 3 or 4 star hotels and 2 in agriturismo
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Daily luggage transfer
  • Transfer from Alba to Grinzane on day 2
  • Detailed route notes
  • Maps
  • Local back-up

 

Not Included:

  • Getting to/from holiday; lunches & dinners; tips; personal extras; anything not mentioned in the programme

 

On request at supplementary cost:

  • Extra nights
  • Transfer from/to Turin/Torino & Milan/Milano airports
  • Transfer from Cortemilia to Alba at the end of the tour

Day 1: Arrival in Alba

Arrival in Alba, overnight stay in 4 star hotel.

 

Day 2: Alba – Grinzane – Barolo: 8 miles/13 km /ca. 3,5 hours

In the morning, a taxi will take you to the castle of Grinzane, from where you walk through Gallo d’Alba and among the vineyards of La Morra, to Barolo itself and its castle. Overnight Barolo.

 

Day 3: Barolo – Novello – Monforte: 6 miles/9 km/ca. 2,5 hours

Today’s route takes you among the finest Nebbiolo vineyards, the grapes of which yield one of Italy’s greatest wines. First, reach Novello with its imposing castle, before proceeding up to Monforte, to relax in its lively main square. Overnight Monforte.

 

Day 4: Monforte – Cissone: 10 miles/16 km/ ca. 4,5 hours

The route today goes Serrallunga, Sinio, Roddino and then Cissone; in addition to the rows of vines, you meet the first hazelnut trees, and wilder woodland. Worth a stop in Serralunga, to visit the castle and enjoy a glass of wine. Overnight Cissone.

 

Day 5: Cissone, rest day

Today you can take a short circular route around the hills of this pretty village, or just relax and enjoy the village. Overnight Cissone.

 

Day 6: Cissone – Cravanzana: 11 miles/17 km/ ca. 5 hours

In the Alta Langa, famous for its hazelnuts, the landscape is characterized by the cultivation of hazelnut trees and the deep Belbo valley, which you cross after making a stop at the beautiful church of Cerretto Langhe, to reach Cravanzana for overnight.

 

Day 7: Cravanzana – Cortemilia: 8 miles/12 km/ ca. 3,5 hours

From Cravanzana an easy stretch down to Torre Bormida, where you cross the river, before making the climb to Bergolo, one of the smallest and most characteristic municipalities of the Alta Langa. Then walk through forest to Cortemilia, an ancient village dating back to the Roman era.

 

Day 8: Cortemilia, departure after breakfast