Piemonte is Italy’s paradise for true connoisseurs of mouth-watering food, truffles and fabulous wines. The Langhe region is set between the Alps and the Apennine mountains and is blessed with the fertile lands that produce the Tuber Magnatum – a prized white truffle – and some of Italy’s most prestigious red wines: the Barolo and Barbera. Walking from Barolo to Barbaresco you discover a spectacular array of local specialties including gourmet cheeses, pastries and chocolates that are appreciated the world over. This walking trip takes you amidst a magnificent landscape of rolling hills dotted with small picturesque villages, elegant castles and feudal towers, walking through vineyards and hazelnut forests and staying in small rural villages where the accommodation is charming and welcoming.
Arrive in Alba, the heart of Piedmont wine country, a captivating medieval city of a “hundred towers” and a treasure chest of flavours and aromas. You can wander through the cobbled streets, climb up a tower to admire the beautiful view or just tempt your sweet tooth in a pastry shop.
A morning transfer brings you to Barolo, where you should not miss a visit to the wine museum in the imposing castle. From Barolo here you pick up the official Bar to Bar route and following a short and easy walk takes you to the village of Novello. Continues on to the picturesque town of Monforte set on a hillside with narrow winding streets lined with stone houses and several great places to eat and taste some of Italy’s best wines.
The first section of today’s walk brings you to the typical hamlet of Serralunga d’Alba offering great views of the typical undulating clay hill landscape covered in orderly vineyards. Continue on to Roddino for a panoramic lunch of local specialties that energise you for the final climb to the farm in Cissone.
A transfer to Bossolaschetto shortens today’s walk by 6.5km as you spend the day in pure nature. Follow country tracks and paths gradually descend to the River Balbo, from where a steep climb takes you to the opposite ridge with imposing views of the Alps and Apennine mountains on clear days. It is then through the woods till Feisoglio and finally Cravanzana. Along the way you cross the typical village of Serravalle Langhe.
A generally easy day walk. From Cravanzana you gradually descend towards the river Belbo, to then climb back to the side of the hill leading to Montemarino. You can admire outstanding views of the Lower Langa, the Alps to the northwest and the Apennine to the southeast.
From the Hamlet of Benevello you head back to the Bar to Bar route that runs along lovely undulating country roads and paths with no significant uphills. Large farmhouses dot the landscape producing world-class wines. Here and there, sections of forest give a change of colour to the expanse of vineyards and throughout the day, you see the Langhe area at your feet and the Alps as a backdrop.
This walk is once more on quiet country roads and paths, with no significant climbs. The landscape dominated by manicured vineyards, offers open views on the Langhe area and the Alps. On the way pass by the village of Barbaresco, home to great wines. From where you descend to the River Tanaro, walking through beautiful riparian forest.
The trip and our services end after breakfast and depart for the airport with public transport unless you have pre-booked a private transfer with us.
7 nights in double rooms in hotels, B&B and agriturismi with breakfast
Hotel Savona is centrally located in Alba, Langhe's capital. Rooms are comfortable and cozy with a dated furniture. Staff are welcoming and helpfu. Breakfast is good. In common areas there is free Wifi.
Il Grappolo D'Oro is located in Piazza Umberto I, the main square in Monforte D'Alba. Rooms and apartments have a traditional design with tiled floors and wooden furniture. Services are free Wifi, TV and private bathroom. Breakfast is good. It's suggested the restaurant.
Agriturismo Balcone sulle Langhe is located in a quiet location. Rustic rooms are comfortable, spacious and well-furnished. It's suggested the restaurant that offers traditional dishes with local products. Rooms have a balcony, fridge, kitchenette, air conditioned/heating, TV, telephone.
Albergo Da Maurizio is set in its spacious garden surrounded by the Langhe Hills and offers rooms decorated in a classic style with balcony. Some of these are fitted with tiled floors and some have parquet floors.The hotel restaurant is very good and very appreciated.
In an oasis of charm, few kilometers far from Alba, Relais Montemarino was crafted out of the painstaking renovation of an old nineteenth-century farmhouse. It is surrounded by Langhe's hills and it offers rooms with rustic style. All of these are well-finished, clean and welcoming with free Wifi, TV, telephone, private bathroom, heating and minibar. Breakfast is rich and various.
Villa Lauri is situated in a very good position, 10 minutes by walk from Neive's centre. It offers an external swimming pool for the summer season and a terrace overlooking vineyards surrounding. Rooms are comfortable and clean with free Wifi, air conditioning/heating, telephone, TV and private bathroom. Breakfast is very good. Staff is attentive and helpful.
You can reach Alba by train from both Turin (direct) and Milan (not direct).
Check timetables on www.trenitalia.com.
GPS tracks are available on request.
What is included:
· 7 nights in double rooms in hotels, B&B and agriturismi with breakfast
· Luggage transfer
· Telephone support 24 hours
· Maps and detailed itinerary
What is not included:
· Journey to the place of arrival and departure
· Lunches and dinners, except where otherwise noted
· Visits and entrance fees - tips
· Possible sojourn taxes
· Anything not specified under "The price includes"
These services can be added to the ones included in the base price of the tour:
· Single room supplement
· Half Board supplement
· Any transfer to get to the starting point or to return from the point of arrival, which can be quoted on request.