May - Piemonte
May marks the start of a new trip for Duende Travel which includes three of Europe's finest walking areas in an exploration of the region that gave modern Italy her identity.
In 1388 the County of Savoy fought its way to the coast at Nice and so established a maritime port for the first time. The Duchy that was to follow included this magnificent part of the world in a part of the Holy Roman Empire that included Piemonte in the southern Alps. We now look at this region as a whole, including the birthplaces of the three great architects of the Risorgimento in Italy. We start in the Cinque Terre, a world renowned hiking region and one of the most unspoiled coastlines in Italy. We stay on the splendid Italian Riviera and explore the great hikes with superb views across the glistening Mediterranean sea.
We continue with a visit to Mazzini's home town of Genoa and then travel north to the heart of Piemonte, where we spend several days exploring the beautiful wine-growing region of the Langhe. This is the home of Barolo and Barbaresco, the white truffle and the Slow Food Movement and the Count of Cavour. Finally we head south across the maritime Alps to Cuneo and on again to Nice on the Côte d’Azur, birthplace of Garibaldi. The countryside behind the French Riviera and the high corniche routes form a magnificent coda to the walk.