Piemonte and the Langhe
the Kingdom of Savoy
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 added this magnificent part of Europe to the Holy Roman Empire. Later this came to form the nucleus of modern Italy, with Turin as its capital.
To the South of Turin lies the idyllic wine and truffle producing region of the Langhe. Here small fortified villages, decorated with fine castles and villas that were once homes to members of Italy’s most important aristocracy of the nineteenth century, dominate the steep sided vineyards bearing some of the world’s most famous names: Barolo and Barbaresco.
Our walk leads us through some of these delightful towns across deep valleys to castle-topped hills and down long ridges with fine views over superbly manicured vineyards. We stay in charming and historic inns and find the unparalleled cuisine of this most Epicurean of Italian regions.
Fly to Turin, in the northeast of Italy. On arrival, transfer to our hotel in La Morra in the heart of the famed wine region of Le Langhe in Piemonte. Our hotel for the next three nights is a superbly restored private residence in the heart of the town. Hotel CORTE GONDINA (D)
We leave our hotel on foot and descend to the most famous of all the wine towns, Barolo. Here there will be time to visit the wine museum before climbing up and out of the town and lunching on a ridge overlooking this spectacular setting. This afternoon continue our walk along the ridge to the town of Monforte d’Alba. We spend the next two nights in a delightful hotel at the top of the town. Hotel VILLA BECCARIS
We return to the charming town of Monforte before beginning our walk north out of the town and down a long ridge to the valley below. Ahead of us lies the superb castle of Castiglione Falletto. After lunch we climb up to the ridge and village of Serralunga d’Alba from where we return to our hotel for the night.
Today we leave the vineyards of the Langhe and head across mixed country as our walk takes us across the hills to the east to the hilltop town of Benevello. Here we stay in a restored country farm estate with a Michelin starred restaurant. Hotel VILLA D’AMELIA
We drive across the Tanaro river and into the Roero where we follow the chain of cliffs that overlook the Langhe to the East. Our walk takes us to the town of Montà topped by a fine villa. This afternoon we return to Benevello by road. Hotel VILLA D’AMELIA
We walk from Benevello across high scrubland and then descend a long ridge lined with hazelnut trees to the beautiful walled village of Neive where we spend the night. Hotel LA CONTEA
Our final walk takes us to the famous village of Barbaresco from where we continue along the Tanaro river to the town of Alba. This is the capital of the region and we will have some time to explore the town before our final dinner in the main square. Hotel PALAZZO FINATI
Return to the airport by road.