The walks are along vineyards, uneven footpaths, mule tracks and small gravel roads (strade bianche). The trails through the vineyards can get slippery, muddy and heavy-going when wet or after it has rained. The trails do not always have markings.
Start: Alba Finish: Cravanzana
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. After checking in, go out for a walk to explore the town and why not stop in one of its many divine pastry shops to tempt your palette. Treat yourself to the sweet tastes of Italy.
A transfer takes you to Roddi (or Verduno to shorten the walk). Crossing several hills you reach the rustic village of La Morra from where you continue to the hamlet of Vergne and on route you have several wine tasting options. On clear days you can see the Alps and Mt. Monviso that stay snow capped till the beginning of summer. In La Morra you can visit the Ratti Museum to learn history, tradition and the art of the good wine. Stop at Cantina Comunale (closed on Tuesdays) that has a wide selection of wines to taste and buy.
Challenge: 4/3.5 hours, 15/13 km, 509/446m ascent, 383/409m descent
Passing by the old village of Novello, with its Middle Aged tower you reach the wine capital of Barolo, where the famous wine is produced. Spend some time exploring the recently opened Wine Museum located in the Castello dei Marchesi Faletti and lunch at one of the great local trattorias. From here on the walk passes through vineyards and forests and takes you to Monforte d’Alba, a nice hill top village.
Challenge: 4/3 hours, 12/8 km, 2447/440m ascent, 390/200m descent
The landscape is far more varied than on the previous days as you leave the vineyards behind and climb through tidy hazelnut forests and wild woods surrounding the ancient hamlet of Serralunga d’Alba. From here a steep climb brings you to Roddino from where a long descent takes you to the final climb up to Cissone.
Challenge: 5 hours, 17 km, 680m ascent, 565m descent
The landscape of the high Langhe area around Cissone is characterised by hazelnut forests and those slopes that are too steep to be cultivated are covered by oaks. This is also the area where you find the most precious of the local treasure: the ‘Tuber Magnatum’, also known as ‘the white truffle of Alba’ and, if you don’t find it underground, you are sure to find it at the local restaurant.
Challenge: 5/6 hours, 20/13 km, 600/370m ascent, 665/550m descent
The trip and our services end after breakfast, unless you have booked extra nights or other services with us. You need to reach Alba or Asti where you take the train to Turin or Milan airports.
All accomodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.
We choose comfortable hotels, farmhouses and B&Bs where all rooms have private en-suite bathroom.
You can find below the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, then we will book a similar one for you and inform you about the alternative booked.
You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.
The new Calissano Hotel is located near the central Piazza M. Ferrero, one of the most beautiful squares in Piedmont, known as “the drawing-room of Alba” because it is a meeting place for people from the town and surrounds.
Agritourism Ca' San Ponzio is a restored farmhouse, surrounded by serenity, peace and nature. Rustic rooms are very comfortable, spacious and well-finished. Every room has a balcony with view on a beautiful landscape on Langhe's hills. Owners are courteous and helpful. Breakfast is very good with home-made products.
Il Grappolo D'Oro is 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 Wi-Fi, TV and private bathroom. Breakfast is good. It's suggested the restaurant.
Agritourism Balcone sulle Langhe is 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.
You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between April 1st and November 15th.
There are several daily trains from Turin to Alba and you need to change either in Asti or in Cavallermaggiore. Timetables available on www.trenitalia.com.
It is possible to book a transfer from Turin and Milan to Alba and vice versa.
On departure from Cravanzana, make your way to either Alba or Asti by bus and them reach the airports by train.
If you come with your own car, please note that the hotels we use in Alba do not have a private parking lot of their own, but there is a guarded parking area near the train station that costs approximately 35 Euros per week.
GPS tracks are available on request.
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