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.
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.
Today’s itinerary starts with a transfer to Roddi. Crossing several hills, you reach the rustic hilltop village of La Morra from where you continue to the hamlet of Vergne. 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, and a lot of videos on local wines and gastronomy. The walk can be shortened by about 4 km when starting in Verduno instead of Roddi.
Depending on where you have been booked, you may end your walk in Vergne or Barolo. Please see the organization section for further details.
Challenge: 13 - 15 km, 446 m ascent and 409m descent OR 509m ascent and 383m 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 WiMu Wine Museum located in the Castello dei Marchesi Faletti snf 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: 8 - 12 km, 440m ascent and 200m descent OR 447m ascent and 390m 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: 17 - 19 km, 680m ascent, 565m descent
A glass of local wine from a traditional cantina in the centre of the village is a lovely way to celebrate this day of relaxing and taking it easy. After a short circular walk in the surroundings of Cissone, unwind and admire the splendid views from the farm. The scenery is a unique spectacle, embroidered with vineyards and dotted with towers and castles
Challenge: 8.5 km, 307m ascent/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: 13 - 20 km, 370m ascent and 550m descent OR 600m ascent and 665m descent
Today the landscape is as varied as the walk itself. You visit the villages of Torre Bormida and Bergolo that you reach crossing hazelnut plantations and dense chestnut woods using broad forest paths, small grassy trails and narrow cobbled streets until you reach the town of Cortemilia. On clear days the view on the hills and the Alps is breath-taking
Challenge: 13 km, 450m ascent, 790m descent
Our services end after breakfast unless you have booked another service 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.
Extra overnight: You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.
Hotel Savona is centrally located in Alba, Langhe's capital. Rooms are comfortable and cozy with a dated furniture. Staff are welcoming and helpful. Breakfast is good. In common areas there is free Wi-Fi.
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.
A nice hotel restaurant located in Cortemilia. Family run hotel with welcoming staff and comfortable rooms. It also offers an outdoor swimming pool and a restaurant with some of the local delicacies.
You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between April 1st and October 31st.
There are several daily trains from Turin to Alba and you need to change either in Asti or 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 Cortemilia, make your way to either Alba or Asti by bus and them reach the airports by train.
GPS tracks are available on request.
A somewhat challenging tour through many of Piedmont's towns, villages and vineyards with fantastic accommodations at the end of each day trip!. Overall, we're very happy with the arrangement