Why should a walk in the Langhe be different from other walks?

Let’s say that walking is really a Slow movement and therefore identifies perfectly with the philosophy of my little Tour Operator.

Let’s say that walking in the Langhe is a complete, satisfying and very involving experience, just like the accent I try to put on the SlowDays experiences.

Let’s say that crossing certain countries, admiring certain landscapes, being surprised at almost every corner, make walking a very pleasant exercise… just like the work I do with SlowDays!

That’s why walking in the Langhe and working with SlowDays have a special appeal for me.

Take a walk through well-kept vineyards, forests, small villages and past castles and well restored old houses. Then, as an interlude, sit in a village bar with some local people talking about work and the bizarre climate, or, choose a winery and stop to taste a loved and cared for wine.

Choose a route that follows your desire to go up and down and choose the length of your walk.

In each route you choose you will have a magnificent cocktail of emotions and flavors and you will take home a sense of peace and contentment.

If you are a curious explorer, then you could even make a magnificent and unforgettable journey in stages! Every night in a different country, letting your feet take you step by step through these wonders. And in the evening, a table set always new to discover. In this case, you have to decide how many days you want to dedicate to restore peace to your body and mind. I assure you that at the end of your holiday you will be regenerated and you will bring into the eyes of your mind the meaning of living Slow!

Any ideas?

A walk around Barolo with its castle and its precious Crus. A trip to Monforte with its steep climbs between elegant houses and surprising courtyards. Serralunga and its imposing castle that watches you as you walk. La Morra, as lively and colourful as its Chapel of Barolo. Castiglione Falletto, an authentic terrace dominated by the castle. A novelty that has been able to rediscover and relaunch an ancient vine.

I’ll leave you some photographs that will make you enjoy this beauty

I’ll be waiting for you to organize your Slow holiday. Choosing for you and with you the path that best suits your personality and the rhythm that you want to give to your days: Adagio, Andante or Vivace.

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7 days to visit a unique territory! Suggestions by Claudia

A holiday in the Langhe?

In recent years, the Langhe has established itself as a popular tourist destination. Travellers from all over the world have begun to get to know, discover and love the Langhe.

It is said that a trip always has 3 main moments: when you dream it, when you live it and when you remember it.

Let’s start dreaming about it… with some concrete ideas!

A bit of geography: the Langhe is a hilly area that is located about an hour from Turin and 2 hours from Milan, the sea of Liguria and the lakes of northern Piedmont.

The Langhe is a territory well known for its extraordinary wines such as Barolo and Barbaresco and for its excellent gastronomic products, such as the White Truffle of Alba and the “round and gentle” hazelnuts, passing through the cheeses and the many typical recipes (veal with tuna sauce, Russian salad, bagna cauda, first and second courses for all tastes, the bunet…).

A holiday in Piedmont can really be an unforgettable experience, especially if you get to know the locals with their traditions and stories to tell.

So what to do during a holiday in the Langhe?

First, you’re gonna have to choose where you sleep. There are plenty of facilities to suit all budgets and tastes! From the small family-run B&B to the luxury hotel.

If you do not have a car available my advice is without doubt to stay in Alba, so you can go out in the evening and experience the different great restaurants and have shops and services available.

From Alba it is also easier to reach the public transport network.

If you have a car, however, there are many possibilities: staying on a hill overlooking the vineyards is a bit ‘the dream of all those who want to visit the Langhe. But don’t think it’s an “expensive” dream: there are beautiful structures with excellent prices in simply wonderful places, with breathtaking views. There are also luxury facilities (even if it is a luxury always well integrated into the environment) with spas, fine restaurants and all the comforts.

Depending on what you want to do and your needs, it is very important to choose the place to stay.

In the area there is also a wide choice of holiday apartments maybe suitable for families or for those who want to be more autonomous and independent.

Since the only thing missing in the Langhe is the sea (even if it can be reached in less than 2 hours!), in the summer months, you could choose a structure with swimming pool … there are many!

In the summer months the temperature can be quite hot, so the pool can be a good idea as well as decide for a stay in the High Langa where temperatures become cooler, especially in the evening and in the morning.

But let's face it... what can you do during your holiday in the Langhe?

Really everything! Of course it may not be easy to organize special and personalized experiences, but if you manage to do so your holiday will take on a whole new flavor!

I want to try to accompany you day by day along this journey.

For the first day

I recommend a ride by car, independently or with a guide of the area, in the heart of the Langa del Barolo recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for wine-growing landscapes. Our journey through Piedmont’s food and wine begins immediately: you can’t miss a few stops to visit the extraordinary historic cellars of the area, perhaps starting from the one where Barolo was born, without forgetting some small and family businesses that will give you all the flavor and warmth of country hospitality.

A nice lunch with a view is not to be missed on the first day of discovery.

After having eaten well and drank well, on the second day I would dedicate it to a bit of movement: a nice ride up and down the hills of the Barbaresco area, obviously without giving up a few tasty stops! If you are afraid of the climbs, I would definitely recommend a nice e-bike, so the effort will not exceed the pleasure of enjoying the landscape.

Anything cultural for the third day?

You’re spoilt for choice! Alba is a medieval city with Romanesque origins and testimonies of its history are present in the historic center but also in the subsoil: if you stay here is certainly worth a visit to Alba underground. Or you could take a comfortable train to Turin (there are at all hours) to visit a beautiful city and rich in history and monuments: I recommend a nice guided tour among the delicacies of Turin as the gianduiotto and the bicerin

Then what else? Would you like to learn the secrets of traditional Piedmontese cuisine? A nice cooking course then is what I recommend for the fourth day! But I recommend that you make sure you can put your hands on the dough and enjoy after the course those you have prepared with a good glass of wine!

I recommend you for the fifth day

a leap into the Roero, the other side of the Unesco territory: the landscape changes even if it is only a few kilometres from the Langhe, the number of woods and orchards increases and the number of vineyards decreases. The Roero is a paradise for outdoor activities: easier walks and challenging trekking, mountain biking, horseback riding and above all a lot of history and nature.

A spasso nei sentieri del Roero

Especially in summer you can not miss a visit to some area of the High Langa: small villages, stone houses, hazelnut groves, goat and sheep farms for the production of excellent cheeses, but especially a lot of peace and quiet.

And we are already in the sixth day …. and I have not even talked about the Monferrato with the cathedrals of wine and the rolling hills, the possibility of renting a Vespa to drive slowly through beautiful landscapes, some horseback riding in the woods, aperitifs at sunset overlooking vineyards …

Any one of these “days” deserves a post! I think that soon there will be deepenings…there is too much to tell!

I’m sure I made you want to spend more than one weekend in the Langhe and its surroundings!

Write to me to create together your tailor-made holiday!

In Monale there is Raffaele, who takes care of his goats a bit mischievous, but with their milk produces award-winning cheeses!

On one of these early spring days, I got into the car to meet Raffaele, owner of the Cascina Aris farm.

Before reaching my destination, I stopped in Monale, a small town in the province of Asti of about 1,000 inhabitants.

A really delightful place, where sky and woods, country roads and nature coexist happily together!

To crown this bucolic landscape, a Castle, the Castle of Monale, not open to the public for guided tours, but whose halls are used as sumptuous locations for weddings/bed & breakfast. A place to consider for tourists looking for relaxing, immersed stays in the peace of the countryside.

I have, therefore, resumed my tour, destination: Cascina Aris! The road to follow is all curved, climbs slowly until you get to the hilltop “cucuzzolo”. As soon as I got out of the car, I had the feeling of having landed on another planet: an enchanting place, with a magnificent view and many green meadows around the farm.

Raffaele welcomed me with open arms and immediately took me for a walk to meet all his animals … and believe me, they were also quite anxious to make my acquaintance, they immediately realized that a ‘stranger’ had arrived in their territory ? !

The inhabitants of the Cascina are very varied: goats, horses, pigs, geese… and even a nice dog!

The feeling of having landed in a different place continued, it was like being in a small Noah’s Ark, but without the elephants and giraffes! Raffaele breeds his animals with a passion and respects the etiology and characteristics of each species.

The goats are really curious animals, who would have thought that they spend their time getting spiteful and quarreling, they really have a hard head … so, Raffaele tells me, that he keeps separate the most “lively” and in the mood to create disarray, but little use, because even after a month of estrangement, they start to quarrel and bleat between them. And who knew that goats had such a strong temperament?

Seasonality is very important for Raffaele!

Raffaele follows the seasonality as far as the milking of his goats is concerned, he does not force the production of milk in respect of his animals and the surrounding environment. This brings him great results: in fact, his cheeses win many awards throughout Italy, such as the “Premio Roma”, where Ciuffettino cheese won first place or the “Crudi in Italia” award, in which the Caciotta di capra was ranked first!

The pigs are kept free so that they can walk in the woods around the Cascina. They are also fed with the residues of the processing of goat’s milk, in short, ecology and economy circular 10 and praise!

And the most awaited moment has arrived: the tasting of cold cuts and cheeses delights for the palate!

While I was tasting all those good (and genuine) things, I was thinking to myself, “That’s right, why they won all those awards…”, there had to be a reason! Between one tasting and the next, Raffaele showed me his small workshop, where he creates all his delicacies: many types of cheese to be a family farm! How much commitment and dedication, Raffaele is certainly an excellent producer of goat cheese with all the papers in order!

My tour continued in Portacomaro… but that’s another story!

See you on the next post!

But how beautiful it is to go around the Langhe hills… in e-bike!

Once upon a time there were four Swiss who, leaving from Basel, gathered in Alba to celebrate the birthday of their dear friend, who was celebrating 10 magnificent lustrums ? !

One of your dear friends is getting married!

You and the closest group of friends of the bride decided that it is right to celebrate together and then you start with the preparations!

We love Lavender in Piedmont, did you know that?

There are magical moments that are created without us noticing it. On Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th we found ourselves in a magical place, with a perfect light, with a fascinating story and with people involved and kidnapped by what they had around them.

 

This morning I heard Gelindo being mentioned… and I began to wonder who this Piedmontese Christmas character was and what he represented!

The Monferrato must be discovered, because it is a hidden pearl!

Did I mention I was in love with the Monferrato before? Yes, of course! This doesn’t change my love for the Langhe and my affection for the Roero, but Monferrato is always a surprise for me!

In this blog, we talk a lot about Langhe and Piedmont … but sometimes we also talk about me, Claudia, the creator of SlowDays.

Trick or treat? (in Italy you say Dolcetto o scherzetto!)

For the Piedmontese, and especially for the province of Cuneo, this phrase could be understood in a very different way. And it would certainly not be combined with a masked children’s party!