In recent years, the Langhe has established itself as a popular tourist destination. Travellers from all over the world have begun to know, discover and love them.
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 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 very 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, as well as for its cheeses and many typical recipes (vitello tonnato, Russian salad, bagna cauda, first and second courses for all tastes, bunet…).
A vacation in Piedmont can really be an unforgettable experience, especially if you get to know the local people with their traditions and stories to tell.
First you will have to choose where to sleep. There are many facilities for all budgets and for all tastes! From the small family-run B&B to the luxury hotel.
If you don’t have a car available, my advice is without a doubt to stay in Alba, so you can go out in the evening and experience the various excellent restaurants and have stores and services available.
Moreover, from Alba it is easier to reach the means of transport.
If you have a car, there are many possibilities: staying in the hills overlooking the vineyards is a bit ‘the dream of all those who want to visit the Langhe. But don’t think it is an “expensive” dream: there are beautiful facilities with great prices in simply wonderful places, with breathtaking views. There are also luxury facilities (even if it is a luxury always well integrated in the environment) with Spa, fine restaurants and all comforts.
Depending on what you want to do and your needs is very important the choice of place to stay.
In the area now there is also a wide choice of vacation apartments suitable for families or those who want to be more independent 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 swimming pool can be a great idea as well as deciding for a stay in Alta Langa where temperatures get cooler, especially in the evening and morning.
Really everything! Of course it may not be easy to organize special and personalized experiences, but if you can do it your vacation will take on a different flavor!
I want to try to accompany you day by day along this trip.
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 landscapes. Begin immediately our journey through Piedmontese food and wine: you will not miss a few stops to visit the extraordinary historical cellars of the area, perhaps starting from the one where Barolo was born, without forgetting some small and familiar realities that will give you all the flavor and warmth of rural hospitality.
A nice lunch with a view is not to be missed on the first day of discovery.
After eating and drinking 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 scared of the climbs, I recommend a nice e-bike, so the effort will not exceed the pleasure of enjoying the landscape.
Something cultural for the third day?
You will be spoiled for choice! Alba is a medieval city with Romanesque origins and testimonies of its history are present in the historic center but also underground: if you stay in these parts is certainly worth a visit to Alba underground. Or you could take a comfortable train to Turin (there are trains at all hours) to visit a beautiful city rich in history and monuments: I recommend a nice guided tour among Turin’s delicacies such as gianduiotto and bicerin.
And then what else? Would you like to learn the secrets of traditional Piedmontese cuisine? A nice cooking class then is what I recommend for the fourth day! But make sure you can put your “hands in the dough” and after the course you can taste what you have prepared with a good glass of wine!
I recommend you for the fifth day
a jump in the Roero, the other side of the Unesco territory: the landscape changes even if it is only a few kilometers from the Langhe, the woods and orchards increase and the vineyards decrease. 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.
Especially in summer you can not miss a visit to some areas of the Alta Langa: small villages, stone houses, hazelnut groves, goat and sheep farms for the production of excellent cheeses, but above all a lot of peace and quiet. And we are already on the sixth day…. and I have not even mentioned Monferrato with its wine cathedrals and rolling hills, the possibility of renting a Vespa to drive slowly through enchanting landscapes, some horseback riding in the woods, aperitifs at sunset overlooking the vineyards….
Each of these “days” would deserve a post! I really think that soon there will be more in-depth analysis…there is too much to tell!
I’m sure I made you want to spend more than just one weekend in the Langhe and its surroundings!
Write me to create together your tailor-made vacation!