Spectacular walking in undiscovered Italy; vineyard paths, sun-dappled hamlets and Savoy castles, Wonderfully varied hotels, a rural retreat and a stunningly converted village town house along with Panoramic swimming pools.experience excellent cuisine – prepared with passion and pride – and world famous wines and visit the beautiful village of Barolo – taste ‘the king of wines’.
Explore the beautifully tranquil Langhe region of Piedmont – a gastronomic gem quietly tucked into Italy’s north-western corner. Undiscovered by most tourists, the countryside is a glorious mix of gently rippling, wave-shaped hills cloaked by layers of vines, sunflowers and oak forests, crowned with honey-hued hamlets and imposing Savoy castles.
Castiglione Falletto is a comune in the Province of Cuneo in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 50 km southeast of Turin and about 40 km northeast of Cuneo. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 643 and an area of 4.7 km².
Grinzane Cavour is a comune in the Province of Cuneo in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 50 km southeast of Turin and about 45 km northeast of Cuneo. Grinzane Cavour borders the municipalities of Alba and Diano d'Alba.
Benevello is a comune in the Province of Cuneo in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 60 km southeast of Turin and about 50 km northeast of Cuneo. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 451 and an area of 5.4 km².
After a short transfer you follow a gentle path alongside the clear waters of the Tanaro river, next to which pheasants and partridges rustle in the oak forest. Onto Roddi (the castle here used to house the University of Truffle Hounds!) and Grinzane Cavour with its wonderful megalithic castle with amazing views.
Grinzane Cavour is an atmospheric wine town with wine tasting on offer in the village’s imposing castle. Gastronomic capital, Alba, is easily reached from here (most customers tend to taxi or bus there, then walk back); explore the cobbled crimson squares and bustling porticoed streets.
Following lush paths with hawks cruising overhead you cross the Talloria river. Then a gentle climb through holm oak to reach Serralunga d’Alba, whose 13C castle seems to surge towards the sky – you still need to cross the drawbridge to visit it.
Perhaps follow a circular route today, first visiting tiny Annunziata with its frescoed chapel (and an excellent farmhouse trattoria!). Then through sun-dappled hamlets and delicate swaying vines to reach La Morra, the ‘Balcony of the Langhe’ – plenty of wine tasting in the bustling centre, even Julius Caesar stopped here to try some!
Descending gently to the Talloria valley, you follow the stream’s poplar-shaded path towards the ochrehued castle of Barolo, which stands guard over the village’s world-famous vineyards. Maybe visit panoramic Novello, a belvedere town built as a summer retreat for the residents of Alba, before continuing through fields ablaze with colourful wild flowers to reach our elegant villa hotel at Monforte d’Alba.
Situated in its own scented garden with views across mediaeval Monforte and beyond (even Mont Blanc on a clear day!) Villa Beccaris offers a tempting swimming pool and a sun-trap courtyard. However, there are plenty of walking choices if you’re feeling more energetic with way-marked paths taking in frescoed chapels and verdant countryside.
A lift to lovely Serravalle Langhe, from where you join the Sentiero della Valle Tanaro. At first shaded by hazelnut, oak and poplar trees, you reach Albaretto della Torre dominated by its 13C Duecentesca tower. After lunch the panorama opens out with spectacular views back to Alba and the Tanaro valley as you descend gently towards Benevello.
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