A countryside getaway and taste sensation

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This holiday takes you deep into the beautiful Southern Piedmont countryside to explore the rolling hills and valleys of Langhe, Monferrato and Roero, one of the most famous wine regions in Italy. Here, in this UNESCO world heritage site, you’ll discover the dexterous symbiosis of nature and man that has created a unique environment and unearth some little-known, secluded wild spots just waiting to be discovered.


5 days/ 4 nights

  • 5 days/ 4 nights
  • Accommodation in a selection of charming village hotels/bed and breakfasts.
  • Varied range of daily excursions with a guide.
  • Langhe and Monferrato: a truffle hunting experience.
  • Barbaresco hills and cookery class with local products.
  • The Tanaro Valley and its typical farm produce.
  • Barolo Langa vineyards and the University of Gastronomic Sciences.
  • The Spumante of Canelli, the most famous Italian bubbles.
A handmade, living landscape:

Langhe and Monferrato are listed UNESCO world heritage vineyard landscapes. They embody the art of working with nature, generations of knowledge and expertise in transforming and maintaining the beauty of the land over the centuries. But, it’s not all about wine, truffles and food heritage. You can find many hilltop castles, relics of centuries past ruled by local lords and barons, that now showcase local traditions and history. Yet, this historic land is not frozen in time, like a waxwork. It looks to the future, to promote a new participatory type of tourism combining cultural renewal, a sense of place, traditions, biodiversity and sustainable economic development. The best time to visit this surprising and remarkable area is in autumn, when hazelnuts and grapes are harvested by hand.



Langhe and Monferrato: a private truffle experience

  • Arrival and reception in Alba and panoramic hilltop tour of the world heritage vineyard landscapes.
  • First stop is a visit to the unique “Truffle-dog University” at Roddi d’Alba, then you’ll accompany a truffle hunter (Trifolao) and his dog to unearth the precious Alba truffle and enjoy a food and wine tasting session.
  • In Alba, you’ll have a guided visit of the “one-hundred tower” town and rub shoulders with country folk at the international truffle market, every October.


Barbaresco Hills and a culinary workshop

  • Your day begins at Cesare Pavese’s house for an introduction to Langhe poetry, and then into the vineyards where the famous Barbaresco DOCG wines are produced.
  • Next, is Barbaresco village, and the Enoteca Regionale (Regional Winery) where a local winemaker will take you on a sensory journey of his excellent wines in the beautiful, diminutive Saint Donatus’ church.
  • In the afternoon, you’ll enjoy a cookery workshop at the winery and learn the culinary secrets of tasty, typical Piedmont dishes, like agnolotti and tagliatelle.


The Tanaro Valley – meet the farmer

  • We leave the vineyards, to visit the fertile farmland of the Tanaro valley and a walking tour in the hills.
  • This is Slow Food country and you’ll learn about the Slow Food Ark of Tastes, a global catalogue of small-scale endangered quality products.
  • You’ll meet local farmers who will unveil their special relationship with the land and their methods to produce their fine traditional local products.


Barolo Langa – the king of wines

  • From Alba you’ll head south to discover the world heritage landscapes behind the world-renowned Barolo wine.
  • You’ll call in at each village, with a visit to a historical wine cellar and one run by a local family, to gain a fascinating insight into the history and everyday working lives of local people.
  • You’ll also visit the Wine Museum in Barolo.
  • At the “University of Gastronomic Sciences” in Pollenzo, you’ll learn how it defends and sustains quality food culture and biodiversity that provide the foundation for fine Piedmont wines, and traditional local produce.
  • The day ends with a visit to a local pastry-making workshop to see how local hazelnuts and honey are made into cakes and sweets.


Grinzane Cavour Castle and the Spumante of Canelli

  • Your stay ends in the Unesco world heritage-acclaimed “Piedmont vineyard and wine landscapes”, where you will visit Grinzane Cavour Castle, a symbol of this land.
  • Following the world heritage route, you’ll reach the town of Canelli for a final stop to experience the capital of Italian Spumante, and the secrets behind the most famous Italian bubbles before you leave.





Autumn (September to November)


5 day 4 nights
€700 per person, full-board in 3* hotels.



This holiday package is retailed by:

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