Welcome to Alba, Langhe capital, the so-called one-hundred tower town where, over the latest 80 years, the lively White Truffle Fair and market have been held every year. Alba, lying on the banks of Tanaro River and dating back to the Neolithic Age, preserves remains from Ancient Rome and the Middle Ages. Alba is considered a small charming and festive meeting point. Participants will have the chance to visit Saint Lawrence’s Cathedral, the Gothic-Romanesque Saint Dominic’s church, the Baroque Mary Magdalene’s church as well as piazzas and palaces lived by the most famous people from the past – Publius Helvius Pertinax, the Ancient Roman Emperor, the renowned writer Beppe Fenoglio, the artist Pinot Gallizio, the ancient italian game "Pallapugno" champion Augusto Manzo, and many others. From Alba, the pathway reaches the heart of Langhe curvy hills – a unique astonishingly beautiful, landscape, surrounded by Medieval castles and masterfully cultivated vineyards.
A wine producer will be there to welcome participants and guide them to visit the wine company, from the vineyard to the cellar. A tasting event will take place here: visitors will have the chance to enjoy local specialties, i.e. precious DOC (Controlled Designation of Origin) wines such as Dolcetto d’Alba, Barbera d’Alba and unrivalled local DOCG (Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin) wines – Barolo and Barbaresco.
Lunch on the hills, at an agritourism lodging facility to taste tajarin, traditional hand-made pasta, and Brasato al Barolo, i.e. veal meat from the best Piedmont breed braised in Barolo wine. In the afternoon, a tour through the very heart of Barolo eleven municipalities, up to Grinzane Cavour castle, and ancient castle in which Count Camillo Benso lived. The great statesman was the driver of agriculture and wine development in Langhe and in Italy by the middle of the 19th century.
The track rolls toward Serravalle and Bossolasco along the wine road, bordered by hazelnut trees firstly and woods later, to get to High Langa – an unrivalled view point from which wonderful sunsets over Maritime and Cottian Alps can be enjoyed.
Night stay in a very distinctive hotel, and dinner to taste menus from local tradition.
After breakfast, participants explore High Langa, made of woods and hazelnut trees, and where houses, castles, piazzas are made of sandstone, which emanates a golden light in the sunlight. A stop in Prunetto, a small village whose Medieval castle is worth visiting, and then Bergolo, the stone village whose Saint Sebastian’s Church is a rare example of Romanesque architecture in Langa. The village houses and tiny roads are embellished with works from young artists, immersed in freshly scented heather and brooms.
Lunch at a trattoria, i.e. a traditional cosy small restaurant. In the afternoon, visitors descend to Cortemilia, the hazelnut capital, to visit the Romanesque Saint Mary’s Parish Church and stroll along its lanes and stop to taste an original hazelnut cake – the unmatched queen of cakes, which is traditionally made without flour. Back to Bossolasco and visit to the village.
Dinner and night stay.
After breakfast, participants head to low Langhe hills, along roads immersing in vineyards which have recently been awarded Unesco World Heritage status. The itinerary, after a stop in Barolo to visit the local Wine Museum, ascends to La Morra for a walk among Nebbiolo vineyards, from which Barolo wine is produced, thus making participants enjoy a wine tasting experience in a wine cellar, accompanied by traditional local food products.
In the afternoon, visitors can trek to Roero, a land made of rocks and sand, stopping off in Vezza to taste Arneis DOCG wine, and in Govone to visit its castle, one of the Sabaudian Residences listed in the “Corona di delizie” tourist circuit including local royal residences, as well as among World Heritage Sites. In the castle, the most precious Chinese rooms in Piedmont are preserved, whose tapestries made of rice paper depict habits and traditions from ancient China, while its gardens are coloured by tulips and ancient roses.
Price per person from 10 participants: Hotel 3 stars:€ 500
Included: 2 B/B, 2 dinners in traditional restaurants, 3 lunches drink included, visit and wine tastings in a cellar, Guide, Insurance and organization