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Italy's Piedmont 8-day Self-guided Walking Tour Level 2
The Piedmont is Italy’s second biggest region and could not be more multi-faceted. Pure bliss while you explore the Langhe region during your walks, but there is more – such as the varied nature landscape of the unmistakable line of hills covered with vineyards as far as the eye can see. This is the spot where the world’s finest and most expensive wines are grown and there are plenty of opportunities to sample some of them in the numerous wine stores all located in historic buildings. Culturally the Piedmont region is just as diverse and has a lot to offer, starting with numerous historic places and the medieval villages situated on small hills between picturesque valleys are especially attractive. Finally the culinary side of this region makes it of course a special hotspot: truffles, risotto and cheese topped off by delicious wine and a little piece of ‚Nocciola di Piedmonte’ – experience walking bliss in paradise!
The terrain is hilly and the route leads through vineyards and forests. Daily walking tours vary in walking times and can last up to 6 hours. The route leads you along walking paths alternating with mule tracks, gravel paths and in parts along asphalted sections. A good basic fitness level is required, so you can thoroughly enjoy the wonderful views from the medieval villages towering over the valley.
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Individual journey to Alba
Welcome to the truffel-metropolis! This medieval town with its oppulent palaces and towers (‚city of the one hundred towers’) invites you to a stroll.
Alba – Treiso
You comfortably walk along the river Tanaro to Barbareso, the first ‚wine metropolis’ of your walking tour. In Barbaresco everything revolves around splendid wine, we suggest you sample ‚Barolo’s little brother’ in the Enoteca Regionale located in the converted church San Donato. The route leads you through the typical landscape of the Langhe region along vast vineyards into picturesque Neive. You spend the night in Treiso, situated in the centre of the Langa del Barbaresco, this village has already been popular as a holiday destination by the Romans. Walking time: approx. 4.5 hours. Details: approx. 16 km, +620 m / -380 m
Treiso – Cravanzana
On your way to the hamlet of Canta you walk along the Rocche di Sette Fratelli, a deep gorge situated between soft vineyards. Then you continue towards San Bovo enjoying marvellous panoramic views and finally reach the flower village of Castino, located onto top of a hill between the Bormida and Belbo river valleys. In the Middle Ages it was an affluent focal point with three monasteries and today you can marvel at the first truffle grove for tourists in this region. The route leads you along the ridge of a hill in between chestnut- and hazelnut trees down to Cravanzana. Walking time: approx. 5 hours. Details: approx. 17 km, +430 m / -530 m
Cravanzana – Bossolasco
From the heart of hazelnut growing, the route takes you on slightly hilly terrain through the upper Belbo-river valley, well-known for potato growing via Feisoglio to Niella Belbo. The architectural style of this medieval village was shaped by Napoleon’s march through, hence the byname ‚dei francesci’. After a range of hills with marvellous views onto sleepy little villages and old ruins, you reach San Benedetto. Short transfer to the well-known flower villlage of Bossolasco. Walking time: approx. 4.5 hours. Details: approx. 16 km, +380 m / -370 m
Bossolasco – Serralunga d`Alba/Sinio
Today the terrain is initially hilly, and accompanied by hazelnut groves you reach the little village of Serravalle Langhe. Then onwards through the Bric della Vacca and vineyards to Roddino. After a short rest at the Church of St. Mary your next Day Finish is the medieval farming village of Sinio. Wine is back! The path snakes uphill to the village and the medieval castle of Serralunga d'Alba. Walking time: approx. 5.5 hours. Details: approx. 17 km, +280 m / -1025 m
Serralunga d`Alba/Sinio - Barolo
Today’s route leads you through light hazelnut groves and wild forests into the magically situated Monforte d´Alba. The impressive campanile and Scrampi palace can already be seen from afar. In medieval Monforte we recommend a stroll through the little alleyways and a snack in the numerous restaurants and wine stores. You continue your tour with ecstasizing views into the valley, yet another enchanting gem on your tour through the Piedmont. Day Finish is the world-famous wine village of Barolo with a marvellous wine-tasting. Walking time: approx. 4.5 hours. Details: approx. 16 km, +590 m / -640 m
Barolo - Alba
Walking through the vineyards of the best wines in the world you continue your tour to the idyllic village La Morra, best-know as the ‚balcony of Langhe’. One last time enjoy the impressive panorama onto the entire Barolo region, on a clear day you can even see as far as the Alps and Monte Viso. En route back to Alba you pass the castles of Verduno and Roddi. Walking time: approx. 5 hours. Details: approx. 12 km, +320 m / -380 m
Individual departure or extra days
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