Piedmont a Piedi
Our tour of Piedmont unveils a region that has achieved the status of gastronomic and enological perfection. Considered Italy’s greatest single wine region, the most important and distinct vineyard centers of Acqui Terme, and Alba in Piedmont serve as the focal points of our tour. At our exclusive winery visits, local experts discuss the tradition of winemaking and the nuances of the area’s many microclimates that give the wine their prized sophistication. We also visit some important “enoteche” (wine showrooms) housed in historic buildings. With great wine comes delightfully paired cuisine; the cuisine of Piedmont is a blend of Northern Italian and French influences, with the truffle and mushrooms as seasonal key players.*
*2017 trip dates TBD
- Explore on foot the region where Slow Food movement started
- Experienc a very different landscape every day, from the geometric vineyards of Barolo and Barbaresco to the wild lands of Langa astigiana
- Discover art treasures hidden in small villages
- Meet local producers and friends
- Hike on forgotten trails without the crowds of the “beaten path”
Day by Day
Benvenuto ab Alba!
Welcome to Alba! Alba is also called the "city of 100 towers" and, even if the towers left are not that many, it still has a tangible medieval charm in the pedestrian-only town center. In the late afternoon, a local guide will introduce us to the most significant monument in town.
From Barolo, our hike will embrace the different ridges and villages where the king of Italian wines originates: La Morra, Barolo, Monforte, Serralunga and Grinzane. During this season, it is very likely that we will meet a “trifulau,” or truffle hunter, searching for the delicious underground mushrooms.
Today, our planned route is connected by some of the most famous vineyards in the world. As we continue on our path, we discover the grapes of greater fame. We’ll end up in Barbaresco, origin of the wine of the same name. Before a delicious lunch here, we will sample some delicious wines along the way to whet our palettes. Dinner is on your own in Alba.
The day starts with a quick shuttle to the tiny village of San Giorgio Scarampi for a wonderful hike that embraces the hills of “Langa Astigiana” The area is rich with monuments (the “Cinque Torri” or Five Towers), small rocky villages nested on hilltops, and a unique local production of goat cheese, protected by the Slow Food movement: the “Robiola di Roccaverano”
Explore the wonderful wine area near the province of Asti, famous for its Barbera and Moscato. Our planned lunch is a very special one as it will be the harvest season, as we join the Chiappone family of winemakers for a special harvest feast. After our return to Acqui Terme, our private, guided walking tour will give you an insider’s look at this quaint city. Enjoy dinner on your own in one of Acqui’s many restaurants.
Around 9 a.m. after breakfast, we provide a group shuttle to the train station in Acqui Terme. Your guides are happy to assist in any post-tour arrangements or in extending your stay in the area.
- Ciclismo shirt and water bottle
On The Tour
- Service of a local, professional guide throughout the program
- Walking stick
- Wine tasting
Accommodations & Meals
- All accommodations
- All breakfasts
- 2 lunches
- 2 dinners
Here’s a sampling of some of the amazing places you’ll stay on your journey.
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Hotel Calissano was built on Luigi Calissano's historic wine cellars and brings a blend of history and modern technology, suitable to anyone’s needs or desires. Additionally, this 4-star accommodation offers sophisticated restaurants and cuisines ideal for a foodie!
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Hotel Roma Imperiale
Hotel Roma Imperiale is a 4-star hotel that provides an elegant and tranquil setting for your stay in Acqui Terme. This 19th-century villa has an outdoor pool, a luxurious beauty center, and a fine restaurant.
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