Piedmont walking tour itinerary

Day 1

You will be taken by private transfer from Turin to beautiful Alba, 95 kilometres south.  The plan of the historic centre of Alba reflects its Roman origins (an orderly grid tucked behind defensive walls) while its narrow streets are decidedly medieval, complete with a five brick tower-houses that date from the 13th century.  Your accommodation is in a traditional hotel (opened in 1866) in the historic centre of the town.

Day 2

You leave Alba heading south-west, passing the Ferrero chocolate factory (home of Nutella) and then follow an easy path along the left bank of the Tanaro River, before turning south and climbing up to a small hilltop village that is famous for its.  The second half of the walk takes you through vineyards to another lovely hilltop town, with a ruined castle from where you have a breathtaking view south over all the Langhe hills. 4 hrs 14 kms.

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Day 3

Today’s walk takes you through the heart of Barolo country following lanes that cut through the middle of the some of the finest and most famous vineyards in Italy such as ‘Cannubi’ and ‘Sori’, passing through the town of Barolo itself (where you can have lunch and visit one of the cantine and/or its Oenological Museum).  After passing through more vineyards, you arrive at another charming hilltop town.  3.5 hrs 13 kms.

Day 4

Today’s walk takes you out of the wine growing area and into the Alta Langhe, the slightly ‘wilder’ (relatively!) part of the district which is characterised by steeper hills, hazelnut and fruit orchards and tracts of chestnut forests. Although there are a couple of hills, today’s walk is quite short which will leave you time to explore the interesting places you are pass, including the very interesting castle with time for a light lunch as well. 2.5 hrs 9 kms

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Day 5

The walk today takes heads north following a ridge above the Belbo River, passing though long tracts of forest and orchards with extensive views south over the Alta Langhe.  It passes through a number of small villages where you can break for lunch. 4.5 hrs  19 kms (please note, this walk can be shortened).

Day 6

Leaving your accommodation the trail further along the ridge through forests and orchards, passing close to Santo Stefano Belbo, the home of one of the Langhe’s favourite sons: Cesare Pavese (1908 to 1950).  A poet, novelist, critic and translator who is considered one of Italy’s major 20th century writers.  The second part of today’s walk takes you back into the sweet rolling hills of the wine country, through vineyards dedicated to Barbaresco, a light version of Barolo, to one of the prettiest and best preserved villages in the area.  5 hrs  17kms (please note, this walk can be shortened).

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Day 7

The last walk of your visit takes you back to Alba.  It loops around through more vineyards, passing a number of settlements, including the town of Barbaresco itself, before entering forest and following the banks of the Tanaro River along a trail that is dedicated to Beppe Fenoglio (1922 to 1963), another beloved local writer who fought the German occupation during World War II.  Your last night is spent in Alba.  11.5 kms 3 hrs.

Day 8

After breakfast, you will be taken by private vehicle back to Turin, 95 kilometres to the north.

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This 8 day/7 nights walk explores Alba and the Langhe

  • Cost

    $2,050

    per person
  • Private transfer to and from Turin at the beginning and end of the tour
  • Seven nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Reading lists and historical and cultural notes
  • Maps and detailed walking instructions
  • Daily transfers of baggage between hotels each morning
  • 24 hour backup from our operations manager

Cost Options

$2050 B&B only p/p

or

$2450 with dinners included p/p

Single supplement: $550


5% discount applies when booking for a group 4 or more

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We are just back from a terrific five weeks in Europe. As you know, we have walked with probably a dozen walking companies and we would rate Hidden Italy up there with the best. I would not hesitate in recommending the Piedmont walk.

– GL, Alba and Le Langhe 2017

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