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Tour Description

  • 8 days
  • selfguided
  • tour

Our Piedmont walking tour takes you from Barbaresco to Barolo, and enjoys the very best of the Piedmontese countryside. With hikes of up to five hours a day, you will trace a route through vineyards, hazelnut groves and hilltop medieval villages. There is plenty of opportunity to have a little taste of the region, too (Piedmont is one of Italy's most food-focused areas). Enjoy stops to try local truffles and cheeses, hearty risottos to refuel at the end of the day, and pit-stops at wineries – Barolo is home to one of the world’s most famous wines.

Difficulty level: 2/4.

Whats Included:

•    Accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
•    Luggage transfer between hotels
•    Opportunity to go wine tasting
•    Detailed route descriptions as well as detailed travel documents
•    Access to a service hotline

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At a glance
  • Eight-day walking tour
  • Explore the gorgeous Piedmontese countryside
  • Wine-tasting in world-famous Barolo
  • Rest stops in idyllic villages and hamlets

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: UK – Alba

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Map of Day 1: UK – Alba

Arriving into Alba, we'd suggest a leisurely stroll to discover the charms of this medieval town. Renowned for being a truffle metropolis, the town is also home to grand palaces and towers. Wander the cobbled streets and you'll come across the 12th-century cathedral - with its mix of Gothic and Romanesque architecture, it's well worth seeing. 

Day 2: Alba – Treiso

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Map of Day 2: Alba – Treiso

Today you discover Treiso. Your first walk will be along the river Tanaro to Barbaresco. This stroll is a comfortable one and your first introduction to the wine of this region. Don’t leave without sampling Barolo’s 'little brother' (a robust red wine made with Nebbiolo grapes). You can find it in the Enoteca Regionale, located in a converted church called San Donato.

Continue with walks through the vast, vineyard-striped countryside of the Langhe region before reaching photo-worthy Neive. Tonight you will spend the night in the village of Treiso, once a popular holiday spot for the Romans.

Walking time approx. 4.5 hours. Distance 16km. Elevation +610m / -370m. 

Day 3: Treiso – Cravanzana

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Map of Day 3: Treiso – Cravanzana

Start off with a stroll along the Rocche dei Sette Fratelli, a beautiful gorge that winds between vineyards. This will lead you to  the charming hamlet of Canta, where you'll have the chance to rest up and grab a bite to eat.

Back on the move, you'll make your way towards San Bovo - keep your camera handy as you'll have some spectacular views along the route. Next up is Castino, set on top of a hill in between two river valleys (Bormida and Belbo). From here, follow the 'truffle grove', which takes you through the chestnut and hazelnut trees to Cravanzana.

Walking time approx. 5 hours. Distance 17km. Elevation +430m / -520m.

Day 4: Cravanzana – Bossolasco

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Map of Day 4: Cravanzana – Bossolasco

Today you’ll leave the hazelnut groves behind and follow a route through the Belbo River valley to the medieval village of Niella Belbo. From here, the path becomes a little hillier, offering up views of sleepy villages and forgotten ruins as you make your way to San Benedetto. This peaceful hamlet sits on a slope surrounded by forest and vineyard-cloaked hills, and looks down to a lake of the same name. A short transfer from here will take you to your stop for the night, the quaint village of Bossolasco. 

Walking time approx. 4.5 hours. Distance 16km. Elevation +380m / -370m. 

Day 5: Bossolasco – Serralunga d’Alba/Sinio

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Map of Day 5: Bossolasco – Serralunga d’Alba/Sinio

Start today off with a good breakfast in preparation for a slightly hilly start. It’ll be worth it, though, as your walk will take you back into Piedmont’s famous hazelnut groves towards the little village of Serravalle Langhe. Have a quick stop to admire the village’s chapel (which dates back to the 13th century) and the frescoes inside the Oratory of San Michele. To the west of the village, you’ll be able to see snow-capped mountains in the distance. 

Continue on through neat vineyards as you zig-zag your way to Roddino. Stop off for some lunch and a look at the church, before walking the final stretch to picturesque Sinio and the nearby village of Serralunga d’Alba, where narrow streets snake uphill to a medieval castle. You’ll find a number of enotecas here where you can sample locally produced wines, as well as authentic trattorias for a delicious dinner. 

Walking time approx. 5.5 hours. Distance 17km. Elevation +280m / -990m. 

Day 6: Serralunga d’Alba/Sinio – Barolo

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Map of Day 6: Serralunga d’Alba/Sinio – Barolo

This morning, lace up your boots for an easy walk through wild forests and more hazelnut groves to the ancient fortified town of Monforte d’Alba, one of Piedmont’s prettiest spots. The town is home to cobbled lanes, charming restaurants and not-to-be-missed wine shops, plus the impressive Scarampi Palace. Make sure you walk right up to the top of town for widescreen views over the hills and vineyards to the mountains beyond.  

From here, you’ll wind your way through the countryside to Barolo, where you’ll enjoy a tasting of the village’s world-famous wines – the perfect way to toast the end of another spectacular day. 

Walking time approx. 4.5 hours. Distance 16km. Elevation +590m / 640m. 

Day 7: Barolo – Alba

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Map of Day 7: Barolo – Alba

Today, your route begins by taking you through vineyards which produce some of the best wines in the world. Your first stop will be the idyllic village of La Morra, known as the ‘balcony of Langhe‘ for its panoramic views over Barolo‘s pinstripe vineyards. On a clear day, you’ll be able to see as far as the Alps and Monte Viso, too. The final leg of your Piedmont walking tour will lead you back to your starting point of Alba, passing the historic castles of Verduno and Roddi along the way. 

Walking time approx. 4.5 hours. Distance 12km. Elevation +320m / -370m. 

Day 8: Alba – UK

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Map of Day 8: Alba – UK

Today you wave goodbye to the gorgeous Piedmont region, and give your legs a rest as you head back to the UK. 

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What's included?

•    Accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
•    Luggage transfer between hotels
•    Opportunity to go wine tasting
•    Detailed route descriptions as well as detailed travel documents
•    Access to a service hotline

 

Flight Information

To visit Piedmont, we recommend flying to Turin or Milan. Direct flights to Turin-Caselle airport (TRN) are available from Bristol, Leeds, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle and take approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. Direct flights to Milan Malpensa (MXP) are available from Birmingham, Edinburgh, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, London Stansted and Manchester and take approximately 2 hours. Direct flights to Milan Bergamo (BGY) are available from London Stansted, Bristol, Manchester, East Midlands and Belfast and take approximately 2 hours.