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Benevello is a one-road village that snakes its way through some of the most foodie-friendly countryside in Italy.
On the surface, it’s an unassuming place. A smattering of trattorias squeeze between well-worn houses with wrought-iron Juliet balconies. And the little piazza stars the Parrocchia di Benevello – an antique church with copper and gold brickwork.
Dig a little deeper, and you’ll discover that Benevello is one of the most exclusive foodie hideouts in Italy. The restaurants might look homely, but the chefs are award-winning. The risotto is some of the best on the planet and plates often look too good to eat.
Relais & Châteaux and Michelin have a foothold here too, so the handful of hotels in town are seriously luxurious (we’ve handpicked a converted 19th-century farmhouse with wide-open country views for our collection). Benevello’s foodie credentials don’t stop there, either. It’s the first village in the rippling hills of the Langhe – one of the top wine-making regions in Italy.
Fancy a change of pace? Head for the cathedrals, markets, wine bars and Michelin restaurants of Alba. This little city is only a 20-minute drive away from Benevello. Bra – home of the Slow Food movement – is just up the road, too.
The easiest way to get to Benevello from Turin Airport is by car – it takes around an hour and 40 minutes. Prefer public transport? It’s possible to travel to Benevello using a combination of trains, metros and buses, but it’s a complicated route that can take the best part of the day, so we’d recommend car hire or a private transfer.
Go wine-tasting in the Langhe
The Langhe (Alta Lange) region ripples out from Benevello. It’s a hilly landscape of vineyards, forests, villages and hazelnut groves – and it’s all a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In fact, experts see the wineries here as blueprints for the perfect European vineyard.
If you try only one thing, make it the local tipple. Everyone from award-winning wineries to off-road farmhouses produce Barolo DOCG – one of the most famous wines in Italy. Try the warming Langhe Nebbiolo red or the fruity Langhe rosato.
Most villages in the Langhe feature a top-notch trattoria, and many come with a Michelin star or two. That means it’s easy to match the wine with a platter of local cheeses, nuts and white truffles.