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.
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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.
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