Italy: Piedmont

Guided Walking Tour, Italy: PiedmontGuided Walking Tour, Italy: Piedmont




In Piedmont, rolling countryside, sun-swept vineyards, and breezy orchards contrast beautifully with the snowcapped majesty of the Alps. A walk through this spectacular region presents medieval castles and fortified villages along with gourmet restaurants and artisanal cheese-makers—no wonder the Slow Food movement started here! Take your time savoring Piedmontese delicacies in a hands-on cooking class at a traditional farmhouse in Roero or sipping world-re­nowned vintages at the famed Marchesi di Barolo winery. Explore the 12th-century chapel of Santo Stefano in Perno, and then marvel at the colors in the surrounding hillsides, home to more than 43 different orchid varieties. Throughout this unforget­table experience, you’ll stay in unique lodgings, including a 17th-century farmhouse, an elegantly restored villa, and a former royal estate. Whether it's a truffle hunt on the outskirts of Alba to a cheese-making demonstration in Borgomale, the good life is just a few steps away in this less-traveled Italian destination.

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3-6 miles daily
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  • Two expert, local guides (for groups of 8 or more), with you 24/7
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Day 1


Meet in Turin. Walking tour of Turin; 3-3.5 hours, easy. Transfer to Pollenzo

After a brief welcome meeting in Turin at a centrally located historical hotel you set off on a walking tour of the city known as the “Capital of the Alps.” Departing the hotel on foot, you walk east towards the city’s largest park, the Parco del Valentino located on the Po River, where riverside trails lead to the Ponte Umberto, a bridge across the Po near the base of the Monte dei Cappuccini, a small “mountain” in the city. An approximate 500-foot ascent winds to the summit, which is crowned with a lovely church and features panoramic views of the city and the majestic Alps in the distance. Descending back to the riverside, you continue walking north to the Ponte Vittorio Emanuele; crossing this bridge you soon arrive at the grand Piazza Vittorio Veneto, one of Turin’s largest piazzas. From the square you follow the Via Po to the Piazza Castello, with the cathedral, the Palazzo Madama (where ancient Roman ruins can be viewed under glass floors), several museums, and many shops and restaurants. You stop for lunch at one of Turin’s classic old-world-style restaurants.

Mid-afternoon, an hour transfer brings you to the town of Pollenzo—not far from the town of Bra, the Italian base of the international Slow Food movement—and your home for the first two nights of the tour. The neo-Gothic country estate of King Carlo Alberto of Savoy has been restored into a sprawling four-star hotel with extensive grounds, outdoor swimming pool, and indoor spa. The complex also includes the University of Gastronomic Sciences, the Wine Bank, and Ristorante Guido, all of which have been conceived and developed by the Slow Food organization. With a mission that is in contrast to “fast food,” the Slow Food movement is dedicated to preserving and promoting agricultural and culinary traditions particular to a region. Initiated in Italy, with its centuries-old practices, the movement has spread throughout Europe and North America. The university at Pollenzo is an international training and data center for preserving and disseminating the organic agricultural practices encouraged by the Slow Food movement. The Wine Bank is a depository of all Italian wines, conceived as an archive of the wines of all regions to create a “historical memory” of Italy’s finest wines, housed in the historic 19th-century cellars of the royal estate.

Following a welcome aperitivo and tour of the Wine Bank, a short drive to the nearby medieval town of Cherasco brings you to a charming osteria that welcomes you with the best local ingredients in traditional Piedmontese dishes.

Albergo dell’Agenzia

The historical country estate of King Carlo Alberto of Savoy restored into a four-star hotel with extensive grounds, outdoor swimming pool, and indoor spa. The complex also houses the University of Gastronomic Sciences, the Italian Wine Bank, and Ristorante Guido.

Day 2


Montemarino to Borgomale; 4 miles, easy. Visit and lunch with a cheesemaker. Roddi to Pollenzo; 3 miles, easy

After a copious buffet breakfast complete with organic juices, you embark with a 45-minute minibus transfer to the trailhead, just outside the small hamlet of Montemarino, one of the 21 villages that make up the Alta Langa (Upper Langhe), an area of high, rugged hills where the vineyards—mainly planted with Dolcetto grapes—alternate with chestnut and hazelnut groves and pastureland. You are joined by an expert local truffle hunter who shares his secrets of hunting for the delectable mushroom, looking for clues such as certain types of trees, leaf litter, amount of sunlight and moisture, etc. You follow a quiet dirt road used by farmers to reach their hillside vineyards and plots. The trail gradually climbs through a forest of oak, chestnuts, and the pino silvestre, the Langhe’s only native pine, and you soon reach open meadows with sweeping views. Threading along a ridgetop trail you may spot wildflowers native to this area, as well as fragrant thyme and rosemary. Reaching a high meadow with views of Borgomale, and the privately owned Borgomale Castle, on one side, and the Belbo valley on the other, you begin your descent to the Cascina Pistone just below the ridge.

You arrive on foot to a renovated farmhouse above the village of Borgomale, where a boundless panorama provides inspiration to a celebrated and passionate local cheesemaker. He gives a demonstration, explanation, and a tasting of some of the savory cheeses made from the milk of the long-eared Langhe sheep, a breed that is on the verge of extinction. After a light lunch, you are introduced to the Tonda Gentile delle Langhe, considered the best variety of hazelnuts in the world (and the prevalent crop of the Alta Langa) because of their intense aroma and flavor. A woman from the neighboring village of Bosia, who makes delicious tarts and desserts, brings over some of her dolce for a tasting.

A short transfer delivers you to the start of an easy afternoon walk along the banks of the Tanaro River and parallel canals, between the towns of Roddi and Pollenzo. The path winds past large agricultural fields and, across the fertile valley, you view the medieval hamlet of Santa Vittoria d’Alba with its towering red castle.

Late afternoon, you return by bus to your hotel, where there is time to relax, swim, or indulge in a massage (at your expense). Prior to dinner at your hotel’s restaurant, join your guide(s) for a walking tour of the property and town (and visit to the church and fascinating Roman ruins in Pollenzo). The menu tonight features, of course, the region’s wines and the freshest seasonal ingredients.

Albergo dell’Agenzia

The historical country estate of King Carlo Alberto of Savoy restored into a four-star hotel with extensive grounds, outdoor swimming pool, and indoor spa. The complex also houses the University of Gastronomic Sciences, the Italian Wine Bank, and Ristorante Guido.

Day 3


Treiso: The Rocche dei Sette Fratelli; 5-mile loop walk, easy to moderate. Transfer to Canale; optional walk in the grounds of Agriturismo Le Querce; 2.5 miles, easy to moderate

You bid ciao to Pollenzo this morning and set off for a day of fun-filled activities. A short transfer brings you to the hilltop town of Treiso, located in the heart of the Barbaresco wine-making region. From the town’s main piazza and Baroque parish church, you set off on a two-hour morning walk winding through pear, peach, and apple orchards, as well as vineyards producing the Nebbiolo grapes from which the renowned Barbaresco wine is made. Along the way, you are rewarded with sweeping views of the entire Barbaresco region, including the towns of Neive, Neviglie, Barbaresco, and Alba. You arrive at the Rocche dei Sette Fratelli, a series of canyons resulting in a huge natural amphitheater, and learn about the local legend of seven blasphemous brothers who, struck by divine fury, fell to their death here.

A short drive delivers you to the Agriturismo Casa Scaparone, located just outside the town of Alba. The rambling stone farmhouse, dating back 500 years, has been lovingly restored by husband-and-wife team Battista and Alessandra Cornaglia. Today, the self-sufficient farm is home to fruit orchards, vineyards, terraced organic vegetable gardens, and a barn full of animals. A relaxing lunch here may feature homemade soup and frittatas made from the farm’s fresh vegetables.

Following lunch you transfer to your home for the next two nights—a 17th-century, family-owned farmhouse, nestled in cultivated fields and vineyards, in the heart of the Roero, and within the Natural Park of the Rocche. The park comprises a unique ecosystem and microclimate in which, because of its location and elevation, Mediterranean and alpine vegetation grow in proximity to one another. The area was also known for and enriched by the discovery of a vein of white salt with pharmaceutical properties called “Sal Canal.” Upon your arrival, there may be time for a dip in the outdoor swimming pool or an optional walk. Departing directly from the hilltop agriturismo, a path traverses the inn’s vineyards and overflowing peach, apricot, pear, and plum orchards. After a gradual climb you reach the Madonna di Loreto Church (opened only once a year, at Christmas) from where beautiful views open up on the forested hillsides and the inn’s vast vineyards.

This evening you gather in the hotel’s dining room for an aperitivo of local wines and cured ham and cheeses, before sitting down to dinner—perhaps an insalata del roero (walnuts, celery, and goat cheese), followed by homemade lasagna or risotto with porcini mushrooms.

Agriturismo Le Querce del Vareglio

Canale, Italy

A simple yet lovingly restored 17th-century traditional farmhouse and working farm located in a natural preserve with a swimming pool and network of walking trails.

Day 4


Natural Park of the Rocche: Il Sentiero del Lupo; 5.5-mile loop walk, easy to moderate. Optional afternoon walk: Il Sentiero del Castagno; 3.5 miles, easy to moderate, 600-ft. elevation gain and loss

After breakfast, which includes the inn’s homemade jams from its fruit trees, you transfer to the nearby village of Montà to set out on one of several trails that make up the “ecomuseum” of the Cliffs of Roero. A range of hills stretching out along the left bank of the Tanaro River beneath the plateaus of Turin and Fossano, the Roero is a landscape of steep hills and notably the “Rocche,” a distinctive line of rocks traversing the entire territory, from Pocapaglia to Montà.

The Rocche’s unique ecosystem, comprised of more than 950 plant species, is perfect for beekeeping and results in high-quality honey. Setting off from the outskirts of Montà, your walk along the sandy and semi-shaded “Wolf’s Trail” brings you to the home of a local beekeeper. Here you learn about the evolution of beekeeping over the centuries, how bees communicate and dance, and of course sample some honey and honey products. The natural methods used include cold extraction of the honey, which leaves the purest taste, allowing you to distinguish honey made from chestnut and cherry among other flowers.

Looping back towards Montà, the trail is framed by cherry trees and distant views of the Alps on a clear day. Transferring to the tranquil overlook at Sacro Monte dei Piloni, a picnic lunch of savory and sweet tarts and fresh fruit is unpacked. Afterwards you transfer back down to Montà for a stroll through town and a refreshing gelato. You may then choose to return to your hotel by bus to relax, or to continue directly from Montà along the “Chestnut Trail,” which leads you to a perfect panoramic viewpoint over the striking Rocche hills. According to local legend, at the bottom of a cliff there was a fountain of youth, called “dos” in the local dialect. One of the most noticeable natural features along the trail (and from which it takes its name) are the Roero chestnut trees, “chestnuts of the Madonna,” some of which are hundreds of years old. This particular species is prized both for the early ripening of its nuts in early autumn and for its ability to adapt to an altitude of 1,000 feet (a bit lower than other species). Historically crucial to the region’s rural economy, the chestnut was called the “plant of bread”—its fruit was once one of the main sources of food (prior to the arrival of potatoes from the “New World”) and its wood was an essential raw material. The path continues to Saint Nicolao, on an important bird migration route, and eventually leads you directly to your agriturismo hotel.

After some time to relax and refresh, you depart for an optional hands-on cooking lesson at Il Mongalletto, a traditional Roero farmhouse perched high on a hill with panoramic views over the castle and old town of Castellinaldo. For those who choose this option, you prepare several traditional Piedmontese dishes, with the expert assistance of Il Mongalletto’s chef. Dinner (for everyone) is a festive affair featuring the fruits of your (or your traveling companions’) labor.

Agriturismo Le Querce del Vareglio

Canale, Italy

A simple yet lovingly restored 17th-century traditional farmhouse and working farm located in a natural preserve with a swimming pool and network of walking trails.

Day 5

Monforte d’Alba

Diano d'Alba to Grinzane Cavour; 2 miles, easy. Visit of Grinzane Cavour castle. Castiglione Falletto to Monforte d'Alba; 5 miles, easy to moderate

This morning you leave the Roero and enjoy a scenic transfer into the heart of the Langhe region, the home of Barolo wine, which is a landscape of rolling vineyard-covered hills, topped by medieval villages and ancient fortresses, connected by a series of country roads and walking paths. The name “Langhe” has uncertain and ancient origins, some theories are “land of the Ligurians,” “the uncultivated land,” or “the tongues of land.”

Arriving at the pretty village of Diano d’Alba, you set off on a trail that connects to Grinzane Cavour and offers stunning views of the Alps. Descending steadily, you wind through vineyards (planted with the Dolcetto vines for which Diano is famous) and hazelnut cultivations. Sweeping views of the surrounding countryside and the impressive Grinzane castle, your morning’s final destination, reward your efforts.

Following a visit to the 13th-century castle where the famous truffle auction is held each fall, a short bus ride brings you to the village of Castiglione Falletto. Another hilltop wine-producing village, Castiglione Falletto is endowed with a castle with stark undecorated towers, striking in their austere beauty.

Lunch, which may include platters of local cured meats, frittata of the day, and a salad, awaits at a small family-run restaurant with a spectacular view over the surrounding countryside.

Fortified by lunch, you continue on foot to your final destination and home for two nights—Monforte d’Alba (for those who prefer to go directly to the hotel, a minibus transfer is provided). An easy descent along the paved road turns into a path that crosses vineyards and woods and emerges at a stream near a spring. The trail continues flat through more forest and then climbs steeply, eventually reaching the 12th-century chapel of Santo Stefano and later, the pretty village of Perno.

A final climb brings you to the entrance of your historical hotel, an 18th-century villa converted into a charming hotel just outside the ancient town walls. Upon settling into your inviting room, an independent evening of strolling and dining in Monforte—a charming village in which archaeological studies have uncovered traces of Neolithic as well as Roman settlements—awaits. Monforte owes its name to the walled castle that stood at the summit in the Middle Ages.

Villa Beccaris

Monforte d’Alba, Italy

With views over the villages of the Barolo region, this restored villa perched above the charming village of Monforte offers elegantly decorated rooms, a manicured park and gardens, and a sun-filled conservatory.

Day 6

Monforte d’Alba

Monforte to Barolo; 3.5 miles, easy. Wine tasting at Marchesi di Barolo Castello di Barolo. La Morra to Barolo; 3.5 miles, easy to moderate

After an espresso or cappuccino and enticing buffet breakfast, you may choose to arrange an optional early-morning hot-air balloon ride (at your own expense: approximately 210 euros per person, with a minimum of 2 people) prior to the morning’s walk. Setting off on foot from your hotel, today’s trails venture through the heart of Barolo country. From the historic center of Monforte, the panoramic path leads down the valley towards Novello, one of the 11 Barolo wine-producing villages, through vineyards, and on to Barolo—the town that gave its name to the world-renowned wine. Unlike most of the wine-producing villages, Barolo is not perched on a hilltop but rather lies relatively low in the valley. The name is thought to derive from the Celtic bas reul, meaning “low place.”

Arriving at the historical Marchesi di Barolo winery, we are welcomed for a tour and tasting. The “king of wines and wine of kings” according to the Piedmontese, Barolo is made from the Nebbiolo grape, and its production is centered in the towns you have been walking to and from: Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, Monforte d’Alba, and Serralunga d’Alba. During your tour you learn about the unique terroir—the soil and climate—the wine’s production, refined and intense taste, and its relatively long aging process. The historical family-run winery is considered one of the founding Barolo vineyards.

By midday, a short transfer brings you to the town of La Morra, known as “the terrace of the Langhe,” and a small family-run agricultural mill, the Mulino Sobrino. You are taken through the mill and introduced to traditional milling methods and antique machinery, including a stone to grind vintage varieties of locally grown wheat and grains into organic flour and cereals. The tour concludes with a light lunch featuring the mill’s own flours, either at the mill itself or at a nearby osteria.

This afternoon’s walk leads from La Morra back to Barolo, and offers a different perspective of the heart of this area. Passing through the “main cru” vineyards of Barolo, you will see Castello della Volta, a privately owned 13th-century manor house, before arriving in Barolo. Here you are able to enjoy some free time to explore the village or go for a gelato or coffee at one of the town’s many cafés. A short transfer returns you to your hotel, where you have time to relax before a festive farewell dinner to toast the week’s adventures in the hotel’s “Limonaia”—an attached greenhouse conservatory.

Villa Beccaris

Monforte d’Alba, Italy

With views over the villages of the Barolo region, this restored villa perched above the charming village of Monforte offers elegantly decorated rooms, a manicured park and gardens, and a sun-filled conservatory.

Day 7

Monforte d’Alba

Visit to Alba. Departure from Turin

Your last morning in this special region includes a visit to Alba, the truffle “capital,” where the outdoor market and shops are brimming with local specialties. There is free time to browse or visit its 13th-century town hall or cathedral built over the 12th to 15th centuries, before continuing on to Turin, where you bid farewell to newfound friends.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience. If you are currently booked on a Country Walkers adventure, an itinerary has been sent to you for your exact departure date. Please call Country Walkers at 800.464.9255 if you have any questions about the exact itinerary or hotels selected for any of our tours.


Francesca Assandri

A native of Genoa, with Piedmontese ancestry, Francesca's enthusiasm for Italy is contagious. A certified guide of Liguria, Francesca generously shares her knowledge of the geological features of Liguria and Piedmont and her passion for the local cuisine and customs. With a degree in geology from the University of Genoa, her ‘other’ career has taken her as far away as Texas, working for an offshore oil company.

Gianni Stanghellini

Gianni was born in Siena, where he earned a Ph.D. in polar sciences (geology). As a certified walking guide, he enjoys sharing his knowledge about the Tuscan and Piedmontese countryside and its beautiful villages with visitors. When not guiding our tours in Tuscany and Piedmont, he is a talented jazz musician, playing both sax and flute!

Alessandro Pini

Alessandro makes his home in both Milan and his native Lake Como. Having studied art history, literature, and languages, Alessandro is a certified professional guide in Milan, the Italian Lakes, and Lombardy region. Fluent in English and German, he is a true Renaissance man who is passionate about sharing his knowledge of Italy with guests on our Piedmont, Tuscany, and Italian Lakes tours.

Christopher Wellington

Having lived in Italy for more than thirty years, Christopher combines a deep love of his adopted country with wide-ranging knowledge of its past and present. A history graduate of Cambridge, he taught English and religion before moving into guiding. He is fascinated by the art and architecture of Italy, and how it has grown out of the countryside and life of the people, the source, too, of his interest in the food and wine of each region. He guides in the Italian Lakes, Cinque Terre, and Piedmont.

Mirko Maggiani

Born in Genoa, Mirko Maggiani is a certified mountain guide with a degree in natural science. A passion for fine wine paired with a love of nature and local food make him the perfect companion on your Country Walkers adventure in the Piedmont region of Italy. When not guiding, you can find Mirko sailing the seas along the coast of his native Italy.

Guest Comments

J, Nicoli, California, May 2014

Francesca our guide, an absolute treasure. What a fabulous trip.

B. Jacobs, Maryland, June 2014

This trip was one of our best walking trips (roughly 20 of them).

B. & N. Douglas, Virginia, July 2014

The best of our three Country Walkers Hiking Tours...

A. & M. Scholz, Montana, October 2012

Very well organized, great food/wine, diverse and interesting activities combined with our walking thru the amazing countryside of Piedmont. Just loved it! Our guides, Francesca and Alessandro, were amazing! They were always attentive to our needs--they were informative, delightful and fun! Obviously, Italy/Piedmont is beautiful and enjoyable, but our guides made the trip so much more pleasurable.

H. Plott, Virginia, June 2013

A wonderful tour—many varied activities and still enough walking AND time to relax! A really nice agenda and pace. Great food and wine too!

B. Stenman, Oregon, May 2012

This was our 5th Country Walkers trip and one of the best! The guides, countryside, food, and hotels were all superb!

S. Bagnato, Virginia, May 8, 2011

The guides were great. The locale is wonderful. it was lovely and I wouldn’t change a thing!

J. Bartholdi, Georgia, May 2012

This is my first trip in which I was "taken care of", and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I will be back for more. By not having to worry about logistics, I was free to focus on the experience.

C. Bergum, Montana, October 2011

We were impressed―delighted by every aspect of our tour. Our guides were charming, competent, and well-informed. The hotels and food wonderful, the walks a great chance to be part of the country―to see it in a way we never could have on our own.

D. Dejmal, Colorado, September 2011

Visiting the locals was special…hunting for truffles, sampling fabulous cheeses, cooking lessons with a local chef. Piemonte is beautiful and the cuisine is delicious. Spending time in Piemonte was especially enjoyable in the company of our guide, Gianni, who shared his knowledge and love of the country with us. We were privileged to not only have a great guide but a geologist and musician as well.

D. & T. Harward, North Carolina, September 2011

Food and wine were spectacular, guides were very informative, and we made some great new friends. As usual, accommodations were perfect. Especially enjoyed the two wine tastings, lunch with the cheesemaker, hunting for truffles, visiting the bee keeper and having lunch at the mill!

A. Hayes, New York, October 2011

We laughed, we shared, and we enjoyed fabulous meals, gorgeous scenery, and great wines. I especially enjoyed the local Slow Food movement.

R. & L. Hull, North Carolina, September 2011

We enjoyed hiking through the vineyards from hilltop town to hilltop town. One could not ask for a more enjoyable experience. The views were amazing.

A. Iverson, Texas, September 2011

An educational, entertaining and all-around fun food and wine experience by foot.

S. Kehrli, California, May 2011

Wonderful guides, delicious food and wine, and unexpectedly delightful visits with locals. Great travelers!

R. Rearden, Texas, May 2011

Fabulous food! The cooking class where we made portions of our dinner was fantastic!

T. & B. Sheiner, Westmount, Quebec, October 2011

The wonderful guides, the congeniality of the group, the itinerary, the food and wine―and most of all―the laughter―all helped to make this experience a perfect one.

J. Sterett-Stenman, Oregon, May 2012

I love being guided in a country by locals who know the terrain, the food, the people to meet and sights we would have missed had we been on our own.

T. Vinson, Texas, May 2012

Francesca, the tour guide was extremely good on this trip. She knew answers to all the questions, and if not she had a smartphone to access the internet to retrieve them. It was a small group (4) and we all got along quite well. Lodging once again were not only very nice, but even better, they were very unique, as usual. Weather was also perfect.

B. Wolf, Washington DC, October 2012

Great food, wine, scenery, hikes, other activities, and hotels. Superb guides. This was my third tour with Alessandro Pini, who in my opinion personifies the platinum standard for guides, a standard that Francesca Assandri handily meets.

K. Odean & R. Cheit, Rhode Island, May 2012

This trip was wonderful. The guides, Alessandro and Gianni, were excellent: professional, knowledgeable, thoughtful, and charming. The meals, hotels, walking and scenery were even better than I had hoped. We met some truly interesting fellow walkers with whom we'll keep in touch. We also especially enjoyed meeting the artisan cheese maker, the beekeeper, the local musicians, and the student at the Slow Food Institute. In short, a great experience for our first CW trip.

J. & W. Reed, Montana, October 2012

Very well organized, great food/wine, diverse and interesting activities combined with our walking thru the amazing countryside of Piedmont. Just loved it! Our guides, Francesca and Alessandro, were amazing! They were always attentive to our needs--they were informative, delightful and fun! Obviously, Italy/Piedmont is beautiful and enjoyable, but our guides made the trip so much more pleasurable.