Italy: Piedmont Langhe Region

Guided Walking Tour, Italy: Piedmont Langhe RegionGuided Walking Tour, Italy: Piedmont Langhe Region

Italy

Piedmont Langhe Region

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The gentle hills and villas of Italy’s Piedmont region provide the perfect cycling destination. Its vineyards and trattorias will tempt you to slow down and savor everything along the way—the perfect scenario for a self-guided tour. With the Alps highlighting nearly every view, you’ll ride from Treiso, once the summer retreat of Alba’s nobility, to the Tanaro River, where herons glide and fishermen gather. After stopping for a cheese tasting in a historic piazza, continue on to Alba’s narrow alleyways (don’t forget to sample its renowned chocolate), and visit Barolo, home of Marchesi Falletti’s 11th-century castle and some of the world’s great wines. In Barbaresco, enjoy local wines at an enoteca with 120 varieties, while Asti’s sparkling white Muscats will earn your praises. HeadwaterFrom Acqui Terme, where the hot springs of Roman-era spas soothe the body and a thousand-year-old cathedral inspires the soul, to Neive, a first-century village officially cited as one of Italy’s loveliest, it seems there’s no end to the history and the beauty that awaits here.

2014 Downloadable Itinerary

Activity Level
Moderate; 13-26 miles daily
Meet
Turin, Italy
Depart
Turin, Italy
Reading List
Recommended
pre-trip reading
Self-Guided Biking 
9 days, 8 nights Trip Includes 

Trip Includes

  • Breakfast and dinner daily; beverages not Included
  • All accommodations while on tour
  • Local transfers as noted in the itinerary
  • Luggage transfers between the hotels
  • Detailed route notes and maps
  • High quality bicycle with 21-speed Shimano gears (helmet not provided), tire repair kit, lock, map/route note holder, and panniers
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the Country Walkers and Headwater staff
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2014
May 11 - 31
$2,659
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$2,728
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July 2 - Aug 31
$2,907
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Sept 2- Oct 14
$2,959
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Itinerary and Accommodations

Days
Destination
1
Benevello
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2
Castiglione Tinella
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3
Castiglione Tinella
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4
Grinzane Cavour
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5
Grinzane Cavour
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6
Monforte d’Alba
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7
Monforte d’Alba
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8
Benevello
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Benevello
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Day 1

Benevello

Arrival at Benevello

We meet you at Turin airport and take you to your stunning hotel (1 hr 50 mins) just below Benevello. The chef here trained under Marco Pierre White so you’re in for a real treat!

Relais Villa d’Amelia

Benevello, Italy

A restored 19th-century villa (and a member of the “Small Luxury Hotels of the World”), just outside the village of Benevello. Guestrooms in this luxurious hotel are contemporary in design, with neutral colors, beech, and leather furnishings. Situated on a ridge among lush woods and Langa hazelnut groves over 2,000 feet in elevation, the site offers breathtaking views of the imposing Monviso Alps, and the nearby hamlet of Manera has several shops and restaurants.

Day 2

Castiglione Tinella

Benevello to Castiglione Tinella 35km/22mi

A perfect start with a gentle ride along an open road with balcony views and hawks soaring high above the breathtaking Langhe countryside. You visit lovely Treiso, formerly a summer retreat for Alba’s noble families, before reaching Barbaresco for lunch and cheese-tasting in the piazza. Try some wine too in the enoteca, housed in a C19 church built by the locals in thanks for a good grape harvest! Time to visit Neive, officially one of Italy’s prettiest villages and home of Romano Levi, a renowned grappa maker, before a panoramic climb through Moscato vines to Claudia’s lovely hotel in Castiglione Tinella.

Albergo Castiglione

Castiglione Tinella, Italy

An intimate, family-run country-house hotel in the pleasant village of Castiglione Tinella. Comfortable rooms are individually decorated in pastel colors. A short walk from the hotel is a hilltop panoramic swimming pool, also with sauna and steam bath, with truly breathtaking 360-degree views, with the Alps in the distance, and on very clear days, views of Mont Blanc. Also with an original wine cellar where the owner’s Moscato d’Asti, one of the region’s best, can be tasted.

Day 3

Castiglione Tinella

At Castiglione Tinella

Castiglione is a great place to spend a lazy day, especially by our hotel’s panoramic pool. However, a short journey away is Acqui Terme, a spa town since Roman times, with two major thermal centers. Or head across to the spumante capital of Asti, with its quaint cobbled historic center—each September the main piazza is home to a crazy palio horse race to rival Siena’s!

Albergo Castiglione

Castiglione Tinella, Italy

An intimate, family-run country-house hotel in the pleasant village of Castiglione Tinella. Comfortable rooms are individually decorated in pastel colors. A short walk from the hotel is a hilltop panoramic swimming pool, also with sauna and steam bath, with truly breathtaking 360-degree views, with the Alps in the distance, and on very clear days, views of Mont Blanc. Also with an original wine cellar where the owner’s Moscato d’Asti, one of the region’s best, can be tasted.

Day 4

Grinzane Cavour

Castiglione Tinella to Grinzane Cavour 38km/24mi or 42km/26mi

The day starts with an exhilarating whizz through vineyards to Castagnole Lanze. Time to explore the cobbled streets and bustling piazze of chocolate-perfumed Alba (Ferrero Rocher come from here!). Then it’s on to Grinzane Cavour where a warm welcome awaits at the elegant Casa Pavesi.

Hotel Casa Pavesi

Grinzane Cavour, Italy

An elegantly restored four-star hotel located in the center of the hamlet of Grinzane Cavour. Individually decorated rooms are spacious and opulent. Two exposed-beam reading rooms have comfy inviting couches and a bar, and an outdoor terrace has broad views of the surrounding countryside. Grinzane Cavour is dominated by its elegant 11th-century castle, once the home of 19th-century politician Camillo Cavour and now Piedmont’s first regional wine cellar; tours and wine purchases are available.

Day 5

Grinzane Cavour

At Grinzane Cavour

Explore the castle—wine tasting on offer here too. Then perhaps visit nearby Bra, a gastronomic treasure trove where the Slow Food move ment was initiated—so plenty of choice for a long, lazy lunch! Lots to ex plore in the town too, including the C18 Rococo church and the strange octagonal Zizzola, where local witches held their meetings! For the best views in the region, walk or cycle to La Morra, “Balcony of the Langhe”, spread out along a panoramic ridge above the vineyards.

Hotel Casa Pavesi

Grinzane Cavour, Italy

An elegantly restored four-star hotel located in the center of the hamlet of Grinzane Cavour. Individually decorated rooms are spacious and opulent. Two exposed-beam reading rooms have comfy inviting couches and a bar, and an outdoor terrace has broad views of the surrounding countryside. Grinzane Cavour is dominated by its elegant 11th-century castle, once the home of 19th-century politician Camillo Cavour and now Piedmont’s first regional wine cellar; tours and wine purchases are available.

Day 6

Monforte d’Alba

Grinzane Cavour to Monforte d’Alba 21km/13mi or 28k m/17mi

Cycling first through sunflower fields to Roddi, then on to Barolo, an ochre-hued village perched above its world-famous vineyards—the tangle of mediaeval streets are dominated by the Marchesi Falletti’s C11 castle. Pedaling on through archetypal Langhe countryside to Monforte d’Alba, whose lovely honey-colored old town seems to cling enchantingly to the hillside. Your hotel here is pretty special too!

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

At Monforte d’alba

You might not want to leave your gorgeous C18 villa hotel with private swimming pool, but it’d be a shame not to explore mediaeval Monforte. It’s a lively town with attractive buildings grouped around an atmospheric cobbled piazza. Maybe strike out a little further to Dogliani, dominated by its beautiful onion-domed church and famous for being at the heart of dolcetto wine production.

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 8

Benevello

Monforte d’Alba to Benevello 21km/13mi or 35km/22mi

Your final cycling day starts with a gentle coast a long the Rea Valley before a steady climb takes you to a stunningly panoramic ridge, weaving through fields of wild flowers and sleepy hamlets to Serravalle Langhe—a great lunch spot with belvedere views. Onwards, you pedal alongside chestnut carpeted hills with delightful vistas once more to reach your beautiful country hotel at Benevello. Time to enjoy the pool and Jacuzzi before dinner.

Relais Villa d’Amelia

Benevello, Italy

A restored 19th-century villa (and a member of the “Small Luxury Hotels of the World”), just outside the village of Benevello. Guestrooms in this luxurious hotel are contemporary in design, with neutral colors, beech, and leather furnishings. Situated on a ridge among lush woods and Langa hazelnut groves over 2,000 feet in elevation, the site offers breathtaking views of the imposing Monviso Alps, and the nearby hamlet of Manera has several shops and restaurants.

Day 9

Benevello

Leave Benevello

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 CW adventure, an itinerary has been sent to you for your exact departure date. Please call CW at 800.464.9255 if you have any questions about the exact itinerary or hotels selected for any of our tours.

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