Italy: Vineyards of Piedmont

Self-Guided Walking Tour, Italy: Vineyards of PiedmontSelf-Guided Walking Tour, Italy: Vineyards of Piedmont

Italy

Vineyards of Piedmont

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Verdant hills, distant Alpine peaks, ancient hamlets—the best of classic Italy is at your feet! From world-renowned vineyards to castles and cuisine, this is the taste of Italian culture you’ve been hungering for. Our less-traveled itinerary lets you have more of these marvelous destinations to yourself. Starting in Benevello, our maps show the way to the tiny village of Grinzane Cavour. Explore its medieval castle, then head across the Talloria River to Serralunga d’Alba’s 13th-century castle. Be welcomed at a family farm outside Castiglione Falletto. Follow poplar-shaded paths to Barolo, where a 16th-century palace looms over vineyards as you stop for a tour and tasting. Medieval Monforte presents a classic ochre townscape, while rare white truffles are Alba’s claim to fame.HeadwaterAlmost every village has its own delicacies and vintages to sample. Enjoy it all at your own pace; stop to feast, sip, or take in the scenery as the spirit moves you.

2014 Downloadable Itinerary

Activity Level
Moderate;
5-9 miles daily
Meet
Turin, Italy
Depart
Turin, Italy
Reading List
Recommended
pre-trip reading
Self-Guided Walking 
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
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the Country Walkers and Headwater staff
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Itinerary and Accommodations

Days
Destination
1
Benevello
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2
Grinzane Cavour
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3
Grinzane Cavour
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4
Castiglione Falletto
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5
Castiglione Falletto
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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 hotel (1hr 50mins) in time for a swim before dinner. The Michelin-starred chef here trained under Marco Pierre White so you’re in for quite a 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

Grinzane Cavour

Benevello to Grinzane Cavour 10km/7mi/3.5hr

After a short transfer you follow a gentle path alongside the clear waters of the Tanaro River, next to which pheasants and partridges rustle in the oak forest. On to Roddi (the castle here used to house the University of Truffle Hounds!) and Grinzane Cavour with its wonderful megalithic castle with amazing views. Time for a drink on the terrace at our stunning four star hotel in the village center before dinner.

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 3

Grinzane Cavour

At Grinzane Cavour

Grinzane Cavour is an atmospheric wine town with wine tasting on offer in the village’s imposing castle. The gastronomic capital, Alba, is easily reached from here (most customers tend to taxi or bus there, then walk back); explore the cobbled crimson squares and bustling porticoed streets.

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 4

Castiglione Falletto

Grinzane Cavour to Castiglione Falletto 12km/7mi/4hr

Following lush paths with hawks cruising overhead you cross the Talloria River. Then a gentle climb through holm oak to reach Serra lunga d’Alba, whose C13 castle seems to surge towards the sky—you still need to cross the drawbridge to visit it. A last gentle ascent through vines takes you to the center of Castiglione Falletto and our welcoming village hotel.

Le Torri Hotel

Falletto, Italy

This family-run hotel is ideally situated in the center of this hilltop village. Recent refurbishments have brought modern amenities and simple, linear design alongside traditional features such as the ancient washtub stones in the hotel garden. With a degree from the Slow Food University in Pollenzo, the owner Serena only brings the best local and organic ingredients to the breakfast table. The village has a distinctive castle with a cylindrical tower, a neo-Gothic church, and communal wine cellar where you can learn about and buy the famous Barolo wine.

Day 5

Castiglione Falletto

At Castiglione Falletto

Perhaps follow a circular route today, first visiting tiny Annunziata with its frescoed chapel (and an excellent farmhouse trattoria!). Then through sun-dappled hamlets and delicate swaying vines to reach La Morra, the “Balcony of the Langhe” —plenty of wine tasting in the bustling center, even Julius Caesar stopped here to try some!

Le Torri Hotel

Falletto, Italy

This family-run hotel is ideally situated in the center of this hilltop village. Recent refurbishments have brought modern amenities and simple, linear design alongside traditional features such as the ancient washtub stones in the hotel garden. With a degree from the Slow Food University in Pollenzo, the owner Serena only brings the best local and organic ingredients to the breakfast table. The village has a distinctive castle with a cylindrical tower, a neo-Gothic church, and communal wine cellar where you can learn about and buy the famous Barolo wine.

Day 6

Monforte d’Alba

Castiglione Falletto to Monforte d’Alba 8km/5mi/2hr or 11km/7mi/4hr

Descending gently to the Talloria valley, you follow the stream’s poplar-shaded path towards the ochre-hued C16 castle of Barolo, which stands guard over the village’s world-famous vineyards. Maybe visit panoramic Novello, a belvedere town built as a summer retreat for the residents of Alba, before continuing through fields ablaze with colourful wild flowers to reach our elegant villa hotel at Monforte d’Alba.

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

Situated in its own scented garden with views across mediaeval Monforte and beyond (even Mont Blanc on a clear day!) Villa Beccaris offers a tempting swimming pool and a sun-trap courtyard. However, there are plenty of walking choices if you’re feeling more energetic, with way-marked paths taking in frescoed chapels and verdant countryside.

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 13km/8mi/5hr

A lift to lovely Serravalle Langhe, from where you join the Sentiero della Valle Tanaro. At first shaded by hazelnut, oak and poplar trees, you reach Albaretto della Torre dominated by its C13 Duecentesca tower. After lunch the panorama opens out with spectacular views back to Alba and the Tanaro valley as you descend gently towards Benevello. Time for one last swim be fore 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

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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.

Guest Comments

C. Bonniksen, Maryland, October 2012

This trip was outstanding—a space out of time to recoup and energize.
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