Piedmont Walking Holiday

Piedmont Walking Holiday

Piemonte is Italy’s paradise for true connoisseurs of mouth-watering food, truffles and fabulous wines. The Langhe region is set between the Alps and the Apennine mountains and is blessed with the fertile lands that produce the Tuber Magnatum – a prized white truffle – and some of Italy’s most prestigious red wines: the Barolo and Barbera. On the Piedmont Walking Holiday Discover a spectacular array of local specialties including gourmet cheeses, pastries and chocolates that are appreciated the world over. This walking trip takes you amidst a magnificent landscape of rolling hills dotted with small picturesque villages, elegant castles and feudal towers, walking through vineyards and hazelnut forests and staying in small rural villages where the accommodation is charming and welcoming.

Walks are along vineyards, uneven footpaths, mule tracks and small gravel roads (strade bianche). The trails through the vineyards can get slippery, muddy and heavy-going when wet or after it has rained. The trails do not always have markings.

Piedmont Walking Holiday Highlights

  • An infinite selection of incredible wines, cheese, sweets and chocolates to taste along the way
  • White truffles aplenty
  • Vineyard walks and carefully groomed hazelnut forests
  • Small, comfortable, family run accommodation some with prize winning restaurants on site or near by
  • Spectacular views of the snow capped alps on clear days
  • Friendly people
  • Quiet foot paths

Piedmont Walking Holiday Overview

Detail Description
Destination Piedmont Itlay
Holiday Type Self guided walking
Start/Finish Alba
Duration 8 days 7 nights 6 days walking
Grade 2/5
Distance Average 13km per day.
Season April – November

What we do

We put together the trip for you: reserve the hotels, transfer the luggage and organise your transfers to the start of your itineraries. Each tour includes a complete Road book with detailed itineraries, information for visits along the way, a detailed map and total peace of mind with our 24-hour local support.

We work with local operators through-out each destination that are passionate about their regions.

We can tailor make this tour, if you want to add an extra rest day, spend a few days relaxing before or after the trip just let us know and we will be happy to provide a quotation.

Piedmont Walking Holiday Itinerary

The walks are along vineyards, uneven footpaths, mule tracks and small gravel roads (strade bianche). The trails through the vineyards can get slippery, muddy and heavy-going when wet or after it has rained. The trails do not always have markings.

Day 1: Arrive in Alba
Day 2: Roddi to Barolo (15 km, 13 km)
Day 3: Barolo to Monforte d’Alba (12 km, 8 km)
Day 4: Monforte d’Alba to Cissone (17 km)
Day 5: Cissone round walk (8.5 km)
Day 6: Cissone to Cravanzana (20 km, 13 km)
Day 7: Walk from Cravanzana to Cortemilia (13 km)
Day 8: Arrivederci Alba!

Day 1: Arrive in Alba
Arrive in Alba, the heart of Piedmont wine country, a captivating medieval city of a “hundred towers” and a treasure chest of flavours and aromas. After checking in, go out for a walk to explore the town and why not stop in one of its many divine pastry shops to tempt your palette. Treat yourself to the sweet tastes of Italy and stop in one of its many divine pastry shops to tempt your palette in this treasure chest of flavours and aromas as Alba is.

Day 2: Roddi to Barolo (15 km, 13 km)
Today’s itinerary starts with a transfer to Roddi.

Crossing several hills, you reach the rustic hilltop village of La Morra from where you continue to the hamlet of Vergne. On route you have several wine tasting options. On clear days you can see the Alps and Mt. Monviso that stay snow-capped till the beginning of summer.

In La Morra you can visit the Ratti Museum to learn history, tradition and the art of the good wine. Stop at Cantina Comunale (closed on Tuesdays) that has a wide selection of wines to taste and buy, and a lot of videos on local wines and gastronomy.

The walk can be shortened by about 4 km when starting in Verduno instead of Roddi.

Depending on where you have been booked, you may end your walk in Vergne or Barolo. Please see the organization section for further details.

Challenge: 4/3.5 hours, 15/13 km, 509/446m ascent, 383/409m descent

Day 3: Barolo to Monforte d’Alba (12 km, 8 km)
Passing by the old village of Novello, with its Middle Aged tower you reach the wine capital of Barolo, where the famous wine is produced. Spend some time exploring the recently opened WiMu Wine Museum located in the Castello dei Marchesi Faletti snf lunch at one of the great local trattorias. From here on the walk passes through vineyards and forests and takes you to Monforte d’Alba, a nice hill top village.

Challenge: 3/4 hours, 12/8 km, 447/440m ascent, 390/200m descent

Day 4: Monforte d’Alba to Cissone (17 km)
The landscape is far more varied than on the previous days as you leave the vineyards behind and climb through tidy hazelnut forests and wild woods surrounding the ancient hamlet of Serralunga d’Alba. From here a steep climb brings you to Roddino from where a long descent takes you to the final climb up to Cissone.

Challenge: 5/6 hours, 17 km, 680m ascent, 565m descent

Day 5: Cissone round walk (8.5 km)
Today’s walk can almost completely be seen from the balcony of Agriturismo ‘Balcone sulle Langhe’. The scenery is unique spectacle, embroidered with vineyards and dotted with towers and castles. It is a varying walk: partly through woods and fields and hardly anyone to be seen on the way. You first go to Serravalle Langhe then to the Hamlet of Baudrà.

A glass of local wine from a traditional “cantina” in the centre of the village is a lovely way to celebrate this day of relaxing and taking it easy.

Challenge: 3 hours, 8.5 km, 307m ascent, 307m descent

Day 6:Cissone to Cravanzana (20 km, 13 km)
The landscape of the high Langhe area around Cissone is characterised by hazelnut forests and those slopes that are too steep to be cultivated are covered by oaks. This is also the area where you find the most precious of the local treasure: the ‘Tuber Magnatum’, also known as ‘the white truffle of Alba’ and, if you don’t find it underground, you are sure to find it at the local restaurant.

Challenge: 6/5 hours, 20/13 km, 600/370m ascent, 665/550m descent

Day 7: Walk from Cravanzana to Cortemilia (13 km)
Today you have a short walk along the villages of Torre Bormida and Bergolo. You walk between the hazelnut plantations and through dense chestnut woods. Broad forest paths, small paths and paved streets: the landscape being as varying as the walk itself. If the weather is clear you have a view on the Alps, until you reach the town Cortemilia.

In the afternoon, at the end of the walk, a private transfer will bring you and your luggage to Alba.

Challenge: 4 hours, 13 km, 352m ascent, 832m descent

Day 8: Arrivederci Alba!
The trip and our services end after breakfast, unless you have booked extra nights or other services with us.

You need to reach Alba from where you take the train to Turin or Milan airports.

Piedmont Walking Holiday Dates & Prices

You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between April 1st and November 15th.

Price per person sharing €628

Included in Piedmont Walking Holiday

  • 7 Nights in selected B&Bs, hotels and agriturismo
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • People transfer from Alba to Roddi (+luggage to Vergnè/Barolo) on DAY 2
  • Luggage transfer DAY 3 to DAY 6
  • Private transfer (+ luggage) from Cravanzana, to Cortemilia, to Alba
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and maps with tracks on
  • 24/7 telephone support

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to/from Alba
  • Trains or busses wherever necessary
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment

Extras
Additional nights before, during or after the walk
Single Room Supplement(s)
Solo Traveller Supplement
Transfer from airport to Alba
Transfer from Alba to airport

Your Accommodation on Piedmont Walking Holiday

All accomodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.
We choose comfortable hotels, farmhouses and B&Bs where all rooms have private en-suite bathroom.
You can find below the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, then we will book a similar one for you and inform you about the alternative booked.

Extra overnight:
You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.

Where you rest your head after an active day is hugely important to us. We go to great lengths to find properties that are unique expressions of the region you are travelling through. Think of them as the charming and intimate garnish atop your trip. 

Whether nestled in the heart of a village or lost in the countryside and surrounded by nature, all accommodations are chosen using a strict criteria of comforthospitality, and authentic charm. We like to use locally run independent small hotels, guest houses and B&Bs instead of the larger “chain” hotels.  All of them are hand-picked, visited, and re-visited by our local partners. On most of our holidays you will be staying in different hotels and their  uniqueness and individual character only adds to the enjoyment of your holiday. You will also benifit with knowledge that your trip is contributing to local economies, and supporting local family run businesses.

You will be welcomed in a double or twin room (2 beds) – based on double occupancy.
All of our rooms have private bathrooms.
Individual rooms are possible upon request when you book; they are subject to availability and incur a supplemental fee.
For biking trips, all of our inns have a safe place to keep bicycles for the night

Getting to Piedmont Walking Holiday

Flights are not included in the price. Adventure Holidays do not book flights. We will  advise you on best times, dates and airfares to book.

Fly to Milan. Train to Alba (3hrs) Hire car & drive to Alba (1hr 40mins)

From Price pp

€628

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