Piedmont walking tour itinerary

Day 1

You will be taken by private transfer from Turin to beautiful Alba, 95 kilometres south.  The plan of the historic centre of Alba reflects its Roman origins (an orderly grid tucked behind defensive walls) while its narrow streets are decidedly medieval, complete with a five brick tower-houses that date from the 13th century.  Your accommodation is in a traditional hotel (opened in 1866) in the historic centre of the town.

Day 2

You leave Alba heading south-west, passing the Ferrero chocolate factory (home of Nutella) and then follow an easy path along the left bank of the Tanaro River, before turning south and climbing up to a small hilltop village that is famous for its truffles and the ‘universita dei cani’: a school for truffle dogs that has been running since 1880 (a private truffle hunt and/or degustation of local products can be arranged) – a good place for lunch.  The second half of the walk takes you through vineyards to another lovely hilltop town, with a ruined castle from where you have a breathtaking view south over all the Langhe hills.  Your accommodation is in a grand home in the centre of the village that was once owned by the king of Italy.  4 hrs 16 kms.

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Day 3

Today’s walk takes you through the heart of Barolo country following lanes that cut through the middle of the some of the finest and most famous vineyards in Italy such as ‘Cannubi’ and ‘Sori’, passing through the town of Barolo itself (where you can have lunch and visit one of the cantine and/or its Oenological Museum).  After passing through more vineyards, you arrive at another charming hilltop town, which has also Roman origins but has retained a medieval aspect, with a maze of narrow lanes climbing the hill to the ruins of another castle.  Your accommodation is in welcoming family-run 3-star hotel on the main piazza.  3.5 hrs 14 kms.

Day 4

Today’s walk takes you out of the wine growing area and into the Alta Langhe, the slightly ‘wilder’ (relatively!) part of the district which is characterised by steeper hills, hazelnut and fruit orchards and tracts of chestnut forests.  On the way you will pass several small towns including one of which has one of the best preserved and most beautiful castles in the Langhe:  built in the 13th century, with a series of 14th century frescos.  The village that is squeezed around the castle also has an excellent ‘Bottega del Vino’ where local produce can be tasted and bought.  The walk finishes in another small hilltop village overlooking the Belbo River valley.  Accommodation is in a small family-run bed and breakfast which has an excellent trattoria attached.  4.5 hrs 17 kms (please note, this walk can be shortened)

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Day 5

The walk today takes heads north following a ridge above the Belbo River, passing though long tracts of forest and orchards with extensive views south over the Alta Langhe.  It passes through a number of small villages where you can break for lunch.  Your accommodation tonight is in a 4-star hotel in a restored 18th century estate with a swimming pool, generous grounds and a Michelin-starred restaurant.  4 hrs  14 kms.

Day 6

Leaving your accommodation the trail further along the ridge through forests and orchards, passing close to Santo Stefano Belbo, the home of one of the Langhe’s favourite sons: Cesare Pavese (1908 to 1950).  A poet, novelist, critic and translator who is considered one of Italy’s major 20th century writers, his novels (such as The Moon and the Bonfires) and poetry speak lovingly of the area that you are walking through. 

The second part of today’s walk takes you back into the sweet rolling hills of the wine country, through vineyards dedicated to Barbaresco, a light version of Barolo, to one of the prettiest and best preserved villages in the area, staying at a lovely small hotel in the heart of the village, with a famous restaurant. 18.5 kms.  5.5 hrs (please note, this walk can be shortened).

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Day 7

The last walk of your visit takes you back to Alba.  It loops around through more vineyards, passing a number of settlements, including the town of Barbaresco itself, before entering forest and following the banks of the Tanaro River along a trail that is dedicated to Beppe Fenoglio (1922 to 1963), another beloved local writer who fought the German occupation during World War II, immortalising his experiences in the posthumously published book Johnny the Partisan.  Your last night is spent in Alba.  11.5 kms 3 hrs.

Day 8

After breakfast, you will be taken by private vehicle back to Turin, a 95 kilometres drive north.

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This 8 day/7 nights walk explores Alba and the Langhe

  • Cost

    $1,850

    per person
  • Private transfer to and from Turin at the beginning and end of the tour
  • Seven nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Reading lists and historical and cultural notes
  • Maps and detailed walking instructions
  • Daily transfers of baggage between hotels each morning
  • 24 hour backup from our operations manager

Cost Options

$1850 b&b or $2250 with dinners included

Single supplement: $650

Truffle hunt:  $160 per person

Truffle degustation:  $30 per person

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We are just back from a terrific five weeks in Europe. As you know, we have walked with probably a dozen walking companies and we would rate Hidden Italy up there with the best. I would not hesitate in recommending the Piedmont walk.

– GL, Alba and Le Langhe 2017

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