Autumn is certainly the season when the wonderful region of Langhe gives its best.
Deservedly declared World Heritage by UNESCO, the area is a sequence of hills and vineyards, towers and castles, taverns and wine cellars.
A true heaven for the wine lovers, but also for the truffles enthusiasts.
Every year, between October and November, the Alba International White Truffle Fair takes place here. The event, now at its 86th edition, offers tastings, cooking shows and cultural exhibitions, and it hosts the International white truffle market, the largest world exhibition of the precious tuber.
Alba is the region’s main town and its medieval historical center always offers a pleasant stroll, between arcades, squares and Via Vittorio Emanuele, the main road, full of artisan shops and elegant boutiques.
But Alba is just the beginning of a tour across a unique landscape, made of endless vineyards, framed by the with the Alps frame all around.
the romantic road of LANGHE and roero region
While wandering around Langhe, you may occasionally leave the main road and get lost through back streets, being seduced by the medieval villages and following your instinct, ready to enjoy unexpected panoramic views and historical places.
Do follow these country roads with slowly, enjoying the famous local wines and the typical cuisine.
Or otherwise follow the Romantic Road of Langhe, which extends for 150 km divided in 11 stops with numerous fascinating landscapes.
LANGHE tour: the best hamlets itinerary
Our suggestions for the not-to-be-missed stop, in case you are finding hard to decide, are the following:
Barolo for example.
With its castle in a high on the hill, cellars, shops and restaurants. Surrounded by a vineyards expanse.
Here the wine is not just a drink but a cultural topic as well.
Near the Castle stands the WiMu, the modern and interactive wine museum, which joins the unusual corkscrews museum and the Regional Barolo Winehouse.
Also not to be missed in a tour across Langhe are the Serralunga d’Alba castle, dominating the territory with it’s high built position, and the Grinzane Cavour castle, where every year the world auction of the White Truffle of Alba takes place.
If you are looking for amazing panoramic platforms with a wide view on the underlying hills, you will find them both in La Morra, most famous and touristic, and Verduno, more isolated and intimate.
A trip in the Langhe cannot miss a visit to Dogliani, homeland of dolcetto wine and to Santo Stefano Belbo, whose vineyards provide the equally renowned Moscato. Here, where the famous writer Cesare Pavese was born, you can visit his birthplace and the Foundation that promotes his writings.
Finally, after visiting the small Barbaresco hamlet with its Tower and the Regional barbaresco Winehouse, housed in a little deconsecrated church, don’t miss a visit to the beautiful medieval village of Neive, a jewel of a town, to enjoy strolling along its narrow streets, savoring the authentic charm of one of the Italy’s most beautiful hamlets.