A stunningly beautiful area of rolling hills, on which rest ancient villages, picturesque hamlets, medieval towers, and castles. This is the magnificent scenery of the Langhe, an amazing area in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy, where some of Italy’s top red wines are produced.
The hills of the Langhe, dotted with red roofs of its small villages, seem to be sewed together. For almost one thousand years, generations have carefully cultivated grapes in these territories, and have created unique pieces of viticulture. In 2014, this hard work was rewarded, when the vineyard landscapes of the Langhe received the UNESCO World Heritage Status.
The Barolo Wine Route is a scenic itinerary that passes the quaint villages of Alba, Barolo, and La Morra, in an astonishing tour through the heart and soul of the territory, where the main character is, indeed, the Barolo wine.
The lovely small town of Barolo lies in the core of the Barolo wine producing area and is famous thanks to its high-quality marvelous red wine named after the village itself.
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Alba is the most important town of the Langhe and one of the gastronomic capitals of Italy. Stroll among medieval towers, Liberty style buildings, elegant boutiques in Alba's main shopping street Via Vittorio Emanuele, and historical cafés.
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The beautiful village of La Morra boasts a charming historical center, perched on a hill and surrounded by ancient Baroque style bastions. The landmark of this town is the panoramic viewpoint, from where you can admire breathtaking views of a succession of hills which creates an amphitheater of rare beauty.
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Grinzane Cavour, a small village developed around its prestigious castle, is one of the symbols of the Langhe hills.
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Nestled at the edge of the Langhe hills, Bra is a city of art that over the last several years has been claiming a strong identity as a center of fine wines and foods.
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The Langhe is not only home to great wines, but also famous for other legendary products. Many of them are protected and guaranteed by strict regulations to ensure its quality and authenticity over time. Apart from the White Truffle of Alba, the territory of the Langhe produces high-quality hazelnuts which are the main ingredient of many handmade sweets, and many kinds of DOP cheeses (with Protected Designation of Origin). The gastronomy of the Langhe is pure and genuine; the ingredients come from a territory which differs with the change of the season. The typical dishes of the Langhe, inherited by a farmers’ tradition, recall a rustic cuisine, which is rich in flavors and authenticity.
While the landscapes, cuisine, and fabulous wines are just as stunning as you'll see in Tuscany, in Piedmont you seem to be in another country. Tourism hasn't become big business yet, and prices for eating out in traditional trattorias and staying in charming bed and breakfasts or residences could not be more reasonable. Andiamo!