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Piedmont's Hills & Vineyards

Hazelnut groves & the Barolo vineyards
 
Explore enchanting landscapes and timeless medieval villages on this self-guided, hotel-to-hotel walking holiday on which your luggage is transported. Other pleasures include the rich regional gastronomy and the first-rate wines, with opportunities for wine-tasting.
Piedmont's Hills & Vineyards. 7 nights
Piedmont's Hills & Vineyards. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in Piedmont

Piedmont’s full-bodied, velvety Barolo wines deservedly rejoice in fame, but less well-known are the eleven idyllic medieval villages where they are produced, the unusual landscape of wave-shaped hills that surround the villages, and the outstanding regional gastronomy based on delicious white truffles, hazelnuts and flavoursome cheeses. With all this, you needn’t be a wine connoisseur to choose Piedmont for a walking holiday. Indeed, our enchanting, very gastronomic holiday here will introduce you to one of Italy’s most alluring landscapes – all the more special because it is so little-known – leading through lush green scenery framed by the majestic peaks of the Alps and guarded by fortresses.
The routes are challenging in places but reasonably short, leaving you plenty of time to admire the timeless villages and crumbling castles which you pass and, of course, to call in at wine-producers for tastings if you so wish. Spring, when the vines burst into life, is a delight, while in September, the vines hang heavy with grapes and villagers prepare for the harvest, which is duly followed by lively celebrations.
 

2022

We are currently unable to take new bookings for this holiday.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on almost any day of the week, and are free to add extra nights.
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  • Arrival in Cortemilia
    Night 1: at Hotel San Carlo (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Circular walk around Cortemilia: 12.5km, 5hrs; ascent/descent 530m
    We suggest a good introductory circuit that rises above Cortemilia through chestnut woods and cultivated terraces to Bergolo, a beautiful medieval village built almost entirely of stone. You return along an ancient trail through the Bormida Valley and can spend the rest of the day relaxing by the hotel’s outdoor pool. Alternatively, if you want to spend the day wine tasting, you can ask your hotelier to arrange a visit to a local vineyard for you.
    Circular walk around Cortemilia: 12.5km
    The village of Bergolo nestling in the hills on the Cortemilia circuit
  • Cortemilia to Cravanzana: 11.5km, 4.5hrs; ascent 540m/descent 210m
    From Cortemilia you follow a quiet country lane gently uphill, enjoying sweeping views of the Langhe Hills. The second part of the walk leads through woodland (in which numerous species of orchid can be found in spring) and alongside hazelnut groves, passing several small chapels and shrines to reach Cravanzana, whose houses cluster around the 17th-century castle. You stay in the Albergo da Maurizio.
    Cortemilia to Cravanzana: 11.5km
    Walking through hazelnut groves on the route from Cortemilia to Cravanzana
  • Cravanzana to Castiglione Falletto via Grinzane Cavour: 14km, 5.5hrs; ascent 380m/descent 320m
    The day starts with a short taxi transfer to the 12th-century castle of Grinzane Cavour that houses a small museum and enoteca. There is time to visit this (pay locally) before setting off along tracks and lanes past farmland, vineyards, poplar woods and hazelnut groves. You pass the estates of several wine producers, including one of the oldest in the region, as well as the historic village of Serralunga d’Alba, where you can pause to visit the 14th-century castle. Your destination is Castiglione Falletto, where you spend two nights at Albergo le Torri.
    Cravanzana to Castiglione Falletto via Grinzane Cavour: 14km
    The historic village of Serralunga d'Alba, on the route from Cravanzana to Castiglione Falletto
  • Linear walk from Castiglione Falletto: 11.5km, 4.5hrs; ascent 405m/descent 255m; longer option: 18.5km, 7hrs
    This route leads gently uphill through vineyards to the church of Annunziata, well worth a visit to see its frescoes. As you continue through more vineyards and hazelnut groves to the village of La Morra, you pass an excellent viewpoint which offers panoramas of many of the villages you have visited. At La Morra, take time to admire the views over the Langhe (on a clear day you can even see as far as the Alps) and to sample some wines at the cantina before taking a taxi back to your hotel (pay locally). For a full day’s circular route, you can opt to walk back via several small hamlets.
    Linear walk from Castiglione Falletto: 11.5km
    Route through vineyards, from Castiglione Falletto to La Morra
  • Castiglione Falletto to Monforte d'Alba: 8.5km, 3.5hrs; ascent 395m/descent 200m
    Today’s walk leads past more vineyards and chapels and through woodland in which red squirrels are commonly seen. Towards the end of the day you follow a very panoramic track which offers views into the two neighbouring valleys. You spend your last two nights in Monforte d'Alba, at the elegant Villa Beccaris.
    Castiglione Falletto to Monforte d'Alba: 8.5km
    Montforte d'Alba
  • Circular walk around Monforte d'Alba: 9.5km, 4hrs; ascent/descent 305m
    We recommend that you follow scenic tracks overlooking Novello’s two castles to Barolo, where we include a visit to the Marchesi di Barolo wine cellar followed by a tasting. On your return to Monforte d'Alba, explore the village with its mansion, several Baroque chapels, 13th-century bell tower, and sundials.
    Circular walk around Monforte d'Alba: 9.5km
    The town of Barolo, where we include a tasting
 

Accommodation

You stay in a mixture of three and four-star hotels, all located in medieval villages.

Occasionally, due to availability, we may offer an alternative hotel, as shown below. You will be informed of any change to the usual hotel (along with any price implication) prior to us confirming your holiday to you. Whichever hotel you stay at in Monforte d'Alba, we recommend adding an extra night here as this lovely little village is a great place to relax.
 

Extend your stay

What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 3 dinners
    3 picnics
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
  • transfer on day 3
  • wine tasting in Barolo
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • If your holiday plans go awry because of Coronavirus, rest assured that we’ll do right by you. Since the start of the pandemic, our flexible booking policy and prompt issuing of refunds to customers who prefer not to defer their holiday have earned us high praise in the national press.
  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – walking holidays are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety, not least taking tests before and after your holiday for many destinations.
    Your holiday experience: what to expect >
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  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from A to B, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • Yes, prior to going on holiday you will be able to download GPX tracks so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. It’s entirely up to you whether or not you use them – our detailed, step-by-step route notes remain the principal means of guiding you from A to B – but we provide them as a secondary means of navigation for additional reassurance when walking.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines (but not, currently, with Ryanair). As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. The fee for this service is £35 per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi and Lizzie to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
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  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to take out our recommended travel insurance policy (if you live outside the UK you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Italy, but not a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • The principal official language is Italian, though some regions have a second official language, such as South Tyrol, where German is widely spoken. The currency is the Euro. Italian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit www.gov.uk/visit-eu-switzerland-norway-iceland-liechtenstein.

    At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them, regardless of what is happening in the European political sphere.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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