How to spend your time

One of the best things about Piedmont is that you can visit multiple times and have a totally different experience depending on the time of year. And, it is not just the landscape which is altered by the passing of time, but the activities on offer too. We can’t get enough!

With our firsthand experience of the region, we know the best things to see and do year-round, so we can be sure to tailor to your exact dates of travel. This also includes the many annual festivals on offer which celebrate the best of the region’s food, wine, music and arts throughout the year! Aside from the big annual events, seasonal harvests and wine tastings, there is something blissful about simply soaking up the local way of life, organically. 

Arranging a wine-tasting during your visit is an absolute must, and will often be accompanied by plates of delicious cold meats and cheeses. Unlike Tuscany, which is a major tourist wine-destination, Piedmont has only a few wineries that accept walk-ins or impromptu visits, so planning ahead is crucial. We also recommend visiting an ‘enoteca regionale’, to enjoy a selection of the region’s fine wines. You will be hard pressed to find a destination that is as perfectly suited for a food and wine tour, as Piedmont is.

Here are some of our favourite ways to get under-the-skin of this Italian gem:

  • Experience the Saturday morning market in the medieval city of Alba
  • Marvel at the 12th century red-brick cathedral in San Lorenzo
  • Drop in for a wine tasting overview at the Enoteca Regionale del Barolo
  • Drive to the bustling market town of San Damiano d’Asti, which boasts the splendid 17th century church of Saints Cosma and Damiano
  • For a dose of wow-factor, head to Govone, home to one of the most sumptuous castles in Roero
  • Visit the quaint and romantic village of Bossolasco, which is also known as the ‘Village of Roses’…
  • Try your luck ringing the bell of one the most famous wineries in the region, Gaja. It is more of novelty activity, as it is almost impossible to get in to the winery itself unless you are a wine connoisseur or a journalist. But, you never know who Angelo Gaja will open his doors to next! And it is a fun little stop-off regardless as you stroll around the picturesque Barbaresco. Whilst Gaja wines are the most expensive, there are some others like Tenute Cisa Asinari Dei Marchesi Di Gresy, which are considered of similar quality but are significantly cheaper. 
  • Visit Novello, a gorgeous little town in the Langhe, which is off-the-tourist-track, offering an authentic glimpse of life in Piedmont. It’s a little quieter than its neighbours Barolo, Monforte d’Alba, and La Morra, which means you can enjoy all that the region has to offer in pure peace. It’s got the walks, the wine, the food and the views, just half the people – what more could you want?! 
  • It’s not all about the red wine. Make sure you tuck into a crisp glass of Arneis, typically grown in the hills of the Roero, northwest of Alba. It is a great accompaniment to a balmy summer evening…
  • Indulge in a plate of ‘slow food’ in its hometown of Bra…
  • Despite the global prices of a fine Barolo wine rapidly rising, you will be able to find a high quality bottle for as little as €30 Euros here (and €20 for a bottle of Barbaresco)
  • Ask us for our top pizza and gelato finds – we’ve found a few unmissable ones! 

We could go on and on…but hopefully you get the idea! 

The most effective way to plan your time away is for us to have a chat. Whether you’ve got clear and specific interests, or are new to this part of the world and open to suggestions, we are here to help and create your tailor-made itinerary.  We have put together a number of inspirational itineraries to give you a bit of an idea, but the excitement really begins when we speak with you. So, give us a call on 020 7112 0019 or email italy@fleewinter.com and we’ll get the ball rolling…