Between the Alps and the Mediterranean. The benchmark for Italian wines. And land of the Slow Food Movement. You're in Piedmont, a place of richness. With every meal a delight. Every stay, decadent. Perhaps you never considered Piedmont with all that Italy has to offer. But when you're this close to the Alps, your experience can't get much higher.
1-2 Get to know the gourmet paradise of the Langhe, famous for cheese, hazelnuts, truffles and wine Behold distant Monviso in the Alps as you cycle through the Po River Valley Ride past vineyards where world-famous Barbera, Barolo and Barbaresco wines get their start The roller-coaster ridgeline offers fantastic views—and a fair amount of climbing Think you've got a nose for truffles? Find out when an expert and his canine assistant join us to sniff out the delicacy Discover delectable flavors at a wine tasting and dinner.
3 Spin through Barolo, a pretty town crowned by an imposing 10th-century castle It won't take you long to realize that Barolo lives and breathes wine! Check out 1,000-year-old La Morra and enjoy splendid vistas of the Langhe landscape, a recently recognized World Heritage site Linger over dinner in the cobbled village of Monforte d'Alba.
4 Bike amid gently tapered hills and endless stretches of grapevines to reach the famous viticulture town of Barbaresco, which tempts us with its regional enoteca—why not pull over for a pour? Explore the picturesque town of Neive or opt for an afternoon of pampering at our hotel's spa Learn the secret to baking traditional hazelnut cake and indulge in a farm-fresh meal at a lively family-owned agriturismo (working farm).
5-6 Michelin-starred Piedmontese cuisine awaits at superb Relais San Maurizio Ride to San Martino Alfieri's privately owned 17th-century castle for a wine tasting and tour Pedal along the Tanaro River on a tranquil undulating route serving up more classic Piedmont scenery—rolling hills, apple orchards, hazelnut groves and, of course, vineyards.