My travel story: Piedmont – Liguria

A hiking holiday from the vineyards to the sea

Opposites attract! This could not be more apt when describing the wonderful hiking tour Piedmont - Liguria, 8 days. There could hardly be more facets combined over 8 days than on this pleasant hike. My hiking holiday begins at the beginning of September in the famous northern Italian Langhe Monferrato Roero region in Piedmont and leads across the Ligurian Alps to the sunny Riviera.

Original and fascinating – now I feel like I have gotten to know Italy in a new way. The cosy start with walks through beautiful vineyards is followed by spectacular coastal walks in the Ligurian Alps. I would like to recommend this tour to any fan of Italy, you can really discover the region better with your hiking shoes laced up and kilometres under your feet.

Tip: Here you will find all the information and tour suggestions for your hiking holiday in Piedmont.

Wanderin with panorama on the Ligurian coast
Vineyards while hiking in Alba

Vineyards, hazelnut groves and the Riviera

The first three walks lead my dad, brother and I from Alba to Monforte, Bossolasco to Millesimo. The first days are characterised by the Langhe Monferrato Roero gourmet region. Vineyards, romantic places and hazelnut groves mark the daily hilly paths. In the distance you can see the famous wine villages nestling idyllically on the hills. The places are perfect for walking and you can try culinary highlights during rest stops. 

  • My tip: In La Morra you shouldn't miss out on the spectacular view from the balcony of the Langhe across the entire region.
Panoramic view during the hiking holiday in the Piedmont region

Hiking from autumn into summer

The anticipation of the first sea view leads us to Bardineto. There we are looking forward to climbing to the summit of Monte Carmo, where the sea is finally within reach. The summit cross with a wide panoramic view rewards the short, but steep ascent to the highest point. Even the next stages to Albenga and Sanremo offer fantastic panoramas from the high Ligurian Alps to the deep blue sea. The typical Mediterranean flair is idyllically boosted by the smell of wild oregano on the mountain ridge. Further down the path leads us from the Alps to sea level. We can hardly wait to cool off after the impressive mountain walks!

 

The Turle Island: On the last hike you can catch a glimpse of the small nature reserve island of Gallinara – due to its unique shape it’s also called ‘Turtle Island’.

Turtle island on the Ligurian coast
Church tower in Bossolasco

Accommodation and hotels with Italian charm

The mix makes it! Small, idyllic places some nights and sophisticated beach towns on others. After a long hike a quiet place to stay can be very convenient – you can relax and don’t feel like you need to visit sights for hours on end. So you only need to stroll through stone-walled streets from the hotel to one of the surrounding restaurants. On other days, people look forward to more lively evenings, restaurants, shopping, bustling promenades and lots of wonderful sights. The hotels on my hiking trip in Italy are without exception very centrally located and personally managed. We feel very welcome during our entire holiday.

Antipasti in Alba

Il culinario – the best what the region has to offer

There’s a reason why Piedmont with the Langhe region is so popular with foodies. The restaurants in the famous wine villages of Alba and Barolo impress with famous, local wines. In addition, you can enjoy local specialities such as homemade pasta, various meats, truffles and much more. ‘Slow food’ is the religion here, or at least the motto. You walk through a world-famous hazelnut growing area. This also reaches you in the daily breakfast, because Nutella-nuts are everywhere waiting to be tasted. The journey continues towards the sea to the town of Bardineto, famous for its mushrooms. On the Riviera, land meets the sea, and this is replicated on the plate. Olives, vegetables and herbs are combined with all sorts of fresh seafood and fish – buon appetito!

 

 

Robi on the bike
Helene Edtmeier
See you soon, Helene
Helene Edtmeier, Team lead assistant
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