Vines 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 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. In Barolo I find a wine festival with many market stalls, and in La Morra a view from the balcony of the Langhe across the entire region is essential.
From autumn to 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 Mediterranean atmosphere 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!
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 need only stroll through stone-walled streets from the hotel to one of the surrounding restaurants. On other days, people look forward to more restaurants, shopping, lively promenades and lots of sights. The hotels on my hiking trip in Italy are without exception very centrally located and personally managed. We feel very welcome.
Il culinario – mushrooms, grapes and seafood
There’s a reason why Piedmont 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 seafood and fish – buon appetite!