The golden autumn glow, the smell of crackling fires and the gentle sound of leaves rustling in the breeze… Piedmont, in the striking foothills of the Alps, home to multiple UNESCO world heritage sites, is one of our favourite places as we say goodbye to summer and hello to truffle season!
A perfect getaway for couples, groups of friends or families wanting to treat themselves for a few days, as well as an excellent team building activity for corporate events. Why not join our friends in the beautiful Langhe region for an adventure in the woods and hills? Put your holiday in our hands and feast on fine wines and rich, tasty local cuisine – from a glass of hearty Barolo to the delectable white truffles of Alba. Immerse yourself in peaceful surroundings and make some time for a romantic spa. Discover the Langhe while riding a Vespa, see castles and ancient villages perched atop enchanted rolling hills, where hospitality is an ancient art.
Memories to treasure, you will never forget the unique experience of a Piedmont truffle hunt!
Be transported through time
Visit entrancing Alba in the heart of Piedmont and the Langhe – Italy’s premier wine region, and we think one of its most beautiful. Book through LIVIN’Italy and explore the old town centre of Alba, the city of a hundred medieval towers, packed with incredible restaurants, and soaked in fabulous atmosphere.
Our advice is to visit in October or November. It’s the time when the surrounding vineyards are at their most dazzling, ablaze with reds, russets and gold, and the truffle festival is in full swing. Every weekend through these months is a celebration of music, dancing, and of course truffles. It’s a place so special it now contains six UNESCO heritage areas, from the Langa of Barolo, the hills of Barbaresco, the Grinzane Cavour Castle, the stunning Canelli and Nizza Monferrato, to the Monferrato of Infernot. Autumn here is a time of magical morning mists, spectacular scenery, and the seemingly constant, luscious aroma of local cooking in the air!
The thrill of the hunt
Alba and Asti are world renowned for the famous, delectably firm flesh of the white truffle – truly the food of the Gods! Join our friends, true truffle hunter families for generations, for a unique gastronomic experience, an adventure in the charming hills and forests of Costigliole d’Asti! See rustic farmhouses, gorgeous tea-garden-like hills, and let the trifulau, the “truffle seeker”, introduce you to his most valuable friends, the truffle dogs (or tabui)!
Our family friends will share their local knowledge, their bread, cheese and wine, and treat you to a typical “Trifulao snack”. Learn about truffle varieties and characteristics with a guided tour to ancient truffle hunting grounds, along a gorgeous scenic trail. And finally, revel in the thrill, the inebriating sense of victory, as the truffle dog unearths the mysterious fungus for you. This is an essential experience for lovers of nature, adventure, good food and local tradition.
Delicious fine wine tastings
And if you’re going to eat the food of the Gods, then you should drink it down with a Barolo – the wine of Kings! Piedmont is not just one of Italy’s finest wine regions – it’s one of the finest in the world.
The amazing Langhe landscape produces many excellent award-winning wines, from the rich and full-bodied Barolo, the slightly more subtle Barbaresco, the powerfully fruity Barbera d’Asti, to the crisp, sweet sparkling Asti Spumante. Whether you’re an expert or just an enthusiast, you can’t fail to appreciate – maybe even fall in love with – the wines of Piedmont.
Book a wine tasting experience with LIVIN’Italy and you can visit the historical cellars of Cantine Marchesi Di Barolo, in the town of Barolo, overlooking the historical Castle of the Marquis Falletti. Here you will have a guided tour of the 200-year old winery, followed by a wine tasting and a wonderful lunch made from locally-grown ingredients.
A mouth-watering education
We love north Italian cuisine, it’s more buttery, rich, and silky than further south and perfect for autumn eating! The red wines are full-bodied and so is the local cooking; meats are cooked on a low heat, bringing out a hearty sensuality that’s hard to beat when you feel that first nip in the air. Here you will find polenta, risotto and cheese fondue. It is the home of veal, Gorgonzola, artichokes, sweetbreads, Castelmagno cheese, Giandujotti chocolates, and indulgent desserts.
With a concentration of talented local chefs unmatched almost anywhere on Earth, you are in for a non-stop box of delights in Alba and the surrounding regions! Agnolotti pasta parcels stuffed with butter sautéed sage and spicy red meat; pungent garlic, butter and anchovy sauces (bagna cauda); and vitello tonnato, a sumptuous sweet veal in tuna sauce… But don’t just sit there drooling – contact LIVIN’Italy today and book your trip!