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The Langhe area, a UNESCO heritage site, is a suggestive area of Piedmont, in a hilly context. There are not only its renowned wines and prized truffles, but also beautiful hilly views and small characteristic villages.
Located in the province of Cuneo and not far from Asti and Turin, the Langhe are an ideal destination for indulging in culinary tastings, relaxing moments and walks through the rich and green hills.
Barolo is in the heart of the Langhe, famous throughout the world for the wine of the same name. Seen from afar, this small village is unmistakable for the Falletti Castle of Barolo. It can be reached along the roads that flank the vineyards, between hills and sceneries that deserve a stop for some photographic shots. Inside the town it will be possible to taste the fine wine in the numerous wine bars and visit the historic wine cellars. There are also museums dedicated to the culture of wine.
Near Barolo, another iconic village to visit is La Morra, an ancient village in a hilly context typical of the Langhe. Another iconic place close by is Monforte d'Alba, a pretty town with a central square and small streets that branch off uphill and lead to hillside landscapes.
Barbaresco is a small village, from which another renowned wine of the Langhe takes its name. The center of Barbaresco is unmistakable and it is impossible to get lost. Your attention will be immediately struck by a large road that leads to the church at the top of a small slope. Behind the church is the Torre di Barbaresco, from where you can see a beautiful 360 ° hilly panorama. Here too there is no shortage of wine bars and cellars to visit.
Not far from Barbaresco, there is Alba, a pleasant historic town, which can be considered the capital of the Langhe and truffles. In fact, the most prized truffle in the world comes from its lands, the white truffle of Alba.
Particularly lively in autumn, when it will be possible to buy fresh truffles in the city streets, the Truffle Fair takes place every year between October and December.
Neive is one of the most characteristic places of the Langhe and one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Made up of small streets that lead to a pretty town and a breathtaking view of the hills below, Neive is a small, characteristic and relaxing medieval town for tasting a good local wine. The emblem of the place are the Orthodox church and the Aromatario, a hotel restaurant covered with leaves.
Grinzane Cavour is a small town known for its imposing castle, which has become the seat of the highly prized auction of the Truffle Fair. The Castle is now a wine museum.
Dogliani is an interesting country to visit. Located in the south of the Langhe, it is known for its wine. Divided between the lower and upper parts, it preserves numerous monuments of historical interest and a beautiful panoramic view, accompanied by a giant bench, from where you can take a souvenir photo in front of the Dogliani panorama.
Besides Dogliani, giant benches are also in Monforte d'Alba and other places. These are benches about two and a half meters high, located in panoramic places, and are characteristic of the Langhe.
Unlike the other villages nestled between rows and hills, Cherasco is more decentralized and is decidedly larger. Art galleries and antique shops dot this small village. Cherasco is also the home of snails. In addition to the many renowned restaurants where you can taste typical dishes and the famous snails, the city of Cherasco also offers architectural beauties to be included in the itinerary to discover the Langhe.