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Le château de Barolo dans la région des Langhe, Piémont italien


Weekend in the Langhe

Nebbiolo, truffles and hilltop villages

In Piedmont, a far cry from the dolce vita spirit of Southern Italy, the Langhe region stretches as far as the eye can see with its gentle hills, vineyards, and quaint medieval villages where time appears to stand still. This area is a paradise for gastronomy and wine enthusiasts, as well as curious travelers seeking well-preserved medieval towns, castles, museums, and the protected landscapes of Roero-Monferrato. 

For wine connoisseurs, the Langhe's "tenute" or vineyard estates produce seven different DOCG wines, which are among the finest PDOs in Italy. Similar to Tuscany, Piedmont's vineyards are recognized on the Unesco World Heritage list. In the cellars of Roero and others, each bottle of Barolo, Asti, Alba Nebbiolo, and Barbaresco offers an exceptional experience for the palate. 


Food enthusiasts will relish the exquisite white truffle from the Langhe, harvested in the Monferrato Forest, a magnet for food-lovers worldwide. This small town is the epicenter of the very rare tuber magnatum Pico and hosts its own international truffle fair annually from October to November. Specialists flock to Italy from across the globe to partake in this renowned event. 


In the countryside around Turin, hazelnut trees stretch across the horizon. These local nuts, known as Tonda Gentile delle Langhe (literally: the round and soft of the Langhe), boast a unique flavor and are a key ingredient in the delightful gianduiotto and other specialty chocolates crafted by Turin's esteemed chocolatiers. 

La Morra and its medieval church, a Hiddenist journey in the Langhe, Piedmont
The Martini sign, a symbol of Turin located under the arcades of Piazza San Carlo, a Hiddenist journey in Piedmont

It makes perfect sense that the Slow Food movement was born in this favored region of Italy. Founded by Piedmont native Carlo Petrini, this initiative encourages a diet of "good, clean and fair" food, countering the rise of fast-food with products that respect the land, biodiversity, and local traditions. This eco-conscious approach to gastronomy began and has its headquarters in Bra, a town near Alba. 


To top it all, the beautiful landscapes and medieval villages, churches and castles of the Langhe region make it a dream cultural destination. Taking a stroll in the narrow alleys of Asti, Alba and Neive is quite magical, with their architectural charm leaving a lasting impression. 

Isn’t it a dream to combine gastronomy, lifestyle and visits of medieval cities and castles into a single journey?  Especially when the curator of this itinerary through the Langhe hills is no else than two Michelin-starred Chef Michelangelo Mammoliti

"All I see are hills, and in my eyes, close and far, they fill the ground and the sky with the precise lines of their flanks. But mine are harsh and strewn with vineyards, growing despite all on burnt land." - Cesare Pavese

Village typique des Langhe avec ses magasins de vins, un voyage Hiddenist dans le Piémont
Hiddenist itinerary map in the Langhe, Piedmont

Michelangelo Mammoliti’s Langhe

The two Michelin-starred Chef invites you to explore "his" Langhe. Born in this exceptional land, Michelangelo Mammoliti learned early on the significance of seasonal rhythms and the richness of local ingredients. Because he loves his land and knows every village, vineyard and producer, he exclusively unveils his favorite secret spots, the very places that inspire his delicate cooking infused with nature and childhood memories.  

Le château de Barolo dans les Langhe, Piémont
Le chef Michelangelo Mammoliti cuisine les fameuses truffles blanches d'Alba, voyage Hiddenist dans le Piémont

DAY 1 - Weekend in the Langhe 
. Visit at your leisure of Bra, birthplace of the world-famous Slow Food movement for eco-friendly gastronomy 
. Cheese tasting lunch ay Beppino Occelli, stellar cheeses aged in the Cueno Alps 
. Next stop: Boscareto, the Langhe’s beating heart, for a private wine-tasting in a cellar recommended by Michelangelo Mammoliti. Try some of the best Italian wines like Bussia, Briccolina, Brunate and Boscareto.  
DAY 2 - Weekend in the Langhe 
. Meet your private guide at the hotel. They’ll accompany you all day in the Barolo region 
. Visit of the massive Grinzane Cavour Castle, a Unesco World Heritage List site offering an exceptional view of the Langhe Roero hills; and continue to the village of Diano d’Alba 
. Discover the small town of Barolo and its futuristic Wine Museum (WiMu), a journey through the history of winemaking 
. Private wine-tasting session of Italian vintage wines: Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera d’Alba and Dolcetto d’Alba in an estate selected by Michelangelo Mammoliti 
. Dinner at La Rei Natura Chef Michelangelo Mammoliti’s two Michelin-starred restaurant located in Serralunga d’Alba, deep in the Langhe (Emozioni menu, drinks to be paid on site).  
DAY 3 - Weekend in the Langhe 
. Visit, at your own pace of Alba, capital city of the white truffle and of the Langhe region. Don’t miss its magnificent cathedral and charming alleyways  
. Private truffle-hunting session with your trifulau and their dog close to Alba: a unique experience in your trip to the Langhe 
. Journey to Barbaresco village and enjoy the charm of Italy, with its exceptional view of the hills and vineyards. Go up the tower of Barbaresco for a nice lunch with a view (drinks to be paid on site) 
. Drive back to your hotel in Turin city center, passing through the medieval villages of Neive and Treiso to admire their traditional Langhe architecture 
DAY 4 - Weekend in the Langhe 
. Free day in Turin: the city’s all yours! Hiddenist will happily plan guided tours (with additional fee) or recommend some exclusive spots.  
Please drink responsibly

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