The Kingdom of Truffles and Barolo

Vineyards, Village Hikes, and Cuisine of Piemonte

Trip Level

This trip is rated a Level 3 (Moderate) according to our trip grading system. In addition to our wine and culinary forays, we enjoy daily walks and hikes.

Average Hiking Day
• 2-3 hours
• 4-5 miles
• 300-500 feet gain/loss

How Tough is This Trip?
You need to be able to hike on uneven surfaces, uphill and downhill. You must feel comfortable and confident on your feet for up to 4 hours a day, with recent experience hiking 6 miles in a day.

Each day unfolds a bit differently. Some days encompass a full morning of country walking, others involve a half day or more exploring one of the towns on foot. On many days, we drive to a starting point for our walk, get picked up at the end of the walk, and are driven to our night’s lodging.

Terrain

Variable hilly trails, with occasional short, steep sections.

Weather

The weather in northern Italy in October ranges from the mid-40s°F to the mid-60s°F, with cool winds and showers possible at any time.

Accommodations

We spend our nights in picturesque inns, full of charm and character. All hotels are chosen for their local history and locations. Since they are often in historic buildings, the rooms may not conform to uniform or international standards. Our leaders do their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole.

Cuisine

We’ll taste fantastic Barolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto wines in ancient underground cellars, sample outstanding cuisine—Piemonte is, after all, the home of the Slow Food movement—and search for truffles with a trifolao (truffle hunter) and his faithful dogs. We’ve planned our trip for harvest time, when the vineyards are at their most beautiful in tones of russet and gold, and truffle festivals are in full swing. Expect to become a wine and truffle connoisseur by trip’s end!

Lunches will mostly be at restaurants, with a couple of packed lunches to be enjoyed outdoors, depending on weather. Dinner will be at the hotels where we are staying or at restaurants in nearby towns. Please note that some of our meals may take up to two hours and may include several courses. The dinner hour in Europe is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm.

Transporation

Trip members are always free to skip a day's hike and travel to the next destination in the support vehicle. Our support vehicle will transport the group's luggage, so you only need to carry a daypack.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.