Piedmont’s Langhe Monferrato Roero and Tuscany’s Valdichiana Senese and Val d’Orcia: fine dining and wining, ultimate wellness and outdoor activities surrounded by majestic scenery, these two regions (both UNESCO World Heritage sites) are the perfect match for independent travellers on a quest to indulge in Italy’s very best offerings.
Barolo, produced exclusively from Nebbiolo, is one of the world’s most inconic red wines, one that can, in the finest vintages, age for decades. Take a tour of the Barolo production zone and learn the finest vineyards and producers.
A UNESCO Heritage Site rich in history, beauty, good food and great wines I was born in the province of Cuneo, near the Alps, in a village that looks like a still from a 1930’s movie, where women still feel they need to have red lipstick and heels to leave […]
There are few better ways to experience autumn in Italy than traveling along one of its wine roads, sampling fine vintages and dining in rustic trattorias amid gorgeous landscapes. Here are 7 fabulous routes to consider for a fall holiday.
Our experts are here to help with all your questions about Italy. This month they cover travelling in Puglia, buying property in a UNESCO-listed region, and the palio of Tarquinia…
Holidays in Puglia
Q I have visited Puglia before, staying in a beautiful countryside villa set in own grounds with private pool. I would like to rent a large bedroom villa for up to 12 people, with private pool and garden, to celebrate my 50th birthday but would like it to be within walking distance into town. Kate Moore, by email
A Italians generally prefer to live in town, close to their family and friends and with all local services at their front door, meaning that their homes are either in apartment blocks around communal courtyards or are terrace-type houses built close together with little space for pools.
This said, however, many Italians do also have holiday homes located in the countryside where they can escape to in August, the hottest month of the year, leaving them potentially free for holiday rental at other times.
The high-profile wine depends a surprising amount on the less-heralded Dolcetto and Barbera grapes, Kevin Day discovers.
In the fog-shrouded hills south of Alba, Italy, the economics of making Barolo wine are changing, and because they often share the same terrain, so are the dynamics of producing Barbera and Dolcetto.
Long regarded as one of Italy’s most prestigious wines, Barolo’s popularity has climbed to even greater heights in recent years. Much of this fever-pitch level of interest can be attributed to a series of stellar vintages. But on the ground, Barolo has also become a tourist destination. The 2014 designation of the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato Hills as a Unesco World Heritage Site has accelerated interest in the area’s culinary and pastoral heritage. Today, visitors to the villages of Barolo, La Morra and Monforte d’Alba are just as likely to be everyday tourists looking to take pictures of pretty villages as they are wine connoisseurs seeking the latest vintages.
All of this attention on Barolo has naturally been seen as an opportunity by foreign investors.
Food lovers from around the world flock to the UNESCO World Heritage site for the fleeting aroma and distinct flavor of precious white truffles.
The morning and late-night fog hangs thick and low over Alba’s softly rolling hills, desaturating the browning lands like a retro Instagram filter. From late September through January, this picturesque town in Italy’s northwestern Piedmont region plays host to gastrotourists from around the world who flock to the UNESCO World Heritage site for the fleeting aroma—and flavor—of underground magic: that earthy, garlicky, nearly gasoline-y perfume of tartufi bianchi, or white truffles.
Wine tells a story. My bottle of wine awakened the dormant traveller within me, transporting me back to Italy, the place I call home.
When I was 12 my granddad and I often drove through the Italian countryside in his vintage Citroën DS. Destination and direction were of secondary importance: we drove to admire the beauty of the region we came from.
One particularly warm September day remains in my memory. My granddad and I were cruising through the Langhe in northern Italy. The Langhe is a region of hills, vineyards, and castles in Piedmont. The region is well known for its wines, cheeses and white truffles. The Langhe has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage region.
The landscape is truly impressive. Medieval burgs perch on high hills overlooking vertiginous vineyards that disappear into the shadowy valleys beneath.