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Costigliole d'Asti Barolo Vineyard Trail Self Guided Walking Holiday


  • A huge selection of incredible wines, cheeses, sweets and chocolates to taste
  • Wonderful local restaurants, many featuring the famed white truffle
  • Relaxing walking through vineyards and hazelnut forests
  • Authentic family run accommodation, some with prize winning restaurants

The Barolo Vineyard Walking Trail winds its way through Piedmont, Italy’s hidden paradise for wine connoisseurs and gourmets. It explores the Langhe region, set between the Alps and the Apennine mountains, which is blessed with fertile lands that produce the Tube Magnatum, a prized white truffle, and one of Italy’s most prestigious red wines: the Barolo.

Piedmont is a region of Italy where food comes first and other local specialities of this area, which boasts a century’s old tradition of gastronomy, include gourmet cheeses, delicious pastries, hazelnut chocolates and indulgent deserts. As you walk amongst vineyards between pretty medieval villages you will have plenty of opportunity to enjoy the food and wine of the area.

The rolling landscape of the Langhe region in Piedmont is a rich tapestry of vineyards, hazelnut plantations and dense oak woods, sprinkled with picturesque villages, elegant castles and feudal towers. Your walk begins in historic Alba, with its thriving restaurant scene, truffle fair and annual donkey race. From Alba you wind your way through the rolling hills of the Langhe to Barolo, Monforte d’Alba, Cissone and Cravanzana before reaching Cortemilia, the end of the trail.

Your holiday includes seven nights’ accommodation in charming family run three star hotels and cosy agriturismo, many of whom are well known for their excellent cuisine. Breakfast, luggage transfer, emergency support, detailed route notes and maps are all included so you can just relax and enjoy the walking, food and wine of Piedmont.

DAY 1: Arrive in Alba

Turin is the closest airport (2h) but Milan Malpensa (3-4h) is served by more flights. Alba is a captivating medieval city of a “hundred towers”. A treasure chest of flavours and aromas located in the heart of Piedmont wine country.

The cobbled streets of Alba are lined with chic bars and boutiques and the restaurant scene is second to none. The Ferrero Rocher factory on the edge of town makes some of the world’s best selling chocolate but for areal treat dive into one of the divine little pastry shops.

Overnight: Hotel Savona**** or Hotel Lange***

Ideally located in the heart of Alba the hotels we use are big on service, style and sumptuous food. A great way to start your trip and serious foodies should consider adding an extra night in Alba to sample a couple more of the outstanding restaurants.

DAY 2: Roddi to Vergne-Barolo

A short taxi transfer brings you to beautiful Roddi this morning.  This is where your walk begins.

The trail meanders over hills and through valleys, passing the rustic hilltop village of La Morra before you reach reach Vergne-Barolo. Leave yourself plenty of time because both the Cantina Comunale di Morra and Vajra winery in Vergne offer wine tastings en route.

Walk: 12.5 km, 4-5hrs, 355m ascent, 320m descent

Overnight: Agriturismo Cà San Ponzio or Hotel Barolo

DAY 3: Vergne-Barolo to Monforte d’Alba

Today is dedicated to the appreciation of Barolo wine. Leaving Vergne you soon reach the beautiful old village of Novello, with its tower dating from the Middle Ages. Shortly thereafter you reach the wine capital of Barolo, where this famous wine is produced. The wonderful Castello dei Marchesi Faletti, complete with museum dedicated to Barolo, is the perfect place to while away a few hours.

Your walk continues through immaculate vineyards and hazelnut forests to the charming hilltop village of Monforte d’Alba. With a square packed with cantinas and restaurants the biggest challenge for the day is deciding where to eat.

Walk 1: 5km, 2.5hrs, 394m ascent, 322m descent

Walk 2: 11km, 4hrs, 394m ascent, 322m descent

Overnight: Hotel Grappolo d’Oro

A comfortable and modern hotel located right on the town square and well known for its excellent restaurant.

DAY 4: Monforte d’Alba to Cissone

Today you can look forward to a thoroughly rewarding walk through the varied landscape of the Langhe hills. The path winds through vineyards, hazelnut plantation and tranquil woods, discovering the ancient hamlet of Serralunga d’Alba along the way.

The afternoon brings a long climb to Roddino, a long descent and then a final short climb to your splendidly located agriturismo in Cissone.

Walk 1: 7km, 2hrs, 338m ascent, 239m descent

Walk 2: 16km, 5-6hrs, 846m ascent, 681m descent

Overnight: Agriturismo Balcone sulle Langhe

Enjoying the most wonderful rural location this beautifully restored farmhouse enjoys wonderful vistas over the Langhe Hills. Offering simple but comfortable accommodation and delicious home cooked meals it is the ideal escape.

DAY 5: Circular walk from Cissone

The landscape surrounding Cissone is a patchwork of vineyards sprinkled with towers and castles. Enjoy a circular walk through this delightful corner of Piedmont, perhaps stopping for a glass of local wine from a traditional cantina in the centre of the village.

Walk: 8.5km, 3hrs, 307m ascent/descent

Overnight: Agriturismo Balcone sulle Langhe

DAY 6: Cissone to Cravanzana

You will notice the landscape changing today as you walk into the higher part of the Langhe Hills.Characterised by hazelnut forests and steep slopes covered with huge oak trees this is where you also find the treasure of the Langhe: the precious ‘Tuber Magnatum’, also known as ‘the white truffle of Alba’. Don’t worry if you don’t find it on your walk because it is sure to feature on the menu this evening.

Walk: 20km, 6-7hrs, 570m ascent, 622m descent

Overnight: Ristorante Albergo Da Maurizio**

Wonderful food, a wine list of 250 labels and simple rooms. This charming 2* restaurant with rooms has been run by the Robaldo family since 1902. Cheese lovers will particularly appreciate the choice of 25—30 local Piedmont cheeses offered. Please note that the hotel's restaurant is closed Wednesdays (cold platter available or you'll be accompanied to a nearby restaurant).

DAY 7: Cravanzana to Cortemilia

Today you can look forward to a lovely relaxed walk from Cravanzana to Cortemilia, passing the charming villages of Torre Bormida and Bergolo on the way. The path winds through hazelnut plantations, dense chestnut woods and narrow paved streets. A walk as delightfully varied as the landscape itself.

Walk: 12.5km, 4-5hrs, 352m ascent, 681m descent

Overnight: Villa San Carlo

The three star Hotel Ristorante Villa San Carlo, run by the Zarri family, is located in the heart of Cortemilia. With 21 comfortable rooms, a large garden with swimming pool and the most fabulous restaurant you won’t want to leave.

DAY 8: Depart Cortemilia

Your holiday ends after breakfast. A local bus runs from Cortemilia to Alba daily except on Sundays. You can also book a taxi to take you to Alba.

Additional Nights and Extensions

You can add additional nights at any point along the walk or elsewhere in Italy.

Tailor Made Holidays

We are always more than happy to tailor our standard itineraries to suit. Just let us know what you would like and we will be happy to arrange your tailor made holiday.


The accommodation on this walk is a combination of charming family run three star hotels in the larger towns and cosy and friendly agriturismo in the countryside. Many are renowned for their excellent cuisine and all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and an authentic experience.

Alternate Accommodation

During high season, or when your stay falls on a closing day, you might be booked into a different accommodation which is not listed in the description. Any alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard as those described.

Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.


A delicious breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included. Most accommodations are happy to provide a packed lunch - this should be requested on arrival. Or you can pick up lunch in the village or stop along the trail. Your route notes have details for each day. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby bars, cafes and restaurants. Please note that Hotel Da Maurizio's restaurant is closed Wednesdays (cold
platter available or you'll be accompanied to a nearby restaurant).

How to Book

This walking holiday is available from mid-April to the end of November. You can start your walk on any date in the season. To make a provisional reservation select "Book" for the itinerary you are interested in.
Option prices will be displayed as part of the booking process.
Because every holiday we book is bespoke, availability changes from day to day and our booking process works as follows:

  • You provisionally book the tour you are interested in for your preferred dates and pay a 20% deposit online or by phone.
  • We confirm availability and book all your accommodation and options and send final confirmation as soon as everything is confirmed (max 5 working days).
  • If we are unable to accommodate you on your confirmed dates/tour or an alternative of your choice your deposit is fully refunded.

Grade & Terrain

This walking tour is graded Easy to Moderate. The walks are through vineyards and along uneven footpaths, mule tracks and small gravel roads (strade bianche). The trails through the vineyards can get slippery, muddy and heavy-going when wet or after it has rained. Daily walks are of 2 to 6.5 hrs with an average ascent and descent of 300 - 400m. On most days there is an easier option walk, with most days 3 to 4.5 hours. The toughest day where there is just one walk available is Day 6, with an ascent of 681m, approx. duration is 6.5hrs.

Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

Some of the walks on this trip are way marked but many are not and you will need to follow the route notes and maps supplied.

You will also have access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App enabling you to follow the route using your phone’s GPS so using this combined with the provided route notes and maps means you should have no problems finding your way

Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

This holiday is available for solo walkers but we would recommend that you are more experienced in walking and navigating alone. If you are travelling solo the holiday is more expensive as some costs are not shared.

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred between your accommodations as per your itinerary. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.


A local taxi transfers is included on day 2 from Alba to the start of your walk. We can book a transfer from Cortemilia to Alba for you at additional charge.


Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with us that you have suitable travel insurance that covers you for cancellation, curtailment, illness or injury.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Getting to Alba

By Air—Turin is the closest airport (2 h) and served by BA and Ryanair from the UK. Milan Linate and Milan Malpensa are served by many more airlines but the journey time by public transport is at least 3– 4 hours.

From Turin Airport to Alba - Take the bus to Turin railway station and then train to Alba (1 change)

From Milan Linate/Malpensa to Alba - take the train or bus to central Milan and the train to Alba (2 – 3 changes, 3—4 hours).

From Cortemilia to Alba (End of Trip) - There are a few public buses each day, except Sundays. The journey takes 50 minutes. Private transfers are available.

Getting to Alba

By Air—Turin is the closest airport (2 h) and served by BA and Ryanair from the UK. Milan Linate and Milan Malpensa are served by many more airlines but the journey time by public transport is at least 3– 4 hours.

From Turin Airport to Alba - Take the bus to Turin railway station and then train to Alba (1 change)

From Milan Linate/Malpensa to Alba - take the train or bus to central Milan and the train to Alba (2 – 3 changes, 3—4 hours).

From Cortemilia to Alba (End of Trip) - There are a few public buses each day, except Sundays. The journey takes 50 minutes. Private transfers are available.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with us that you have suitable travel insurance that covers you for cancellation, curtailment, illness or injury.


  • Accommodation for 7 nights in 3 star hotels and agriturismo.
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Daily luggage transport of 1 bag of up to 20kg per person as required.
  • Transfers on day 2
  • Detailed route descriptions and pre departure information pack
  • Maps of the walks
  • 24-hour assistance by phone
  • Access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App


  • Flights and transfers to first / from last accommodation
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program


  • Single room supplement(s) if applicable
  • Solo walker supplement if applicable
  • Airport transfers
  • Additional nights during the holiday.

We are often asked the following questions and we hope that you will find the answers useful. Don't hesitate to contact one of our Italy specialists if you have any further queries.

How fit do I need to be?

This walking holiday is graded easy to moderate and involves between three and seven hours of walking each day. On the longer days there is usually a shorter option available but the minimum daily walk is three hours.

When is the best time of year?

The walking in fabulous from April through November but October to early November is high season for Truffles and the Truffle Festival in Alba over the weekends is a real highpoint.

July and August can be hot so you will have to start early to miss the heat of the day, although the towns and villages are buzzing which is great.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this area is extremely popular. You will find up to date availability on our website and we will always try and accommodate your plans so just ask.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots, comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc.

Which is the best airport?

Turin is the closest but Milan Linate and Malpensa are served by more flights.

Beautiful scenery and strenuous hiking at times


Well organized, amazing food, beautiful scenery, and rated as easy to moderate. I would say it was challenging at times with fit bit day totals over 23km and 2500ft of elevation gain some days. We did it all but saw others who were overwhelmed and took taxis or dropped out altogether.


Victoria bc


Beautiful country combined with great food and wine


We had a wonderful time on the Barolo Vineyard trail. The first several days of walking are all wine country. As the materials said, there are many opportunities for tastings along the way. We were lucky enough to be traveling when the harvest was starting, so we saw picking and crates of grapes being transported. We marveled at the sheer size of the vineyards that often went on as far as the eye could see. The latter part of the trip took us into an area with more hills and a tremendous amount of hazelnut production. The concern that we had when signing up for the trip was that the walking distances might not be enough, but it turned out that they were about perfect. Because it is quite hilly and the ground could be uneven on four by four tracks or trails, we weren't moving as quickly as we might have in other terrain. We were also stopping to take pictures on a regular basis and we were stopping in small towns to look around. It ended up being a great combination of exercise, sight seeing, and wine. There were several places we stayed that had exceptional food. The Agriturismo Balcone Sulle Langhe in Cissone had fabulous dinners. The food at Villa San Carlo in Cortemelia, owned and run by Chef Carlo Zarri, was the best food I have ever eaten anywhere. Carlo was everywhere, checking on his guests. Check him out online to find out more about his history. We did need to pay careful attention to both the step by step directions and the map app for the last few days of the hike. There are several smaller trails that were overgrown and a bit hard to find. There are also some smaller trails that were not in great shape because of erosion and mountain bikers. Those problems were all limited, but the walker does need to be attentive. We also discovered that the soil in vineyards can be incredibly slippery when wet because of a clay base. When the notes recommend avoiding a section if wet, believe them. Overall, this was a great trip. Go for it!


Chicago area


You must download the Mac App and have GPS on your phone


At times this is not an easy walk. It is very hilly and the grade steep. Walkers need to be prepared to walk up many inclines and descend rough trails located in forests. The trails are not clearly marked and you must use the Mac App and GPS, but also be prepared to wander a bit when there is no service. The views from the tops of the hills and vineyards are beautiful.

Farmer Denise



vineyards, hazelnut trees, and vistas of the Alps


This trip was made possible by the fantastic mid-october weather we enjoyed. It would be difficult or impossible in the rain, extreme heat, or cold. As usual with Macsadventures, the accommodations were well selected, baggage forwarding was efficient, and we were expected and welcomed everywhere. Much of the route follows the Barolo trail, and route notes and maps were generally excellent, with exceptions. One trail was not only not marked -- it was not a trail at all. The local correspondent should review the unmarked bits of the itinerary before the walking season begins again. There may be a better place to stay in Monforte than the Grappolo d'Or on the main piazza, but it was fine. A highlight was the Hotel San Carlo in Courtemilia, where we stayed two nights at the end of the walk, rather than spending a second night in beautiful but empty Cissone. The chef there, Carlo Zarri, deserves a Michelin star or two. Other highlights from the food point of view were the Buon Padre in Vergne, a fabulous place, very traditional, and Ca Maurizio in Cravanzana. The walk is varied. In the second half as you move into the Alta Lange, deep forests and hazelnut plantations replace the vineyards of Barolo. Some climbs and descents were perhaps a bit challenging for a walk billed as moderate, with a lot of ups and downs. There is a magnificent vista of the Alps and Appenines on the last day from the hilltop village of Bergolo, with its extraordinary Romanesque church. We saw virtually no one else on the trails. A great walk -- but be sure the weather cooperates.


Portland, Maine


Beautiful scenery , some reservations


The weather was unseasonably warm so walking through the vineyards was more difficult as it was hot and still. The views were spectacular, and overall the country was beautiful. The paths were not well maintained in places and some were difficult to find. The maps were very good and generally the directions were easy to follow but there were some areas where current conditions have not been updated unlike some other companies we have used in the past who have a more obvious local presence. Most of the accommodation was adequate but having an elevator for the heavy luggage at the end of the day would be appreciated. Whilst we understand that the accommodation can be difficult to obtain in small villages, the need to have a set menu on 2 and possibly 3 of the nights was disappointing.


Adelaide , Australia


Good walking, great food


Good mix of accommodations and walks - from the slightly challenging to the fairly gentle, from busy tourist honey-pots like Barolo to workaday little hilltop towns like Cravanzana. Real insight into a pretty but working landscape - grapes and hazelnuts. But even in a busy landscape you walk through quiet valleys and meet few people. Felt like an authentic insight into 'local' Italy. And do take the opportunity to spend a day or two in Turin at the beginning or end of the holiday - a beautiful and fascinating city.

Jim and Karen



You can do this!


A little apprehensive at first, but quickly got the hang of the guide the first day. May I suggest binding the guide books a little less tightly? Easier to work in the rain.


Montpelier, VT


Wonderful walking holiday


Our group of four (two couples) thoroughly enjoyed our hikes along the vineyards and hazelnut groves and picturesque small villages in the Piedmont region. We found the trail directions clear and easy to follow. The lodgings were clean and comfortable. (We particularly liked the classy Albergo Giardino Da Felicin in Monforte d'Alba and the swank Hotel Villa San Carlo in Cortemilia.) And the quality of the food and wine throughout was simply amazing. We went in May/June and enjoyed the quiet. Expect more tourists in fall.


Washington, DC


Wonderful walking holiday


What a fantastic trip! We traveled at the end of September, which was great timing-- not too hot, and nothing was crowded. In fact, a lot of the smaller villages were quite empty, but still fun to explore for the art and architecture. If you're looking for shopping, the first few days of the trip pass through larger towns, while the later days are in more remote areas. The scenery was beautiful and varied, the walks a nice mix of trails and roads (rolling hills, sometimes steep, but usually not for too long), and the food and hospitality were top notch. The walk guides were well-organized and we didn't have any trouble staying on the path. Much of the trail is marked with red and white blazes, which are a help in validating that you're on the right path. Highlights: Ca san ponzio on the first night is a gem. The rooms are cozy, but the real highlights are the wine cellar and the host, who made us feel thoroughly welcome. Breakfast here is a great start to a good day of walking. L'Bunet in Bergolo (which you pass through on the last day of walking) is a fantastic restaurant and well worth a stop (call ahead to find out if and when they're serving). They have Wonderful food with very fresh ingredients (including those picked from the garden moments before serving), friendly staff (who are very knowledgeable about food allergies...and wine) and a great opportunity to sample wines from smaller vineyards. They also are willing to let you shop from their wine cellar, and all their recommendations were spot-on.

Laura W.

Connecticut, USA


3 stars are often better than 4


The Hotel Savona in Alba is a classic city Hotel near the station. The Hotel Langhe is a relaxing Hotel just 20 minutes walk outside the centre of Alba. Don't expect to stop at vineyards on the way. There is plenty of opportunity near the accommodation; though we saved ourselves for the evening. The walking is very up and down mainly on tracks and quiet roads. The views are very good. The wine and food are the main thing though ... walking just makes you feel; less guilty. This was a very enjoyable change from walking across mountain ranges and through jungles.




Barolo Vineyard Trail

4.5 24


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