Every year at the end of October, people all over the world celebrate the Day of the Dead, known in Italy as i Morti. This year, escape the madness and head to the hilly village of Langhe in the Piemonte region of Italy for the weekend, as this area has some of the best vineyards and truffles the country has to offer. If you don’t know where to start, let us figure it out for you.
Vineyards & Wine Cellars
Kick-start your Saturday with a wine tasting during the day. Piemonte boasts some of the best grapes in the world, and Langhe is the perfect place to explore these vineyards. The perfect activity for any group of travelers, wine tours are offered by most of the vineyards in Langhe, and many allow children to come enjoy the fun. To name a few, Borgogno and Socré offer small led group tours throughout their respective wineries. Punset is another winery that offers tours as well as excellent accommodations available for booking. Charming farmhouse rooms bring serenity to your visit, and each room has its own sense of beauty.
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As you may know, autumn is the time of harvest for truffles, and Langhe is the perfect place to be right now. Northern Italy boasts some of the best truffles in the world, and Alba is the undisputed capital of white truffle. The ‘trifolao’ and his dog hunt for the truffles every autumn, and the hunt is something you can experience too. Many areas in Langhe, particularly Alba, offer truffle hunting as an activity for families or couples. On the menu of practically every restaurant, truffles can be found somewhere.
For dinner on Saturday, book a reservation in Alba or Barolo, and you’re sure to get this luxurious item. A three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Alba, Piazza Duomo offers beautifully-plated dishes rich in vegetables, handmade pastas, and the finest meats Piemonte has to offer. The restaurant even has its own truffle menu, available for tasting. If you prefer to head to Barolo, Massimo Camia is another excellent restaurant choice. Tucked away into the vineyards, this option is more cozy but still a one-of-a-kind dining experience.
Another notable restaurant we recommend is Sabatini Ristorante Italiano, a culinary experience from Chef Claudio Favero, who has created a contemporary Italian menu featuring these truffles. He has matched white truffles with different fresh ingredients to create 8 exquisite dishes, from beef carpaccio with aged parmesan and white truffle to the classic egg tagliolini with butter sauce and white truffle.
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Authentic Italian Sunday Lunch
End this perfect weekend with a quiet lunch on the terrace at Il Flauto Magico overlooking the vineyards. With its extensive wine list, this restaurant caters to every sophisticated palette but offers the comfort of an easy, relaxing lunch. Located in the heart of Serralunga d’Alba, this welcoming restaurant brings family together in its humble setting with hidden breathtaking views.
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