There is a place that I used to call home for 26 years. It’s very beautiful but I never fully realised that until I left.
I come from a very small village, immersed in vineyards, I always felt a bit trapped there and the desire of living in a big city always lived in my soul. Now that I have left, it feels bittersweet not being able to call that place home anymore. There is something special about those hills, so warm and familiar, so full of memories.
After being away for more than a year I returned to my region and I can tell you: it was so special.
If you are planning a visit to Langhe e Roero I cannot recommend it enough. It is a place that only recently has been discovered by tourists. It’s the land of wine, truffles, delicious food and the place of my childhood.
This year was extremely emotional to return there: it was the first year without my grandmother to visit and, luckily, I was hugging my dad outside of the hospital where I last saw him.
Being an expat can be very hard when someone you love so dearly is ill, it makes you feel so sad and so helpless at the same time. It was tough.
Luckily my dad is doing better and despite that we all know the situation is delicate, we choose to be positive and to make the most of the future ahead.
I only stayed in Piedmont for 5 days but those 5 days were so packed and they passed in a blink.
As we wanted to make the most of our time together, for once, we completely forgot about routines and lived freely. It had some downsides of course: young kids don’t do well without a decent bedtime but it was worth it. I feel like we really lived those moments without worryng too much and it felt good. Finally I could see a sunset and enjoy it, normally we are well at home by that time so I was happy as a child to see several gorgeous sunsets.
We did quite some things and I have some recommendations for you in case you want to visit this beautiful region.
Firstly don’t forget to rent a car: you’ll need one to see all the pretty villages around that are not connected by public transport. Having a car is a must in my opinion when visiting Langhe e Roero.
WHAT WE DID:
EAT, EAT AND EAT AGAIN
The food in Piedmont is so so good, I promise you’ll never have enough.
Our favorite places:
LA PIOLA ALBA:
We always go there for the BEST Vitello Tonnato in town!
Located in the main shopping street, their aperitifs never disappoint and they offer a lovely traditional menu as well.
TRATTORIA TRE RII MONTEU ROERO:
This is a small, old fashioned trattoria close to the village where I’m from. The decor is very vintage but the food is super delicious and cheap. It’s well known by the locals and very busy at lunch time.
You are in wine heaven. This is the region where the famous Barolo and Barbaresco are from but they are not the only wines you’ll find there. Langhe and Roero are proud producers of many delicious wines for any taste.
You can visit several wine houses in the region and we had the chance to visit the stunning Cascina Chicco which is located in Canale: the little village where I’m from.
This place is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen, where the past has been incorporated in the future and everything has been done with an excellent level of attention to detail.
Their underground cellar is something really unique and so interesting to see, at its deepest point you’ll find yourself 28 metres under the ground, surrounded by hundreds of bottles waiting for the perfect time to be served and enjoyed.
The roots of this family go back to the 1950’s and they are very proud of them. This Cascina Chicco comprehends over 50 hectares of vineyards scattered in different parts of Langhe and Roero so the variety of wine they produce is very wide.
A visit to the winehouse can be pre-arranged and it’s something I would strongly recommend you to do. It’s an unique experience that you won’t forget. Even Catherine was very charmed.
VISIT THE VILLAGES
There are so many villages that are worth a visit: Barolo, Barbaresco, Monforte d’Alba, Grinzane and the list goes on.
We managed to visit the Grinzane Castle and the winery of Fontanafredda in Serralunga d’Alba. They are both so worth it and there is a lot of green space for the kids to run around.
As you can see, I highly recommend to visit this Region, I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do!!
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