Piemonte, or Piedmont, is located in the western side of Italy, bordering with France to the west, Switzerland to the North, and surrounded on all but the eastern end by the wonderful Alps. It is unfortunate- or maybe really fortunate!- that not many tourists visit this wonderful area. It has a lot to offer, especially when it comes to food and gastronomic experiences.
The Castle of Barolo
Foodies know that the Slow Food movement was born in Italy, but few are aware that its International headquarters are in Bra, in the province of Cuneo. When thinking of wonderful food places, the Cuneo area ranks very high among Italians!
Barolo is, in fact, a city in Piemonte!
Langhe, the wine region between Cuneo and Asti, has nothing to envy to the Tuscan Chianti hills: wonderful castles are within a mile of each other in a hilly landscape that has made of its wine cultivations and its farming heritage a staple of its economy. Barolo, Asti, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Barbaresco are a few of the wines that originate in Langhe, not to mention a long lasting grappa tradition. Remarkable local products like white truffles and Castelmagno cheese need no introductions to foodies, but many more are just as intriguing to learn about. That’s what we’re going to discover on our Piedmont trips!
The main square of Diano D’Alba, in the heart of Langhe
A view of Langhe
The main reason to visit Piemonte in the Fall remains the white truffle. This is what the Fiera del Tartufo di Albalooks like. Can’t you smell the delicious truffles???
More information about Piemonte and the Cuneo province:
Wikipedia entries for Piedmont;
Piedmont region official website;
Typical products of the Cuneo province;
Personal Flickr collection of food in Piedmont;
Personal Flickr collection of grappa distilleries in Langhe.