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Piedmont Area

After the Dolomites and other great places, we would like to spend 4 days in the Piedmont area and use one town as a base. I was thinking Alba but If anyone has other ideas that would be great. We would be staying in an airbnb or even agritoursim location, if anyone has suggestions that would be awesome.

We are interested in food, wine, castles and hiking. We don't want to spend too much time driving everyday as would like to enjoy this area.

TIA :)

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My friend and I used Barbaresco as a base. It’s one of the wine towns and very easy to get to Alba, Asti, Barolo and other towns in the area. We stayed at Agriturismo Tre Stelle a fantastic place surrounded by vineyards and hazel nut trees. Adriana and Michele are terrific hosts. En suite baths, great breakfast, rooms have terraces with million euro views, great restaurants close by. Be sure to visit the wine cellar and try Michele’s wines.

If you want to splurge on a memorable dining experience, try Io e Luna about a 20 minute drive in Guarene. Open for lunch and dinner. No crowds at lunch and great views from the terrace with excellent food and a very good selection of wines.

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Thanks Philip. I was thinking g of staying 3 nights, what do you think? It looks fabulous :)

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Piedmont's too big to explore in just a few days, so you need to decide your main interests first. We based in Bra as it was centrally located and small enough to drive in and out, but we still did a fair amount of driving in order to experience the countryside and small cities. If you appreciate monumental architecture, I recommend staying near a transit line in an inner neighborhood of Torino - the sites you can visit easily will amaze you and you can still drive out to other areas w/o difficulty.
https://www.apathtolunch.com/2015/12/an-italian-itinerary-small-cities-in.html

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Nicola, it’s a beautiful property and I’d return in a heartbeat! Three days is great for visiting the surrounding Langhe area. Don’t hesitate to try Arneis, the crisp local white wine. Another resto recommendation is less than a km away. Osteria taSté is in a renovated school building from the 20’s or 30’s. Great cuisine! See if you can find the WWII era report cards framed on one of the walls. Shows the Fascist influence over all parts of life at the time.