The Monferrato and the LangheBack to The Good Life in Northern Italy »
For food and wine lovers, these neighboring regions are the connoisseur's alternative to Tuscany. The cuisine is a mix of Italian fundamentals and sophisticated French influences; the wine, led by the mighty Barolo, is the most lauded in Italy. Vineyards line the slopes around the hilltop towns, the perfect setting for leisurely hikes and winery visits.
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- Visit a wine bar to sample world-famous wines and local specialties. There's the celebrated Barolo, the less austere Barbaresco (both from the nebbiolo grape), Dolcetto, and Barbera among the reds; also look for Freisa and Gringnolino, Gabiano, and the dry sparkling Cortese.
- Alba is known as the City of the White Truffle. In season, restaurants shave these pungent gems over many dishes.
- If the weather's fine, start in any of the little Langhe towns and hike the trails through the surrounding vineyards.
- Explore Asti, dotted with 13th-century towers and a Gothic Duomo.
- Visit Alba in October for the Fiera del Tartufo (National Truffle Fair).
- In grape-harvest season (September) many towns hold wine festivals.
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