Welcome to our home at La Famulenta, Piedmont, Italy. We are a German and English couple who have always loved Italy: the lifestyle, the food and drink and the people. We have found this area to be the perfect base for exploring northern Italy, whether you want to enjoy the local wine country or discover the cities of Milan, Turin, Alessandria, Asti or Casale Monferrato. All have so much to offer. Travel a little further and see the Italian coast in Liguria, the Alps to the north of Turin or the beautiful lakes.
We hope you love this area of Italy like we do.
Frank and Natalie
So what would we suggest you see and do on a 3-day stay in Piedmont? How about some or all of the following in the immediate vicinity:
A relaxing morning exploring Moncalvo, Italy’s smallest city. Just 10 minutes away it has a lovely central square to enjoy a morning cappuccio and a brioche at one of the friendly cafes while watching the world go by. Stroll through the historic roads, enjoy the view from the castle walls and visit the tourist information office for more information. You will also find various information pamphlets at the apartment. The local food market is every Thursday morning and well worth a visit. Our kitchen is well equipped for you to prepare the fresh ingredients at home. Moncalvo has many restaurants for lunch or dinner – let us know what you are looking for and we can make a recommendation.
Visit the town of Asti, to the south, site of the famous Palio every September, and arrange a wine tour with a local wine-producer, perhaps one based in Rochetta Tanaro or Canelli, home to the famous cathedral cellars for an amazing sparkling wine. Guided tours are also available to find out more about truffles, cheese or chocolate! Children will enjoy the nearby Astilido pool and slide park and the pedestrian centre of Asti is also very pleasant for shopping.
Visit the UNESCO world heritage site just outside Moncalvo: The Sacred Mount of Crea is a convent and church of Santa Maria in a protected natural park with picnic areas with a history that goes back to the first Century A.D. Enjoy the fabulous scenery or discover the many important buildings and works of art. It is also possible to hire bicycles or bring your own – the region is very popular for cycling and hiking and there are many planned routes and tour companies.
Not forgetting Alba, especially during truffle season, Barolo, Barbaresco, Alessandria, Casale Monferrato or visiting one of the many seasonal festivals or regular antique and curiosity markets.
Here are some links to the events:
Salone del Gusto: http://salonedelgusto.com/
Alba Truffle Fair: http://www.fieradeltartufo.org/
Moncalvo Truffle Fair: http://www.fieradeltartufodimoncalvo.it/
Welcome Piemonte: http://www.welcomepiemonte.it/
Gruppo di Azione Locale del Basso Monferrato Astigiano: http://www.monferratoastigiano.it/