Piedmont

Villa La Madonna is located in Piedmont in Northwest Italy, an area with fantastic nature, hills and vineyards as far as the eye can see and still with a humble tourism. Piedmont means “at the foot of the mountains”, which matches the area’s geographical location. The area is known to be one of Italy’s largest wine districts with world famous wines – Barolo, Barbera, Barbaresco, Dolcetto and Spumante. In Piedmont traditions and history remain with a serenity and pleasure that you can't find at many places today. Many people who visit Piedmont have a great interest in food and wine and this is exactly what the area is famous for. Here you will meet people who search for the genuine and come here to drink good wine, enjoy fantastic food and taste the finest white truffles. From the heart of Piedmont sits the Alps, approximately two hours away and the snow-clad peaks are a constant presence in the distance. One hour to the south awaits the Italian Riviera’s sunny beaches.

Barolo and slow food

Not far from Villa La Madonna are the world-famous wine regions of Barolo,  Barbaresco, Barbera, Gavi and Asti Spumanti. A fantastic wine district and one of the most well-known in Italy, you can find 200 producers of Barolo-wines in the area. with around 100 vineyards in the region. In summer 2014, they were placed on UNESCO’s list of “World Heritage Sites”. On request, we arrange trips to this wonderful wine country and visit well-known vineyards for wine tasting and guided tour. It was also here, in Piedmont, that the global concept ”Slow Food” started in the town of Bra, 1986 and today become world famous for the quality of the food. Slow Food is all about basing meals on locally produced ingredients and preparing them in the traditional manner to be enjoyed in peace and calm with family and friends. In this area you will find most gourmet chefs throughhout Italy as well as some of the most famous restaurants.

White truffle

Also to be found in Piedmont is the famous Italian white truffle, Tuber Magnatum, in the truffle capital of Alba. White truffles are one of the world’s most expensive delicacies and they can only be found in a few places around the world. Truffles are a type of fungus that grows underground and they are a delicacy in Piedmont. About 80 per cent of all white truffles in Italy come from Alba, in the province of Cuneo, and for this reason they are often called Alba truffles. As you would expect, we organise truffle hunting expeditions when they are in season and visit the annual truffle market in Alba (October to November). White truffles are cleaned carefully with a small brush and are then enjoyed very finely sliced on top of a fresh pasta, accompanied by a lightly fried egg, or together with steak tartare. The aroma of truffle is wonderful, and the fact that the Barolo wine also comes from the district is an unbeatable bonus. This wine, made from the Nebbiolo grape, goes particularly well with white truffles.

CHEESE, CHOCOLATE AND BISCUITS

Piedmont is world famous for its wine and renowned cuisine but there is more to discover in this region, including its local cheeses, chocolate and almond biscuits. Near Villa La Madonna, you can find the most divine small cheese-makers as well as taste experiences beyond the ordinary. This is where Gorgonzola cheese is said to have been discovered. It is also the region where the much-lauded Robiola cheese is produced. Here you will find hundreds of small local cheese-makers with specialities that have to be experienced on the spot.  We would be happy to organise visits for you to taste and buy your own particular favourite. For many years, Piedmont has been one of the most famous chocolate-producing centres in Italy, including Ferrero Rocher and Nutella. Fans of almond biscuits will be interested to know that Amaretti, with their unique taste of peaches, are made in Mombaruzzo, just a few miles beyond the hills.

Acqui terme

Acqui Terme is our closest town and is located only 15 mins from Villa La Madonna with car. The town is an ancient Roman town famous for its health-giving waters and is today also known for it's thermal bath. Here, you can see the town’s famous hot springs that are constantly visited by people who want to benefit from the healing thermal water. Acqui Terme is an intimate little town with many shops, bars, excellent restaurants and cafés. We always recommend a visit at La Curia, the local wine bar, which is a special experience.