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The Langhe

PRIVATE TRIP: Autumn in the Langhe

Nov 6-11, 2023

This is a six-day celebration of Autumn for two people entering the Autumn of their lives, Charles and Julia, turning 50 this year. For them we have sought out a prime cut of Northern Italy, from Torino into the Langhe, with its undulating hills of vineyards and hilltop fortresses. The story of this region in Autumn is the story of osterias and ochre forests, white truffles and big red wines. And, of course, our mortality.

Nathan Thornburgh

Our Host

Nathan Thornburgh

Eugenio Signoroni

Trip Guide

2022 Italian Food Writer of the Year 🏆
Eugenio Signoroni

R&K Trip Itinerary

This trip was designed by Eugenio Signoroni, editor of Slow Food’s annual guide to Italian Osteria, a man who makes it his business to know everybody and one of the best bites of the region. Our primary host will be Nathan Thornburgh, Roads & Kingdoms co-founder and a man with a hilariously loose knowledge of Italian.

Nov 6-11, 2023

Day 1

Nov 6 Mon

Italy’s first capital

  • Scarpa Villas
  • Cascina Monvigliero, 28, 12060 Verduno CN, Italy
  • +393484765176
  • Welcome cocktails at Pfatisch, an Art Nouveau cafe under the gilded arcades of old Torino
  • Classic Piemontese osteria dishes in a long, relaxed, family-style dinner at Antiche Sere
  • Transfer after dinner down to the Langhe to our villas for the week 

Day 2

Nov 7 Tue

Stars of the Langhe

  • Scarpa Villas
  • Cascina Monvigliero, 28, 12060 Verduno CN, Italy
  • +393484765176
  • Silvio Pistone, iconic cheesemaker, hosts us at his farm for sheep cheese, salume, and, if the gods smile upon Silvio and us, there may be fresh truffles
  • A visit to the workshop of hazelnut producers Gallesio in Benevello
  • Siesta, hangout at Scarpa
  • Private dining at the historic Michelin-starred restaurant Guido on the Fontanafredda Estate

Day 3

Nov 8 Wed

Hello Bocce

  • Scarpa Villas
  • Cascina Monvigliero, 28, 12060 Verduno CN, Italy
  • +393484765176
  • Sleep in, wake up to great Italian coffee and baked goods and the site of the ochre vineyards all around
  • Head to learn the beautiful game, bocce, in Alba. With beers and wine, just to raise the difficulty a bit.
  • Lunch at Osteria Da Gemma, picturesque Piemontese pasta palazzo
  • Siesta or hang at the villa
  • Agnolotto-making workshop in the test kitchen of Italy’s greatest food studies school, Pollenzo University
  • Cook and eat our masterwork for dinner with a private chef back at Scarpa Villa

Day 4

Nov 9 Thu

The Stars of the Langhe

  • Scarpa Villas
  • Cascina Monvigliero, 28, 12060 Verduno CN, Italy
  • +393484765176
  • Visit to the Ettore Germano winery, making Barolos in Serralunga d’Alba since 1856
  • Look for wines that are even older than Charles and Julia in Germano’s cellar
  • Hike the vineyards from Barolo to La Morra with plenty of cheese, wine and salami
  • Time for another Scarpa siesta
  • Classic Langhe cuisine at Restaurant Il Centro in Priocca, famous for its Fritto Misto

Day 5

Nov 10 Fri

Into nature

  • Turin Palace Hotel
  • Pack up and head north. Roadtrip to the heroic cliffside vineyards of Carema with Gian Marco Viano, one of Italy’s great young winemakers
  • Rice history and lunch at Carema with a risotto meal cooked by two of northern Italy’s greatest risotto masters
  • Last dinner in Torino, this time at Consorzio, the innovative, eclectic wine bar and restaurant run by friends
  • Optional Torino bar crawling

Day 6

Nov 11 Sat


  • Arrivederchi unfortunately has nothing to do with ‘arrive’. It’s all goodbyes as everyone heads back on their flights home.

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