I’ve recently had the opportunity to experience an authentic farm stay in Alta Langa, in the region of Piedmont, by spending the weekend at Pascoli di Amaltea.

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They say that the best way to really learn about a place is to live like the locals do and that’s exactly what my girlfriends and I did last weekend. Thanks to our hosts at Pascoli di Amaltea, we had the unique opportunity to experience what is like living in this beautiful part of Piedmont surrounded by an uncontaminated landscape of steeped terraced vineyards, hazelnut groves and lots of sheep and goats!

The location

Alta Langa is one of the most scenic parts of Piedmont. It’s a strip of hilly land at the border with Liguria that includes the provinces of Cuneo, Asti and Alessandria.

Piemonte-alta-langaThe altitude is pretty high here, ranging from 700 to about 900 meters above sea level. This makes Alta Langa a great option for those looking to escape the summer heat, not to mention you get phenomenal views at every corner.

Despite being far from the glamour of Barolo (which is pretty close, by the way), the villages of Alta Langa are full of character and rustic charm, with a fantastic combination of picturesque cobbled streets, old-style trattorie and slow rhythms of life.

This is also the land of dairy farms, where a variety of excellent cheeses are still produced using traditional methods; many have become slow food presidia and have been awarded the Protected Designation of Origin mark.

Pascoli di Amaltea

We stayed at Pascoli di Amaltea, an organic farm located in Mombarcaro, the highest village of Alta Langa. From here, views extend as far as the Ligurian sea on a clear day! The farm is run by a young couple, Arianna and Alessandro, who chose sustainable agriculture as their profession and way of life.

Piemonte-alta-langa-pascoli-di-amalteaThey breed Langhe sheep and goats and have a small cheese factory where they produce delicious raw milk cheeses. The great thing is that these guys totally respect the animals’ natural breeding cycle, meaning that no cheese has the same taste and appearance (in fact, this totally depends on the season and the type of grass the sheep eat).

Piemonte-alta-langa-pascoli-di-amalteaThe farm has two comfortably furnished rooms with en-suite bathrooms (don’t expect luxury though, this is a truly authentic working farm). Our room was called ‘Il Granaio’ (the granary), it was right next to the stable, and in the morning we were greeted by the bleating of the sheep, while the couple’s adorable dogs waited for us at out doorstep!

Piemonte-alta-langa-pascoli-di-amalteaBreakfast is totally home-made and organic, with cakes, cheese, marmalade and freshly picked fruit. Oh, and coffee is served in classic moka pots, just the way most of us Italians prepare it at home (quite unusual to see in most accommodations). 

Piemonte-alta-langa-pascoli-di-amalteaArianna and Alessandro are amazing hosts and make you instantly feel as if you are visiting friends. They show you around, sharing their story and the challenges of running a farm with an open heart. They also organize tasting sessions of the cheeses and cured meat they produce, all washed down with a bottle of red wine and Alessandro’s home-made liqueurs (just for an extra 20 euros).

Piemonte-alta-langa-pascoli-di-amalteaThe surroundings

Pascoli di Amaltea is a great base to explore the treasures of Alta Langa. Interesting places to visit nearby include Bossolasco, known as the village of the roses, Bergolo, the stone village, and Murazzano, famous for its panoramic medieval tower. Alba, the truffle’s capital, is just 40 km away.

Piemonte-alta-langa-bossolascoThe whole territory is surrounded by a fantastic landscape of forestry and rolling hills, making Alta Langa a true paradise for hikers and cyclists.

Staying at Pascoli di Amaltea has been a fantastic experience and I recommend it to anyone who loves nature and is interested in experiencing a destination from a different perspective. I’m sure that this farm and Alta Langa more in general will be a pleasant surprise!

 

Until then,

 

Please note, this is not a sponsored post. All opinions and photographs are my own.  

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8 Comments

LaRena Fry 30 July 2018 at 14:49

Awesomeness!

    admin 18 August 2018 at 15:35

    Yay!! 🙂

Sarah 30 July 2018 at 14:57

Gosh, this looks really picturesque. I would love to do this. I’ve not been to northern Italy, it looks absolutely gorgeous and the thought of proper goat cheese -umm delicious!

    admin 18 August 2018 at 15:35

    There are very interesting places up here in the north 🙂

Charlotte Buckle 30 July 2018 at 14:59

This place looks amazing! Definitely my type of trip!

Thank you so much for sharing!! 🙂

    admin 18 August 2018 at 15:34

    It surely is a fantastic experience 😉

Cristina Alciati 30 July 2018 at 15:42

I love this part of Piedmont! My dad is from a small village in the province of Asti and whenever my partner and I are over there to visit we go for a drive around the hills. For some strange reason we always seem to get lost near Barolo (…hic!) before we find our way back. I must make a not to get lost in this direction next time! Thank you for your post, love the pictures.

    admin 18 August 2018 at 15:34

    Thanks for your lovely comment Cristina! It’s truly a great part of Piedmont!

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