Red, orange and yellow leaves transform the Piedmont landscape each autumn. Woodland becomes the setting for seasonal truffle hunts and vineyards emerge from the annual grape harvest. While the medieval town of Alba hosts its annual white truffle fair, Cuneo holds a national chestnut fair and Turin tempts visitors with this season’s chocolate festival. For a rural retreat making the most of this landscape and seasonal celebration, it’s worth visiting picturesque areas of Piedmont like Langhe where exploration of the outdoors comes with an introduction to the region’s slow food philosophy and locally made wine.
A number of luxury hideaways offer an immersion into bucolic areas of the enticing region. The recently opened Casa di Langa hotel, for example, pairs a focus on sustainability and contemporary interiors that take inspiration from the natural environment with an introduction to Piedmont’s gastronomy, wine traditions and overall community spirit. This new hotel also has the world’s first truffle concierge. Over in Montferrat, the new boutique hotel Nordelaia takes over an 800-year-old farmhouse that has undergone a complete redesign with Pinot Noir vines also planted in the property’s gardens. From these and other rural retreats in the area, activities range from wine tasting and foraging to guided hikes, cooking classes and art tours.