Some countries have a special place in our heart and Alba in the Langhe area is one of these, because Roberto – the Dad – was born here.
There are many reasons for a trip to the Langhe, the first are a stop in Barolo and Barbaresco, two small villages where the famous wines known throughout the world are produced: Barolo and Barbaresco wines.
If you prefer less crowded and famous villages you can visit Neive – selected as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy – Mango or Magliano Alfieri Castle recently renovated. But if you come there in Autumn there is an event not to be missed: the Truffle Fair.
Truffles are a real tresure of the Langhe in particular the white type, a particular truffles not cultivated but picked up in the forest since ancient times with the help of special dogs. Every year, during the Truffle Fair the city of Alba is full of people attending to the exhibition. Many appointments are suitable also for children: costume parades , re-enactments of ancient crafts, stalls with all sorts of goodies, the truffle auction … In short, a joy for the eyes and the palate that will please young and old.
During these days your children will be delighted to see the flag-waving , the donkey race or the historical reenactments and you cannot avoid being groped by a plate of “tajarin al tartufo” (a typical pasta with truffle) accompanied by a good glass of red wine and a slice of cake with hazelnut as a dessert.
In short, a good idea to organize a family trip here, what do you think ?
Information to plan a visit to Alba and Langhe with kids
Where is Alba and how to reach the Langhe Wine Region
I think that the best way to reach Alba is by car because this is the easiest way to visit also the whole Langhe area. You can find many parking close to the city center or around the fair building.
You can also use the railways – the train station is not far from the city-center – and there are two airports: the closest airport is in Cuneo (served by Ryan Air carrier) and the other one is in Turin (Torino Caselle Airport).
Where to stay: hotels in Alba
There are many hotels, B&B and accomodations in Alba and surroundings but during the Truffle Fair is better to book in advance.
Not far from Alba – but you need the car – you can sleep in the nature on a top of a hill at Agriturismo i Bageta (in Baldissero d’Alba). This is a very simply and nice place with four family rooms and B&B service with a big park perfect for children.
Where to eat: restaurants in Alba
There are many restaurant in Alba, with different prices. In the mostly of them you can find als english menu.
One of our preferred and famous is Vigin Mudest Restaurant (11, Vernazza street). If you choose the “menu of the day” you can try excellend food with reasonoble prices. Don’t miss “tajarin al tartufo” !
Not far from Alba – but you need the car to reach it – there is the restaurant named Lo Scoiattolo (in Monteu Roero village) specialized in pizza and main dishes. This is a very family friendly restaurant where children are welcome. You can taste some traditional dishes as “raviolini del plin” (little typical ravioli stuffed with meat).
In Alba if you want to buy some typical products to bring home with you can stop at Tartufi and Co. (12, Elvio Pertinace street, Alba) They sell many products made with truffles and an incredible “marmellata di cipolle rosse” (an onions marmeladed really very good).
For something sweet you should stop at Laboratorio di Resistenza Dolciaria (11, Ferrero street, Alba) and try the “Sacher delle Langhe” (Langhe Sacher Cake, a special kind of sacher made with halzenut and gianduja chocolate)
What to taste: Traditional Italian Food of Piedmont
If you like eating and drinking you’ll love Langhe! Some of the best italian red wines are produced in this part of Italy like Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, Barolo and Barbaresco.
If you like sweet food you have to try the “Torta alla Nocciola” (an halzenut cake very soft!), the “Bunnet” (a sort of pudding with chocolate and amaretti bisquits) and the “Torrone“.
Of course amont the dishes of traditional cusine of Piedmont you can’t miss “Bagnacauda” (a typical dish with vegetables, milk cream, garlic and anchovies) and “Fritto Misto alla Piemontese” (mixed fried with many pieces of vegetables, meat and… bisquits!).
Things to do in Alba: Alba Truffle Fair
As mentioned there are many appointmens that you can’t miss during the Truffle Fair also suitable for children. You can find more detail at this website: www.fieradeltartufo.org
If you stay longer that a weekend, I suggest you to spend some days also in Turin really a place where children can find many attractions and fun. You can read more informations in this article.