Enjoy a stay at a country inn, a little gem nestled among the hills of the Piedmont region and enjoy wine tasting and learn Italian cooking on your Italy trip.
Locanda la Raia, a beautiful green mansion nestled among vineyards, grazing land and woods, is the ideal starting point to discover the beauties of Gavi hills in Piedmont region (North west Italy). The best time to experience this charming inn on your Italy trip is definitely during wine harvest and truffle season. Here is a list of top 5 activities not to be missed this fall & winter in Piedmont.
A beautiful inn among hills and vineyards
Locanda la Raia is a peaceful retreat with only twelve rooms surrounded by the vineyards of a large biodynamic farm that also houses a winery and an art foundation with works of international artists. All rooms, suites and apartments at Locanda La Raia are different from one another and offer a wonderful view on the surrounding natural landscape.
Materials, colours and fabrics tell a story of the Italian taste for simple beauty, and the resulting effect is a home-feeling of large, comfortable and sophisticated rooms. There are also a little Spa with a pool – both indoor and outdoor – and a sauna and steam bath. It’s the perfect place to take a break and relax in harmony with nature.
Wine tours and tastings
A wine tour of the biodynamic La Raia farm is one of the things you can enjoy. A small path leads to 180 hectares of vineyards in a unique panorama between rows of Cortese and Barbera, hedges, pastures and woodlands. It’s an amazing half-an-hour walk in the heart of Gavi. The tour ends in the raw earth cellar designed by the famous architect Martin Rauch for a tasting of biodynamic wines from La Raia and Tenuta Cucco, a company in Serralunga d’Alba owned by the Rossi Cairo family.
The kitchen is entrusted to Simone and Valeria who interpret the ancient tradition of Gavi’s cuisine, a unique crossroad of Liguria and Piedmont influences. In their dishes are the biodynamic farm products of La Raia: ancient cereals, fruit and vegetables, in addition to the meat from Fassona cows that graze the local pastures.
You can take Italian cuisine residential courses and cooking classes. Enjoy fresh-made pasta, gnocchi, risottos, and vegetable sauces, and pies. You can learn how to prepare them, choose the ingredients, use different cooking styles and serve them.
The Gavi area, which extends from Piedmont to Liguria, has a past rich in history, made up of villages, castles and fortresses. Walking through the streets of Novi Ligure you can admire many noble painted palaces while the town of Gavi is home for the homonymous and charming Fort, on top of a hill and partly carved into the rock, the Church of San Giacomo in the historic center, and the ancient Mill of Neirone.
Built in the second century BC along the Via Postumia,Roman City of Libarna is on the road that connected Genoa to Aquileia, and a place not to be missed for history lovers that here can visit the ancient beauty of the archaeological excavations. Descending towards the Albedosa plain a wide valley of vineyards and vegetable gardens hosts the Abbey of San Remigio, an important centre of power and cultural production in the early Middle-ages that today is an important historical building.
Outdoor activities in the hills of Gavi
The Gavi territory is also ideal for cycling excursions and offers many different itineraries for cycling enthusiasts. Following the roads of Fausto Coppi, throughout the places where the Italian cyclist and world champion lived, represents a unique experience in the surprising landscapes of vineyards.
Cycling enthusiasts in Novi Ligure can also visit a Museum dedicated to Fausto Coppi and Costante Girardengo that tells the story of biking. The Piedmont hills also offer the perfect background for a trekking session along the paths of Val Borbera and Val Lemme.
For more information to help plan your Italy trip, visit the inn’s website.