Wandering in Langa

5 romantic things to do in the Langhe for Valentine's Day

February 4, 2016

A few days ago Federica told us that wine, if used wisely, can be an aphrodisiac ingredient for your “lovers’ dinner.”

I would add that a walk to some particularly evocative place can help you prepare and warm the spirit of the evening.

These suggestions apply both to those in the Langhe on vacation and to “natives” who may not yet have explored all that can be explored.

A walk at “Cedro del Libano”

Going up to the Cedar for years was an activity that characterized the nights of young residents in the area, which was once dramatically lacking in evening attractions.

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The Cedar of Lebanon

Today the short walk is an interesting stop for lovers in search of inspiration: the large tree was in fact planted, back in 1856, to seal the love between Costanzo Falletti and Eulaia Della Chiesa.

A love that had to be solid and deeply rooted, just like the Cedar Tree, which remains today to pass on the memory of the couple, an indelible sign (at least until they put a vineyard there) of the strength of this feeling.

A Tour of the “Bosco dei Pensieri” (Thought Forest)

If you’re looking for a cozy, intimate place to take a stroll, you can follow the Bosco dei Pensieri trail in Fontanafredda, among the last remaining intact woods in the Lower Langa region overwhelmed by the “race for Barolo.”


Among century-old trees and hazelnut groves, clasped in an embrace of vineyards, the trail is divided into twelve stages, dedicated to themes such as “Silence,” “Thought,” “Contemplation,” and so on.

And if the weather doesn’t play in your favor, you can always fall back with a visit to the very historic Fontanafredda wineries.

At the Belvedere to enjoy the view

If contemplation is your thing, you can take your better half to one of the many viewpoints that dot our areas.

And if the winter landscape of the Langhe lacks the lush charm of the summer period, what it lacks in greenery is all returned in atmosphere.


With any luck you can enjoy a view made up of hills, terraces, and castles, all brushed by the light mist rising from freshly plowed fields.

One of the most beautiful viewpoints is the one in Verduno, which allows your gaze to sweep as far as villages such as Serravalle and Roddino in Alta Langa. From here you can then drop by the Pelaverga wine shop, just across the square, to enjoy a glass of the eponymous wine (an ultra-local specialty), or a hot genepi.

Alternatively, nearby is the viewpoint of La Morra, the highest village in the Bassa Langa, which, in terms of views, has nothing to envy to that of Verduno.

After a short walk through the village, if you feel like it, you can head down to Barolo and pay a visit to the Sylla Sebaste winery or the Francesco Borgogno winery to taste a glass of Barolo DOCG and have a small aperitif.

A stroll in Neive

Neive has been declared one of the 10 most beautiful villages in Italy, and it certainly deserves all this spatuss (this great pomp).

Indeed, the town’s historic center is perfectly preserved, with its shrewdly restored medieval buildings and many small places to have a glass of wine (or hot chocolate, given the season).


The narrow streets, buildings, and small churches and squares that characterize the village contribute to an intimate and evocative atmosphere, ideal for an afternoon stroll.

And to close the day…

If you don’t feel like cooking with your own hands, but still want to give your sweetheart aspecial experience, you can book a romantic dinner at a local restaurant.

What better way to end a day of leisure and relaxation?