The road climbing from Vesime to Roccaverano is beautiful: the first
village you will meet on your way is San Giorgio Scarampi with its
ancient tower and two churches overlooking a striking panoramic landscape. An
original place in any season, the family restaurant "A testa in gi√π" at
the foot of the tower, has a garden with pergola where in summer it is
delightful to eat outdoors. One of the churches, deconsecrated, is now the seat
of a cultural association, the "Scarampi foundation", organizing events
and performances with artists from all the world. From the village you can join
the "Sentiero delle cinque Torri" (The five towers trail) which links the
most interesting places in the area offering excellent trekking opportunities.
Follow the links to Trails and trekking: www.langastigiana.at.it
Further along you reach the village of Olmo Gentile: it lies on a promontory overlooking a spectacular sea of hills with the Alps. It has a church, a castle, a handful of houses and the historical "Osteria della Posta", a highly recommended restaurant, traditional and cosy.
The road climbs on to reach Roccaverano (800 metres above sea level). From the top of its medieval watch tower, on a clear day you can enjoy one of the most striking panoramas of the Langhe: virtually all of northern Italy stretches before you. From Roccaverano you can choose several directions: Denice, Mombaldone, Serole or down to Monastero Bormida; wherever you decide to go you will not be disappointed. The network of lanes and paths is endless: follow your fancy and you will enjoy the adventure.
Coming back towards the Apartment, which is very close to "The five towers trail" and from which you enjoy many excellent walking opportunities, you could go towards Cessole and Bubbio following fascinating lanes.
To taste the typical "ravioli al plin" ("pinched" ravioli) stop at the restaurant "Madonna della neve" where they serve the ravioli (without sauce!) on a snow-white napkin. If you are looking for organic wines you should go to Bubbio, a village with lovely architecture, and visit the vineyard of Gianfranco Torelli. An ample selection of d.o.c (guaranteed quality and origin) wines can be tasted and bought at the Cavallero vineyard and cellars in Vesime.
The paths crisscrossing our area are many and beautiful. Unfortunately only the most important are signposted and mapped but we can put you in touch with English and French speaking guides who have spent all their lives exploring the Langhe and who will lead you to the most fascinating and mysterious corners. One such is the WWF protected site "Forteto della Luja" in Loazzolo, famous for its wild orchids and woodlands rich in flora and fauna. Many of the local wine producers specialize in the world famous "passito", a 'late harvest' moscato wine, produced from sun ripened grapes.
For children we can organize tailor-made treks using donkeys and/or nature walks in the woods, farms and stables accompanied by our guides.
If, after having enjoyed all the treasure the countryside has to offer, you feel like a change of horizon and you miss the pleasures of city life, you will find within easy reach Alba, considered a gourmet paradise, lively and chic, and Acqui Terme with its beautifully restored old centre and thermal baths, renowned since Roman times.
Apartment La Luna Buona, di Olivia Fresia • Reg. Lavezzato 4, 14059 Vesime (At) • C.F. FRSLVO74A47B573S