You want to see everything the langhe has to offer but you’re not quite sure how to go about it? Well, luckily for you you’ve come to the right place! I’ve put in the legwork so that you don’t have to and right here is the definitive list of how best to check out all that these UNESCO hills have to offer.

1. Go up a tower

If you want an amazing view, go high… you could just go to a viewing point like the one in La Morra or Diano d’Alba but if you really want to go to town on it, head to the top of a tower! The Torre di Barbaresco is my personal favourite, affording views over the town, the surrounding hills, the Tanaro river and all the way to Alba. Go during harvest and you’ll get an overhead view of tractors, loaded with grapes heading to the Produttori di Barbaresco cantina next door. Then wander back through town and taste some Barbaresco in the Cantina Comunale.

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2. Hot Air Balloon

Ok, so this isn’t necessarily a budget option, but sometimes it’s nice to spoil yourself, especially when it’s an experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life… It’s also pretty much as high as you’re going to get.

It’s so exciting helping to prepare a balloon just before the sun comes up, the bursts of heat from the flame as the balloon fills and then finally the rush as you jump into the basket and start climbing upwards. Everything goes slowly in a balloon (except the landing, but we’ll come to that), which means it instantly relaxes you and because you move with the wind it doesn’t feel like you’re really moving at all. Fly at sunrise and you will get to see the early morning fog lifting as the Langhe hills wake up. Don’t forget take a camera!

And then there’s the landing. Erm… brace yourself. Bend your knees and you’ll be ok. Probably.

A balloon’s eye view of Novello

3. Start early

This may seem obvious, but early morning really is the best time to see this place… the light is soft, the roads are empty and you can really sense that the world is just starting to wake up. Find a nice place (let me know if you want in on some of my secret spots!), sit back and watch the world come to life. Then go and get a coffee. Ideally a doppio. You deserve it!

Early morning fog lifting in Novello

4. Take a bike

You could drive around the hills, you’ll see a lot and, quite honestly, be blown away by the views. Or you could walk. You won’t see as much but at least you’ll be able to get up close and personal with the vines. Or… you could take an electric bike, which offers the best of both worlds. In a day’s riding you can easily cover 40 to 50km without breaking a sweat. You can ride on roads and vineyard tracks and you get to see everything at just the right speed. You can pop into villages, through forests, nip in between the hazelnut trees, cut through the vines… and the best thing is you’re even getting a little bit of exercise while you do it, which means you’ll be able to feel good about that eight course tasting menu you’ve got your eye on for dinner!

Bikes cost 18 Euros for a half day or 30 Euros for a full day and come complete with gps routes and full support in case of problems. Check out BikeSquare for more details.

electric cycle Langhe

A gentle ride around Barolo

5. Drink some wine

Okay, you got me… I only had four. But then I thought about it a bit more and I realised the times I have been most blown away by the beauty of this area all have something in common; I’ve just been for a wine tasting! Honestly, there is nothing like an autumn wine tasting which finishes just as the sun is going down. You emerge from the warmth, no doubt a little rosy-cheeked (let’s put it like that…) you can see your breath in the air, the sun is dipping behind the hills and the vines, already a multitude of colours, start to glow orange. If that doesn’t get you you’re not only completely heartless, but a terrible drunk to boot!

Anyone for a post-Barolo sunset?