Alba (CN) – Ormea (CN)
Height difference: +1564 m – 990 m
We now enter the vineyards as far as the eye can see, where the greatest Italian red wines are born, castles, villages and towers perched on the hills, cities rich in history and art, next to villages of few houses. We leave the historic centre of Alba, with a medieval layout and circular shape (it is nice to walk among the picturesque towers and strongholds and then come across the great churches, the Duomo and especially San Domenico, one of the most beautiful Romanesque-Gothic monuments in Northern Italy).
First on the flat then slightly uphill, we arrive after 11.5 km at Castigliole Falletto and its Castle. We are following the Tanaro river that will accompany us to the finish line. A few miles, first downhill and then slightly uphill, separate us from Barolo and WIMU, the Wine Museum in the Barolo Castle, to give you an experience halfway between culture and wine tourism. Then jump to Monforte, in an enchanting position, with the houses of the old part all leaning on the slopes of a steep hill.
The descent to Dogliani, which gives its name to the DOCG of Dolcetto wine, about 7.5 km, will make you recover for the next climb (about 12 km, but only steeper up to Lovera) to get to Murazzano that, in addition to giving the name of the great PDO cheese, preserves one of the most interesting historical centers (remains of the only windmill of the Langhe).
We are in the Alta Langa, with its wooded nature, hazel groves and cheeses whose variety is truly able to satisfy every taste. From Murazzano we will arrive in pleasant descent to the ancient medieval village of Ceva, with the characteristic porticoed streets of the historical centre. The last 38 km in light, constant ascent will lead us to first cross Priola, then Garessio and finally arrive at Ormea, the final destination of the day.