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Friends and I stayed for two weeks at this lovely hilltop villa. Brian and Dianne welcomed us with a lovely outdoor aperativo, which included their own wine and delicious appetizers. Throughout our stay, they cheerfully answered our questions and made recommendations regarding things to do. As a result, we went to a fabulous truffle festival in Bergamasco and had a memorable "white truffle" meal at Il Tre Poggi. We enjoyed Dianne's delicious home cooking on three occasions, including my birthday celebration, and participated in an impromptu group ravioli-making session that was lots of fun. It was so nice to return home after a day of adventures to have a meal ready to eat...and to drink without worrying about driving!
The villa itself is set among lush gardens and vineyards and overlooks a spectacular valley. We loved waking up to a gorgeous view and watching the sun set over the valley each evening. One evening, we were treated to the rare occurrence of the full moon rising over the hill behind the villa -- truly spectacular!
The villa itself has a well-equipped kitchen with everything you need to do your own cooking. The living room is spacious and comfortable and has a gorgeous view. We enjoyed making a fire each evening with the wood that was provided just outside our kitchen door, in the cantina. Also in the cantina was a ready supply of Diane and Brian's wine for purchase at a very reasonable cost...we drank quite a few bottles! The living room had well-organized tourist information for each local town; we used that information to plan several of our adventures.
Canelli itself is a lovely little village. It has numerous restaurants, shops, and grocery stores, as well as the Contratto winery, which is well worth a visit, as it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We took an all-day wine tour that included the La Spinetta and Contratto wineries, as well as lunch at the Ape Wine Bar, and loved it. We also went on a truffle hunt with a local Canelli truffle hunter, who also owns a salumeria. (The dog found three truffles, and ate one!) After the hunt, we had a wine tasting accompanied by local cheeses, meats, and eggs with white truffles.
Within easy driving distance are many lovely towns. A visit to Alba and Neive are a must, as they are set among the gorgeous rolling hills and famous vineyards of the Langhe.
Many, many thanks to Dianne and Brian for making my stay so memorable. I think you'll see me again!
This is an wonderful historic property with extremely caring and gracious hosts, Gianni and Maria. The property has been in the family for five generations. The garden is beautiful, with so many fruit trees and flowers. The property also has amazing views of the hills and vineyards. We stayed in one of the upstairs apartments and loved looking out the window at the glorious views. The apartment is furnished with some lovely antiques and the bed was heavenly. We also really liked having secure private parking.
Gianni is a very talented artist and has a gallery in his home. He welcomed us and we so enjoyed his work. Maria also serves gourmet breakfasts which I have no doubt are delicious. We’re not big breakfast eaters so didn’t chose this option.
The owners are truly exceptional. They were so kind. They welcomed us with a bit of wine and cheese and shared useful information about the area. Most importantly they helped me when I became seriously ill and needed immediate medical care. My husband called them to find out where to go to the emergency room and they instead had their personal physician come meet us at the apartment. He examined me and gave me prescriptions. While waiting for him Maria made me tea and Gianni located the closest 24 hour pharmacy. Truly warm, caring, helpful hosts. I cannot thank them enough.
Just a short walk down the street there is a spot to go for coffee or pick up some lunch. Guarene is a charming small hilltop village. We walked to a local restaurant and wine bar called Imperfetta, which was in a renovated 16th century building; the space was used as the Count’s meeting hall. The food was outstanding and very reasonably priced.
I highly recommend this property. It’s beautiful and You will not find kinder hosts. Thank you Gianni and Maria for everything!