Monforte d’ Alba: 5 reasons to love this Italian Town

Monforte D’Alba is my favourite town in the Piemonte region of Italy. It’s the place I dream about living one day. I constantly imagine how it would be to live there

Why do I want to live there?

5 reasons to live in Monforte d’Alba

1. Monforte is an historic hilltop town.
You could easily drive into Monforte, wander around the main square and leave again with out realising that you have missed the old historic upper part of town that looks down over the square. You need to wander through the streets behind the Caffe Enoteca Rocca, past pretty coloured homes and stone buildings till you reach the Horszowski Auditorium which is where Monforte holds it’s well known jazz festival in July.

 

Monforte D'Alba

 

2. The countryside is beautiful
The views from the upper part of Monforte attest to the wonderful scenery that surrounds you. For as far as you can see, the landscape is covered in grape vines with hilltop towns dotted amongst them. In the distance the Alps can be seen. In fall a red haze covers the land as the vine leaves change colour. The first snow falls can be seen on the alps until winter arrives and then everywhere is a winter wonderland. Spring brings new shoots and the cycle begins again.

Vine covered countryside in Piemonte

 

The snow covered Alps can be seen from Monforte d'Alba

The snow covered Alps can be seen from Monforte d’Alba

 

3. A central position
Monforte is not far from the famous towns of Piemonte. Towns with well known names such as Barola, La Morra, Cherasco, Bra, Dogliani, Diano D’Alba  and the Langhe’s capital Alba. The list can go on! You’re only an hour from Turin and even less to the coast and the French border.

Hill top towns are never far away from Monforte d'Alba

Hill top towns are never far away from Monforte d’Alba

 

4. Surrounded by fabulous wineries
Many of Italy’s best wines are to be found in the Piemonte region.
Barola is probably the most famous of the Piemonte wines and the town is just down the road from Monforte. These and the nearby Barbaresco wines are made from the nebbiolo grape that you see growing around Monforte, Barola and La Morra.  Barbera and Dolcetto grapes also produce some wonderful Piemontese reds. You can visit many of the wineries by appointment but some of the more famous are a bit harder to get into! The best way to try the local wines is to visit the local enoteca!

Vines in Piemonte

Piemonte wine

 

5. The best food in Italy.
I love the food in Piemonte. From the local trattoria to fabulous Michelin starred restaurants, Piemonte has it all and Monforte is in a great position to reach them. Even the furtherest away, is not that far!
Restaurants such as All’ Enoteca in CanaleAntica Corona Reale da Renza in  Cervere  and  Il Cascinalenuovo in Isola d’Asti top the list. Closer to home there is Osteria Veglio in Frazione Annunziata and L’ Osteria del Vignaiolo in Frazione Santa Maria just down the hill from La Morra.

Antica Corona Reale da Renza

Antica Corona Reale da Renza

Alle Enoteca in Canale

All’ Enoteca

Would you like to visit Monforte D’Alba?

 

Related Articles:
The Seige of Canelli
Alba’s Truffle Fair
Aqui Terme: Piedmont’s Spa Town
Staying at La Villa in Piedmont

 

This post is part of the 2014 A to Z Challenge You can read all the posts on my theme “Off the Beaten Track”  here 

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10 Responses to Monforte d’ Alba: 5 reasons to love this Italian Town

  1. Cathy Kennedy April 15, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

    There are many places I would like to visit, if I weren’t such a scaredy cat. Thankfully, I can enjoy the travels of others without leaving my home just surfing the net. These are beautiful shots! It’s a pleasure to meet you this morning from the #a2zchallenge! Curious as a Cathy

    • Jenny Freedman April 19, 2014 at 6:24 pm #

      I’m sure you go to some fabulous places from the comfort of your home Cathy. Monforte is definitely one of my fabvourites. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Calli April 16, 2014 at 12:35 am #

    Wow, what a charming town! Italy is so full on wonderfully small and quaint towns I don’t know if I could pick a favorite – or feel like I’ve seen enough to make the decision. Sounds like I need to get back there ASAP to check out Monforte d’Alba. Thanks for the heads up on this gem 🙂

  3. Ann April 16, 2014 at 5:06 am #

    This is my type of town! Love the views.

    Need to map it out to see if it makes sense for a road trip from here.

  4. Corinne April 16, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

    I dream of living in Italy also, but I guess it can wait until I retire. Love the pics, and want to eat, eat, eat!

  5. Joy @MyTravelingJoys April 16, 2014 at 9:39 pm #

    Love the photos, love the scenery and I’m sure I would love the food! 🙂

    • Jenny Freedman April 19, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

      Thanks Joy. I’m sure you’d love it. The food is the best in Italy. There are some incredible restaurants here!

  6. Carolyn @ Holidays to Europe April 20, 2014 at 7:14 pm #

    Lovely photos, Jenny. I was pleasantly surprised by the beauty of Piemonte when I visited last year and can understand why you dream of living there one day. We enjoyed the most fabulous pasta there – ravioli with a butter and lemon juice (I think) sauce. I’d love to find the recipe to re-create this meal at home.

    • Jenny Freedman April 22, 2014 at 11:42 pm #

      I think the food in Piemonte is the best in Italy Carolyn so I’m not surprised you had some fabulous pasta. Ravioli with butter and lemon juice sounds delicious!

  7. Tom Orr December 13, 2016 at 8:22 am #

    I agree with your post completely. We stayed at the Villa Beccaris in Monforte d’Alba in 2011 while on a walking tour of Piedmont. The most interesting meal I had was veal with tuna sauce in the town of Bra at the Osteria Boccondivino (mouthful of heaven). I enjoyed it throughly. We never had a bad meal.

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