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.
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.
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.
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!
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 Canale, Antica 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.
Would you like to visit Monforte D’Alba?
This post is part of the 2014 A to Z Challenge You can read all the posts on my theme “Off the Beaten Track” herePin It