Where to Stay in Barolo Wine Country: Geography, Practicalities

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I’ve been living in the Barolo wine region since 2013, planning tours and travel programs for visitors, so I know a thing or two about exploring the area’s wine, food, and culture. Girl’s Gotta Drink was built as a Barolo travel resource and my insider’s guide on Where to Stay in Barolo Wine Country helps you start planning!  

A question I get from a lot of would-be Piedmont travelers is where to stay in Barolo wine country. With so many options, consider some practicalities to get the most out of your time in the area.

Finding the best places to stay in Piedmont Italy depends greatly on your travel goals. To start, make sure you are clear on the area’s most used geographical terms, then consider functionality and practicality – all outlined below! 

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where to stay in baroloBarolo Region Map Terms

It’s common to research the area using many of the following terms as though they mean the same thing. where to stay  so let’s start by making Barolo region map terms clear:  

  • Barolo wine region: Within the larger Piedmont region – 20 / 30 minutes from the primary wine town of Alba, Italy.
  • Piedmont wine region: More than just Barolo and Barbaresco, including Alto Piemonte, Monferrato, the Roero, etc.
  • Alba, Italy: The Langhe’s primary wine town, directly between Barbaresco and Barolo. The city of about 32000 residents makes a great home base for area exploration. The Alba train station services the Torino Porta Susa train station with a direct route and Torino Porta Nuova train station with one transfer.

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First, where you want to stay in the Barolo wine region?

  • in the countryside (quieter, more isolated),
  • a village (a little more going on), or
  • a city (more amenities, walkable)?

Barolo Travel Planning Considerations: 

  • Will you have a rental car? If yes, you can stay pretty much anywhere as amenities are easily accessible.
    • Will you get your rental car at the airport or pick it up when you get to the area? If the latter, note that here opening hours and locations aren’t always convenient. That said:
    • plan in advance for 1) transportation to the rental car location, and 2) know the opening hours. Remember: rental car places close during lunch. 
  • If you aren’t driving, note that public transit into and around the area is limited. Consider the following for staying in a small village, the countryside, or more isolated Barolo wine region location:
    • There are trains into Alba and Asti (but no directs between the two) and a bus route connecting Alba and Asti. This means that getting to countryside or village accommodations may require a driver or a taxi service.
    • Taxi services are easier to find at the train station in Asti but are not always immediately available in Alba. You can schedule a driver service in advance; often your lodging can help with that. 
    • Public transportation for visiting Barolo and Barbaresco proves challenging without wheels (or, good hiking boots!)
    • Ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft do not exist here. .
  • A handful of bigger villages have enough going for a good selection of restaurants, wine bars, etc. I recommend those for folks who want something quieter, away from a city. Find a list of those villages below. 
  • Asti hotels and lodging are popular, but note that the city itself is about 25 to 30 minutes from Barbaresco and 40+ minutes from Barolo. There is a bus into Alba, but access to the Langhe and Roero is limited. That said, for those looking for convenience and accessibility, I recommend staying in Alba. 

Geographical orientation: Map It! 

Often people think they are staying in Alba, Italy but find their lodging is actually outside the city proper. Use Google Maps to make sure you are clear on the exact location of your lodging for planning your Barolo Italy tours. See our Barolo region map below for a starting point. 

More than once I’ve had clients disappointed to realize they are staying well outside of the city of Alba and even further from the area’s main popular destinations of Barolo and Barbaresco because the information wasn’t communicated well during the booking process. 

They can be 5 to 10 km / 3 to 6 miles outside of Alba and not walkable to the city center as they’d hoped. Or they are actually about 20 / 30 minutes from Alba in a village or the countryside when they wanted the city itself. 

Where to Stay in Alba Italy: Planning Tip

For a benchmark of where to stay in Alba Italy, use Piazza Michele Ferrero (formerly Piazza Savona) or Piazza Risorgimento. These are Alba’s two main piazzas in the historic center.

Barolo Region Map 

Best places to stay in the Barolo region: Alba, Italy

Alba is located about 50 km / 31 miles from Turin, the capital of the Piedmont region. The city is almost directly between Barolo and Barbaresco and near to the Roero. So, while not properly in Barolo, it’s quite close and is central for exploring the entire Southwestern Piedmont wine region. 

Visitors enjoy easy access to amenities like restaurants, shopping, grocery stores, outdoor markets, post office, tourist office, etc. For Alba lodging, the historic center is your best bet. It’s small enough for a life-in-Italy vibe with everything you need nearby. Plus, the train station is less than five minutes by foot from Piazza Michele Ferrero. For functionality and practicality, Alba checks many boxes of where to stay in Barolo wine country. 

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Top photo: Turin, Italy -Summer 2018. Right photo: Alba, Italy – Winter 2016.

Where to Stay in Barolo Wine Country: The Langhe Villages

Want to stay in a village, but don’t want to hassle with a car? Below is a list of villages with great dining options, walk-in tasting rooms, and shopping. These villages are great for folks doing Barolo Italy tours and / or want to explore the area on foot or by bike. There are tons of vineyard hikes and nearly every village has a bike rental location (traditional road or mountain OR electric bike, which is so nice for the hefty hills). 

Barolo Italy Villages

  • Barolo: The village of Barolo has a pharmacy, restaurants, enotecas/wine shops, wineries, walk-in tasting rooms, and more. Don’t miss Enoteca La Vita Turchese – often we organize specialty tasting during my Barolo wine tours. 
  • La Morra: The highest point in the Langhe with a gorgeous viewpoint of the Barbaresco and Barolo villages as well as Alba. Great restaurants, bakeries, a tourist office, wine bars, and walk-in tasting rooms.
  • Monforte: For me, probably the most charming Barolo village with captivating views and medieval architecture. 
  • Novello: One of the lesser-known villages with great energy, plenty of restaurants, and a gas station in the village! 
  • Verduno: I adore Verduno. It’s a little more sleepy than the others listed, but oozes character. Don’t miss the fabulous, rustic Trattoria dei Bercau.
  • Castiglione Falletto: Also small, but bursting with fabulous authentic and fine dining options, as well as great lodging options. Visit Renza’s for lunch with one of the Langhe’s most amazing views. 

And, there you have it: considerations for where to stay in Barolo wine country and a cheat sheet to get to know the layout of the Barolo wine region. 

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