Monforte d'Alba is an ancient town situated about 50 miles south of Turin/Torino in the Langhe, which is a part of the province of Cuneo in Piedmont Italy. At the end of the twelfth century Cathars inhabited Monforte. Rather than change their faith many of them chose to burn at the stake in Milan/Milano. Castelletto was formerly an indipendant community but is now a "frazione" (part) of Monforte. Since 2014 the Langhe or Langa is on the of the World Heritage List of the Unesco.
The Langhe is known for it's Barolo and Barbaresco wines and other culinary pleasures. There are many good and affordable "trattorias" (small, usualy family run restaurants) in the neighborhood as well as Michelin Star restaurants. You will also find medieval castles. Step out of the door of our little school and you will see the castles of Serralunga and Castiglione Faletto less than 3 miles away. All this against a backdrop of vineyards, hazelnut orchards, small chapels and villages.
Our school is situated in the middle of the Pressenda vineyard from which grapes Barolo wine is made of old. This is a terroir similar to Grand Cru Bourgogne or Premier Grand Cru Bordeaux. If desired one can go for a winetasting or buy a bottle of Barolo, Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto at one of the winemakers nearby.
It is a beautiful area for hiking. From our home you can walk straight into nature or follow one of the marked hikingtrails. Cycling is another option. Both the Tour the France and the Giro d'Italia have come around in our part of Italy. It is recommended to do this on a bicycle with gears. You can rent them if neccesary in the direct neighbourhood.
You can do your daily shopping in a small or big supermarket but we prefer the fruit and vegetable markets which also have fish, cheese, clothing and ironware. You can get excellent meat from a butcher. Do go for an Italian coffee or homemade Italian icecream in one of the numerous bars.
Nearly every Sunday there is an open air antiques and/or flea market somewhere in the squares and streets of a town in the area.
The reachable bigger cities are Alba (10 km), Mondovi (30 km), Asti (40 km), Cuneo (60 km), Turin (80 km), Savona (80 km) and Genoa (125 km). Here you can go shopping and taste the atmosphere in the old inner cities or visit the multiple museums.
About a little more than an hour's drive away you can be on the Riviera of the Mediterranean Sea, or in the Alps where you can go mountain hiking in summer and skiing in winter.
In Monforte is a fine outdoor swimming pool open in the summer.
You can play golf on the 18 hole course in nearby Cherasco.
In July there are concerts organized in the open air theatre in Monforte, often with internationally known artists.
Airports are in Turin , Genoa, Milan or Nice. In Alba is a train station.