The Local Area


The slow food movement began in Bra the hometown of founder Carlo Petrini.   It means living an unhurried life, taking time to enjoy simple pleasures, starting at the table. Piedmont is the food lover’s paradise at the very heart of the people, land and culture.

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The area is famed around the world for its selection of fine wine including Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Dolcetto and Moscato D’Asti. Many wine tours take place throughout the region and distilleries welcome visitors to sample their wines on site and take samples away at competitive prices.

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Cycling & Hiking

Enjoy the weather and beautiful scenery either on foot or by bike. You can bring your own bikes which can be securely stored and tour by yourself. Or have bikes delivered to the villa and have an accompanied tour designed to your specific needs.

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Coast and Lakes

The area is typically rural, with the most breathtaking scenery of rolling hills, vineyards and the mountains. This area is often known as the Italian Riviera and is divided into four provinces: Genoa, Imperia, La Spezia and Savona. The spectacular coastline boasts some of the finest resorts in Europe and the coves and elegant promenades are a magnet for tourists and cruise liners.

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Towns and Cities

Mombaldone itself is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy and is still surrounded by its original walls.

It’s central location and the local rail station provides easy, convenient access to Milan, Genoa, Turin, the Italian vineyards, Lakes, Monaco and Nice.

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Motor Racing

Start the summer with the Monaco Grand Prix  on the 27th May. Combine a leisurely drive along the Italian Riviera into the principality of Monaco, less than 3 hours from the Villa. September 2nd is the time for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, just outside Milan.

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