Day: May 29, 2021

    Las Vegas – Grand Canyon by Airplane Tour

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    The West Rim of the Grand Canyon is only 120 miles from Las Vegas, but it’s a six-hour trip from Sin City to the South Rim. That’s why most Vegas-based travelers wind up going to the West Rim. Other people simply prefer the West Rim, or maybe they don’t know they can get to the South Rim quickly. People staying in Vegas can arrive at the South Rim in under an hour by taking a short, direct plane flight.

    Las Vegas air tours fly out of several airfields in the Vegas metro area, including Boulder City and Henderson, NV. Flights for aerial tours leave at different times of the day, and the last one leaves in the afternoon and lets you see magnificent sunset views on your trip back.

    Grand Canyon air tours are very scenic and you get to fly over the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. Most Vegas-based South Rim airplane tours fly south of the Colorado River and then bear east until landing at Grand Canyon National Park Airport. Before you arrive you get to see about three-fourths of the Grand Canyon from your plane windows.

    The most popular South Rim airplane tour includes a 2-hour motor coach tour in the National Park. The bus tour takes you to Yaki Point, Mather Point, and Grand Canyon Village where you can visit museums, shops, restaurants, and even hotels.

    You could also choose a thirty-minute helicopter flight that takes you to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and back. You will be treated to a spectacular view of the Dragoon Corridor which is the deepest and widest part of the canyon, as well as flyovers of Grand Canyon Village and Kaibab National Forest. You’ll get a great perspective on the National Park during the flight.

    The airplanes used for the South Rim tours hold nineteen people. What’s really great is they are designed for the ultimate sightseeing experience. They have huge windows for spectacular scenic vistas and the cabins have plenty of room. You are provided with a personal headset so you can listen to information about the landmarks you see out the windows during the tour.

    Las Vegas air tours use safety-certified airplanes and they’re required to meet all Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations applicable to cargo planes. Plus, they’re all fitted with state-of-the-art communications equipment and navigational instrumentation. The planes are manned by FAA licensed pilots and co-pilots who have to pass tough yearly physical exams.

    The helicopters and buses used in Grand Canyon tours are just as classy. The choppers offer headsets so you can talk to passengers and the pilot, and they are very comfortable and provide panoramic views of the canyon below. The buses are luxurious too and offer oversized windows, restrooms, climate controls, and plasma TVs.

    Vegas-based South Rim airplane tours are popular and often sell out. Plan on booking your trip at least a week ahead of time. If you wait, your choices are more limited and you may not get a seat at all. Make the mistake of buying your tickets the day of the flight and you’ll pay through the nose. If you are traveling with a family or group, you may have to split up to find enough available seats if you don’t secure them in advance.

    You get the best deal on your tickets when you buy them online. There’s no need to spend hours searching, though. Just go to the tour operator’s site and you can buy your tickets there. You will always find the lowest prices on the tour operator’s website and you have the added safety of a 24-hour cancellation policy.

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    Explore Aruba in the Caribbean this summer

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    Aruba is an island situated 21 miles (33 kilometres) south of the Caribbean Sea and 17 miles (27 kilometres) north of Falcon State and Paraguana Peninsula in Venezuela. Formerly, Aruba, together with its neighbouring islands Bonaire and Curacao, formed a group of islands in the Lesser Antilles region, commonly referred to as the ABC islands. Aruba has a total land area of 74.5 square miles (193 square kilometres), and an estimated population of 104,494 in the year 2007.

    Unlike other Caribbean islands, Aruba has a dry, arid climate and cactus-strewn landscape. This climate has helped the tourism in the island because visitors expect a relatively sunny, warm weather. Aruba has an average mean temperature of 81 F (27 C), and is known for its white sand beaches. The island is divided into two coasts: the southwest and northeast coast. The northeast coast, which is near the Atlantic, has a rough sea and few beaches with rocky coastline and dangerous currents. The southwest coast, on the other hand, has warm waters, turquoise seas, and a number of white sand beaches. The capital city as well as the largest city, is Oranjestad; the harbour city is Barcadera. In 1499, Aruba was first discovered by Spain; however, it was then acquired in 1636 by the Dutch.

    During the late 19th century, gold mining was discovered and became famous; it was then followed by an oil refinery industry in 1924. During the last years of the 20th century, tourism became a major contributor to the island’s revenue. In 1986, Aruba seceded from the Bonaire and Curacao islands, and became an autonomous, separate member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Although Aruba moved towards independence in 1990, it was postponed due to the written request of Nelson O. Oduber, the then Prime Minister; however the request was rescinded afterwards. Soon after, complete independence was attained by the island in 1995. Tourism and other related activities are the island’s top income earning industry, next to oil refining and storage and offshore banking. The boom of the tourism industry also paved the way for the expansion of other activities such as construction of hotels and other establishments. Along with the white-sand beaches, there is a wide range of destinations in Aruba that tourists can visit.

    The Alto Vista Chapel, a small catholic chapel, is located above the hills of the northern part of the island; it became famous for its wonderful architectural design. The Arikok National Park, which comprises 18% of Aruba’s land area, is renowned for its preserved resources including rocks and mineral formations, as well as other indigenous species found on the park. Other points of interest in Aruba include Ayo and Casibari Rock Formations, Hooiberg, Caves of Aruba, Mount Jamanota, Bushiribana and Balashi, Frenchman’s Pass, California Lighthouse, Tierra Del Sol Golf Course and Quadiriki Caves. Famous beaches on the island include Eagle Beach, Palm Beach, Aruba, Baby Beach, Aruba and Palm Island, Aruba. Aruba is also famous for its traditional dishes: Stoba di Bestia Chiquito and Keshi Yena. These dishes, along with other international foods, are served in a wide range of restaurants found on the island including Sawasdee Thai Restaurant, Rumba Bar & Grill, El Gaucho, Iguana Joe’s and The Flying Fishbone

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    Port Macquarie – Your next escape

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    If you are looking for a coastal holiday in the North Coast of NSW, then you should consider Port Macquarie. This is a beautiful and diverse region packed with lots of things for you and your family to see and do. You will see a range of beautiful beaches and waterways in this town.

    Back onto the Pacific Highway driving through the Manning Valley, at the mouth of the Hasting River, Port Macquarie is the city of getaway. This place is known for its extensive beaches, beautiful waterways as well as the home of Koala.

    Furthermore, Port Macquarie has a range of things to see and do for people of all ages, including scenic river cruises, surfing with dolphins, camel safaris on the beach, cultural exhibitions, art galleries, oyster farms, and much more.

    Paradise of water lovers in Port Macquarie

    Port Macquarie is the water lovers’ paradise with 17 beautiful beaches and surf lifestyle, such as Rocky Beach, Flynns Beach, North Shore, Nobbys Beach, Shelly Beach, Miners Beach and Lighthouse Beach.

    Town Beach, closest to Port Macquarie’s town centre, is a popular beach in the area with the CBD only a few minutes’ walk away.

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    Vacation Location- Eye-Catching Santorini, Greece

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    Santorini Island is considered to be the most striking and lovely destination in the Greek island. It is located at southernmost island of the Cycladic group in the Aegean Sea, and is located 63 nautical miles north of Crete. Its surface area is 73 sq. km. The Red Beach in Santorini, Greece is a very exclusive vacation location due to the amazing display of large red and black rock slabs which cradle the beachfront. The stunning look of these ancient volcanic ruins deliver a stunning contrast to the azure blue waters of the Aegean Sea. This dynamic contrast beckons thousands of beachgoers and seekers of adventurer each year. Lots of vacationers come strictly for the remarkably photographic view, while others come to enjoy the beauty of the cool waters as well. Hotel lodgings designed to satisfy any preference and restaurants and bars for all tastes make the Red Beach a red hot vacation location. Located near the ancient site of Akrotiri, the Red Beach offers a welcome interval from the hustle of city life.

    The perfect hideaway location, the Red Beach is reachable by vehicle and boat only and is surrounded on nearly all sides by tremendous rock formations that lend seclusion and add to the fantasy of being lost at sea on a deserted island. Black lava rocks line the seashore and crystal clear waters wash on shore to offer relief from the warm Mediterranean sun. Beachgoers shield themselves with tiki umbrellas and relax on straw chairs in the shade. The added difficulty of reaching the beach rewards the lucky few who make the trek with exceptional scenery and island ambience.

    Diverse surroundings differentiate the Red Beach from other seafronts in Santorini, Greece. This locale struggles to maintain an ambiance of peace and serenity, with fewer restaurants and bars for a quieter enclave of vast craggy cliffs and a scenic black sandy coast. Lull the day away in perfect harmony as you enjoy an escape from the demands of daily life and make your way to paradise. Be fascinated by the dynamic contraposition of colors that await you at the Red Beach. The Red Beach is a naturist friendly place, thus you may be privy to nude sunbathers while enjoying this seascape. That’s how relaxing and open visitors feel as they peel off the pressures and fade which accompany urban living and get back to their more natural selves. Enjoy mouth-watering authentic seafood fresh from the sea, and indulge in an exotic cocktail made especially for you. Ancient glamour awaits as you set sail for Santorini, Greece and enjoy the eye candy of the Red Beach. Leave your cares behind and prepare yourself for wonderful surprises and the rekindling of your sense of wonder.

    Summary:

    The beauty of Santorini is a combination of human efforts and nature. If the individual really wants to spend quality time with his family or loved ones then Santorini Island is considered to be the best place. Person is able to get everything here easily from gorgeous surrounding to luxurious hotels. Red Beach earns its name from the red-volcanic sand that colors the beach and the volcanic rock wall structure just behind it.

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    Do a Grand Canyon National Park Helicopter Ride This Easter Vacation

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    Easter is on April 20, 2014, and although the day is on a Sunday and is a holiday too, you can still take a chopper tour of the Grand Canyon since they operate on the usual schedule that day. If this Easter is anything like years past, it will be a busy time for chopper tours to the Grand Canyon.

    The two main departure points for Grand Canyon tour helicopters are Grand Canyon National Park Airport (GCA) in Tusayan, AZ (just outside the National Park’s main gates, South Rim flights only), and Las Vegas (West Rim flights only). Vegas is fairly close to the West Rim, it only takes around 50 minutes to get there by helicopter.

    Currently, there aren’t any air tours (either helicopter or airplane) that fly between the South and West Rims. You might be able to take a flight out of Vegas on a Vision Airlines 737 jet and go to the South Rim as one leg of a tour. If this works out, I will post an update and let you know.

    However, no helicopters fly from Las Vegas to the South Rim because it is too far away and out of the range of the tour choppers. It is possible to go from the city of Vegas to the South Rim though. You can take a plane to GCA and board a helicopter there.

    Touring The South Rim

    South Rim helicopter tours are categorized by time in the air. The standard tour allows you a half an hour of air time while the extended tour gives you 50 minutes in the air. The standard tour takes off from GCA, flies to the North Rim by way of dramatic Dragoon Corridor (the widest, deepest section of the entire canyon), and then returns.

    The extended tour version covers the same flight path but also adds a leg that takes you to the East Rim. This takes you over amazing sights such as the Desert Watchtower, Zuni Point, Zuni Corridor, and Imperial Point.

    Tours Of The West Rim

    At the West Rim, you can opt for a landing tour or just take an air-only tour. The West Rim offers many fun options when it comes to things to do.

    If you have a limited budget or are short on time, then the air-only flights are just perfect. They fly out of several Vegas-area airfields and will treat you to views of Hoover Dam and Lake Mead in addition to the West Rim itself. That being said, I strongly recommend that you spring for a landing tour if it’s at all possible.

    One of these most popular tours is the one that lands at the bottom of the canyon. The tour comes with a picnic lunch and about 30 minutes of free time for exploring the canyon on foot. You’ll be near the Colorado River, which looks peaceful, but is actually the mighty force that carved the Grand Canyon out of the earth. The West Rim is the only place where helicopters are allowed to fly below the rim and land on the canyon floor.

    If you’re going to the West Rim, then you don’t want to miss out on the chance to see the Glass Bridge or Skywalk. This bridge allows you to stand 4000 feet above the canyon floor and 70 feet beyond the edge of the rim.

    The Skywalk is made up of 40 huge transparent glass panels that cost $250,000 each. You don’t have to worry though, the bridge is strong enough to withstand an 8.0 earthquake and winds over 100 mph. From the apex the views are unequaled – especially of scenic Eagle Point.

    There is no better way to see the Grand Canyon than by helicopter. Remember that many people travel over the holidays so Easter is expected to be a busy time for tour operators. Because of the higher demand, many of the best tours will sell out quickly. Book your tour online about one week in advance so you don’t get shut out.

    Have a great time on your Grand Canyon adventure!

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    Grand Canyon Helicopters – The Greatest Way to View the National Park from Vegas

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    If you’re interested in Grand Canyon helicopters that fly out of Vegas, I recommend taking one of the air-only versions if you’re short on time. They don’t land at the canyon, they just fly over the high points, therefore they are quick tours and less expensive than those that land and include other activities. An air tour departs from Vegas and provides aerial views of Lake Mead, the Grand Canyon, the Colorado River, Grand Cliffs Wash, and the Glass Bridge or Grand Canyon Skywalk.

    Although the tour operators refer to the air-only tours as basic tours, they are far from lacking in adventure. They offer fantastic value, particularly the tours that take off from the Vegas Strip.

    Tour Departures

    Air-only tours on Las Vegas Grand Canyon helicopters depart from either the Strip (how cool is that?) or the municipal airfield in Boulder City, Nevada ? a suburb of Sin City that’s a 30-minute shuttle ride away. The Strip flights are the ultimate in convenience. The airfield is only about ten minutes away from most of the big hotels. The tour operator arranges all your transportation needs and will even send a limo to pick you up for the tour. There is nothing better than that!

    However, you’ll pay more for the convenience and personal service than you would if you depart from an airfield located off the Strip. For example, tours departing from Boulder City cost less. That’s because getting there is less convenient and you’ll need to take a half-hour shuttle ride to get to the airfield. And because there’s no limo, you won’t get any extra style points. Plus, there are a lot more flights that depart from the Boulder City airfield than take off from the Strip. Since there are more available tour seats, the ticket prices are lower.

    However, riding to your helicopter in a limo is certainly a very nice touch. Especially when your Grand Canyon flight is meant to celebrate an anniversary, birthday or other special occasion? It is much more exciting to be chauffeured in a limousine rather than a passenger van.

    Even though the Strip departures cost more, they almost always sell out. That’s especially true if you wait too long to lock down your seats. I always recommend booking at least a week in advance, but two weeks ahead is even better. Plus, the price will be lower, it’s like airline tickets that cost more the closer it gets to time to take off.

    The Aircraft

    The tour helicopters are EcoStar 130 choppers. This aircraft is really the only way to go because it’s significantly bigger (and therefore more comfortable) than other helicopter models. The windshield is huge and wraps around the aircraft so everyone gets a good view, plus the seats are arranged theater-style for the ultimate viewing experience.

    To Conclude

    Las Vegas air tours can be deluxe (Strip takeoff and limo) or basic (Boulder City takeoff and shuttle van). Other than that, the tours are identical. Both types of tours are air-only and use EcoStar 130s. Just remember to book your tour in advance so you can get a seat. Seats on these tours fill up quickly and the tours will be sold out if you delay.

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    Absolute Best Grand Canyon Tours for Mother’s Day

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    Mother’s Day will be here soon. Have you made plans yet? Thrill your mom by taking her on a fun-filled tour of the Grand Canyon. There are several tours to choose from so you’ll find one that suits your mom perfectly.

    Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 11 and most all of the tours operate on the usual schedule that day. That is to your advantage since it gives you more choices in tours and times. Try to book an early morning tour if possible, especially now the weather is warm.

    You can choose to tour the Grand Canyon by raft, bus, airplane, or helicopter. Let’s take a quick look at these choices.

    Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours

    The tour helicopters depart from Vegas or the Grand Canyon Airport in Tusayan, AZ. Choppers from Vegas fly to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon while flights in Arizona go to the South Rim. One reason to consider a West Rim helicopter tour is you can land on top of the rim or on the canyon floor, the West Rim is the only place this is permitted.

    A great option for your mom would be a landing tour that includes a champagne picnic on the bottom of the canyon, a relaxing boat trip along the Colorado River, or passes to the thrilling Grand Canyon Skywalk.

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    Fort Bard Aosta: from military stronghold to museum

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    Bard, the smallest town in the region of Valle d’Aosta, is dominated by a splendid fortified building which stands on a rocky outcrop: il Forte.

    To define it as a strong set of buildings that are located on the top and at different levels, and from which you can enjoy the panorama of the valley, is a bit simple, because you are dealing with a work of a really imposing military architecture. This group of buildings that we can admire and visit today has a very ancient origin, which has its roots in history and dating back to none other than the sixth century AD, when King Theodoric put here a garrison of 60 men to guard the borders of his reign. Today, with the clash of arms as a memory, the Fort Bard Aosta houses the Museum of the Alps and various exhibitions.

    At Forte di Bard exhibitions and cultural events are held throughout the year, even though it seemed doomed to abandonment until a few years ago, like many other buildings belonging to the State, and its last role as a powder keg could not predict that today it would return to its former glory. Disposed of by the State in 1975, Forte di Bard has become a regional asset, and the small Valle d’Aosta, with a big financial commitment, was able to restore it and enhance it to the point that it has become one of the main museum attractions of the territory.

    As mentioned earlier, the history of the fortress of Bard is long and, although we know almost nothing about its early centuries, it is mentioned in many medieval chronicles of travelers who, as early as the eleventh century, remained astonished by its grandeur and defined it as impregnable. Its strategic position on a spur overlooking the entire valley that narrows at that point, allowed to have full control of the road connecting Piedmont to France, and it was for this reason that the Viscount of Aosta, Boso, enlarged it and left it at the disposal of his heirs until the thirteenth century. After a period in which the fortress was used by the local feudal lords, the Bards, Amedeo IV of Savoy took possession of it (approximately half of the thirteenth century) and the fortress remained with the Savoy until their exile in 1946. Widened over the centuries by the dukes and princes of Piedmont, it met the last readjustment in the nineteenth century, when the Savoy began to build buildings along the slope in anticipation of a French attack that, in fact, never happened, and the fort came to be transformed into a military prison and then in a powder keg .

    Currently two of the three main buildings which compose it are used as exhibition space, educational and interactive workshops. Only the lower part of the building, which is located at the lowest point, is closed to the public, while in the second, called Vittorio Opera, host an interactive program ( The Children’s Alps ),that encourages the younger to mountain-climb. Going up there’s the Piazza D’Armi con l’Opera Carlo Alberto, which hosts the Alpine Museum and temporary exhibitions on ground floor, while in the prisons below you can learn the history of the fortress.

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    Grand Canyon National Park – Helicopter Specials Throughout Memorial Day Holiday

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    The Memorial Day holiday is right around the corner. Bookings for air tours on Grand Canyon helicopters are skyrocketing.

    Memorial Day falls on Monday, May 26th this year. Since it is a three-day weekend, many people head for the Grand Canyon. So don’t wait until the last minute to book your trip. It is always a good idea to book your hotel and Grand Canyon tour at least one or two weeks ahead of time.

    Tours of the canyon originate in Las Vegas, Sedona, Phoenix, Flagstaff, Scottsdale, and Williams.

    Las Vegas Tours To The West Rim

    First, it’s important to know that choppers flying from Vegas only do the West Rim. The South Rim is just too far for them.

    However, that is certainly no problem, because the West Rim is a lot of fun. You can fly to the floor of the canyon at the West Rim, and that is the only place it is permitted in the National Park. The descent is a thrilling experience.

    Las Vegas tours come in two types, one is air-only and the other lands at the canyon. Both of these tour types give you aerial views of Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, the Skywalk, and the Grand Canyon. The landing tours, though, also touch down at the top or at the bottom of the gorge (the latter is way more popular). Once the canyon floor, you can enjoy a relaxing lunch or add on a boat ride along the smooth waters of the Colorado River.

    The Vegas chopper tours depart from an airfield in Boulder City, Nevada or from the Vegas Strip.

    Strip flights are better for several reasons. It is certainly more convenient to your hotel and the tours even pick you up at your hotel and take you back. If you take a tour out of Boulder City, you will ride a van shuttle to the airfield. If you depart from the Strip instead, the tour operator picks you up in a limo. How cool is that? You also get to see the Strip as part of the tour.

    South Rim Flights

    South Rim helicopter tours are ideal when you depart from a city in Arizona. Just keep in mind, none of those tours can land at the bottom of the canyon.

    The South Rim has its own claim to fame though, and that is its natural beauty because of the wilderness area it encompasses.

    There are two tours available here too, one of them is thirty minutes long and the other one lasts fifty minutes. The longer tour is best because it flies you over about 3/4 of the entire National Park area.

    Combo tours are also available at this Rim. Right now, the two most popular combo trips are the ones that include a ride on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and the ones that include a sunset Jeep ride (it’s not overly rough).

    Look for a deluxe option when you book your flight. Why do that? These tours use the EcoStar 130 choppers and they offer an exceptional experience. These helicopters have huge windshields that wrap around the cabin so you have great views, plus you have lots of personal space and stadium-style seating for unobstructed sightseeing. EcoStars are really the only way to go.

    To Summarize

    The Grand Canyon will be much busier than normal during Memorial Day weekend. The date is fast approaching, so book your tour as soon as possible. If you plan to depart from Vegas, choose a tour that takes off from the Strip. Both rims offer tours on EcoStar choppers, so try to snag a seat on one of them for the best flight possible.

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    Charming Travel in Italy: Discover the Langhe area

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    Langhe is the name of a hilly area in Piedmont region, northern Italy, which is particularly known for its historical, cultural and food heritage.

    Thanks to its beautiful castles and the breathtaking views from its hill, it has become a very popular destination for charming travel in Italy.

    In this brief guide, you will find a list of the must-see attraction in Langhe area.

    Barolo – As above mentioned, castles are one of the main characteristics of this area. One of the most popular one is Barolo Castle located in an ancient middle-age hamlet in the Barolo village, which also gives the name to the worldwide known wine, that visitors can taste in one of the numerous “cantine” (wine cellars open to the public) or in one of the luxury restaurants while enjoying a typical Piedmont meal.

    The Wine Museum (WIMU) – If you really want to appreciate this area you must not miss the wine museum, located inside the Barolo Castle, where visitors are brought through an enchanting path to discover the castle’s artworks while tasting this precious wine.

    Alba – This village is another must-see attraction of Langhe area. Take a tour of corso Vittorio Emanuele and discover the charming historical centre with its small shops where you can find typical product such as the exquisite white truffle or the Langhe hazelnuts. Every Saturday morning in the centre is held a picturesque market, be sure not to miss it!

    Grinzane Cavour’s Castle – 5 km away from Alba, you can find the Ginzane Cavour’s Castle. This famous castle was built for the important statesman Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour, who lived in Grinzane for 19 years. The castle is listed among the UNESCO World Heritage sites and contains an ethnographic museum and a charming restaurant.

    Breathtaking views – If you like breathtaking views and panoramas, you must not miss La Morra belvedere, a panoramic view point where you can admire the beautiful hills and vineyards of this area. Also, do not miss the sunset from Altavilla, another enchanting village, only a few km away from Alba.

    Truffle Hunting tour – Accompanied by an expert of the territory with truffle dogs, visitors can go hunting this precious mushroom and discover many curiosities about it such as: how to recognise a high quality truffle, how to store it properly and of course how to cook it.

    Taste the regional food – Last, but not least, while in the Langhe region you must taste some dishes of the Piedmont tradition such as “vitello tonnato”, a veal meat roast garnished with a creamy sauce made of tuna, mayonnaise and capers; or try the “maccheroni del ferretto” a special pasta made by using knitting needles.

    The best period to visit this marvellous area is spring-summer, but also autumn can be very attractive thanks to the evocative red, yellow and brownish colours that covers the sinuous hills.

    A tour of the Langhe area is perfect for a romantic getaway since it offers luxury hotels and restaurants and also for those who love bike tours and trekking activities.

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