Zabaldano lies 500 mts above sea-level at the southern
end of Piedmont Region and Asti Province, close to the border with Liguria
(which is where the Italian Riviera is) ; in fact, on most summer days we
have a pleasant southerly breeze the locals call “marino”, i.e. “sea wind”.
The farm buildings are near the top of a hill overlooking the Bormida river
valley, at the end of an untarred stretch of road that ends in our yard. The
view is breathtaking.
To reach us you’ll drive up about four kms from Vesime or Cessole village,
between Acqui Terme and Cortemilia ; when we confirm your booking we shall
send you more detailed instructions.
And once you get here...
What can you do, once you are here ? First of all you
can relax in a wonderful setting, taking part - if you wish - in some of our
farm activities, according to season : working in the vineyard and the
hazelnut groves, making hay, harvesting grapes. We are an ideal starting
point for walking and mountain-bike tours, for bird-watching and
butterfly-watching, for picking wild mushrooms or chestnuts, walnuts and
fruit. Nearby you’ll find a “bocce” court, tennis courts and a small
swimming-pool ; an olympic-size pool and a 9-hole golf course are a half
hour’s drive away in Acqui Terme, a pretty little town famous for its health
and beauty spa. Shiatsu treatments are also available through a private
therapist in a local village.
Should you feel like exploring - and it is a must, really ! -, you can drive
to the beaches of the Italian Riviera for a day trip, or visit Alba, the
truffle capital of the world, or Asti, or Turin. But most of all you should
discover our “Langa” area, its timeless landscapes, art treasures, medieval
hilltop villages and... its food and drinks ! From “Ravioli” to truffles (in
season,i.e. late autumn), from goat and sheep cheese to hazelnut tarts,
you’ll find endless delicacies accompanied by some of the best Italian wines
(Barolo and Moscato, just to mention two of them).