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The Langhe region of the southeastern Piemonte

A nine days' exploration in northern Italy, 15-24 May 2018

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The Tenuta Calabiana in Valle Talloria, Diano d'Alba

16-22 May 2018

The Tenuta Calabiana is a small, charming accommodation with one larger apartment and one smaller one on the first floor and the friendly and helpful owners living on the ground floor below.

It's located in the Valle Talloria frazione or district of the comune of Diano d'Alba. Diano d'Alba itself is a picturesque hilltop village about 5.5km south of Alba in the province of Cuneo, Piedmont or Piemonte region, but our neighborhood is on lower ground about 2.5km southwest of Diano proper. The nearest shops are in Gallo just 2km to the northwest of our apartment.

Our flat runs back the length of the building on the first floor -- the balcony was an attractive asset but underused: Melvin persisted in using it to scamper into the apartment next door and to jump down onto the awning below it, where he was virtually irretrievable.

Our underused balcony, and our neighbors' on the right

Gallo and Diano d'Alba are part of the Langhe area of the Piemonte region, the beautiful hilly area south and east of the river Tanaro in the province of Cuneo; the 275km Tanaro runs down from the Ligurian Alps northward past Mondovi, Alba, Asti and Alessandria to join the Po in Lombardy. The Langhe area is famous for its wines, cheeses, and truffles, as well as for its multitude of hilltop watchtowers and castles, and part of it was inscribed in the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites in 2014 as the "Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato".

Down the hall to the main room . . .

. . . passing the kitchen.

The main room (in some disarray; we'd already been here for several days by this time)

The back bedroom (which we used mainly for recharging computers and telephones)

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Alba and

May 2018