The journey door to door took almost 30 hours. A great flight on Qatar Airways from Manila to Doha, a pitstop in a phenomenal passenger lounge, an onward connection to Rome, then a horrendous wait in line at immigration, a longer wait in a crowded terminal before a tiny commuter flight to the city of Turin in Northern Italy, and finally a 2 hour drive to the outskirts of Alba, and we had arrived in the commune or town of Benevello. With a population of just 451, down some 10% from 520 in 1901, this is literally one of the smallest towns I have ever stayed in while on holiday in Europe. Home for a few days was the Villa D’Amelia, a “Small Luxury Hotels” member with a bistro and a Michelin-starred restaurant on the property.
Located roughly 12+ minutes drive from the town of Alba, Villa D’Amelia had a beautiful bucolic setting and fairly comfortable (albeit somewhat small) rooms. A short walk would take you through the main street in Benevello and slightly longer trek uphill ended at a simple church and a pretty good view of the surrounding areas.
The hotel had a beautiful courtyard that was the perfect setting for an outdoor lunch, or early evening cocktails.
While we were there in late September, the daytime temperatures still warmed up to the 70’s, though early in the day it was a nippy 50’s, at least for those of us landing from tropical climes.
Had I brought my swimming trunks, I probably would have given the pool a try on more than one occasion…
We were quite tired when we arrived, and had a late lunch in the courtyard, a brief walk up to the church in town, a light dinner, and we passed out until early the next day. That’s me, the next morning, all ready to zoom, zoom, zoom all over Alba and the Piedmont area… :)