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Great welcome from host, everything immaculate and the apartment fully equipped. A bit of a long walk into town but we did it twice as parking was at a premium in Alba. Large rooms, large balcony, efficient air con (was unseasonably hot for late September) and a 24 hour supermarket just 10 minutes walk. Highly recommended. Parking is easy and free......you do need a car to explore.
A lovely flat, equipped for most needs, (though no oven) and stunning views, especially from the rear terrace. The swimming pool is kept clean and is well-maintained, and even at the end of September I enjoyed several swims.
This is an area above all for wine lovers and people who prefer unspoilt areas with relatively few tourists. The wine around here is some of the most expensive in Italy - Barolo - but you can get some good deals - we liked Anselma in the village square. Good restaurants - we loved Tre Case - within easy walking distance, so no fears about driving.
Salvatore and Anna were kindness itself, checking several times that things were going well and providing extra pillows when I mentioned they might have been nice. We cooked for ourselves many evenings, though it was too late in the year (and the mosquitoes too hungry) for us to eat outside, as we did for breakfast and some lunches.
We loved the Donkey Palio in Alba, the first Sunday in October, a wonderful mix of pageantry and humour - those donkeys know their own minds! We also really enjoyed driving round the countryside - you get to understand "tornante" (hairpin bends) very quickly, but it is truly beautiful. We didn't feel the need to go very far afield - there are many delightful villages and castles in easy reach.
A genuinely relaxed holiday. Many thanks to Salvatore e Anna. Mille grazie!