The Albergo dell’Agenzia offers a Slow Food-inspired restaurant, a convenient location, and simple but refined rooms that preserve the building’s royal, neo-Gothic style.
Hotel Vigna Magica
Overlooking the Langhe hills, a UNESCO-protected landscape home to Barolo wine, the Hotel Vigna Magica is surrounded by acres and acres of vineyards allowing guests to fully immerse themselves in the wine region as well as the serenity of the countryside.
The hotel is part of the large Fontanafredda estate with the rooms located on the floors above the Fontanafredda wine shop, offering guests a convenient location for wine tastings and guided visits to the vineyards.
The hotel’s quirky design is sleek, modern and spacious and the 14 rooms are similarly styled but understated and refined. With large windows or terraces letting in plenty of natural light, simple furnishings and exclusive fabrics, the restrained decor gives a calm and soothing atmosphere.
Breakfast is served by the Michelin-starred chef with all recipes following the ethos of the Slow Food movement, using only high-quality, local products including vegetables and eggs right from the estate. Once you’ve had time to soak up the surroundings, you can walk in the ‘Wood of Thoughts’, see centuries-old vineyards and hazelnut trees, or venture further afield to Alba or Bra, both of which are just a short drive away.
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The 14 rooms and suites at the Hotel Vigna Magica are calm and understated with decor that is sleek, stylish and extremely comfortable. Each room has different shades of pillows and bed covers to distinguish between them and most offer views of the vineyards from the windows, terrace or balcony. The large, bright bathrooms have spacious walk-in showers and, in the suites, deep, free-standing baths. All rooms have complimentary internet connection, air conditioning and a stay includes a gourmet breakfast.
The hotel is set in the Langhe hills, a UNESCO-protected landscape, and surrounded by vineyards. It sits on the same estate as the well-known and respected Fontanafredda Winery and wine shop, and a number of restaurants. Alba, capital of the regional wine industry, is 15 minutes away by taxi, while Bra can be reached in 20 minutes.
Food and drink
In 1960 when the Guido Restaurant first opened, it was well ahead of the culinary times, championing traditional dishes and local produce but offering a lighter more contemporary version of regional recipes. Today, the ethos is the same, and the restaurant has gained a Michelin star for its attention to detail and innovative cuisine. It is set in the historic Villa Reale in the same complex at the Fontanafredda, its original features contrasting with its contemporary style.
Facilities and activities
Visit the Fontanafredda Winery for an opportunity to experience and taste the world-renowned wines produced in the region.
We particularly like the Hotel Vigna Magica for its central location in the Piedmontese countryside between Alba and Bra where guests can enjoy the peace and quiet of the open vineyards, or venture into the nearby villages for a livelier atmosphere.
Places & hotels on the map
Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
The Castello di Guarene is situated on the hilltop in the town of Guarene, in the Langhe wine region of the Piedmontese countryside. It offers 15 rooms which reflect the charming style of the original castle, built back in the 18th century.
The family owned Grand Hotel Sitea is elegantly furnished from the entrance lobby to the guest rooms. All rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated in a traditional fashion. The hotel is centrally located in the city of Turin, making it a convenient base for exploring the city.
The NH Torino Piazza Carlina offers panoramic views of Turin’s landmarks and rooftops, with 160 modern style rooms designed with hard-wood flooring and neutral furnishings. The interior courtyard offers a space to relax and unwind in the heat of a lively city.
The Relais San Maurizio is a lovely hotel which is located on the hillside of the Langhe region with acres of vineyards surrounding it. The style of the hotel is classic yet elegant and with a touch of traditional characteristics from its 1600s origins.
The Townhouse 70 Hotel in Turin is centrally located in the heart of the city and is a great base for which to explore northern Italy. There are 48 rooms all elegantly finished with modern furnishings.
In the heart of the wine-producing Langhe region of Piedmont, Villa Beccaris is a hilltop retreat set in large gardens with an outdoor pool. Inside, the property is styled in period fashion with frescoed ceilings, subtle lighting and antique furniture.
With just ten rooms, Villa Tiboldi feels more like a home than a hotel. The property is surrounded by vineyards, guests can visit the owners’ winery, and utterly relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of the Piedmontese countryside.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
On this guided tour, you’ll discover the medieval village of Barolo, renowned for the high quality of its wines. There’s time to stroll its cobbled streets, explore the 11th-century castle and museum, and visit a local vineyard for a wine tasting.
Turin’s wealth of history is unfurled on this half-day walking tour with a private guide, who’ll help you discover its grandest architecture, explain the story of the Shroud of Turin, and offer a deeper insight into the city and its people.