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A tour between good wine and amazing Piedmont strongholds

Barolo, the hamlet of the renowned “Bacchus’ nectar”

Even if Barolo has been inhabited since the prehistoric age, there are no precise informations about its foundation. Said that, the first actual settlement is dated back to the High Middle Age and it was Barbarian.

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Barolo Castle

The typical hamlet of Barolo shows, among its main attractions, the charming Marquises Falletti’s Castle, a thousand-year-old building, rich of grandeur and rarities, such as the staying of Silvio Pellico in its apartments, and the rich Library showing more than three-thousand books, from the XV to the XIX Century.

Among the marvels that Barolo offers all its guests, there are the Castle of the Vault, from the XII Century, the Museum of the Corkscrews – which holds a collection made of five-hundred items, from the Eighteenth Century up today – as well as the interesting Wine Museum.

Among the religious building, the Church of San Donato is worth a visit; it has six side altars, an octagonal-shaped dome, and three naves. In front of the main altar, the lords of Barolo, the Falletti, are buried.

Serralunga Castle, a typical Gothic Architecture 

Castle of Serralunga is located in Serralunga d’Alba, a small Piedmontese hamlet, in the District of Cuneo.

Estimated as one of the better preserved buildings, the Castle of Serralunga immediately catches the eye of any of its visitors, for both its uprightness and its gothic leaps of its architecture. It is considered as one of the most interesting noble Piedmontese castles of the Fourteenth Century. Over the centuries, the Caste of Serralunga kept its first function, a medieval stronghold, and it has never been turned into a stately mansion. Since 1949, the Castle of Serralunga belongs to the Italian State.

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Grinzane Cavour Castle

Grinzane Cavour Castle, a mighty stronghold

The Castle of Grinzane Cavour is named after the locality of Piedmont of Grinzane Cavour, in the District of Cuneo, and which UNESCO stated as World Heritage Site, in 2014.

Any information about its actual construction date, as well as its origins, are quite vague and nebulous. Most likely, its first edification consisted of the only tower, in 1350, and then, it has been enlarged until obtaining the prominence that visitors can admire amazed. It has a rectangular plan, and an imposing keep occupies a whole wing of it. The Caste of Grinzane Cavour is well preserved, and it offers the chance to admire a wonderful example of military architecture.


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