Staying in the province of Cuneo, in Roero in Piedmont, means exploring a territory where fine wines are born and where splendid villages and historic houses arise.
In the village of Guarene, we can visit the medieval Castle, restored several times through the centuries. Today we can visit it and take a walk in its beautiful gardens. Among the other points of interest in the village there is Pinacoteca comunale del Roero, a gallery that houses the most important paintings of Piedmont artists.
The city of Alba is the main center of the Langhe. The Duomo, or Cathedral of San Lorenzo, is located in Piazza Risorgimento and stands out for its massive bell tower and the Gothic style structure made of red bricks. Inside there is the main altar in Baroque style, the crypt of St. Peter and many precious paintings. A short distance from the Duomo is the birthplace of Beppe Fenoglio, a writer and a partisan. In addition, in the company of experienced archaeologists, you can visit underground Alba to admire the Roman remains of the city.
The village of La Morra is known as the Langhe’s balcony for its strategic location offering a beautiful view. Known for the production of Barolo, the town hosts the “Ratti” Museum of Alba wines, housed in an historic abbey. Among ancient tools such as barrels, winepress, funnels, we can recall the history of the wine culture from the Romans to the last century.
At Magliano Alfieri, the Castle of Magliano overlooks the landscape. The castle is an imposing 15th century palace expanded in the following centuries. Inside there is the Chapel of the Crucifix decorated with beautiful frescoes. Among the halls of the castle is the museum of folk arts and traditions dedicated mainly to the work of the plaster. In this area, the less wealthy families use to decorate the ceiling with plaster as an imitation of the rich decorated stucco ceilings. The plaster also had a good insulating function. In this way a culture of the work and decoration of the plaster is still fascinating today.
The Royal Castle of Carlo Felice named also as Govone Castle is part of the Savoy residences included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The beautiful facade is formed by the double staircase rich of reliefs, while inside we can visit the rooms decorated with frescos, Chinese cards, trompe l’oeil and beautiful park around the palace. The castle houses temporary art exhibitions and musical events.
In Pollenzo there is the Wine Bank, a collection of the best productions in Italy, with almost 100,000 bottles. An attentive selection of excellence set in a charming wine cellar with a guided tour that includes tastings, courses, thematic workshops and tours of Langhe and Roero to know the area dedicated to Piedmontese wine production. The wine cellars of the Wine Bank are part of the Agenzia di Pollenzo complex, an extensive Savoy residence that also hosts the University of Gastronomic Studies.