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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Itineraries in Langhe Roero - Alba, Italy

If you want to have an idea about things to see, you may start your journey visiting Alba, walking round its streets and squares permeated by history and scenting and tasting the flavour of its truffles.
From here, you may depart for other appealing destinations following the itineraries suggested here

The Barolo Itinerary through the Hills of Bassa Langa

From Alba, you may go easily to the hills of Bassa Langa, the area of production of fine red wines
The landscape is characterized by vineyards and castles such as the medieval castle and village of Rodd, which could be your first stop before seeing La Morra and its magnificent view on the hills.
Then you may reach Barolo and visit the castle of the Marquis Falletti, now housing the Wimu Wine Museum and the Regional Wine Centre. At this point you cannot miss exploring Monforte d'Alba, the village of the Catharist heretics, and the fourteenth - century fortresses of Serralunga and Castiglione Falletti.  Your final destination could be Grinzane Cavour, where you may visit the castle once inhabited by Count Camillo Benso, mayor of the village and statesman who played an important
role in the unification of Italy.

The Barbaresco and Moscato Itinerary.

Thinking about the places described by Beppe Fenoglio in "Il Partigano Johnny" you may enjoy admiring the Langhe Roero landscape from the village of Treiso before reaching Barbaresco, still characterized by its tower, and  Neive, renowned for its beautiful historic borough.
You may continue your journey through  breathtaking hills covered with hazelnut fields and Moscato vineyards passing by Neviglie, Mango, seat of a Regional Wine Centre, and Castiglione Tinella.
Your final destination could be Santo Stefano Beilbo, Cesare Pavese's birthplace.

Itinerary through the hills of Roero

Your journey through the hills of Roero may start from Govone, famous for its Royal Residence, and continue towards Magliano Alferi where, amongst other, you may visit the Museum of Folk.
Traditions and Crafts, housing .a section dedicated to the plaster ceilings typical of the area. You may then reach Guarene, boasting a charming eighteenth-century castle with Italian style gardens.
Other sites of interest in this area on the left side of the Tanaro River are Monticello, Santa Vittoria
d'Alba. Sommariva Perno an  its castle, which Vittorio Emanuele II of Savoy bought for Rosa
Vercellana, known as 'La Bela  Rosin' ; and lastly Canale, seat of a Regional Wine Centre.
Don't forget to plan your visit to the baroque Bra, seat of the Slow-Food organization's head office, and conclude your tour with an excursion to Cherasco virtually the link between Roero and Langhe
in a pathway through history and eno-gastronomic traditions, first of all chocolate.

Natural Trail

Your journey around the hills covered with hazelnut fields may take you to the charming villages such as Castino, Perletto and Cortemilia, whose cylindrical tower is noteworthy.  Passing by
Gottasecca you may reach Saliceto  to see its renewed castle and the Medieval frescoes decorating
the chapel of San Martino in Lignera.
Other medieval wall paintings can be seen in Monesiglio, Gorzegno, Prunette and Levice.

Your final destination could be Bergolo, known as the village of stone, a unique place where nature meets culture in a hill top setting.

The Dolcetto Itinerary through the hills of Alta Langa.

You may start your journey around the hills of Alta Langa from Dogliani, birthplace of luigi Einaudi, the first President of the Italian Republic.
Part way through this food & wine tasting itinerary you may stop in Belvedere Langhe and Murazzano, famous for its D.O.P specially cheese.
Also to be seen is Paroldo, known as the village of the masche (the witches of the Langhe hills).
San Benedetto Belbo, Beppe Fenoglio's second homeland; and lastly Bossolasco, known as the village of roses.

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