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Nestled among a canvas of golden vineyards and rounded hills, the villages of the Langhe offer a vivid portrait of rural Italy, beautifully preserved through the centuries. Here, amid ancient churches and castles frozen in time, are woven stories of men and women who have shaped the land with wisdom and passion.

We invite you on a journey through the most beautiful villages of the Langhe, to discover places where time seems to have stopped. A path that will lead you through silences and scents, among rows of Nebbiolo grapes and resounding traditions.

Murazzano, Beloved by Beppe Fenoglio

The picturesque village of Murazzano stands majestically in the Alta Langa of Piedmont, in a commanding position that makes its panoramic views striking. Perched and proud, it is the second highest peak in this hilly area rich in history.

Dominating the town is a mighty medieval tower 33 meters high, which offers an exceptional view of the surrounding vastness. Following the thread of memory, it is possible to discover some architectural gems of great value: the Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of Hal, the Tovegni Palace, and the ancient Porta Bullaria and Porta di Busignano.

The rural charm of Murazzano, where Beppe Fenoglio spent his summer vacations, has been skillfully narrated by the pen of this Piedmontese writer, a keen observer of the Langhe landscape.

Barolo, the Capital of Wine

Barolo is famous not only for its namesake wine that has conquered the world but also for its rich historical and cultural heritage. Originally established as a barbarian settlement in the Early Middle Ages, the village has evolved over the centuries, beginning with the construction of a castle by Berengario I as a bulwark against Saracen attacks. In 1250, with the acquisition of holdings by the Falletti family, Barolo became a regional power center.

Today, the Castle of the Marquis Falletti, the historical heart of the village, houses the WiMu, the Ethnographic and Wine Museum of Barolo. Besides the WiMu, the village boasts the Barolo Chapel, designed by Sol LeWitt and David Tremlett: originally built in 1914 and transformed into a contemporary art piece, the chapel is a vivid example of how art and landscape can blend harmoniously.

The village’s cellars, hosting a selection of over 100 local producers, invite visitors to memorable tastings. The local gastronomy, meanwhile, celebrates tradition with dishes like Brasato al Barolo and Cisrà, a traditional tripe and chickpea soup, thus confirming Barolo as a premier gastronomic destination.

Albaretto della Torre, a Small Village among the Langhe

Albaretto della Torre rises on a ridge between the Belbo and Tanaro valleys, overlooking from above the valley of the Talloria stream. The town, located in the renowned Langhe hills of Piedmont known for their picturesque landscapes and fine wines, has just 200 inhabitants.

A symbol of Albaretto is the medieval tower, the only remnant of the castle built by Manfredo del Carretto. Dating back to the 13th century, the slender stone construction has a square base topped with particularly elaborate hanging arches. From the top of the tower, now municipally owned and accessible via internal stairs, one can enjoy an exceptional panorama of the surrounding vine-clad hills. Next to it stands the Church of San Sebastiano, the town’s focal point.

The name “Albaretto” is thought to derive from the Piedmontese “arbra”, indicating an abundance of vegetation, particularly of poplars, which still characterizes the landscape today.

Serralunga d’Alba and Its Fourteenth-Century Castle

The Castle of Serralunga d’Alba stands majestically on the horizon, offering spectacular panoramic views. Built between 1340 and 1357, it is one of the few castles in the Langhe still open to the public. Guided tours reveal the stories of its former lords, such as Bonifacio del Vasto and the succession of noble families that ruled the fiefdom.

The castle exhibits the characteristics of French fortresses from the fourteenth century, a rarity in Italy, reflecting the influence and ambition of its historical owners. The streets and houses of the medieval village of Serralunga d’Alba are arranged concentrically around the castle; an arrangement that facilitated access and defense during conflicts.

Over time, the structure has undergone numerous restorations, including one in 1950 initiated by Luigi Einaudi, then President of the Italian Republic. Besides its historical importance, Serralunga d’Alba is recognized as a cornerstone in the production of Barolo wine. At the heart of the region’s wine history for over six centuries was the Falletti family: the last descendant, Giulia Falletti Colbert, bequeathed the manor to the Opera Pia Barolo in 1864, the year of her death, tying the fate of the place to the culture and tradition of this land.

Barbaresco, a Wine Sanctuary

Barbaresco is universally recognized as a wine sanctuary, famed especially for the illustrious Gaja Winery, which has made this village a landmark in the Italian wine scene. The Tower of Barbaresco, a historical and architectural emblem of the village, built in the 11th century and about 36 meters tall, serves as a privileged observation point. From its summit, one can enjoy a captivating view that stretches from the Tanaro River to other villages of the Langhe, encompassing views that include the city of Asti and the majestic Alps.

The gastronomic tour in Barbaresco is an unforgettable experience for wine enthusiasts and food lovers alike. Visitors can explore local cellars and participate in tastings of the prestigious Barbaresco DOCG and other excellent wines of the Langhe.

Exploring the medieval village at the foot of the Tower of Barbaresco, one gets lost in a context rich with history, wandering through squares, churches, and alleyways that have retained their original charm. Excursions can extend to nearby villages such as Barolo, Bergolo, and Alba, combining art, culture, and history with nature walks among the vineyards.

Grinzane Cavour: Amidst the Hills of the Count

The Castle of Grinzane Cavour, situated on the dominant hills of Langa, is a monument of incalculable historical and cultural value. Constructed in the mid-11th century, the majestic building has witnessed numerous historical changes and ownership among various noble Piedmontese families, notably including Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour.

Mayor of Grinzane from 1832 to 1849, the Count of Cavour was a key figure in the Italian Risorgimento and the Unification of Italy, known for his efforts in promoting improvements in agriculture and winemaking in the region. Today, his connection with the place is celebrated in the Museum of the Langhe, housed within the castle itself.

In addition to its historical significance, the Castle of Grinzane Cavour is home to the Piedmontese Regional Wine Shop Cavour, one of the first regional wine shops in Italy, founded in 1967. Guided tastings, conducted by expert sommeliers, are a must-visit attraction for those wishing to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of local wines.

Neive and Its Medieval Historical Center

The historical center of Neive, with its Clock Tower and picturesque cobblestone streets, is an invitation to discover the typically Italian charm of this enchanting village. Located in the province of Cuneo, between the Moscato Langa and the Monferrato hills, Neive is just 13 km from Alba.

Walking slowly through the village allows you to discover corners of rare beauty: the architecture of the historical center retains a medieval layout complemented by elegant eighteenth-century terracotta buildings that frame the beautiful Piazza Italia. Here, among various historical buildings, wine shops, and the Town Hall, daily life unfolds.

The main access to the historical center is Porta San Rocco, an entrance that leads to the rich historical and cultural heritage of Neive. Other notable structures include the Palazzo dei Conti Bongioanni Cocito, an elegant baroque palace designed by architect G.A. Borghese, and important religious buildings like the Archconfraternity of San Michele and the parish church of Saints Peter and Paul, both shining examples of eighteenth-century baroque architecture.

Neive is also famous for its excellent wine production, which includes prestigious wines like Barbaresco, Barbera d’Alba, Dolcetto d’Alba, and Moscato d’Asti. The local cuisine is equally remarkable, offering delights such as bagna càuda, tajarin with truffles, raw meat alla albese, and fondue with white truffles, dishes that can be savored in the cozy taverns and restaurants that dot the village.

Discovering Excellence: Casa di Langa

Casa di Langa is a unique place for immersing oneself completely in the age-old culture of this land. Here, hospitality combines luxury, sustainability, and respect for local authenticity.

How? The Fàula Ristorante delights palates with dishes created by chefs using ingredients from the biodynamic garden and greenhouse. It’s an opportunity to savor the most genuine essence of the territory and its typical products. At the Wine Academy, one can attend courses taught by expert sommeliers, while the Lelòse Spa offers precious moments dedicated to relaxation. Additionally, various excursions are organized, such as walks in the woods for truffle hunting or hot air balloon flights over the vineyards, admiring the changing light on the hills.

The staff attends to every detail to provide guests with an unforgettable stay in close contact with nature and local traditions. A total immersion into the authentic soul of the Langhe, blending culture, gastronomy, and comfort.

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