Roero what to see
The Roero is on the orographic left of the Tanaro river, which divides it from the Langhe. It is a gem of territory, even if it is a little less known at the tourist level than the Langhe. SlowDays has its headquarters in Corneliano d’Alba, one of the villages in the Roero.
But let’s get down to business…
Here is what you cannot miss in the Roero, 6 itineraries of discovery:
Castellinaldo municipality of Roero
Itinerary 1: From Vezza to Castellinaldo
When people talk about Vezza they immediately think of the Torion, an old tower on top of the Castellero hill. You can get there on foot by taking a nice walk. From up there you will enjoy a beautiful panorama of the Roero hills.
Another tourist attraction of Vezza d’Alba is its small lake in the hamlet of Valtesio, near the educational truffle house, which in summer is covered in lotus flowers and becomes a spectacle for those who love flora and nature. Near this lake there is a beautiful park where you can have a picnic, spend time with your family and go for a walk.
In the Middle Ages its castle was one of the main ones, now no trace of it remains. To enjoy a beautiful view, you can climb to the top of the hill where there is a belvedere over the Barbaresco Langhe. The flat area from which you can see Barbaresco, Neive and the Langhe, is irrigated by canals and cultivated with cereals, vegetables and fruit trees, while the hillside is dotted with vineyards.
Small village with the old part perched on the hill. An excellent walk to “get your legs wet”! See the high-walled fortifications and the 12th century Damiano Castle. You’ll find a couple of good wine cellars, a few good restaurants and a hidden chocolate shop!
What to do around Neive? A trek!
Let’s discover Barbaresco vineyards, between Neive and the small village of Barbaresco. Final tasting in a winery!
Idea for a day in Barbaresco? Yes … tasting!
Barbaresco has nothing to envy to the more noble Barolo. Indeed, the game between the two is delicious and addicting!
Roero what to see Number 2: From Neive to Monteu Roero with gourmet stops
Nella lista dei borghi più belli d’Italia e bandiera arancione del Touring Club italiano. Il suo centro storico ha un impianto medievale e le sue stradine salgono fino alla Torre dell’Orologio, ora visitabile dopo i recenti lavori di ristrutturazione. In centro paese, c’è la Bottega dei 4 vini dove potrete trovare praticamente tutte le etichette dei produttori della zona.
Vi consiglio Priocca perchè è un piccolo e tranquillo paese dove potrete fermarvi per una passeggiata, andare fino alla Pieve di San Vittore del X secolo e poi … pranzare al ristorante Centro. Magari, se sarete fortunati, potrebbe essere il giorno in cui fanno il fritto misto!
Piccolo paese conosciuto per le sue “Rocche”, fenomeno geologico di erosione delle colline con origini antichissime, dove si sviluppa la “Rete escursionistica del Roero”. Vi consigliamo inoltre il sentiero della “Castagna granda” grazie al quale potrete osservare questo castagno monumentale di oltre 400 anni con una circonferenza di 10 mt! Se siete un bel gruppetto…provate ad abbracciarlo!
What to see in Roero by footpaths: 3 and 4
One of the most beautiful paths in the Roero is undoubtedly the ‘acino’ path, which passes through most of the Roero villages. The ACINO path is very scenic, passing through orchards and vineyards on its way to gentle hills.
This path can also be part of your E-bike tour.
A bike tour in the Langhe, Roero, and Monferrato is a truly unique experience.
Did you know that there are fossils in the Rocche del Roero?
The ‘Fossil Trail’ owes its name to the various findings along the way. The path is also very interesting for children because it is very varied. You will pass through woods, past orchards, greenhouses, and panoramic vineyards.
The walks in the Roero are very varied. Vineyards, fortresses, and woods alternate. The environment lends itself to both simple and more demanding excursions. Everyone will find the ideal way to spend a wonderful day!
Now we move on to one of the most popular topics in the Roero… Food & Wine. Like every territory, the Roero has its own products of excellence, with its typical recipes and pairings with local wines. SlowDays organizes various gastronomic tours to discover the flavors of the Langhe and Roero.
Here are some typical products to taste which will give life to two taste itineraries
5. Pera madernassa route
One of the excellent products of the Roero is the ‘Pera Madernassa’. In local restaurants, it is served baked with a little wine, cloves, and spices, usually as a dessert, with risotto, or as a cognà for cheese.
The Madernassa pear, for which PDO recognition is pending, is a cross between wild pears and the Martin Sec quality pear. It is a small, rusty pear for cooking. The flesh is fragrant and I would say rather crunchy. Over time it has become a star of Roero cuisine.
There are various events throughout the year that highlight recipes based on this fruit. If you want we can tell you where to find a sweet wine made from these pears!
Itinerary 6: Arneis and Roero
In the Roero, the soil is rich in sand and this type of terrain produces wines with fragrant and fresh aromas such as Roero Arneis. Arneis is one of the best-known still white wines of the Roero. This vine has achieved great success since the 1970s. It can be produced in still or sparkling (or passito) versions. Its aromas are fresh and original.
Wines and typical products are the best way to get to know a territory.
Discover them with a wine tour. What to see in the Roero cannot be separated from what to taste!
Not only Arneis, also Roero
Nebbiolo followed by the place of production represents the wine produced from the vine of the same name. This grape in the Roero where it will become…Roero. This wine can be sweet or dry: the dry one is very similar to Barolo and Barbaresco, but more ready to drink. The sweet one will then become a fine and fragrant light ruby-red sparkling wine, excellent at the end of a meal, perhaps as an accompaniment to some Piedmontese desserts.
The Roero is a harsh land. It is a land that becomes hard when you have to work it, but it is also a land that is loved! Word of someone who has always lived here
I’ll be waiting for you to introduce you to the many paths I have traced, to let you taste these intriguing wines, and to sweeten your palate with Madernassa pears cooked in wine.