3 reasons to visit langhe and roero

LANGHE ROERO MONFERRATO: A TERRITORY WITH 3 SOULS

Roero but where do I find it?

The Roero area is in Piedmont, Cuneo province, “beyond Tanaro” as the natives say. Set between the low Astigian hills and the large plains of Carmagnola.

Hilly landscape is known in Italy and around the world for its extraordinary wines. In this part of the famous Langhe-Roero-Monferrato area, the territory has a special shape that distinguishes it from the other two areas.

Roero Territory, nods of geology

Earth, let’s say young, on ancient bases. About 130 million years ago the Roero was submerged and it was a seabed! The Sea of the Padana Gulf. This terrain was formed by debris and sedimentation. The surrounding mountains, eroded, have given origins to the landscapes that we can see and appreciate. The phenomenon continues until about 2/3 million years ago: the hills emerge and form the plateau of Roero and Langhe.

Another protagonist of this story is the Tanaro River. The sedimented soil, crumbly, divides the two areas. Here and there from Tanaro (these are obviously not technical terms!). Langhe over here and Roero over there.

Today’s Roero sees it before your eyes: hills, vineyards, woods, and fortresses. Various and intriguing.

So let’s get to know the Roero through its cities

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Bra

View of St. Clare's Church

A town that was born around the year 1000 and that is not far from Cherasco. The medieval settlement on the hill of Zizzola is recognized, although not much remains of the castle and the walls that were destroyed by the French and Spanish. Many Baroque buildings make interesting a visit to this town that also owes its notoriety to the Slow Food movement that is born right in the streets of the center. The Fallen Square for Freedom, The Traverse Palace, the Church of St. Clare, and the beautiful and bustling Via Vittorio Emanuele are some points of interest.

The city of Bra is also appreciated and loved for its gastronomic excellence (Bra sausage for example) but also and above all for an event that literally overwhelms it: Cheese. I’m going to talk about it a little later. In September, every two years, Bra becomes the cheese capital of the world!

Pollenzo

Pollenzo

From Bra, going towards Alba you cross this little municipality. Small but very well known internationally thanks to the University of Gastronomic Sciences, founded in 2004, on the idea of Carlin Petrini, founder of Slow Food. Next to the University, you will also find the Wine Bank, which resides in the 19th-century cellars of the Castle. The castle is part of the complex rebuilt by King Charles Albert who made it his summer home.

A walk through these streets is absolutely advisable!

CANALE

il Convento a Canale

Canale is an important agricultural center, grapes, wine, fruits, and especially peaches! Founded in the early 1200s, it had an orthogonal plant that is still recognized. The town hall square is home to the Baroque church of St. John or the Black Beats. At the side of the church a tower of the ‘300. Imposing the castle of Malabaila, rebuilt in the sixteenth century.

The town is very lively and on Sundays with its shops open and its pedestrian street with the dehors of the bars offers a pleasant stopover. I recommend a visit to the cheese shop of Bono In and of course to the wine shop of Roero!

If you are in this area at the end of July you will definitely have to participate in one of the evenings of the Peach Fair. An event that sees in the square the whole country and where you will find joy, good food, and of course good wine!

Cherasco

Cherasco

The visit to Cherasco is due and necessary. This beautiful village has an old town to enjoy. Witnesses of the medieval period cross with the Baroque Piedmontese. She’s a “city lady.”

Napoleon’s story crosses Cherasco when King Victor Amadeo III signed the armistice of Cherasco. The Savoy and the county of Nice were sold to France. The citizens of Cherasco erected the tree of Freedom, although the requisitions of material goods and the many civilian casualties were never forgotten.

Today Cherasco is famous for a famous product also in France, snails. Heliciculture here has an ancient tradition. Cherasco is home to the Association of Hesheal farmers. In Cherasco snails are bred outdoors, on land, and fed with fresh vegetables. For those who love this dish here find excellence!

But Cherasco is also famous for its Antiques Market, which has become a reference point for thousands of curious and admirers. Here you can find the calendar.

Govone

Govone the Castle

This small town is clearly visible from afar, with its imposing castle dominating it. Around the village vines of Barbera, Bonarda, Nebbiolo, and Arneis

Govone Castle, rebuilt by the Solaro in the 17th century, rests on medieval fortifications. It was a lavish holiday home. The castle can be visited by reservation.

Govone had a beautiful intuition a few years ago, becoming the country of Santa Claus during the first days of December. In 2018 it attracted more than 200,000 visitors with 100 exhibitors that year after year increase in number and as an offer. If you have children or if you still love to feel like a little child, you should definitely not miss it!

Guarene

SlowDays e Guarene

Guarene is a strange common… Spread. Many times you find it difficult to give an indication of addresses to those who want to visit it. Yes because Guarene has a high, beautiful, imposing parts like its castle and then many “low” parts where you can walk through vineyards or trees of “pear madernassa”.

Guarene is a small town, with a view of the Tanaro Valley and with some buildings to note such as the church of St. Michael that is already spoken of in 1300, or the church of the Holy Annunziata that was built towards the end of the 1600s.

For this country I would like to recommend a walk, it is called the Path of the Acino and a scenic link between cultivated countryside and vineyards that goes from Guarene to Castagnito and back. It’s a walk of about 1h 30 almost all on dirt roads. You’ll pass by Guarene Castle, now a luxury hotel, and find yourself strolling along the ridge with wonderful scenery in every season. Recommended!

MAGLIANO ALFIERI

Magliano Alfieri The castle

Magliano is a municipality that stands where the ancient Roman town Mallianum was located. It was located along the road that connected and still connects Asti with Alba. The town first stood on the flat part but then its core moved to the hill where even today stands imposing the Palace of the Bishops overlooking the hill. The current Castle has been rebuilt and seems the only one left of a set of castles or houses-strong, maybe seven.

It is interesting to visit the castle and inside the chalk culture museum. It documents the particular construction technique of many farmhouses in the astigian. Chalk panels between the ceiling beams with also very elaborate decorations.

The village is a very cool dining spot during the hot summer evenings and is chosen by the locals also for outdoor dining.

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