Langhe Big benches: a fashion born of a brilliant idea!
Would you like to admire a beautiful view while sitting on a big bench in the Langhe? We should talk about Piedmont’s Big Benches, but it is mainly in the Langhe Monferrato and Roero area that beautiful giant benches, the Big Bench, have been popping up for a few years now.
So much so that it could be a lot of fun to plan a tour of the big benches of the Langhe by car, Vespa or Ebike… obviously stopping along the way for a picnic in the vineyards or a tasting in a winery.
The Big Benches were created in 2010 by American designer Chris Bangle who, together with a group of friends, made the first giant bench in Clavesana. The idea behind the project was as simple as it was fabulous: go back to childhood and look at the immense panorama of the Langhe with children’s eyes.
An actual project was born from this simple and brilliant idea: The Big Bench Community Project, a non-profit association designed to promote the territory.
With this in mind, Bangle’s Big Benches seem to have been built specifically to sit on and finally admire this land’s beauty. These large, brightly colored benches are located in evocative places in the Langhe landscape, off the beaten track, making them a fun way to organize an unforgettable tour of the Langhe. This treasure hunt does bring us back to childhood.
To make the hunt for the bench even more fun, the BBC has created an authentic passport with a photo and personalized stamp for each installation. It is a booklet on which you can stamp each bench you visit, a collector’s album.
With this electric bike tour, you can discover the most beautiful villages of the Langhe, ride through the vineyards and discover 5 giant benches!
Where to find Big Benches?
Here is a list of the Big Bench in the Langhe (if you want, you can also visit the official website)
- Monforte d’Alba: you will find two, a purple one in the heart of the village and a pink one in Cascina Castelletto.
- Dogliani: blue and red bench one. Go to the Castle of Dogliani to find it.
- Farigliano: big lilac bench. Find it among the vineyards outside the town center.
- Clavesana: here, there are three benches: the red one, which is the “official” one, and started the Big Bench project; the blue one, in Frazione Lo Sbaranzo; and the yellow one, in Borgata Palazzetto.
- Carrù: you can find the large gold Big Bench and the smaller benches in the village’s main square.
- Piozzo: orange, located next to the Albarosa chapel.
- Monchiero: white bench located in the upper part of the village.
- Vezza d’Alba: grey, hidden among the vineyards.
- Alba: turquoise, located in Scaparone.
- Canale: pink is located at Collina Giaconi of Madonna dei Cavalli in Canale.
- Neive: green. To reach it, you have to pass the Borgata Gavello in the direction of Tre Stelle.
- Coazzolo: lavender, near the cemetery.
- Santo Stefano Belbo: yellow. To find it follow the signs for Agriturismo ai Piacentini.
- Arguello: acid green, a few steps from the village.
- Niella Belbo: blue, it is located on the Spianata dell’Amore.
- Paroldo: orange, located in the Pedaggera locality.
- Cigliè: red and silver one: find it along the road up to the village.
- Ceva: yellow and black bench, near Campanone you can find it.
If you are wondering whether there are also big benches in La Morra, that beautiful village now among the most visited in the Langhe, the answer is NI!
The La Morra Big Bench is outside the Big Benches circuit, but it is still one of Langhe’s colorful benches. A beautiful red bench in the Langhe overlooks a spectacular valley of vines! You always find young and old climbing up to have their photo taken. I’m telling you about it because I often walk past it.
How many big benches are there in Piedmont? It would be useless to give you a number because the number of big benches in Piedmont is constantly changing, and it would certainly be a wrong number straight away! But it doesn’t matter how many big benches there are; if you visit them, you can be sure that you will arrive at a place worthy of note with views that will remain in your heart!
We recommend you visit the beautiful and entertaining big benches during the week or at off-peak times of the day so that you can enjoy them “properly,” climb on top (or in some cases climb the steps available), and enjoy a moment of peace.
Don’t forget to drop by a local shop, restaurant, or bar… big benches are there to promote the area, not to ‘invade’ it!
Big benches and how to find them…simple with our bench tours with a personalized map!
One of our favorite hen party tours? Benches on a Vespa
ALBA BIG BENCHES?
Would you also like to know if there are big benches in Alba, the capital of the Langhe? It may seem strange to you, but the answer is no! Perhaps because the creator of the circuit of big benches in the Langhe aimed to enhance the value of small, hidden villages, perhaps because the real magic lies in getting lost in the hills in search of them… so come on, discover your favorite big bench!
A walking tour to get to a bench? Yes, but with tasting at the end!
You will find the red bench in La Morra that is not part of the “official” tour
I have put together a little tour for you, through which you will be able to get to know some of the villages in the Langhe and also see with your own eyes the splendid big benches of the Langhe! Come on, read on and get on board my virtual car! On the hunt for big benches?
THE BIG BENCHES OF THE LANGHE: MONFORTE. It is a beautiful little village in the Langhe, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy (let’s not forget that!) and has recently been included among the orange flags. There are two benches in Monforte, one precisely in the center of the village, in a beautiful burgundy color reminiscent of the color of a good glass of Barolo. It reminds us that Monforte is one of the 12 municipalities that produce the highly prized Barolo wine. To find the second big bench we have to go to a small hamlet, Perno di Monforte. Nearby you will find La Repubblica di Perno; we recommend it without any doubt! Climb onto the magenta-red bench (or fuchsia, as you like!) and slow down for 5 minutes….and then why not take a break in a nice Langa osteria.
THE LANGHE BIG BENCHES: DIANO AND MONTELUPO. From the Barolo zone, we move on to the Dolcetto zone. We find two benches within a short distance of each other: one in Diano d’Alba and the other in Montelupo Albese, the first red and the second yellow. Both enjoy an extraordinary view in all seasons, and we recommend them, especially around sunset time. The red one is located near a small winery famous for the production of Dolcetto. In contrast, the yellow one is close to an excellent farmhouse that offers typical menus with an excellent quality/price ratio. The small villages of Diano and Montelupo are worth a visit: in Diano, don’t miss the Belvedere and in Montelupo, choose to stroll through the old town with its murals.
THE CANALE BIG BENCH. We are on the Giaconi Hill at Madonna dei Cavalli in Canale, where all present admiringly view a natural terrace of vineyards. It has one of the most recently inaugurated benches! The bench is pink, feminine, and delicate, just like the Canale writer Andreina Tarasco, who promoted the construction of this structure.
BIG BENCH IN VEZZA D’ALBA. Have you ever driven past the so-called “Torion”? It is located in the hamlet of Borbore, and there are plenty of signs to reach it, don’t worry! The path is pleasant to walk along; the first part is asphalted, then the actual dirt road begins. When you reach the top, at its foot, you can read a notice board, which tells its curious story: the “Torion” is, in fact, a hexagonal building; it was built in 1932 to serve as a country ciabòt. Unfortunately, it was bombed during the Second World War, and the large open holes are still evidence of the terrible episode. Next to it, an elegant white bench has been installed from which to admire the landscape. A plaque with a lovely Piedmontese proverb has been affixed to the bench, which says:
Go for benches in the Langa!
“Si t’avèissi da manca
‘d pull ‘n’ ér fià,
you’ll be on your way and…
you’ll feel like a man again”.
Do you need a translation??
BIG BENCH OF DOGLIANI. Famous for its excellent wine, Dogliani DOCG, the village is also known for its giant two-colored bench near the Castle. Reaching the bench is easy: you can walk through the center of the town and then take the road that leads to the Castle. As you go up, you can observe the village more and more from above until you reach the top of the road, from which you can admire the roof of the characteristic town. The bench has its official colors: brick red and copper blue, echoing some of the village’s most famous works. The brick red refers to the results of the architect Giovanni Battista Schellino (1818-1905) (for example, the gothic entrance to the cemetery of Dogliani), while the copper blue is typical of the dome of the church of Santi Quirico e Paolo, designed by Schellino himself.
I want to give you some more helpful information on the big benches of the Langhe. First, it is indispensable to have your means of transport. We offer tours by Ebike or Vespa, which are an excellent way to discover the most beautiful giant benches. Your car might be a good idea too, but what about the sense of freedom that the wind in your hair can give you?
Apart from this, in our opinion, the Langhe colorful benches are an excellent excuse to visit the most beautiful landscapes of the Langhe… they are all in beautiful locations and between one bench and another we certainly recommend that you stop off in the small villages you will come across, such as Neive, La Morra, Mango and then those of the upper Langa such as Niella Belbo or Paroldo. You could plan an entire weekend in the Langhe in search of big benches. it would be a great way to get the kids involved, don’t you think?
Another opportunity to visit the big benches of the Langhe? Bachelorette and stag parties, of course!
To give a touch of originality to the celebrations, organize a nice tour of the benches on a Vespa or Ebike! It will be super fun!
In this article, we talked about the Langhe Big Benches, but there are also Big Benches in other areas of Piedmont!
So let’s add some helpful information on the Monferrato big benches.
Monferrato is a vast area bordering the Langhe and reaching as far as the provinces of Asti and Alessandria.
Here too, there are many big benches, perhaps even more than in the Langhe, but as I said before. We’ve lost count!!!
Let’s talk about the ones we know and liked very much! Let’s put a photo for each one, and we assure you it’s worth it!
Costigliole d'Asti big bench
Moasca big bench
Casteluovo Calcea big bench
San Martino Alfieri big bench
Which of Monferrato’s marvelous big benches have you already visited? Which one did you like the most?
Write it in the comments!
In any case, this article doesn’t end here. visit us from time to time to discover our new tours of the big benches of Piedmont!
Langhe’s giant benches have gone abroad!
First, many colorful replicas were born in the Langhe territory. Then they came to Monferrato. After the project saw the light of day in the village of Clavesana in 2010, the growth has been steady.
Piedmont embraced the idea and created one in every scenic corner. If you look at the map of benches you will now see them in all regions of Italy. And that’s still not enough, no one will stop them! Hence the leap across regions.
They are now also abroad: England, Spain, Germany, and France. Abroad they are now beginning to get into the idea of “wanting to be children again” and play with the size of this bench that has a big heart.