Langhe Castles: Between Middle Age and Vineyards

Let's imagine the day in search of the castles of Langhe

Route of about 50 km starting from Mango and arriving in Roddi

MANGO

In ‘700 this Castle was rebuilt on the remains of the medieval fortress that had been partially destroyed. The Castle of Mango or Castello dei Busca, is elegant, in stone and follows the forms of Renaissance architecture. Inside you can find  the Regional Enoteca del Moscato.  Wine from vineyards cultivated in this area and to which I have dedicated an article of appreciation! Moscato wine a pleasant discovery

Mango Castle

BARBARESCO

Let’s go to the small village of Barbaresco. Also this village, like Barolo, shares the name with the famous wine produced in its surroundings. In Barbaresco, we do not find a real castle but a beautiful red brick tower. It was built by the Gonzaga family when they became Marquis of Monferrato.

The Tower of Barbaresco has a twin sister, the Tower of Santa Vittoria d’Alba. It is a symbol of this part of the territory that with its vineyards has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the tower, there is a room for sensory analysis, a multimedia museum, and a beautiful panoramic terrace where you can enjoy an incomparable view! A tasting on the tower can be a beautiful stop

La torre di Barbaresco sulle nebbie autunnali

SERRALUNGA D'ALBA

We find in Serralunga the family of the Marquis Falletti. The castle of Serralunga is splendid. The village clings around him, almost in admiration. It is perfectly preserved. It is imposing and observes the surrounding Barolo hills.

The Castle of Serralunga is a National Monument. You can visit and understand how it was managed to optimize the defense. You will be shown the various traps that were used to block the invaders. They had to be very effective because history tells us that they were never conquered. It is said that the only flaw in the defense was the result of deception.

Castle of Serralunga

BAROLO

Not far from Alba, we find the small and famous village of Barolo. The castle of the Marquis Falletti family became a residence immediately after the passage of Piedmont to the Savoys.  No longer having the need to “defend” the village, the Falletti family, rich family of the Astigiano family, used the castle as a substitute residence. They were divided between Turin, at Palazzo Barolo and Barolo!   Inside the Castle of Barolo you can enjoy the experience of the WiMu (interactive wine museum) and l’Enoteca Regionale del Barolo.

An important guest was Silvio Pellico, who worked as a librarian for the Marquise Colbert, who is called the creator of Barolo wine.

Castello di Barolo

RODDI

Last stop of this tour between Castelli is Roddi. A few steps from Alba we find  Roddi Castle. Already since the eleventh century there is evidence of this structure. On top of the hill of the small village we find this imposing castle. Large central body and two towers.

The Castle had a drawbridge that allowed access. Today it is no longer existences. The internal decorations are rich and precious. The ceilings are imposing. Well preserved the ancient kitchens.

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We have reached the end of this path. A day dedicated to the Castles of the Langhe. 

Have I intrigued you? Know that you can include some of these Castles in a Vineyards trekking or,even simpler, with e-bike.

If, on the other hand, you also love good wine and the products of the Langhe, there is nothing better than a  Fantastic Wine Tour between Castles and Cellars!

And they are beautiful all year round!

A Wine Tour between Castles and Wineries?

It could be a great way to get to know the Langhe!

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