Things to see and do in Langhe
Langhe is a land that offers evocative places to discover and interesting activities to do, to visitors from all over the world.
What to see in Langhe: the village of Barolo
Langhe offers strong emotions all year round, thanks to the beautiful castles, quaint villages and ancient monuments. Let us not forget the wine bars full of excellent wines that are beautifully combined with local dishes. The heart of Langhe lies among the villages of Barolo, Grinzane Cavour, Serralunga and La Morra and of course the famous Alba. Stunning old manors and small medieval centres surround Barolo. The village is located on the hills and is nestled in a strategic position from which you can see vineyards one after another in an endless multitude of vines. A must see is undoubtedly the castle of the Marquis Falletti that houses the wine museum with its thematic paths through art, music, literature, history, traditions and cuisine. The top of the castle hosts a panoramic terrace that features breath-taking views of Langhe.
Must see in Langhe: Grinzane Cavour
As for the Langhe itineraries, Grinzane Cavour, a handful of kilometres from Barolo, cannot be missed out. The castle where Camillo Benso count of Cavour resided – whose manuscripts, furniture and the tricolour band, dating back to his time as mayor of the village, are preserved – is located on a hill and hosts the world truffle auction during the month of November. If you feel adventurous, you can join this fun activity and try to get one of the most prestigious mushrooms. The visit of this imposing, square-plan manor, marked by two angular towers, dating back to the 13th century, is therefore one of the highlights of the most classic Langhe itineraries. Here you can also visit the Ethnographic Museum that tells the story of truffles.
What to see in Alba
Among the best-known cities in Piedmont, particularly in Langhe area, you will find Alba, thanks to its countless events that attract thousands of tourists every year. If you wonder what to see in Alba, the first monument you should definitely visit is St. Lawrence Cathedral, one of the most important buildings. Located in Risorgimento Square, it is Gothic in style and features unusual red bricks. The interior is divided into three aisles in which beautiful colours stand out. Another thing to see in Alba is the Church of Magdalene, dating back to the second half of the 18th century. This church features a Piedmont baroque style, the interior is finely decorated and shows eight Corinthian columns that alternate with beautiful pilasters. The Town Hall, built on pre-existing Roman buildings and containing numerous pictorial and sculptural works, is also highly appreciated. Last but not least one should not miss out the countless towers, which is why the city has been dubbed "the city of hundred towers", originally built for defensive purposes to counter looting. The most preserved ones are the Bonino Tower, the Astesiano Tower and the Sineo Tower.