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The Langhe: the city of Alba and the Truffle Fair

Postcard landscapes, small villages and excellent cuisine: all this and much more are among the many good reasons to visit the territory of the Langhe, in Piedmont, with the evocative atmosphere and the food and wine tradition simply irresistible!

UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Langhe are located in the province of Cuneo, not so far from Turin and have always been the ideal destination for those who want to spend a romantic holiday, in the company of family or friends in the name of relaxation and adventure.

Le Langhe, Piemonte

The Langhe, in fact, have the extraordinary ability to perfectly combine quiet and relaxing places with fun attractions and full of peculiarities to discovere; enchanting landscapes, Pristine territories and historic monuments of great importance await all those who have already booked in their favorite b&b!

Discovering the Langhe

Once in the Langhe, after filling the lungs with fresh and clean air, you can pull out the map and mark some places to visit; here are the must-see:

La Morra, Langhe

The Morra

La Morra is a very small village, but at the same time highly attractive because of its Belvedere, from which you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the hills. And not only: walking through its characteristic streets allows you to reach the main square with views of the vineyards, make a stop at one of the typical restaurants of the place and go

Barolo, Langhe

Barolo

In the heart of the Langhe rises Barolo, , from which takes its name the homonymous wine known worldwide. The village is reached after a pleasant hike through roads lined with vineyards, hills and scenery from a photo shoot. Since it is famous for its wine tradition, in Barolo you can taste fine wine in historic cellars while admiring the Castello Faletti di Barolo built on top of the village itself. Inside you can visit

Barbaresco, Langhe

Barbaresco

Another wine characteristic of the area is the Barbaresco, which takes its name from the homonymous village not far from Alba. Characterized by beautiful hills, it houses theEnoteca Regionale del Barbaresco, where you can participate in the tasting of very fine labels, and the Sundial of Barbaresco.

Neive, Langhe

Neive

Neive is not only one of the most characteristic places of the Langhe, but also one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Its small streets lead to the town, which enjoys an extraordinary view of the surrounding hills. Recommended a visitAromatario, a hotel restaurant that, in autumn, is covered with pretty colored leaves!

Santo Stefano Belbo, Langhe

Santo Stefano Belbo

To make the Langhe famous not only the wines, but also the famous writer Cesare Pavese, originally from Santo Stefano Belbo. For all lovers of his works, therefore, we suggest a visit through the streets of the village and the Fondazione Cesare Pavese located right in the center of the village. Also interesting is the bellissimo Relais San Maurizio, which houses inside a majestic chapel made by the British artist

Cherasco, Langhe

Kerasco

Maybe not everyone knows, but Cherasco is home to snails! Unlike the other villages of the Langhe, in fact, the latter is more decentralized and larger, so much so as to accommodate art galleries and antique exhibitions of great national and international interest. An absolute must is a stop in one of the many typical restaurants where you can enjoy a dish of snails accompanied by a local wine.

Le panchine giganti (Big Bench), Langhe

Giant benches (Big Bench)

Among the various interesting things that can be seen and discovered while visiting the Langhe here are also the giant benches “Big Bench”, a project by architect Chris Bangle as curious as it is fun: it is really huge benches, Another two and a half meters, which have been installed in different areas to invite tourists and passers-by to sit, take pictures, admire the view and rediscover the joy of being children again!

Alba: the unmissable places

Among the most known, loved and appreciated cities of Piedmont is Alba, full of attractions and events that every year attract the attention of thousands of visitors from all over Italy. Thanks to its history and economy, , the city is a flagship for both the province of Cuneo, both for the Piedmont Region.

Apparently, the town was already inhabited in Neolithic times and consists of a flat area surrounded by hills rich in vineyards, much of which rises on the right bank of the river Tanaro.

Although it is, however, a very small town (just over 30 thousand inhabitants), offers a large number of reasons to receive a visit: places of worship, historic buildings, endless towers and a wine and gastronomic tradition to lick!

Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, Alba

The Cathedral of San Lorenzo

Among the most important buildings of Alba is the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, located in Piazza Risorgimento, built between 1486 and 1517 , at the behest of Bishop Andrea Novelli. Over time, it has undergone several renovations, which have maintained the charming Gothic style and the characteristic red bricks. The interior, composed of three naves, houses the tombstone of the bishop, surrounded by beautiful colors ranging from blue to gold.

Chiesa della Maddalena, Alba

The Church of the Magdalene

Another religious building that deserves attention is definitely the Church of La Maddalena, commissioned by Carlo Giacinto della Rovere at the end of the eighteenth century architect Bernardo Antonio Vittone. The style is that of the Piedmontese Baroque, with a facade decorated with a wooden portal and an interior characterized by eight Corinthian columns.

Le torri, Alba

The Towers

For those who do not know, Alba is nicknamed “the city of a hundred towers”: their construction took place, in the past, for defensive purposes, since the town was often the subject of violent looting. Few of the original towers remain today, and among the most important are Torre Bonino, Torre Astesiano and Torre Sineo, all dating back to the 12th century.

Alba sotterranea

Underground sunrise

An experience to live during your stay in the city consists in going to the discovery of “Dawn underground”: in a few words, in the company of a professional archaeologist, You can take a tour to discover the underground citizens and, in particular, of the historical center that contains the remains of the passage of numerous populations. Along the way you can see the ancient temple, the theater and the Roman forum, the first baptismal font and the

Chiesa di San Domenico, Alba

The Church of San Domenico

There is no shortage of religious buildings in Alba; in the front line is the Church of San Domenico, Gothic style, dating back to the thirteenth century. The story tells that, in the past, it was used by Napoleon as a stable for his horses, and then it was revalued thanks to the restoration works started by the Famija Albèisa. It is still a consecrated church where it is possible to celebrate Mass, but comes

Casa Fenoglio, Alba

Casa Fenoglio

Piedmont has been the birthplace of many successful characters; specifically, Alba is the town of origin of Beppe Fenoglio, Italian writer, partisan, translator and playwright. Right here you can visit Casa Fenoglio, that is the house where the author wrote most of his works and where he set up a space that tells his life, from his birth to the war, passing through his family and his compositions.

What to eat in Alba

The city of Alba, like most Piedmontese towns, is synonymous with good food and love for wine. There are many gastronomic specialties that you can enjoy sitting at the table of any restaurant:

Tajarin burro e tartufo

But the real peculiarity of the cuisine of Alba is the addition of two very precise ingredients: the hazelnut of Piedmont PGI (especially in bonet and hazelnut cake) and the famous Alba White Truffle to which, Among other things, an ad hoc event is dedicated, namely the International White Truffle Fair! Alba and the International Truffle Fair The Alba International White Truffle Fair is part of the Italian haute gastronomy events, which highlight and enhance Italian excellence.

Fiera Internazionale del Tartufo Bianco di Alba

It is usually held in October and provides programming suitable for anyone:

  • , every weekend, at 11.00 and 18.00, there are cooking shows that allow you to discover the secrets of the best national and international chefs who, for the occasion, try their hand at preparing dishes exclusively dedicated to white truffles;
  • cene based, of course, dishes with white truffle as the protagonist;
  • cooking classes, organized within the Catello di Roddi, which allow you to tell the culinary experience of the city, the result of contamination between history, culture, art and food and wine;
  • immersive experiences through the truffle sensory analysis guided by the Sensory Analysis judges of the National Truffle Studies Center, which allows all participants to discover the secrets of the most famous mushroom in the world;

And then again musical events, exhibitions of works of art and sports meetings characterize, every year, the International White Truffle Fair of Alba! To discover all the appointments, just visit the site

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