The Langhe is known for its excellent wines, prized truffles and delicious cheeses. However, we suggest you explore this corner of Piedmont also for the beautiful landscapes that characterise it.
Its rolling hills and villages rich in charm and history will surprise you.
What is the Langhe famous for? Certainly for the excellent food (cheeses and truffles) and wines.
But don’t forget to consider also the extraordinary landscape, made of gentle hills, a soothing atmosphere, unusual streets and hills covered with vineyards. A scenery so beautiful that it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in June 2014.
Here you can find many places to see and get to know. We would like to suggest two locations for your tour of the Langhe, although we are sure that you will want to see all the others as well!
We have chosen Barolo and La Morra for you (which are part of the Langa del Barolo), but we would also like to suggest a unique and unforgettable experience to be lived, really, you could say, with your head in the clouds…
- 1 The Langhe: Barolo. What to see
- 2 La Morra. Between ancient and modern
- 3 Flying over the Langhe. Discover a breathtaking experience
- 4 Organize your Golf Experience in Italy:
- 5 More Experiences in Langhe:
- 6 Choose the Golf Course you prefer in Umbria region:
The Langhe: Barolo. What to see
The Langhe will amaze and fascinate you to the point that you will want to explore it far and wide. However, if you can only spend one day there, our advice is to plan a visit to Barolo.
First of all, because of a piece of good news: Barolo, the main town of the Langa del Barolo, has been nominated City of Wine 2021.
However, it is not only the wine that makes it important because this small village is also interesting for other reasons, such as its history and its privileged geographical position in the Langhe area.
The name itself derives from the Celtic “bas reul” (low place) as it actually is compared to other villages in the area.
Barolo in fact rises on a basin with a particular microclimate, but also a point of observation on the surrounding territory that will leave you really speechless.
What to see?
The Falletti Castle
A must-see in Barolo is certainly the castle that dominates the beautiful hills planted with Nebbiolo grapes.
The first evidence dates back to the year 1000, when a fortification was erected on the hill overlooking the Talloria valley from Barolo. The castle was then erected when, following the incursions of Hungarians and Saracens, Berengar I of Provence granted the construction of towers and other works of defence to the feudal lords and religious of the area.
In about 1250, the fiefdom passed to the Falletti family, a dynasty that until 1864 owned not only this territory but also 50 other areas in Piedmont itself.
The castle is now home to the Enoteca Regionale del Barolo.
WiMu Wine Museum in Barolo
The most innovative wine museum in Italy is located inside the Falletti Castle.
Inaugurated in 2010, thanks to an interactive path developed in 25 rooms on 5 floors, you can learn all the secrets of wine: from production techniques to its culture and tradition.
How do you get a great wine?
Thanks to the work of man who knows how to make the right use of the generous nature that surrounds him.
A long process, that of wine production, which can be said to be shrouded, in a certain sense, in something mysterious, as is the case with every creative process.
The museum tour shows how time marks every single necessary step, from when the grapes are picked from the vines and, passing through the vats and barrels, arrive in the bottles that we then find on the table.
La Morra. Between ancient and modern
Just 6 km from Barolo, and 13 km from Alba, stands La Morra, a town that includes the hamlets of Annunziata, Berri, Rivalta and Santa Maria. It is in a beautiful position, high up on the hill, a perfect place for a bit of recreation, for excellent tastings of wines and local products, but also for getting to know the architectural beauty it offers.
What to see in La Morra?
Between churches and squares
The Baroque church of San Martino and the Confraternita di San Rocco (Confraternity of Saint Rocco) overlook the town’s central square.
Piazza Castello with its spectacular panorama, offering one of the best views of the entire Langhe.
The former Benedictine abbey of San Martino di Mercenasco, in the hamlet of Annunziata, where the “Renato Ratti” Museum of Alba wines is located.
Chapel of SS.Madonna delle Grazie, better known as the Chapel of Barolo
Unique in its kind. This colourful chapel in the Langhe landscape is impossible to miss.
Built in 1914, but never consecrated, the Chapel of SS. Madonna delle Grazie was bought in 1970, together with 6 hectares of vineyards in Brunate, by the Ceretto family who are still the owners.
Abandoned for a long time, it was renovated in the 1990s and became the building we see today, one of the best known and most admired in the Langhe del Barolo area.
Two artists contributed to making the Chapel of Barolo what it is today: Sol LeWitt and David Tremlett. Thanks to them, a small building in ruins has become a true testimony to contemporary art.
Flying over the Langhe. Discover a breathtaking experience
After visiting the beautiful villages of the Langhe, why not take the opportunity to observe the beautiful and evocative UNESCO heritage landscape from above?
A hot air balloon flight over the Langhe is the experience we want to offer you!
We start from Barolo for this unique experience of about three hours where you can see castles, vineyards, towers and rolling hills from the point of view of a hawk crossing the distances in the sky.
Back on land you will toast to the experience you have just had with a wine tasting in the winery. In La Morra you will taste the famous wines produced in this area, accompanied by local delicacies.
Do you understand now what the Langhe is famous for?