One thing I did the last time I was in Barolo, which I highly recommend to TorreBarolo or Langhe visitors in general is to drive to the Strada Romantica delle Langhe e del Roero (the Romantic Road). This is an itinerary to discover some of the region’s most beautiful and interesting panoramic points.
Each of the 11 stops is selected for special positioning and viewing of the natural landscape in the Langhe and Roero region. In addition, there are informative panels on each of these discontinuous points related to land stories. Although many people come to Langhe for wine classes, truffles and local foods, the refreshing place remains unrivaled and unchanged you are sure to understand why it is recommended the region for the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Strada Romantica starts at Vezza D’Alba, which is about 20min by car from TorreBarolo, or Camerana, which is further from Barolo. The distances are not too far but given the many turns on the trails, I can guarantee that you will spend hours passing through shades that range from the Langhe Vineyards to the hazelnut orchids and the lush forests of Alta Langa.
The 11 panoramic stop points include:
1. Vezza d’Alba: steep hills, deep valleys and cliffs: this is the famous Rocche of the Roero region, on the left bank of the Tanaro River. The Vezza d’Alba was built here over a thousand years ago; The ruins of the castle owned by the Roero family up to the 17th Century are a vestige of its feudal period. In Vezza we suggest you visit the beautiful Baroque Church of San Bernardino and two other interesting churches: the parish church of San Martino and the Shrine of Madonna dei Boschi, located between the harbors of Valle Sanche and Valle Maggiore.
2. Magliano Alfieri: it was used as the “kingdom” of the Alfieri family, which commanded the construction of the imposing castle between 1660 and 1680 that dominated the town center, and was the home of one of the most important poet in Italy. the young Vittorio Alfieri. The castle, where you will also find the majestic chapel of Santo Crocefisso, is the property of the municipal municipality.
3. Lost: Noteworthy is the Clock Tower, which is the last vestige of the old castle, the Baroque Arch-Confraternity of San Michele with an expensive wooden portal, House of Cotto with beautiful ceilings and windows. fireplace in the 18th Century. Outside the village, along the Tinella creek on the Mango trail, to the west you will find a magnificent Romanesque bell tower, owned by the picturesque Church of Santa Maria del Piano.
4. Treiso: Except for the classic Baroque style of the Parish Church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin of the Assumption, around the town stands a number of rustic chapels and memorial pillars, among them a memorial of War in memory of the hero of the Resistance. In the autumn of the Treiso, Neive and Barbaresco hills, Nebbiolo grapes are harvested, from which the famous Barbaresco wine is made.
5. Trezzo Tinella: on the border between Langhe and Monferrato, Trezzo Tinella, is a small village set among the woods. Points of interest in the village are the Parish of Sant ‘Antonio Abate, a traditional Piemontese neoclassic construction with barrel arches, and the Chapel of Sant’Anna ai Fiori.
6. Benevello: this is the first point of the Alta Langa. The historic center of Benevello has its center in the square, where the castle stands, probably built about 1100 to guard the road from Langhe to Alba.
7. Here: the castle-dominated village, built by the ruins of the past, was destroyed by the Sforza family in 1431, it was built at the request of the Del Carretto family, just beyond the San Sebastiano Chapel. The deconsecrated Church of the Madonna Annunziata in the 17th Century hosts the Town Theater in Sinio.
8. Cissone: this village dominates the small valley that flows into the Riavolo river. The surrounding woods are crossed by many trails where you can enjoy walking trails. The main square is located between the Disciplinati Brotherhood church (with the original Baroque altar), the Town Hall and the Parish Church, and is dominated by the Church dedicated to Santa Lucia.
9. Murazzano: this village is strategically positioned and it has the best preserved tower among the many watchmen built on the hills of Higher Langa, as the Saracens often steal in this region. The Shrine of Madonna di Hal is along the Buzignano Gate, which marks the border of the old town, and the Church of San Lorenzo is well worth a look; I also suggest that you visit the beautiful Tovegni Palace, built in an eclectic style and featuring two famous Art Nouveau dormer windows.
10. Mombarcaro: here the view opens from the Maritime Alps to the snowy Monte Rosa. I suggest you visit the historic and ethnographic museum, the Church of San Rocco with “Cavalcade of the deadly Sins”, the beautiful frescos of Antonio Ocello from Ceva and the Sanctuary of the Madonna delle Grazie (on the port of San Luigi ).
11. Camerana: This village is made up of various docks that extend into a wide valley along the Bormida River from the Bormida valley to the upper Belbo valley. The Baroque Church of the S.S. Annunziata with its precious high altar made from fine marble brochures and the unique hanging bell tower are worth a visit. The nature of the region will surprise you: the Riserva Naturale (Wildlife Sanctuary) Sorgenti del Belbo, located in the villages of Montezemolo, Camerana and Saliceto, is a unique, unique and untouched part of Langhe. The place is perfect for traveling, horseback riding and skiing in the winter country.