Barolo, Italy: 10 sights and a day tour

Barolo, Italy: 10 sights and a day tour

Barolo is a beautiful Piedmont village where the wine of the same name is produced, surrounded by the Langhe. Here you can spend a weekend or a few days surrounded by greenery, making small excursions and visiting different wineries to discover all the secrets of this famous wine!

1. What to see in Barolo

WiMu Wine Museum in Barolo. Certainly the number 1 attraction in Barolo, besides the beautiful scenery, is the wine museum. It is the most innovative wine museum in Italy. Opened in 2010, it is located in the beautiful Marchesi Falletti Castle.

Inside the museum you can learn all the secrets about wine, its production, culture and tradition! You can go on an interactive journey through 25 rooms and 5 floors with lights, sounds and colors that will make you go from one season to another, discovering the different phases of wine.

Barolo, Italy: 10 points of interest and one day trip

1. What to see in Barolo

The Castle of the Marquises of Falletti. On the road leading to Barolo, the first thing you see in the distance is the beautiful castle, which is now a symbol of the village. The first news of the castle dates back to the 10th century, when it was built as a fortress with a defensive purpose. Over the centuries it became a residence, and in the nineteenth century it was the country residence of the Marquises Falletti of Barolo.

In 1970 the museum was purchased by the municipality, which began a series of restorations and restorations and opened it to the public to visit some of the rooms. Today it is home to the wine museum WiMu . Visiting the museum, you can also admire the interior of the castle.

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1. What to see in Barolo

Cellars and wine bars. People usually come to Lange to taste great wine and to enjoy among the vineyards and cellars. That’s why you should definitely devote a few hours to the wine cellar on a weekend. You’ll really be spoiled for choice: you’ll find several wine bars in the historic center, and plenty of farms in the surrounding area that organize tastings and cellar visits, showing you how wine is made, and all the steps!

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1. What to see in Barolo

Corkscrew Museum. This is a very interesting museum. It was first opened in 2006, set up in an old cellar. Here you can also buy souvenirs in the bookstore, such as postcards, posters and various gadgets, as well as food and wines typical of Lange.

The museum is divided into 19 sections , where you can see 500 different kinds of corkscrews, which are collected from all over the world and produced since the second half of the 17th century. Not only that, at the entrance there is an exhibition with all the bottles of Barolo wine from all the producers of the village!

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1. What to see in Barolo

Barolo Church. In Piazza Falletti, a small but distinctive church deserves attention. It is a very small building with a beautiful plastered facade and a beautiful ceiling decorated with frescoes inside. Next to it is another church, the Church of San Agostino, built around the 18th century, after its consecration. Today, temporary exhibitions and small events are held here.

Brunate Chapel. You can’t miss this rather unusual sight, it is also called the Chapel of the Madonna delle Grazie, but is mostly known as the Chapel of Barolo. It was built in 1914 to serve as a refuge for those working in the fields during sudden storms.

Its peculiarity? It’s a small, colorful church, unique in its kind, you won’t find another in Italy. It has never been consecrated and you can visit it in the vineyard of nearby La Morra, which has been owned by the Ceretto family since 1970.

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1. What to see in Barolo

Barolo Road. This is one of the main attractions of the area. It is a beautiful panoramic road that connects all the Langhe villages such as Alba, Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, Cerasco, Diano d’Alba, Doliani, Grinzane Cavour, La Morra and others. Along the way you can visit wineries and farms.

Castle La Volta. The castle is located in the town of Bussia, just 2.5 km from Barolo, and can only be visited from the outside, as it is private property, but it is still worth a visit to admire the beautiful view of the entire Langhe. It was built by the Falletti family (the same owner of Barolo Castle) and is a small medieval fortress with a central courtyard.

The castle is full of legends, but one of them is the most famous: it is said that this castle was a place of great parties, often uncontrolled. But one night, during a too grand banquet, the floor collapsed and all the partygoers died. Apparently, their screams can still be heard in the walls.

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1. What to see in Barolo

La Morra Lookout. This is another characteristic area of the Langhe. It is located only 6 km from Barolo, and one of its most popular places is undoubtedly the belvedere, from which you can enjoy a beautiful view of all the surroundings. You will also find a sign that will mark all the villages and attractions that you can see from the observation deck.

Then you can enjoy a stroll through the center of the village: admire the beautiful Piazza Castello, the heart of La Morra, and get to Piazza Martiri, another small observation deck. And here, of course, there is no shortage of wine bars and cellars to taste great wines!

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1. What to see in Barolo

IN BALLOON Exclusive flights. And as the last item on the list we have to mention a truly unique experience: a hot air balloon flight over the Langa. This service is offered by IN BALLOON Exclusive Flights, located near the village of Barolo (only 1.7 km).

It is an unbelievable experience that will leave you with unforgettable memories, as you will be able to admire the whole panorama of the Langa. The flights are divided into classic (group, maximum 8 passengers) and exclusive flights (only for those who book). The schedule varies depending on the season and day, usually there is one in the morning and one in the afternoon at sunset. The price includes, in addition to the flight, chauffeur service, brunch with local produce, and photo and video impressions.

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1. What to see in Barolo

2. Barolo itinerary in one day

Once in Barolo, leave your car in the free parking lot in Piazza Colbert and have breakfast at the Antico Caff bar . Then go to Marchesi Falletti Castle and visit WiMu, the Barolo Wine Museum, where you can learn all the secrets of the famous wine. Then visit the nearby Corkscrew Museum.

Lunch transfer to Locanda in Cannubi where you can taste the typical local dishes with a beautiful view of the Lange. Get back in the car and drive on the road through the hills to reach in 6 minutes the chapel of Brunate, a beautiful and colorful consecrated church in the middle of vineyards. Here you can admire the view and walk through the narrow streets among the vineyards. Then return to Barolo, stay in Piazza Colbert again in the parking lot and you can take part in wine tasting and visiting the cellar in the Marchesi di Barolo, a cellar located in an ancient palace.

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2. Barolo itinerary in one day.

In the evening, dinner in the village Osteria La Cantinella where you can taste the traditional dishes accompanied by excellent wines.

Wine tour of the Langa: Barolo and Barbaresco

It’s usually with Piedmont that the introduction to wine Italy begins, and many wine lovers’ cherished dream is to travel to the region that produces such iconic wines as Barolo and Barbaresco.

The undulating hills of Langhe have become the hallmark of the area, where some of the most prestigious wines of Italy are born. In addition, the name Langhe from the local dialect translates as hills.

Lange

Useful information:

Flight: The nearest airport is in Turin, but you can also fly to Milan. The flight from Turin to Alba takes 1.5 hours, from Milan it is half an hour longer.

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Accommodation: Alba offers a wide range of city hotels. In this case, you are guaranteed the joys of civilization, restaurants in walking distance and evening walks through the illuminated streets. But if you crave an immersive wine atmosphere, a touch of nature and rustic authenticity, you should choose Bed & Breakfast or winery agritourism. For example, the Rivetto farm offers a cozy rural hotel among the vineyards. You’ll enjoy organic breakfasts, plenty of wine, starry skies and silence. Agriturismo Rivetto, loc. Lirano 2, 12050 Sinio, Italia

Agriturismo Rivetto

Agriturismo Rivetto

Alba

Alba is an ancient city, in Roman times it was called Alba of Pompey and was of strategic importance for the defense of the northern frontier. The Middle Ages brought prosperity and prosperity and the stone witnesses of that period – the palaces and towers in the historic center of the city – are still preserved. The cathedral and the Baroque church of San Giovanni are considered the most majestic buildings in Alba.

Alba

A visit to the Tartufi Morra shop on Piazza Pertinace, opened in 1930 by Giacomo Morra. Thanks to him, the white truffles from Alba gained worldwide recognition. The store is now owned by the founder’s descendants.

Alba is considered the gastronomic capital of Piedmont. The prestigious Michelin Guide 2018 included 41 Piedmont restaurants, but only Piazza Duomo in Alba received “three stars”. The establishment is the brainchild of Bruno Ceretto, who in the early 2000s decided to go into the restaurant business, and at the same time met Enrico Crippa, who became the restaurant’s chef. Next to Ceretto winery there is a greenhouse and a big garden where vegetables and other plants are grown for the restaurant’s kitchen according to the laws of biodynamics. It is recommended to reserve a table at least two weeks in advance.

In addition to the three-star Piazza Duomo, there are a couple of restaurants mentioned in the French gastronomic guide – Larossa and Locanda del Pilone (each with one Michelin star).

Locanda del Pilone. Strada della Cicchetta/Loc. Madonna di Como, 34 – 12051 Alba (Cuneo) Larossa. Via Don Giacomo Alberione, 10/D – 12051 Alba (Cuneo) The town is famous for its festivals, the most famous being the International Truffle Fair and the Alba Wine Festival, the Costume Procession and the Donkey Palio. All the festivals take place in early October, so it’s worth timing your trip to these dates. Especially since this is the time of the grape harvest, which is beautiful and inexpressible atmosphere.

Festivals in Alba

For visitors to Alba, there’s a Tourist Information Office in the center of town who can tell you all about the sights and help you book a table in a local restaurant. This service is convenient to use on weekends, when the city is crowded with numerous tourists. A pleasant bonus of the service will be a discount on dinner.

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La Morra

La Morra is considered one of the most famous villages in the Barolo wine area. It is located on a hill, and from the observation deck there is a magnificent panorama of the hills covered with straight rows of vineyards. There are numerous wine shops and restaurants in the narrow medieval streets. Within the city there are several wineries, where in a relaxed atmosphere guests will be offered to taste the wines and the samples they like can be bought. For example, it is worth visiting the winery Gianni Ramello on via Vassalli 19/a.

La Morra

La Morra

Winery to visit:

Elio Altare Barolo by Elio Altare is well known not only in Italy but also abroad. Great wines with only one drawback to note: their high price. But even this small nuance gives additional status to the great wines from Elio Altare. By the way, the prices at the winery are slightly lower than in the wine shops, which is an additional incentive to visit the cantina. Cascina Nuova, 51 La Morra www.elioaltare.com, elioaltare@elioaltare.com Read more about Elio Altare

Michelin-starred restaurants in La Morra:

Osteria Arborina. Frazione Annunziata, 27 – 12064 La Morra (Cuneo). Interview with Andrea Ribaldone, chef and founder of Osteria Arborina. Massimo Camia. Strada Provinciale Alba – Barolo, 122 – 12064 La Morra (Cuneo)

Barolo

The village of Barolo lies at the heart of the wine area, which bears the same name. The most important landmark is the castle, which for a long time belonged to the Falletti family. The wife of the last Marquis Carlo Tancredi Falletti, the Frenchwoman Giulietta Colbert, brought to Barolo the technology of wine production, including the use of large barrels for aging. After her death, the castle was used as a school for poor children, and in 1970 it was bought by the municipality of the city. Today the majestic building has been restored and houses an oenological museum, an interactive journey into the world of wine. Despite the fact that the museum is located on three floors, an hour and a half to see the exposition and the rooms will be enough. Next to the castle is a small corkscrew museum. The village has many wineries and restaurants that are always full during the day and evening.

Wine Museum Barolo

Barolo Wine Museum

Wineries to visit:

Marchesi di Barolo The historic cellars of Marchersi di Barolo, the largest winery, are open to all visitors. The tours are planned with a guide who will explain in detail the basic processes of wine production. The winery has a local restaurant where you can experiment with the combination of food and wine from the barrels that tourists have just seen during the tour. Via Alba, 12 – 12060 Barolo Marchesi.barolo@marchesibarolo.com, www.marchesibarolo.com Read more about Marchesi di Barolo.

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The famous historic winery is located right in the center of Barolo. You can take a guided tour of the winery or simply order a tasting. Via Gioberti, 1, Loc. Barolo 12060 BAROLO – (CN) www.borgogno.com

After having visited the town and the famous wineries, we can take a little trip to the surrounding medieval towns, the most famous of which are Monforte d’Alba and Cerasco. The former is worth a visit for its picturesque castle and the family winery Gianfranco Alessandria, while the latter is best experienced together with the autumn “Snail Festival” (www.lumache-elici.com).

Neuve

The medieval town of Neuve is situated in the Barbaresco area. It is also called the land of four wines, because Barbera d’Alba, Dolcetto d’Alba, Barbaresco and Moscato d’Asti are produced here. In the city it is a pleasure to walk along the narrow cobblestone streets and have a stop in a small restaurant for lunch or dinner.

Neive

Neive

Barbaresco

The village of Barbaresco lives solely by winemaking, and all 700 locals are connected in one way or another with wine. The main attraction will be climbing the tower, which offers stunning views of the hills with vineyards. It is worth stopping by the restored old church, which has been rebuilt into a temple of wine, i.e., a wine cellar. Lunch can be arranged in one of the local restaurants, ordering wine of the iconic producer Gaja. By the way, his company is located right on the main street, the impressive gates open only for the select few. A little further away are Produttori di Barbaresco, more democratic and open for all.

Gaja

Gaja

Wineries to visit:

Albino Rocca One of the best Barbaresco wines. Strada Ronchi, 18 12050 Barbaresco www.albinorocca.com, roccaalbino@roccaalbino.com Read more about Albino Rocca.

Bera A small family winery, Bera produces Barbaresco and the excellent Moscato d’Asti. The owner Walter Bera is a very passionate man, he is sure to give a tour of the winery and talk about the production. Via Castellero, 12 – 12050 Neviglie. www.bera.it info@bera.it More about Bera.

Castello di Verduno Castello di Verduno is a family-run winery housed in an ancient castle in Verduno. In the beautiful fortress you can rent a room. Or visit the wine cellar to enjoy a Barolo and particularly a Barbaresco in a quiet environment, and enjoy a wine from a rare variety of Pelaverga, which, incidentally, is great value for money. Via Umberto I 9, 12060 Verduno (CN) castellodiverduno.com Read more about Castello di Verduno

Castello di Verduno

Castello di Verduno

This site is only for those over the age of 18. Remember that drinking wine in moderation is good for your health!

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