The Langhe, one of Unesco's World Heritage Sites
High-quality food, wines, traditions, history, rolling hills covered in vineyards which produce Doc and Docg wines, renowned all over the world, plus its microclimate are just a few of the things that make this southern area of Piedmont called The Langhe a jewel. Last but not least in June 2014 this area has been included in Unesco's World Heritage Site lists.
If you decide to come to The Langhe, you have to come as a guest and not as a tourist, because everything here will make you feel part of the family. Vigliano d'Asti, where our country house is based, is set in a strategic position where you can experience and live the world and events of the area between Alba and Asti.
The Paleontological Museum of Asti is a must-see, hosting the "Balenottera di Vigliano D'Asti" [Vigliano d'Asti Whale], renamed "Viglianottera", a fossil found in 1959, approximately eight meter long and with an intact skeleton; from our country house you can walk to the place where the fossil was discovered.
Every Spring, between late April and early May, Asti hosts the "Fiera Regionale di Asti" [Asti Regional Fair] and the "Fiera Carolingia" [Carolingian Fair], while the months from March through June at Alba are dedicated to exhibitions and events named "Primavera di Cultura" [Spring of Culture]. History is in the spotlight in Canelli for the "Rievocazione storica dell'Assedio di Canelli" [Historic Remembrance of the Canelli Siege] which, at the end of June, attracts several visitors to the town of the producers of sparkling wine. The landscape of Alba and Asti is absolutely breathtaking during the Summer period, and events dedicated to tourists are arranged in the restaurants and cafés of the two towns.
Those of you who want to relish the excellent wine and food products of The Langhe simply cannot miss the Autumn period. Two names on top of the list are: the "Fiera Internazionale del Tartufo Bianco di Alba" [Alba International White Truffle Fair] from October to November, and the Fair of Doc and Docg wines of Piedmont "Douja d'Or" in September, when the "Sagre di Asti" [Asti Festivals] and the famous "Palio di Asti" [Asti Horse Race] take place. In these months "Fiere del Tartufo" [Truffle Fairs] are organized in several villages, while Winter Fairs and Christmas street markets are hosted in Alba during the Winter season, not to mention a number of Patronal Feast Days in the villages of the entire area. We organise night truffle hunts in the woods with the local triffolau and his dog.
Sports: trekking, mountain-bike or horseback riding on the paths of the Langhe, or GOLF at the Feudo di Asti Golf Club and Città di Asti Golf Club, just a few miles away from our countryhouse, alternatevly we have Cherasco: www.golfcherasco.it and Margara www.golfmargara.it at approx.30 mins. distance.
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Visitors should also not miss Portacomaro, where Pope Francis' family originally comes from. It takes just 30 minutes by train and just under an hour by car to see Turin with its museums (Egyptian Museums) and the Reggia di Venaria. Finally, as a day's trip, you can drive to Liguria and in about one hour on the motorway you can breathe in the air of the Ligurian sea.