The territory of Langhe and Roero is today still an area not enough known to the general public, which, on the one hand preserves the status of a tourist destination still privileged and almost reserved for the incurable travelers, on the other hand precludes the most of people to know and appreciate the historical region that encompasses in itself a strong passion for his roots.
In the Langhe and Roero, the dialect is a unique language, with particular influences, and where the pace of time seems to pass more slowly, punctuated by the rigor of the earth and the harvest.
Those who, like me, arrives for the first time in the Langhe and Roero, probably does not know that a piece of heart will remain forever imprisoned in the splendor of the sun that rises and illuminates the vineyards, the tops of the sweet and sloping hills, on top of the which meet castles, towers and manors, ranging to describe an ancient history, a past still vivid and present.
In the land of the Langhe and Roero there is a wealth of food and wine which is accompanied by the artistic wealth of churches and castles, where there isn’t a unique form of tourism, since all is well suited to the tastes and needs of the more demanding incurable traveler, leading him by hand to the discovery of a territory that, in many ways, may be new, to explore.
Being the Langhe and Roero an area devoted to agriculture, could only have grown hotels in old country properties, as well as no shortage of boutique hotels recovered from castles and small castles and and small family-home hotels, which complete tourist offer quite varied and of a good standard.
On the first day of this trip I visited Alba, that is famous all over the world as the Queen City of the white truffle, but it has many other culinary specialties from the exploration of the incurable travelers.
Sponsored by Slow Food, every Saturday, in Piazza Pertinace the market of the earth takes place, where local producers of different gastronomic specialties of the Langhe can sell their products directly.
I suggest to the incurable travelers to buy into this market some souvenirs "good to eat."
The town of Alba also has Roman origin basements, which will be soon opened to the public, where you will able to see the remains of the Roman forum and of some buildings. The path is still being realized, but from what I could see in the preview, it will become a meeting point for those visiting Alba.
It’s also worth a visit to the archaeological museum of natural science "Federico Eusebio" located in Via Vittorio Emanuele 19.
The museum was founded in 1987 and is divided into two main areas, the area of prehistoric archeology and the area of Roman archeology, which allow the visitor to develop knowledge about the ancient origins of Alba.
After the visit of Alba, I went to Barolo to visit the WiMu, the Wine Museum which was opened about two years ago and is housed in the rooms of the castle of the Marquis Falletti and has some innovative features, far from the traditional and tedious configuration of the museum .
The museum of Barolo is thought to involve the visitor and lead him on a journey through the production, culture and tradition of wine.
The tour is structured as a descent deep into the culture of wine: the suggestion to explore its mysteries and myths, corresponds to the physical sensation to reach the heart of the castle of the Marquis Falletti, following the guided tour that leads to the 'incurable traveler from the third floor down to the basement of the castle accompanied by paintings, photographs, light games, mythology and history.
To welcome in the museum of Barolo are the ancient Greek and Roman Gods, the first true wine lovers, who welcome us into their bar of the gods, where the counter dotted with representations of the gods is fronted by an entire wall covered with bottles of wine produced in Piedmont.
In the room dedicated to our home in the universe, some photographs in succession are going on a trip from the universe, to the vineyards of the Langhe. This trip continues to shrink, after passing in front of Adam and Eve, in the rooms dedicated to the geometry of life and of the roots of life where the photos are more and more detailed until you get to the DNA, the basis of life on earth.
The hall of the carousel of the seasons intrigues me very much, where I found myself cycling through the various months of the year, accompanied by four large photographs of the town of Barolo that illustrate the variation in the appearance changing seasons.
The staires that are used to descend from floor to floor are lined with photographs of vineyards around the world, to give a better idea of how the vine and the wine are spread all over the world.
The second floor is dedicated to wine in History and Arts
The first room you come to is the hall of the history of wine where a sequence of drawings accompanied by captions tell us in detail the development of the history of wine in the world.
In the face of these drawings there are small interactive theaters with mechanisms that are animated by the visitor and that best illustrate some aspects of the history of the wine.
We then move into the room dedicated to the kitchen where you can watch an interactive dialogue between a modern professional chef and an old housewife, next door is the music room, where sited down in the comfortable chairs you can hear, in the background, all the songs that have as a reference the wine.
Then, there are the room of the literature and the room of "divine screen" where it’s highlighted how the wine is present in all the arts.
Once in the castle's main floor you arrive in the great "Hall of the Four Seasons" where you can see a feast of the nineteenth century
A table spread and an animated picture, immerse us in a virtual feast of the Risorgimento. In the dishes appear in sequence the courses that are being discussed by the voice of the lady of the house through the painting.
Worth a visit also the largest library in the castle, where Silvio Pellico also worked, host of the Marquis Falletti
At the end of the museum, in the old cellars of the Marchesi Falletti, lies the regional wine shop of Barolo, where you can taste and then buy some excellent bottles of Barolo.
My journey in the Langhe and Roero continues, but I will tell you in the next few days.