the Region

04-04-2018

The Alfieri Hills Route

Along the Tanaro River to explore the Rocche cliffs, medieval hill towns, Baroque castles and fruit orchards

Take the road leading out of Asti in a south-westerly direction, then continue in the direction of Borbore and Abbazia degli Apostoli, alongside large 'cascine' farm houses and through little woods. You are now heading in the direction of the Tanaro river, passing alongside the greens of the 'Città di Asti' golf club. Continue in this direction, between the river and Corso Alba road, until you get to the little hamlet of Variglie, with its castle and, in the summer, a special local variety of peach called 'pesca limonina'.

Continue along the banks of the Tanaro, cutting out a large loop of the river and passing through the Asti lake zone, an area of special interest for those who are fascinated by river ecosystems. You will now have arrived beneath the cliffs ('rocche') of Antignano, in the Premes hamlet, another area of great natural interest. In order to get to the village of Perosini, however, we advise retracing your steps a few hundred metres and taking the path that leads along the top of the cliffs. From Perosini you cut across the Zecchino valley and climb up to Saracchi, a rural hamlet where Garibaldi once stayed with his last wife, who was born there. From here, it is a short stretch up to San Martino Alfieri, with its attractive castle which once hosted illustrious guests including Jean Jacques Rousseau and latter day saint, Giuseppe Marello. Continue along the hill-top road which will take you next to Govone, where you can join the East Roero path or, if you choose to descend towards the Borbore Valley, you will soon pass through the San Luigi hamlet and then arrive in the largest town of the Alfieri Hills area, San Damiano d'Asti.

This town is a medieval centre ('villanova'), founded in 1275 by the Astigiani (inhabitants of Asti) to celebrate their victory over the municipalities of Astixio. San Damiano possesses an octagonal centre surrounded by reinforced walls and watch towers. For all lovers of trekking, the town's satellite hamlets, distributed all around the main centre, form a naturally circular route around the Borbore Valley. The hamlets include San Giulio, Vascagliana, Torrazzo, Valdoisa and the afore-mentioned Lavezzole, and are all interesting to visit. Walk across the San Giulio hill, with its small Romanesque church complete with original bell tower and then, heading north, along a stretch of un-metalled road, followed by a section of main thoroughfare, in the direction of Tigliole. Once you have passed through the hamlets of San Giacomo and Pratomoro, at less than a kilometre from Tigliole, you will find yourself in a silent clearing outside the fine Romanesque church of San Lorenzo, nowadays often used for concerts and exhibitions.

Following on from here towards Ferrere, the woods become thicker and the paths steeper as you near the Roero. You pass by several hamlets, around the village of Cantarana, until you arrive at Serra di Balla, from where you continue to Ferrere, the 'town of two castles' and then on through the Valle del Pero valley to Gherba. From here, you enter a thick wood and then take the road to Scaglie which cuts across the main road and continues into the steep Valzeglio gulley (if you're feeling tired, you can always carry on along the main road...). Up now towards Bric Belgrado near the town of Cisterna d'Asti, with its proud historical centre and castle which now hosts an interesting Museum of Traditional Crafts. From here, a splendid view over the Alfieri Hills, Langa and Roero can be enjoyed. You can now join the Sentiero del Roero (Roero Pathway) or return to Asti by bus.
19-11-2016

Monferrato

Its territory almost entirely of hills, lies mainly in the provinces of Asti and Alessandria and extends southward from the right bank of the Po until you reach the foot of the Ligurian Apennines on the border with the Province of Genoa and the Province of Savona.
19-11-2016

Roero

The Roero (Roè in Piedmontese) is located in the north-east of the province of Cuneo. It takes its name from the family of the same name - or that of the Roero - that since the medieval period and for several centuries ruled over this territory.
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Langhe

Langhe are a historical region of the Piedmont region, situated between the provinces of Cuneo and Asti, neighbor with other historical regions of Piedmont, which is the Monferrato and Roero and consists of an extensive hilly system defined by the rivers Tanaro and Belbo, Bormida of Millesimo and Bormida Spigno.
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An ancient history

Cisterna d’ Asti is located at the junction of three generous territories , Monferrato , Langhe and Roero, always the three areas most prestigious wine of Piedmont : for this reason, its strategic importance is ancient history. The castle was founded as a fortress in the Middle Ages , then refines transformed into an elegant residence , now dominates the vineyards as a careful guardian , almost in custody and protection of their grapes and those who love wisdom and transform them into fine wines .

What better setting to host the Museum of Arts and Crafts in a time if not the same noble residence, in which salt cellars and equipment of the 600 farmers have been used to recreate ancient craft shops.

At Cisterna d’Asti culture and tradition make history today: it is no coincidence that here arise the wines of Tenuta La Pergola .

The vineyards of Tenuta La Pergola are all over the hills in the sun, which is a strong presence of essential elements such as sand , clay , limestone and mineral elements necessary to obtain a prestigious wine , a wine La Pergola .

The high quality of the wines is guaranteed by each carefully selected grapes grown in a well-defined geographical area.

The choice of the soil is a very important factor : the vineyards of Tenuta La Pergola is located on the hills well exposed to the sun , full of sand, clay , limestone and minerals , essential for obtaining a prestigious wine , a wine La Pergola .
the Vines

the Vines

the Vines

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