Alba is one of the most important communities in these parts. Known as the city of truffles, wine and culinary delights, it was actually founded by the Ligures, an ancient Indo-European people.
Barolo is known above all for its beauty, and incarnates the essence of its most nobile of Piedmontese wines (what else, Barolo?). Tucked into the hills, Barolo was a Medieval borgo belonging to the Gonzagas and Savoias; it is dominated by the Castello Falletti, seat of the Comune’s Enoteca and of the Museum of Peasant Life, a collection of antique objects and instruments.
Founded in 1243, Cherasco, famous for its chocolate sweets, is one of the oldest town centers in the Langhe. Gorgeous Baroque and neoclassical palaces line its streets and piazzas.
Another must is the castle in Grinzane Cavour, residence of Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour; it is among the oldest in Langhe. Majestic terra-cotta architecture constructed in the 13th Century and re-structured in the 1600s, today it hosts the Regional Enoteca (Winery) and the Oenological Museum.
Bra, another famous Piedmontese locale, is surrounded by the wine and cheese-producing zones of Roero, amidst gently-rolling hills and prime cuisine. Bra’s Medieval name, Brayda, means cultivated terrain, indicating that Roero’s wine-producing vein goes way back.