Serralunga d’Alba - Fontanafredda - Monforte - Monchiero
Serralunga d’Alba was built in a concentrated fashion around the castle once owned by the Falletti Barolo family. The castle, which now belongs to the Municipality, was restored in 1950. It has kept its original Gothic features and inside there are still imposing chimneys and wooden ceilings. In addition to getting lost among the streets of Serralunga and taste the magnificent Barolo in the many wine bars, you can visit the parish church of San Sebastiano built on the decaying ruins of the church of San Benigno hors the wall. Inside, the apse is frescoed with the Adorazione del Santissimo Sacramento by Sebastiano Nizza. On the central altar stands a wooden carved table with two Franciscan saints adoring the Holy Cross. 

At a short distance from Serralunga we find the hamlet of Fontanafredda with its beautiful estate and majestic cellars strongly wanted in 1878 by Emanuele di Mirafiori son of Vittorio Emanuele. The extensive cellars may be visited and they really represent a dive in the past and in the history of noblemen and hopeless love stories. As a matter of fact, the history of Fontanafredda also include the love story between the King and “La Bela Rusin” contessa di Mirafiori and Fontanafredda. At present, the outstanding feature of the estate are the exquisite wines. 

From a love story to the love for history. Once in Monforte, visitors are amazed at its beautiful historical buildings and at how stones still witness the prosperity of a village built on the top of a steep hill and therefore secured over the centuries from wars and sacs .Many prestigious buildings have been turned into charming hotels and elegant restaurants. In 1986 the Horszowski Auditorium was opened and since then many famous artists such as Paolo Conte, Ludovico Einaudi, Vinicio Capossela have played their music on the stage of this amphitheatre made on the city walls.
If you are in a mystical mood, then you can visit the 20th century neo-Gothic parish church of Madonna della Neve with its wide steps and its 54 meters-high bell tower. If you are looking for something older, then you might visit the Baroque Confraternita dei Disciplinati Bianchi. The building dates back to the 17th century and is made with facing bricks. The religious tour can be completed with a visit to the 15th century Cappella Natività di Maria Vergine built on a leper hospital and to the Cappella di Sant’Anna Campestre. A couple of Monforte's hamlets are worth a visit : Perno where the history of its castle (once owned by Giulio Einaudi) crosses with that of the Italian culture of the seventies and Castelletto with its Madonna dell’Assunta church where a nice fresco representing the Madonna Assisa with the baby who holds a small bird in his hands can be seen.

The itinerary can be concluded at Monchiero a small village which seems to be framed by the Piedmontese mountains peaks. Traces of the old hamlet can be found in the beautiful centre of Monchiero. They are the Santuario of the Santissima Vergine Incoronata del Rosario dated 1773 which keeps pictorial and sculptural works of art of Giovanni Vassallo di La Morra and of Rodolfo Malgari and the parish church of the Beata Vergine del Rosario with paintings of Mario Michelotti, Claudio Bonichi, Eso Peluzzi and Mario Caffaro Rore. 

Serralunga d’Alba - Fontanafredda - Monforte - Monchiero

Comune di Serralunga d'Alba
Comune di Monforte
Comune di Monchiero

Monchiero Ritratto di Famiglia - Portrait de Famille
until November 24, 2013