City and places of artistic, historical and cultural interest, easily achievable from "Relais Rocca Civalieri":
Langhe, Monferrato and Roero constitute a vast area of Southern Piedmont, a territory whose homogenous productive, commercial and cultural characteristics date back to ancient times.
There are three areas with different environmental characteristics, but that interpenetrate creating a whole rich in vineyards, castles and historic centers of great architectural importance.
They are crossed but not divided from river Tanaro.
The territorial delimitation is based on historical and commercial origins. It is a "small country" for its daily liveliness, for the spoken, for the traditions and especially for the cuisine and truffles.
In fact, this community of farmers was unfortunately always been committed to tackle the problems of a miserable and difficult life, sometimes stealing to the wood and rocks a row to break up and grow. The villages perched on the hillsides are all rather similar and generally dominated by a church bell tower and turrets of a castle. One difference among these three areas can be noted in the materials used in their buildings: in the Langhe sandstone is the most common building material, while in Monferrato and Roero is the bricks extracted from the "red earth" that characterizes the hills.
The areas of Langhe, Roero and Monferrato form a spectacular expanse of rolling hills on prevalently Tertiary sandstone, with sandy, acid soil. Here, the various combinations of climate, cultivation techniques, type of graft and grape variety determined the development of a wide range of natural ecosystems. The landscape is marked by a succession of vineyards.
"Mole Antonelliana" is a major landmark of the Italian city of Turin and it takes the name from the architect that built it, Alessandro Antonelli. It's tallest masonry building in the world
"Piazza Castello" with "Palazzo Madama" and its civic museum of ancient art;
"Parco del Valentino" and the homonym castle with an ample rectangular courtyard and the medieval suburb. It has a surface of about 500,000 square metres and it stretches along the banks of river Po close to the hill.
"Palazzo Reale" that was palace of the Savoy and its gardens realized in 600 with French taste.
"Egyptian museum" is the only museum other than the Cairo Museum that is dedicated solely to Egyptian art and culture It preserves one of the most important collections of the world, second only to that of the Cairo.
"Reggia di Venaria Reale" one of the greatest Savoy Residences in Piedmont.
"Basilica di Superga" that rises on the homonym hill it is an eighteenth-century monumental complex in Baroque style. From its dome you can enjoy an unique panorama on Turin.
The province of Asti is at the heart of Piedmont and its southern area borders on Liguria.
The territory passed from Roman colony to municipium with the term of Hasta including the current upper and lower Monferrato.
From Eleventh century the town began the ascent that led it to be up to the Thirteenth century the most important center of Piedmont.
Free republic until 1313, when passed under the dominion of Anjou, of Orleans, of Marquis of Monferrato, of Visconti and then of Savoy. At the end of '700, rebelling against the House of Savoy, Asti proclaimed itself republic.
In the Napoleonic period became the capital of the department of Tanaro. Since 1935 has been a Piedmont privince. From an exclusively family-run farm economy, was transformed in the 1960s and 1970s into an industrial centre, mainly for the Turin automotive industry. The surviving agriculture was able to redefine itself and adapt to the rules of trade. In fact now the Asti area is the land of wine excellence and it's the native land of Asti Spumante Docg (sparkling wine), which is well-known and exported all around the world, and has led to the opening of prestigious wineries and wine shops, points of reference for entrepreneurs and gourmet.
The vestiges of the past are described in a nice old civic centre of medieval architecture with insertions of Eighteenth and Nineteenth centuries.
In the Palio relives the history of the town, a traditional Italian festival of medieval origin that culminates with a bareback horse race.
"Piazza del Duomo" is the centre of the city and that it hosts the magnificent Duomo, the monument symbol of the city, that is one of most famous and complex Italian Gothic constructions.
"Galleria Vittorio Emanuele" is in reality a covered street that connects the Duomo to "Teatro della Scala". It's one of the places of the luxury shopping.
"Teatro della scala" is one of the most famous theaters in the world, temple of the lyric. It's situated in one of the more elegant and frequented square of the city.
"Castello Sfarzesco" with the "Torre del Filerete" is one of the most suggestive and beautiful places in Milan and hosts civic Museums of exceptional value.
"Lago Maggiore"a large lake located on the south side of the Alps. One of the best periods to visit this lake is the spring, season that allows to sail among the numerous islands of the archipelago and to walk between the elegant streets of Verbania and Stresa.
The heart of the city is the ancient port that thanks to careful restaurations and to projects of recovery and exploitation has well known for having combined ancient and modern style.
It is also called la Superba ("the Superb one") due to its glorious past
In the zone of port there are the aquarium (is the largest aquarium in Italy and the second largest in Europe), the children's city, "Galata", the greatest maritime museum of the Mediterranean. Fascinating reconstructions of shipyards and harbor environments and incredible visual and sound effects take the visitor through the history of navigation from the steamboat to the luxurious cruise ship.
Don't miss a walk among the characteristic alleys of the historical center, a tangle of lanes that go direct toward the sea.
To visit the enchanting places of the coast, for example Portofino, Camogli, Santa Margherita Ligure.
The suggestive medieval suburbs of the "piacentino" as "CASTELL'ARQUATO" and "Grazzano Visconti", where in some periods of the year you can enjoy traditional custom events. Staying in our structure, you can reach zones of interest as "Monferrato", "Langhe", "Val D'Aosta" (Cervinia, Champoluc, Gressoney, Saint Vincent, Courmayeur etc) and all the cities and the suburbs that belong to the Northwest of the Italian peninsula.