The Langhe are also a source of creative power, inspiring many writers: Fenoglio, Einaudi, Pavese, Arpino and Revelli, to mention a few authors among the most beloved of the past century.
To display such rich literary heritage, development of the “Parco Paesaggistico e Letterario Langhe Monferrato Roero” is underway, a park that will guide tourists and literature lovers in the discovery of enchanting places that have so inspired our authors. In the meantime, from June to October, one can follow festivals (such as Collisioni in Novello in June) and literary trails, which are combined with music, theatre and exhibitions to highlight the indisputable cultural heritage of the Langhe.
Today, Alba, with its surrounding villages, has become the capital of this area to be discovered in all of its beauty, where cuisine and food & wine tours (the road to Barolo, for example) are amongst the most renowned in Europe.
Thus, just as you travel through the hills, you can stop and taste a glass at the Einaudi winery, attend Vinum (the famous event dedicated to wine), go to the cinema during the Infinity Festival, visit the castles of Serralunga (with its unique and majestic Gothic architecture), Mango (with its secret passageways and torture chambers), Roddi (with its medieval characteristics, despite the restorations), Govone (with its grand marble decorations), Barolo (home of the Enoteca Regionale del Barolo, the Regional Wine Cellar of Barolo) and Grinzane Cavour (the historic residence of Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour), as you discover their compelling history. You can visit churches and cathedrals, such as the Cathedral of Alba and its treasures, or you can admire the ancient Roman site of Pollentia, now Pollenzo, home of the internationally renowned “Università del Gusto” (University of Taste): in short, you will soon discover why the Langhe are candidates to become an UNESCO world heritage site!