Italy-Langhe and Monferrato
121 imagesThe Vineyard landscape of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato, located of Piedmont region (North West of Italy), on june 2014 has been nominated "cultural landscape" of UNESCO World Heritage List thanks to the outstanding value of its wine culture which has shaped the landscape over the centuries. A labyrinth of hills, a breathtaking skyline of castles lost in a sea of vineyards. The countryside featured in the novels of Beppe Fenoglio and Cesare Pavese, is the celebrated home of the Barolo wine, one of Italy's greatest wines noted for his ability to age. The Langhe’s magic moment arrives every year at the end of the summer, when the hills are tinged with red of the long rows of grape vines that circumnavigate the ridges of the hills, wines like Barolo, Barbaresco and Moscato d’Asti known all over the world as is the Alba truffle. The most famous is The Myth, the local nickname of Barolo, a peak of excellence of Piedmontese wines thanks to the meticulous care of the vineyards. At the end of the last century the Barolo has been trasformed itself in a woldwide liquid icon thanks also to people like Bruno and Marcello Ceretto, the so-called Barolo brothers able to match the wine to contemporary culture and today the dirupting architecture of their wineries spot the landscape, as their jewel, a small chapel repainted by Sol Lewitt and David Tremlett. The WIMU, the new Museum of Wine of Barolo village, has become one of the main tourist attractions of the area giving new life to the ancient castle of Giulia Falletti, the last Marchioness of Barolo, creator in the middle of the nineteenth century of the "new" Barolo. The truffle instead, nicknamed the "Gold of the Langhe", for the musician Gioacchino Rossini was the "Mozart of mushrooms" because of truffles there are so many but no one is able to undermine the White Truffle of Alba, an underground fungus in symbiosis with a tree from whose roots obtained the perfume, while the shape and color depend on the type of tree. A perfect recipe for becoming a new Chiantishire, more authentic and affordable to connoisseurs all over the world.
77 imagesRolling hills covered with vineyards from which the towers of ancient castles emerge. It is the irresistible mood of the Monferrato, a UNESCO Heritage site since 2014 together with the nearby Langhe and Roero. Until not many years ago it was a kind of poor relation of the Langhe, a global food and wine power known all over the world. The Monferrato shares some of its characteristics but is richer in ancient castles and hilltop villages that retain a more genuine and authentic character. Today its authenticity is turning into a potential destination yet to be discovered, and to visit before it is overwhelmed by new crowds of wine and landscape lovers. The Monferrato also hides the unique secret of its infernòt, small caves dug under the houses of many villages. Destined for the best preservation of the finest food and wines, they maintain a constant temperature and were also a place to gather together. Rediscovered in recent years and also cited by UNESCO as a distinctive element of a Monferrato that reserves another spectacular surprise in the town of Canelli, the Ganciaville of the Asti Spumante, a universe of bubbles famous all over the world and hidden in the so-called Underground Cathedrals, long tunnels excavated in the limestone of the hill of Canelli between the 16th and 10th centuries. Some are open to visitors, including the most spectacular of the historic company Contratto with over five thousand square meters, where the Asti Spumante waits in an almost religious silence to achieve with an ancient slowness its perfection. A history excavated or built-in stone, an integral part of the soul of the Monferrato starting from the castles of which the Monferrato has the highest Italian concentration. Montemagno, the largest castle in Piedmont, tells a thousand-years-old story that also includes the famous German emperor Frederick Barbarossa. These are the most famous images of a Monferrato, a countryside that has decided to turn the page thanks to an iconic wine, the Barbera that many quality producers are relaunching as an expression of one of the most beautiful wine-producing areas in the world. Like the Monferrato, a crossroads between Europe and the Mediterranean where great history intersects with unique wines.
52 imagesPallapugno, once named "pallone elastico", is a traditional game still played in Piedmont and Liguria with a bandaged fist. Rubber ball has diameter of 10,5 centimetres and weighs 190 grams. Every team has 4 players and the team which wins 11 games is final winner of the match. Professional players dispute their matches in sferisterio 90 metres long and 18 metres large with lateral wall. Professional Italian pallapugno league is top level of competitions.