A few miles from Turin, the area is a treasure trove of places to discover and experience, in a sustainable and responsible tourism. It is the area that extends towards the western border of the Monferrato, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the municipalities of Albugnano, Castelnuovo Don Bosco, Passerano Marmorito and Pino d’Asti. Its historical rural vocation, with its perfect balance between man and nature, makes it a perfect tourist destination that surprises and seduces its visitors.
Albugnano DOC and the other wines of the members of Albugnano 459 Association are a perfect match with the flavours and excellences of the Piedmont’s cuisine: from truffles to Fassona beef, from handmade pasta to the traditional desserts, every dish expresses the farming traditions of a land where harmony is always found at the dinner table.
The food loving tourist can appreciate the delicacies of the local cuisine in the agritourism restaurants run by the Albugnano DOC winemakers: Alle Tre Colline, Ca’Mariuccia, Pianfiorito and Terra e Gente – all of them located in Albugnano.
There are many zero-km products: fruits, vegetables, meat, preserves and cheeses, such as the Robiola di Cocconato, a soft cheese made of full-fat, pasteurised cow’s milk.
HISTORY AND CULTURE
The territory is rich in spiritual destinations, especially from the Romanesque period. The jewel in the crown is Santa Maria di Vezzolano, commonly known as the Abbey of Vezzolano. Since the VIIIth century it has been the centre of a supportive and industrious community. It has also played an important role in the rebirth of the area’s vineyards after the Barbaric invasions of the Middle Ages. Today the Abbey is run by volunteers of the Turismo in Collina association, which works to provide access to this ancient sacred site and guide visitors through its history.
Also well worth visiting are the church of Santa Maria di Cornareto in Castelnuovo, which dates back to the XIIth century and has undergone reconstructive work in the XVIth and XVIIth centuries, and the small church of the same period, San Giorgio, located in Aramengo. Much more recent, but equally worthy of a visit, is the Basilica of Don Bosco, built between 1961 and 1966 on the site of the Biglione-Damevino farmouse, where Don Bosco was born, which is also open to visitors.
SPORTS AND NATURE
The rolling hills of the area are ideal for the expert cyclists. If you prefer an easier ride, e-bikes are available for rent at the agritourism sites, which are perfect starting points for relaxing excursions with family and friends. The area is also a very popular hiking destination, with its extraordinary footpaths on the hills of the Po, between Turin and Monferrato.
Country paths, dirt roads, small villages with their lanes and alleys, and enchanting views offer cyclists and hikers moments of great beauty, a true pleasure for the eyes and the mind.
These are the Albugnano 549 winemakers who welcome visitors in their Bed & Breakfast rooms: Alle Tre Colline, Ca’ Mariuccia, Tenuta Tamburnin and Terra e Gente. Here, activity-loving guests and visitors looking for calm and tranquillity can find accommodation immersed in nature where they can enjoy spectacular views and all the silence and relaxation they desire.