MONFERRATO and surroundings
Although Piedmont has been awarded by Lonely Planet in 2019 as best in travel and Torino nominated by NYtimes , in 2016 among best places to visit, this region of Piedmont, the Monferrato and so-called second Tuscany is still unknown to mass tourism. Old traditions like the Palio of Asti, Monferrato’s Infernot and winemaking tradition, root deeply among the population. This is why in 2014 Monferrato was listed as Unesco World Heritage and we here around Ottiglio are proud to be in its kernel zone. After the big emigration in the 50s towards the industrial cities, now second and third generation are slowly returning to their granny’s homeland and takeover their heritage, but with new technologies, which give excellent results.
This region with Italy's highest density of castles tells stories about Counts and Barons, battles and defeats, power and envy in Italy’s countryside. Legends of the Saracens’ hidden treasures in the old caves of Ottiglio, thousands of years ago. Enigmas engraved in stones. Many looked for, nobody ever found it.
The sleeping beauty of Monferrato with its suggestive sceneries, beautiful views on rolling hills, vineyards, castles and ancient little villages will bring you back in time and invites foodies and wine lovers to discover this land of unspoiled nature, traditional cuisine and excellent wine. Discover the beauty of Italy’s countryside, history and architecture by hiking, riding or cycling. Live your passions with the authentic experience of Monferrato. Simply, naturally and authentic.
Culture and Art
The many cultural as well as gastronomic festivals and events throughout the year enrich the whole area. Highlights are certainly the world-famous Moncalvo white truffle fair as well as the dance festivals Vignale and Moncalvo in Danza. Vignale Monferrato, a small village on top of one of the higher hills, capital of the Barbera and the Grignolino, which already in its old name place Vinealis recalls the extraordinary wine-making tradition of the territory. Guided tours through the infernots in the surrounding areas can be booked. The Ecomuseum della Pietra Cantonale in Cella Monte is definitely worth a visit. Discover medieval villages, historic small towns in the surroundings like Asti (oldest palio of Italy), Casale Monferrato with its Castle and City Wall or Moncalvo, the smallest town of Italy. Discover culture and art in elegant cities like Alessandria and Acqui Terme.
Nature and Sport
In the natural park nearby, the sacred mountain "Sacro Monte di Crea" is situated in a wonderful panoramic position, which is the center of the Monferratian religious life. Find more under tips for tours and event under Monferrato Delight.
The lovely hills of this wine region are ideal for excursion by bike, on foot, by car or even on horseback. Well-marked paths will lead the way "and provide information on the nature and length of the paths. We would be happy to arrange bike rental for you. Or would you be interested in a truffle “hunt"? Discover a piece of authentic Italy with us.
Excursions in the surroundings
An excursion to the city of Turin, the former domicile of the royal family and the former capital of Italy is worthwhile. Porta Palazzo is Europe’s largest open air market. Weekly more than 1’000 merchants exhibit their produce here attracting more than 100’000 visitors in one day. There are now even guided tours with tastings through this huge market. Discover museums, elegant shopping lanes, antique bars, and the abodes of the former king of Italy.
Genova and the ligurian coast
The Ligurian coast with its pretty, small beach resorts and the historic harbor town of Genova is a good hour’s drive by car from Ottiglio. Take a stroll through the shops and antique stores and discover the breathtaking palaces of the Genoese merchants of the 15th, 16th and 17th century….