Barolo

Barolo

Lying in a valley protected from cold winds, surrounded by vineyards with famous sub-zones, stands Barolo, the town that gave its name to the wine of the same name in the last century when the barrels for the Italian courts, for Venice, Mantua for reach the court of the King. The notoriety of the town is entrusted, in addition to the wine, to Giulia Colbert di Maulevrier, wife of the Marquis Carlo Tancredi Falletti, the last heir of a dynasty of lords who held the fief of Barolo from the 15th century onwards, who donated all his huge patrimony to charitable works upon his death in 1864.

Today the Falletti municipal castle houses the Wine Museum (Wi.Mu.) inaugurated in 2010. The WIMU is a journey through the culture and tradition of wine.
It starts from the top floor. A descent between darkness and light, between sound and color, above and below the clods of this miraculous soil. The climate, the earth, the timing of the seasons, the colors of autumn and the silences of winter, the wisdom of the hand. Wine in history and art, in cooking and cinema, in music and literature, in universal myths and local traditions.
The WiMu is also a tribute to the history of the castle and to the illustrious people who lived there. The last Marquesses of Barolo, Carlo Tancredi Falletti and his wife Juliette Colbert, better known as Giulia di Barolo but also the patriot Silvio Pellico, one of the great protagonists of the Italian Risorgimento, who was a librarian here and whose study room is preserved intact. .
And after the wine evoked and narrated, here is the wine to live and taste. We go down to the Temple of the Enotourist where the fullness of sensory pleasure is unleashed: we meet Barolo and the great wines that we can taste alone or under the guidance of experts. The itinerary ends in the most satisfying way at the Regional Enoteca del Barolo, representative of the 11 villages of Barolo, located in the ancient marquis cellars of the castle that baptized this legendary wine.

In front of the castle is the parish church which retains its ancient Romanesque plan: inside, as evidenced by the existing tombstones, some members of the marquis family were buried.
On the hill in front of the town stands the Castello della Volta, so called in reference to a collapse that took place in the early 1300s.
From the castle site you can enjoy the fascinating view of a large part of the Barolo production area and towards the east, the characteristic parallel succession of the Langa hills.
Continuing by car towards the hamlet of Vergne, a small village that has become famous for having frescoed the houses with murals that reproduce rural life and tradition in the "Path of memory", you can stop in the municipal area adjacent to the ancient rural oratory of San Pietro delle Viole located in a wonderful panoramic position on the Nebbiolo da Barolo vineyard area.

In via XXV Aprile you can admire an open air installation, the Barolo Wall, 100 m of Street Art created by the Urban Artist Jargon and by the Municipality of Barolo (Italy). The Barolo Wall is a story, a story in images, which aims to promote Equality, Respect, Social Change. Values of great importance always but particularly in this moment. The images were printed on Forex® print panels (70x100 cm) and fixed with special anchors along via XXV Aprile.
The installation is entirely outdoors and to be able to observe it, it is necessary to walk along the sidewalk in front of the masonry for about 100 meters.

Photo credits: Megan Mallen - Flickr: Piemonte, Italy, CC BY 2.0



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