Barolo is famous as being the town located right in the heart of the Langhe wine route and home to the famous Italian Barolo wine.
The name of the town is synonymous with one of Piedmont's and indeed Italy's best wines.
Just a short way from Barolo is a truly enchanting hotel - The Corte Gondina (view details here).
This is a place where the Italy of your dreams becomes real.
It is like starring in Under the Tuscan Sun or some other movie...only better!
Top of the list must be the Castle of Falletti. Views from the walls over the surrounding wine country are magnificent. Most of the castle dates back to the sixteenth century though its origin are much older.
The castle is interesting in its own right but the fact that it often holds very good art and photographical exhibitions and that the original cellars now host the Regional Enoteca make it particularly great to visit.
Take the quick thirty minute tour of the castle which is conducted in English, French or German and then move onto the Enoteca.
What is the Enoteca? Basically a massive wine cellar located in the basement of the castle.
It has a wine display area but unfortunately you cannot buy any of the wines shown in this section.
More interesting are the tasting and sales areas.
The tasting area is a bit limited though in that you can only taste three wines, which change each day, and which cannot be chosen.
The idea supposedly is that all producers, even the small unknown ones, get an equal chance.
Good idea and I am all for promoting small wineries...I even have a wine website that tries to do that but I still find it very irritating.
Worse still is that the staff in the shop give you little info about the wines on sale. You are supposed to just wander around and learn about the wines.
This is a little unfortunate and if the staff could explain something about the wines on display it would be far more useful.
Despite my moans the Enoteca is well worth a visit and the wines are exceptional.
More to to do?
Barolo has another castle... the Castle della Volte. There is little left of what once must have been the most strategic of the towns castles but the view from the castle is stupendous and it is worth visiting, if only for the view.
Last thing...while in the Langhe area do yourself a favour and have lunch at the Belvedere Restaurant, a really fabulous restaurant.
Another gorgeous town in the area, voted one of Italy's loveliest, is Neive.
For more tours of this area please visit our Piedmont and Italian Barolo wine region tours page.
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Town of Barolo