Monticello d'Alba Castle
Just a short distance from Alba, this is one of the best-preserved medieval buildings in the area, also thanks to the fact that ever since 1376 it has always belonged to the Roeros of Monticello. The castle was built by the Bishops of Asti to defend the boundaries of the surrounding countryside after the Saracens wreaked havoc on Alba in 920. However, the building we see today is not the original construction, which was severely damaged in 1187 during a siege lasting almost three years. This typical example of a fortified Monticello residence has a unique architectural feature: three towers each of a different shape and size: one square, one round and one octagonal.
In 1787 the interior of the castle underwent some radical renovations, but without altering the medieval exterior. These major works were carried out to mark the marriage between Francesco Gennaro, Viceroy of Sardinia, and Paola del Carretto of Gorzegno.
The castle was transformed into an elegant noble country residence; some defensive elements were removed, the drawbridge was replaced with a stone staircase and the moats were filled in. Inside, the castle was decorated with new paintings in the refined 18th-century style.
The castle is built on three floors. The great staircase leads to the armoury hall and the adjacent chapel dedicated to St. Barbara. On the second floor is the picture gallery with portraits and coats of arms of the Roero family. Next is the billiard room, followed by the gallery of Diana the Hunter. The ancient 14th-century structure of the courtyard, situated at the mezzanine floor level, has been preserved.
Local sights: Natività di Maria Vergine, Immacolata Concezione, SS. Antonio e Lorenzo, S. Grato, Maria Ausiliatrice, San Bernardino, San Ponzio frescoes, ethnographic museum.
CASTELLO DI MONTICELLO D'ALBA
Piazza S. Ponzio, 3
12066 Monticello D'Alba (CN)
from 10 to 12:30
from 14:30 to 18
Full price: 7,00 Euros
Reduced: 4,00 Euros (for children from 6 to 14 years old)
Unlimited tour of the Park: 2,50 Euros
Groups: 6 Euros minimum 15 people, all year long on reservation.
Free: children under 6 years old, disabled people, group partners, journalists and professional guides.
Tel: +39 347 4437144
Associazione Turismo in Langa - tel 0173.364030