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  • Turin? Why not!

    Dalle Langhe a Torino

    From Langhe to Turin, why not?

    If you are staying in the Langhe and plan to linger a few more days, Turin is a feasible destination. From our b&b in Bossolasco Cascina Facelli you can reach it in just over an hour and a half.
    But why visit Turin?

    Simple, it is a capital city on a human scale, full of history, culture and beauty.

    I leave you with a few hints that you will surely find interesting and lesser known!

    Turin's historic cafes

    Let’s start by dwelling on the legendary historic cafes that not only offer high quality food and drinks, but also a dip into the past, an atmosphere steeped in history and culture, allowing for a unique and fascinating experience in the beautiful setting of Turin.

    • Caffè Torino: Located in Piazza San Carlo, this café is one of the oldest in the city, open since 1903. It is known for its elegant décor and refined atmosphere.
    • Caffè Mulassano: founded in 1879 and located in Piazza Castello, it is famous for inventing the tramezzino. The Art Nouveau interior is a real gem.
    • Caffè Fiorio: opened in 1780 on Via Po, it was a favorite haunt of nobles, intellectuals and politicians of the time. Fiorio’s ice cream is particularly renowned.
    • Caffè Al Bicerin: founded in 1763 and located in Piazza della Consolata, it is famous for its Bicerin, a hot drink made with coffee, chocolate and milk cream. Cavour was also a frequent visitor.
    • Caffè San Carlo: Located in Piazza San Carlo, this café dates back to 1822 and offers a refined ambience with frescoes and elegant decorations. It was frequented by illustrious figures such as Nietzsche.
    • Café Platti: on Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, this café opened in 1870 and has an elegant and cozy atmosphere. It was a meeting place for intellectuals and artists.

    Stores craft stores in Turin

    Let’s move on to small craft stores, shall we? Turin has a long tradition of craftsmanship, and visiting its historic workshops is a wonderful way to discover local authenticity and craftsmanship. Here are a few not to be missed:

    • Gianfranco Ferraris:
      Address: Via Maria Vittoria 20/D
      Specialty: Jewelry and watchmaking. Ferraris is known for his custom watches and unique handcrafted jewelry.
    • Rivets:
      Address: 8 St. Thomas St.
      Specialty: Making handcrafted fountain pens. The store is a must for writing enthusiasts and collectors.
    • Guido Gobino:
      Address: Via Cagliari 15/B
      Specialty: Chocolateria. Gobino is famous for its gianduiotto and other high-quality chocolate treats.
    • Gertosio:
      Address: 14 Via Carlo Alberto
      Specialty: Pastry and chocolate shop. This historic store is renowned for its traditional chocolates and pastries.
    • Marchesi Typographic School:
      Address: 19 Andrea Doria Street
      Specialty: Typography. This historic store offers handcrafted and custom printing products.
    • Defilippis Pasta Factory:
      Address: 39 Lagrange St.
      Specialty: Fresh Pasta. Defilippis is famous for its artisanal pasta, prepared using traditional methods.
    • Latteria Bera:
      Address: Via San Secondo 13
      Specialty: Dairy products. This historic dairy offers high-quality cheeses and dairy products.
    • Mara dei Boschi:
      Address: 30/H Berthollet St.
      Specialty: Artisan ice cream shop. Mara dei Boschi is famous for its ice creams made with high-quality ingredients and traditional techniques.

    Secret Turin... the Underground.

    And now let’s move on to a must-do tour, a treat outside of everything you already know and learn about Turin: The secret, underground Turin!
    Torino Sotterranea is a fascinating tour that allows you to discover the hidden and lesser-known side of the city. It is a guided itinerary that will take you through a network of tunnels, secret passages, catacombs and air raid shelters located under the streets and buildings of Turin.
    Many of the underground tunnels date back to Roman times and were initially created as aqueducts; they evolved over the centuries: in the Middle Ages and Renaissance they were used for military and defense purposes. Turin was a fortified city, and the undergrounds offered safe routes for secret travel. During World War II many of these structures were adapted as air raid shelters to protect against bombing and remain a poignant testimony.
    The main points of this tour are definitely:

    • Pietro Micca Gallery:
      this is one of the most significant points of the tour. The gallery is named after Pietro Micca, a local hero who sacrificed his life to save Turin during the French siege of 1706. Here you can see the defensive structures and passageways used by the soldiers.
    • Consolata Crypt:
      Located beneath the Church of the Consolata, this crypt offers a striking view of underground religious architecture.
    • Catacombs and burial areas:
      some sections of the tour include visits to ancient burial areas and catacombs that tell the story of religious Turin and its ancient inhabitants.
    • Air raid shelters:
      these spaces, preserved as they were during the war, offer a glimpse into daily life during the bombing, with objects and furnishings from the period.
    • Roman tunnels:
      Parts of the ancient Roman tunnels are still accessible and show the advanced engineering of the time.

    Tours last about 3 hours and offer a mysterious and fascinating atmosphere, with soft lighting and historic settings that will transport you back in time.
    Tours are usually organized by local tour agencies and it is advisable to book in advance, especially during busy tourist periods.
    One of the most reputable tour operators offering the Underground Turin tour is Somewhere Tour & Events. This operator offers a detailed and fascinating experience of the city’s underground with its expert guides who will provide you with an engaging and impactful narrative.
    You can book online through their website or contact them for more information and availability.
    Phone: +39 011 668 0580
    E-mail: info@somewhere.it
    Address: Via Po, 45, 10124 Turin
    I recommend booking in advance, wearing comfortable shoes and bringing a jacket…underground temperatures can be slightly cooler 😊

  • Focus Alta Langa Part II

    Today we arrive at a different Alta Langa, one rich with stories and legends; it is a literary land, from Pavese to the peasant and partisan life experience of Fenoglio, a land for a journey into memory.

    Both Beppe and Cesare entrust this territory with the roots of a life and reveal its core, the peasant identity and the stubborn pride of working its land.

    In short, Alta Langa still amazes us; it is indeed a privileged destination!

    Santo Stefano Belbo, which in 2008 celebrated the centenary of the writer’s birth, is closely tied to Cesare Pavese. Here we find his birthplace, which today houses his letters, books, photographs, reviews of his books, and theses from around the world, and the workshop of his friend, the carpenter Nuto. Very little remains of that Santo Stefano Belbo, the one described in “The Moon and the Bonfires”: a few houses and the Belbo river, which ceaselessly divides the two hills of Gaminella and Salto, where Pavese used to swim as a boy.

    Visit the ancient and first parish church of Saints James and Christopher, dating back to the 14th century; nearby is the Cesare Pavese Study Center with an annexed library where his works can be consulted in reading rooms and through audiovisuals.

    This is one of the most renowned areas for Moscato, a territory that spans 52 municipalities in the provinces of Cuneo, Asti, and Alessandria. Here, a Moscato with an aroma of excellent finesse and intensity is produced.

    A tip for you: if you want to taste a memorable Alta Langa, go to the Marcalberto Winery and let me know what your taste buds tell you!

    While Pavese traveled across Italy for life and work, Beppe Fenoglio, author of one of the finest novels of 20th-century Italian literature, La Malora, remained tied for life to Alba, his hometown. The partisan Johnny longed for its red roofs while fighting in the woods that kept him away.

    For Fenoglio, the Tanaro river, Murazzano, San Benedetto Belbo, and Bossolasco are childhood places and the stage for his stories. They are the myth, the roots, the land.

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    Cascina del Pavaglione

    One of the quintessential Fenoglian places is San Bovo di Castino, the Cascina del Pavaglione. This farmhouse, which serves as the backdrop for “La Malora”, has become, over time, an archetype that encapsulates that feeling of despair, poverty, resignation, the hardship of daily life: the feeling of a generation, his generation. Fenoglio deserves credit for having been able to give voice to it through the stories of his characters.

    Besides Pavaglione, which takes us back to the days of La Malora, you can follow in the footsteps of “partisan Johnny” by visiting Mango and its surroundings; you can move to Murazzano where you will find the Beppe Fenoglio Literary Park; or retrace the path of Agostino, the protagonist of La Malora, and reach San Benedetto Belbo.

    Looking at this Langa today, with its renowned wines, restored farmhouses, enogastronomic tourism, truffles, a dynamic and certainly enterprising Langa, a land of widespread wealth… it seems impossible that only a few decades ago it could have coincided with a depressed, harsh territory, difficult to live and work in, vividly described by Fenoglio in all his works.

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  • Focus Alta Langa – Part I

    At the border between sky and earth lies Alta Langa, a border region between the provinces of Cuneo, Asti, and Alessandria, a region suspended between 600 and 900 meters of altitude, where the majesty of the Alps meets the harmony of the hills. Here, the fusion of nature, culture, and centuries-old tradition offers a glimpse of authentic and untouched Piedmontese life. The hills of Alta Langa can be considered a still little-known territory, but always of great impact. It is the “Other Langa,” a place where the altitude marks the transition from the rows of vines of great wines to hazelnut groves, pastures, and wooded areas that smell of the sea breeze in a succession of ideal itineraries for slow tourism.

    On these hills stretching towards Liguria, there is an authentic and enjoyable territory in every season: cool and breezy in summer thanks to the “Marin” (a wind from Liguria), covered in snow in winter, and colored by the warm hues of the foliage in autumn.

    However, man has not given up on cultivating vines and, with much hard work (typical of this land), has built dry stone walls: the terraces are a powerful testimony of this.

    With stones recovered in laborious paths from the rivers, they built warm and welcoming stone houses that are the pride of rural architecture.

    Enchanting and endless panoramas take you through its valleys and invite you to look up where small villages dominate the infinity with their towers and fortresses; in the background, the Alps!

    Whatever route you decide to take, Alta Langa is a natural amphitheater dotted with entire stone hamlets brightened by the red of the roof tiles.

    Not yet beaten by mass tourism, Alta Langa is the ideal place for stays in nature, greenery, and relaxation, and definitely invites slow and reflective tourism.

    Every community contributes to the biodiversity and cultural richness of the Union, creating a unique matrix of stories and landscapes.

    One of the most interesting projects highlighting the sustainability of the Unione Montana dell’Alta Langa is certainly “BlossomingCities,” where the focus is on protecting pollinators, the guardian angels of biodiversity and pillars of agricultural production.

    Consider that 75% of the world’s major food crops and 85% of wild plants depend on insect pollinators! As we all know, many pollinator species are undergoing drastic declines, and the loss and degradation of natural habitats are just some of the factors of this decline; urbanization and the lack of green areas are considered one of the main threats. Among the project’s partners: the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Institute for the Promotion and Certification of Agri-Food Products, the Center for Research and Technology in Aragon, and the University of Daugavpils.

    Alta Langa, with its invaluable heritage of nature, culture, and tradition, will lead you to explore it with the same slowness with which it has evolved. It is an invitation to rediscover, among its villages and landscapes, that human and earthly connection that daily noise tends to make us forget. If you seek an experience that nourishes the soul and awakens the senses, Alta Langa is waiting to be discovered!

  • Discover Alta Langa

    Between tradition, gastronomy, and art – our complete guide

    Visit Alta Langa with our complete guide. Read tips to find the best restaurants like Cesare in Albaretto Torre, the open-air art of Bergolo, and the delights of Cascina Azii in Feisoglio. Everything you need to know for an unforgettable visit amidst history, culture, and unique flavors.

    Albaretto Torre

    It’s difficult, very difficult, but if you manage to book a table at Cesare https://ristorantedacesare.it/ , Cesare Giaccone…like James Bond! Today it’s easy to tell the poetry of noble wines and renowned cuisine, but none of what is now Langa would have existed without him, the gruff but authentic trailblazer. Since 1981, when he finally returned home after a thousand experiences and torments, his fame has become as solid as stone, his name a legend.

    Bossolasco

    We have already talked about it extensively. But I’ll give you two tips here as well! If you want to buy hazelnuts, a stone’s throw from Cascina Facelli, you will find the Azienda Agricola Casa vecchia. https://www.casavecchia1846.it/

    If you want to eat not just well, but very well!… Drogheria di Langa is the place for you: excellent wine list, unparalleled kindness, carefully prepared but genuine food, and, to top it off, an environment attentive to the smallest details, a small jewel in the center of the town https://www.drogheriadilanga.it/

    The village dairy, Cascina Abate, http://www.bossolascolanghe.it/abate/index.html

    will amaze you with its excellent cheeses! Bring a cooler bag, they even vacuum pack them for you 😉

    Bergolo

    The “stone village”! All the houses have been restored using sandstone and even the asphalt has been replaced. It is a true open-air contemporary art gallery https://www.comune.bergolo.cn.it/Eventi the village, in fact, boasts dozens of artworks left by artists on the facades of buildings and in the most hidden and evocative corners. It is the smallest municipality in Italy to earn the orange flag, a tourist-environmental quality recognition awarded by the Italian Touring Club. The renaissance occurred around 1970 and was a real gamble. Surely the characteristic tenacity of the old “Langhetti” made it a major tourist destination. Bergolo is also part of the Authentic Villages of Italy, a network of 10 municipalities that have decided to make themselves known and appreciated for their environmental sustainability policies. Do not miss two historical-artistic testimonies of particular importance: the Romanesque chapel of San Sebastiano (12th century) and the parish church (17th century).

    The Romanesque Chapel of San Sebastiano, located in the cemetery, is also worth a visit! It is a place of extraordinary scenic beauty.

    A highly evocative panoramic space is the “Ezra Pound Memorial”, established in 2003, Nine stones painted by artist Beppe Schiavetta, in a green meadow, bounded, chase each other in memory of the poet.

    Feisoglio

    If during your wanderings you pass by here, stop at Cascina Azii https://cascinaazii.it/. You will throw away your suitcases and fill your trunk with their handcrafted hazelnut-based sweets.

    Mombarcaro

    Also known as Monte delle Barche: from here, from the Summit of the Langhe, on clear days you can see the Ligurian Sea, an incredible view! It was once protected by high walls, of which a medieval arch from the 14th century remains, but it still retains one of the most interesting historic centers of Alta Langa. Take a walk through the streets of the village, paved with red bricks, to discover sundials, many characteristic corners, and chimneys with strange shapes.

    Murazzano

    it is one of the main centers of Alta Langa. The altitude at which it stands (739 meters), the proximity of the, the grassy lands that surround it give the town a mountainous air that distinguishes it from other nearby centers. The town is dominated by a medieval tower from 1300, once certainly connected to the castle. The main street leads to the square surrounded by arcades and at the end of it stands the façade of the parish church of San Lorenzo, enriched by the 14th-century bell tower. Of artistic interest is also the sanctuary of the Madonna di Hai, erected in the first half of the 17th century.

    For edible souvenirs, don’t miss the Chiesa family’s dairy. https://murazzano.live/ in Murazzano, it is truly a magical place and in every cheese you taste, you will feel the passion of this family that raises the “Murazzano sheep”, a native breed, solely responsible for Murazzano DOP Cheese.

    Serravalle Langhe

    there are two restaurants I recommend: La Coccinella, http://www.trattoriacoccinella.com/

    slow food presidium, meticulously curated room, excellent wines, and a bit of revisitation in the tradition; and Trattoria Belvedere: home cooking on your plate in a small village with a breathtaking view. https://www.belvederetrattoria.it/ristorante/

    Until next time!

  • Discover Bossolasco: “The Pearl of the Langhe”

    Discover Bossolasco: “The Pearl of the Langhe”

    Nestled in the fascinating hills of Alta Langa, in the heart of Piedmont, lies Bossolasco, a village rich in charm and history, known as the “Pearl of the Langhe” or the “Town of Roses”. Come visit the wonders of Bossolasco, from its medieval history to the fairy-tale landscapes that attract visitors from all over the world every year.

    History and Heritage

    The history of Bossolasco dates back to the Middle Ages when it was a crossing point for pilgrims and merchants. Its historical roots can be seen in the perfectly preserved architectures and traditions that continue to live thanks to the commitment of the local community. The village is a real web of cobblestone alleys, ancient churches, and stone houses that tell a millennia-old story.

    The Town of Roses

    Bossolasco is certainly distinguished for its historical heritage, but also for its extraordinary natural beauty. It is nicknamed the “Town of Roses” for its streets and squares adorned with roses of various species, which bloom fragrantly from May to July, creating a true festival of colors and scents. This has given life to an annual festival, “The Festival of Roses”, which celebrates its beauty and variety, attracting gardening enthusiasts, photographers, and artists from everywhere.

    Attractions and Activities

    Bossolasco offers activities for all tastes: from hiking enthusiasts who can explore the trails that wind through vineyards, hazelnut groves, and woods, to those who wish to taste the local typical products such as cheeses, truffles, and fine wines. The “Alba Truffle Fair”, in particular, is a must-see event that celebrates one of the culinary symbols of the region.

    Local Gastronomy

    The cuisine of Bossolasco reflects the richness of the land with dishes ranging from tajarin with sausage ragù to spoon desserts based on hazelnuts. The village’s restaurants offer menus that are a journey to discover the authentic flavors of the Langhe, always accompanied by a selection of local wines that enhance every dish.

    Have lunch or dinner at the “Drogheria di Langa”, a jewel in the town. The kindness, the decor, the attention to ingredients, and the wine list make it a Must Do.

    Staying in Bossolasco

    What can we say! Obviously 😊 staying at Cascina Facelli is the ideal choice! This ancient farmhouse, carefully renovated and attentive to detail, is located a few minutes from Bossolasco and offers a warm welcome in a designer setting. With only three exclusive suites, it ensures absolute tranquility and a breathtaking view of the Langhe hills. Book your stay at Cascina Facelli now and let yourself be enveloped by the timeless charm of Bossolasco and its wonders.

    Bossolasco is a jewel of Piedmont that deserves to be discovered. Whether you’re looking for history, nature, or excellent gastronomy, Bossolasco offers an unforgettable experience.

    Visit our website for more information and to find out more about how to make your visit to Bossolasco an unforgettable experience.

  • Alta Langa and Bossolasco, jewels of Piedmont

    Alta Langa and Bossolasco, Jewels of Piedmont

    The enchanting region of Alta Langa and the picturesque village of Bossolasco, known for their natural beauty and rich cultural tradition in the heart of Piedmont.

    Alta Langa is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, hills covered with vineyards and hazelnut trees, and its historic villages, among which Bossolasco, known as the “Pearl of the Langhe,” is one of the most charming. This area offers a unique mix of unspoiled nature, art, history, and gastronomy.

    The Historical and Cultural Fabric of Alta Langa

    The rich history and vibrant culture of Alta Langa and Bossolasco, where the past and present blend into a unique experience.

    Alta Langa is not only famous for its landscapes but also for a history full of events that have shaped the region. Bossolasco, with its medieval churches and stone houses, tells stories of centuries past. The region is a melting pot of cultural traditions, local festivities, and a culinary art that reflects the richness of the land.

    Villages like Monforte d’Alba, Serralunga d’Alba, Grinzane Cavour, Castiglione Falletto, and also Murazzano will enchant you with their small hamlets, exclusively local products, castles, and finely restored houses.

    What to See and Do in Alta Langa and Bossolasco

    Plan your visit to Alta Langa and Bossolasco with our guide to the top attractions and must-do activities.

    From hiking in the hills to walking through vineyards, Alta Langa offers numerous activities for nature lovers and wine aficionados. Bossolasco, with its blooming gardens and panoramic views, is perfect for those seeking a romantic getaway or a tranquil retreat from the daily hustle.

    In Monforte and Barolo, don’t miss the local wine tastings. Take a tour of the “Wine Museum” in Barolo and visit the Grinzane Castle; you’ll be satisfied.

    The Flavors of Alta Langa

    The unique flavors of Alta Langa, where the gastronomy reflects the diversity and richness of the territory.

    Alta Langa is famous for its excellent gastronomic products, such as alpine cheeses, truffles, and prestigious wines, offering a culinary experience that combines traditional recipes with contemporary innovations, creating dishes that delight the palate.

    Be charmed by the cuisine of Ristorante Iride in Roddino: Chef Isaia manages to beautifully merge local products with incredible fusions!

    A visit to Locanda del Bivio in Albaretto Torre is also wonderful. Here, pure tradition is showcased and plated by Chef Massimo.

    If you want to dine with a castle behind you and endless vineyards in front, you can’t miss the “Cantina comunale di Castiglione Falletto”: even if the season doesn’t allow outdoor dining, the interior of the place is remarkable! A wall of wines will be your third guest at the table.

    Starred Chef Pasquale of “Borgo Sant’Anna” in Monforte needs no introduction. Let him do his magic and enjoy the moment.

    The Endless Charm of Alta Langa and Bossolasco

    Let yourself be enchanted by Alta Langa and Bossolasco, destinations that promise an unforgettable experience amidst nature, culture, and gastronomy.

    Whether you’re looking for outdoor adventures, moments of relaxation, or enriching cultural experiences, Alta Langa and Bossolasco offer a treasure trove of options with their timeless beauty and warm local hospitality inviting you to discover their secrets and create memories that will last a lifetime.

  • The history and origin of saffron

    Discover with us the ancient story of saffron: from a precious spice in past civilizations to a versatile and creative ingredient in modern cuisine; let’s look at the geographical origins and global spread of this golden spice.

    Saffron, scientifically known as “Crocus sativus”, is appreciated for its wonderful color and unique flavor. It is believed to originate from the Middle East and has been valued for millennia used both in cooking and in rituals and as medicine. Its cultivation has spread across Europe and Asia and has become a symbol of wealth and prosperity in cultures through the centuries.

    Cultivation and main producing regions

    Let’s delve into the cultivation techniques of saffron and the areas worldwide famous for this spice and how the climate affects the quality of the final product.

    Saffron cultivation requires precision and a lot of patience, think that the collection of the delicate stigmas is done entirely by hand! Regions such as Castile-La Mancha in Spain and the Khorasan province in Iran are known for their high production where the dry and temperate climate favors its growth. These agricultural practices are sustainable and preserve tradition (but also the environment).

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    Saffron from Piedmont: tradition and innovation in cultivation

    Piedmont is becoming a reference point for quality saffron cultivation through traditional practices and innovations that characterize this regional production.

    Piedmont, known for its wines and truffles, is establishing itself as an important center for saffron production. Located in northwest Italy, it combines an ideal climate and fertile soil that are perfect for saffron cultivation. Local farmers, driven by a passion for sustainable and quality crops, are rediscovering ancient agricultural techniques and integrating them with innovative methods to optimize yield and saffron quality.

    In the provinces of Cuneo, Asti, and Turin, small producers have begun to grow saffron on a small scale but with a particular focus on achieving exceptional quality. These initiatives undoubtedly enrich the agricultural biodiversity of the region and support the local economy, creating new job opportunities and influencing Piedmontese gastronomy.

    Piedmontese saffron is receiving accolades both nationally and internationally and is becoming a symbol of how tradition and innovation can go hand in hand in modern agricultural production.

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    Culinary uses of saffron

    Saffron can be used in the kitchen from appetizer to dessert.

    Saffron is famous for its use in dishes such as Spanish paella and Milanese risotto, and a small amount is sufficient to enrich a wide variety of recipes, thanks to its intense flavor and vibrant color. If you go to the “recipes” section of our site, you can download for free the unmissable alchemy of notable chefs who have used saffron from Cascina Facelli in their dishes.

    Remember to store saffron in a cool, dry place! It will maintain its qualities for a long time!

    Benefits and medicinal uses of saffron

    This spice is widely used in alternative medicine and scientific research has supported its benefits.

    Recent studies have confirmed that saffron can improve mood and support visual health. Traditionally, it has been used to treat everything from inflammations to sleep disorders, exploiting its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties…try to believe…a warm tea in the evening with a few stigmas infused, and you will sleep like angels!

    If you want to discover all the benefits of this magnificent spice, we invite you to take a look at our latest post on Instagram where we list the top 5 benefits for the human body. https://www.instagram.com/reel/C5bYi93MntO/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&igsh=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==

    Curiosities and Economic Considerations

    Saffron is one of the most expensive spices in the world. What is the economic impact of its cultivation on local communities?

    Saffron is often called

    “red gold” because of its high cost due to the very patient manual collection necessary to obtain a few grams of the product. This high cost has a significant impact on the economies of producing regions and contributes to their income by offering, among other things, job opportunities.

    The production of saffron in Cascina Facelli

    Visit our site to see the work and passion behind the prized saffron of Cascina Facelli in Alta Langa in the heart of Piedmont.

    In Cascina Facelli, located among the enchanting hills of Alta Langa, we cultivate saffron with passion. Our farm, an ancient building dating back to 1840, is not just a place of agricultural production but also a haven of peace and beauty perfect for those seeking relaxation and, with only three rooms, a lot of privacy.

    The collection of our saffron is strictly by hand, at certain hours of the day (very early) following traditional methods that guarantee the maximum quality of the product. We really commit to maintaining a high standard and preserve the integrity and purity of the stigmas to offer our customers a product of incomparable quality.

    We have also introduced an innovative product like the Saffron Honey of Alta Langa: a delicious fusion that combines the sweet aroma of honey with the rich flavor of saffron that pairs perfectly especially with cheeses and that best brings out its complexity. Nothing prevents you from experimenting with many other combinations, even with your sweet dishes.

    Visit our site for more information and to book a stay at Cascina Facelli where every detail speaks of history, comfort, and unique design. Come to live an experience that satisfies not only the palate but also the soul.

    For more details on our production and available products, visit the official website of Cascina Facelli .

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    Challenges and sustainability

    Finding initiatives to make this practice more sustainable is one of the challenges in saffron cultivation.

    Despite its popularity, saffron production is threatened by challenges such as climate change, which alters the delicate conditions necessary for its growth. Fortunately, new technologies and cultivation methods are emerging to address this situation and ensure the long-term sustainability of saffron production.

    The future of saffron

    Reflections on the importance of saffron in global cultures and on the future prospects of this extraordinary spice.

    Saffron continues to be a highly valued spice around the world, both for its culinary use and for its health benefits. Looking to the future, innovation in its production and sustainable practices will be crucial to maintain its availability and quality.

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  • The Piedmont hazelnut

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    THE TREASURE OF ALTA LANGA

    The Piedmont hazelnut, especially the one from Alta Langa, is renowned worldwide for its superior quality and offers incredible versatility in the kitchen, from flour to chopped nuts.

    The “Tonda Gentile delle Langhe” variety is famous for its rich and delicate taste, a quality it owes to the particular climatic conditions and fertile soil of Langa, creating the ideal environment for its growth. Moreover, there are strict standards in both cultivation and harvesting that ensure only excellence reaches the market.

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    THE LIFE CYCLE OF THE HAZELNUT

    The hazelnut blooms in late winter, heralding the arrival of spring, and these delicate flowers will be the fruit that matures in the following months. The harvest takes place between the end of August and the beginning of September when the hazelnuts, wrapped in their brown shells, naturally fall to the ground. This is the signal, the perfect moment for harvesting.

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    DRYING: AN ESSENTIAL STEP

    After harvesting, the hazelnuts are dried: it’s beautiful to see them in barns, spread out like a mattress. It is a process that preserves their flavor and extends their shelf life by reducing internal moisture and preventing mold formation to keep the fruit’s organoleptic properties intact.

    A CULINARY VERSATILITY WITHOUT BORDERS

    The hazelnut lends itself to a wide variety of uses in the kitchen: it can be transformed into flour (ideal for gluten-free desserts or to enrich the flavor of cakes and cookies); chopped, it adds crunchiness to ice creams and desserts; hazelnut oil, on the other hand, is perfect for dressing any dish with a touch of class.
    Using it as the main ingredient, we can create delicious sweets such as creams and pralines.
    Hazelnut cream, from the famous Nutella by Ferrero in Alba to the thousand varieties made by small local farms (each with its own unique recipe), is perfect both as a spread and as an ingredient in desserts and pastries. The pralines, both salted and in the sweet sandy version, offer a unique taste experience. Believe me! …they can become an addiction!

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  • Langhe UNESCO Heritage

    A JOURNEY THROUGH CULTURE AND NATURE

    In the heart of Piedmont, the Langhe represent one of the most fascinating destinations in Italy, believe me! So much so that they have been recognized as a part of the world heritage by UNESCO. This recognition, obtained together with Roero and Monferrato, celebrates not only the extraordinary landscape beauty of these hills but also the winemaking tradition that here has deep and ancient roots. Today we will take you on the discovery of the UNESCO Heritage of the Langhe exploring its history, its culture, and the initiatives that contribute to preserving this incredibly fascinating territory!

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    THE UNESCO CANDIDACY

    A recognition of universal value, the designation of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato as UNESCO World Heritage took place in 2014 and was an important acknowledgment for Italy and for Piedmont in particular. This area was awarded for its cultural landscape which reflects the agricultural practices, the vine cultivation techniques, and the wine production that have developed over the centuries. The landscape of the Langhe, with its vineyards as far as the eye can see, the ancient hamlets, castles, and historical cellars, is considered an example of the interaction between humans and nature. If you have more than a weekend available, these are the must-sees! …because the Langhe offers experiences that go beyond the simple wine and food visit.

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    THE CASTLES AND HISTORIC VILLAGES

    Castles like that of Grinzane Cavour or Serralunga d’Alba tell centuries of Piedmontese history. The villages, with their stone houses and ancient cellars, offer a glimpse into rural life that has remained authentic over time. Unlike other areas, this is a region so tied to the land that it has succeeded and, indeed, insists on keeping the territory authentic. You won’t see highways, but simple country roads for miles. Here everything is made to “slow down”, to satisfy the sight, to “not rush” and absorb the scents and colors.

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    THE VINEYARDS

    The hills are covered with rows of Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, among others, which give life to world-famous wines like Barolo and Barbaresco.
    Walking among these vineyards is a unique experience for charm and sensations and will allow you to understand the deep connection between the territory and wine production. Listen to the winemakers, their passion, their hard work! When you open and taste one of those bottles of wine, all this will be felt and become part of you.

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    THE UNDERGROUND CATHEDRALS OF CANELLI

    These ancient cellars carved out of tuff are true cathedrals of wine, places where Barolo, Moscato d’Asti, and other prestigious wines age in wooden barrels, in a world-unique environment. If you visit them, remember the phrase “carved in the tuff”…a hand-made work, hundreds of years ago, by determined and tireless men.

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    THE ROLE OF THE COMMUNITY AND CONSERVATION INITIATIVES

    The local community plays a fundamental role in the conservation of the Langhe landscape. Farmers, winemakers, and residents are the guardians of this land, committed to protecting biodiversity and promoting sustainable agricultural practices. You will find an impeccable, orderly, and clean landscape. This also demonstrates the love and care the “Langhetti” have for their home. Initiatives like the harvest, open to visitors, become opportunities to convey the value of work in the vineyard and the importance of conserving the landscape.

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    RESPONSIBLE AND SUSTAINABLE VISIT

    Visit the Langhe respecting its UNESCO Heritage, adopting a sustainable and conscious approach. It is essential to respect nature, the places of production, and the local communities, favoring experiences that encourage responsible and quality tourism.

    Treat this land with the respect of its inhabitants and you will take home a small added value that will sneak into your habits! Every choice can contribute to the conservation of this heritage: from tastings in cellars that adopt sustainable practices, to choosing accommodations and restaurants that
    value local products.

    Visiting this land can become an opportunity to reflect on the importance of respect and conservation for the generations that will follow us. But don’t be fooled! Respecting tradition does not mean remaining anchored to the past in a nostalgic way: in this corner of Piedmont, tradition blends with innovation; incredibly, you will find a people truly attentive to updating, to the creation of amazing architectural structures up to date but that will still make you feel in an ancient era.

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  • Weekends in the Langhe

    DISCOVERY AND RELAXATION AMONG VINEYARDS AND HISTORY

    A weekend in the Langhe is an invitation to be enchanted by a land where nature, history, and gastronomy play and resonate in a harmonious symphony. This area of Piedmont, known for its breathtaking landscapes, its fine wines, and rich culinary offerings, promises an unforgettable experience.

    The promise is that nature will enrich your soul; the food and excellent wine will enrich your body.

    Let’s start our journey!

    HOW TO GET THERE AND MOVE AROUND IN THE LANGHE

    The experience in the Langhe begins with the adventure of discovering it.

    What’s better than getting lost in its breathtaking landscapes? Every turn is a postcard that will remain etched in your mind (and probably in your smartphone!) Naturally, the car remains the most versatile means, allowing you to freely explore the area. For those coming from afar, the airports of Turin and Milan offer convenient connections, but once landed, renting a car is almost indispensable to fully enjoy the local wonders and, if you want a piece of advice, a convertible would be perfect.

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    FIRST DAY: IMMERSED IN GREEN AND HISTORY

    Your journey can begin in Bossolasco, often nicknamed the “pearl of the Langhe” or the “town of roses”. Imagine that every house must have a rose outside, and if the owner cannot take care of it, the municipality will! You can imagine the care and attention that characterize this enchanting village, distinguished by its flowered streets and offering breathtaking panoramic views.

    Dedicate the day to exploring its most picturesque corners, enjoy a walk among the stone houses, the church, and don’t forget to savor the local cuisine in one of the cozy restaurants of the town.

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    WHERE TO STAY: CASCINA FACELLI

    For your stay in the Langhe, and here I am biased (!!!), let our hospitality at Cascina Facelli pamper you. Mapped since 1840, it combines modern comforts with the charm of traditional architecture. Three rooms with different and unique atmospheres, the visual impression of having arrived at an ancient country house, and disbelief in finding yourself in rooms equipped with comfort, “modern” but with unusual design.

    At the end of the road, nestled in a picturesque landscape among lush vineyards, gently rolling hills, and literally embraced by the woods, Cascina Facelli offers not just peaceful rest but also a strategic position to explore the wonders of the Langhe. It will be your ideal retreat after days full of discoveries.

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    If the season allows, exclusively for you guests, our pool and chaise-longues limited to the number of guests, only six. And it’s wonderful for us to see you “beached” in the garden, enjoying peace and tranquility.

    Our breakfast, which we define as “gourmet”, benefits from the proximity to the forest ensuring the biodiversity that we will serve you in the dishes we propose in the morning.

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    SHOPPING AND SOUVENIRS: MEMORIES OF THE LANGHE

    Before concluding your weekend, don’t forget to look for local typical products: prestigious wines, Alba white truffle, hazelnuts in a thousand variations, artisanal sweets, and honey. These treasures of the Langhe will be the perfect way to bring home a piece of this magical land or to give relatives and friends a taste of its gastronomic excellence.

    If you have little time to explore or you want to fully relax and enjoy Cascina Facelli, don’t worry! We have a small but comprehensive corner for you to take memories with you.

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