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Monforte d’Alba, steep streets and enchanting views

Walking through the heart of the historic center you reach the Horszowski auditorium, a natural amphitheater that is lined with grass-covered steps, the scene of significant jazz music events.

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Two benches by designer Chris Bangle allow a privileged observation of the scenic beauty of this significant village of the Langhe.


Monforte D’Alba took its name from the walls which surrounded the castle (Mons Fortis) and the village; it is one of the 11 municipalities recognised for the Barolo wine production.

What to see

The heart of Monforte is the ancient borough is which is perched on a hill, there are different ways to reach it. From piazza Umberto I take the little streets up tp piazza Antica della Chiesa. A section of this square is used as an auditorium for its amphitheater shape, which guarantees a perfect acoustic and it is dedicated to the famous pianist Mieczysław Horszowski, who held a concert here in 1986 for the square inauguration. During the summer here are held many jazz concerts, theatric plays and film screening. The auditorium is dominated by the bell tower, part of the parish church of Santa Maria. Here you can see a beautiful panorama on the all-around hills, but also the Baroque oratory of S. Elisabetta and the façade of the Church of Disciplinants. In the modern part of the village, the Neogothic parish church of Madonna della Neve, shows a bell tower 54 metres high, which dates to the beginning of the XX century.

In Monforte you can find two Big Benches included in the Big Bench Project: the first one, from which you can admire the ancient borough, is just outside the historical centre, near the Villa Beccaris Hotel; the secondo ne is located in Località Castelletto and it has a wonderful view on the Langhe vineyards.

Eat & Drink

The Langhe are a real paradise for the food and wine experience. In the municipality of Monforte there are 60 wineries where you can taste good wines, included the Barolo.

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