In the winter months Govone is known for the magical Christmas country, which has made it famous also at European level, and which has made many families discover this gem of the Roero. However, Govone is also something else, and is rich in history.
Absolutely not to be missed is the castle, one of the Savoy residences (today Unesco heritage) and preferred summer residence by King Carlo Felice of Savoy, which is the seat of the Christmas party in which the city turns into a real Christmas village.
The history of Govone
Already since Roman times an important route of communication, the first written traces of the municipality are found in 861, where “Villa Govoni” is mentioned for the first time.
Before the year 1000 most of the fiefdom was owned by the Bishop of Asti, but in the XII century also Rodolfo di Govone entered, and from 1237 the consignors “de Govono”, the “Pallidi” and the “Solaro”.
We arrive then to 1682, when the Savoy are granted 1,700 days of feudal lands.
History began to change in 1792, when the last of the Solaros died without heirs, and so the territory was donated to the Royal Heritage.
Finally, in 1897 the castle was purchased by the Municipality.
Here’s what to see in this city with a splendid panorama:
- Castle of Govone. This imposing structure was built pima del Mille on the highest hill in the area. From the 17th century it assumed its present form thanks to the Solaro counts, which decorate the south-facing facade with marble from Venaria. In the 1920s it was restored by the Savoy family and thus became the summer residence of the King of Sardinia Carlo Felice. Absolutely to see the wonderful Chinese wallpapers and frescoes.
- Castle park. The large park surrounding the castle houses an eighteenth-century Italian garden and also an English garden. Given the beauty of the park, various events are organized here, such as “Regalmente Rosa” and “Tulipani a Corte”;
- Holy Spirit. It is the Church of the Disciplinanti (Battuti Bianchi). It presents Baroque forms from 1767;
- San Secondo. It is a Romanesque / Gothic parish church. Between 1726 and 1736 it underwent several restorations and the bell tower was built. The organ that houses the interior is very interesting;
- Church and Convent of the hamlet of Craviano. Church with three naves which was later combined with the Convent, built by King Carlo Felice of Savoy between 1822 and 1824.
We are in the land of Roero, excellent wines. After the cultural visits, a stop in the cellar cannot be missing. Here are a couple of suggestions, among those belonging to the Consorzio del Roero:
• Ponchione Maurizio, in Via Sacco, 9 / a
• Producers of Govone, in Via Umberto I, 46