The Roero, a land of different souls

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A visit of this territory through groups of countries, which characterize it for different aspects.

A visit of this territory through groups of countries, which characterize it for different aspects.

It is possible to visit, study, read and savour Roero through its different “souls”, different ways of looking at this territory, merging some of its countries:

The villages of Rocche del Roero: the eight hilltop villages born after the year 1000 to guard the few passages allowed between the Rocche, the wildest and most wooded part of Roero, with a great truffle and beekeeping vocation due to the many floral essences, with large areas of historic chestnut groves, many medieval castles and watchtowers. Interesting geological aspects due to the “capture of the Tanaro”, the presence of fossils, legends about the masche.

The countries of central Roero (S. Vittoria d’Alba, Monticello, Corneliano, Piobesi, Vezzad’Alba, Canale): larger towns, located on ancient Roman roads connecting with Alba, with a wine vocation (see the name Anforianus) and fruit and vegetables, characterized by the presence of historic markets and the cradle of many local productions (pear Madernassa, Arneis grape and other historic grape varieties, peaches from Canale).

Among these villages Canale represents the commercial heart of the Roero with the portico of Via Roma and the many artisan shops.

The eastern Roero countries overlooking the Tanaro (Guarene, Castagnito, Castellinaldo, Priocca, Magliano Alfieri and Govone): countries located in a less harsh landscape, between soft hills intended for viticulture and fruit and vegetables (fertile soils and flat portions for cultivation along the Tanaro, with some historic mills along the “canal of the mills”), are characterized by the presence of important baroque residences, including a Savoy residence. Another distinctive element is the presence of traditional peasant farmhouses with plaster decorated ceilings due to the plaster vein (with a museum dedicated to Magliano Alfieri).

Among these countries, Castellinaldo is the most popular of the Roero, with 70% of the territory cultivated with vineyards.

The Roero delle Terre rossa: Ceresoled’Alba, Sommariva Bosco and Sanfrè. A Roero that already extends into the “pianalto” which slopes down to the Turin area, completely flat, dotted with fish ponds for the breeding of tenches, large expanses of hazelnut groves, and the “red” lands suitable for vegetables such as zucchini and peppers.

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