Municipalities of the Alta Langa: Bossolasco

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Thanks to its suggestive historical centre Bossolasco, in the Alta Langa, it is known as “the village of roses” and even nicknamed the “Portofino delle Langhe”.

Along the central street of Bossolasco, fragrant roses of all varieties that adorn the enchanting village grow along the roadside. In summer the town is embellished with colourful flowers that allow it to participate in the “Comune Fiorito” competition.

History

You can access to the ancient borough through the piazza “Ragazzi del 99”, named Piazzetta di San Cristoforo until the last century. Here there  were the church and the hospital of San Cristoforo: the latter was under the lead of the Congregazione della Carità of Bossolasco, whose aim was to help poor people. At the end of 1800the church was used as a storage and then it was sold. Walking on the ancient uphill in the historical centre of Bossolasco, today via Umberto I, you can reach the central square, on that overlook the parish church dedicated to San Giovanni Battista and Palazzo Balestrino, property of the marquises Del Carretto.

The Park of the ancient roses

The Park of the ancient roses is a nice tree-lined avenue, which skirts the historical centre; it is a recommended walk for the visitors. It is known as Viale della Rimembranza, because it is dedicated to the casualties of the Great War and also as the “moat”, because in the past here there was the castle ditch.

Local products

Bossolasco is synonymous with good food, born from the modest economic conditions of its inhabitants, and evolved over time using natural ingredients that can satisfy even the most demanding palates. Nature offers a wide variety of delicacies: honey, truffles, mushrooms, chestnuts, blackberries and medicinal herbs such as valerian and thyme. Products that can be tasted in the cosy restaurants, trattorias and agritourisms that offer dishes from the Langhe cuisine: bagna caüda, ravioli al plin, polenta, wild boar, hare, bunët, hazelnut cake. It was not easy to make the land of Langa bear fruit, so arid and adverse, but still able to generate productions such as the famous Tonda gentile delle Langhe, hazelnut with an inimitable taste.

The breeding has developed by focusing on the Piedmontese cattle breed and on the Langa sheep, the major local farms have specialized in dairy production. Thanks also to the pastures that abound with good herbs, the cheeses have become a flagship for Bossolasco. The tome of the Langhe were already praised in Roman times, by Pliny, among the best robiole in Italy.

The traditional Toma di Bossolasco famous for its delicate flavor, is excellent combined with honey and cugnà, a traditional sauce made with walnuts, grape must, pears and toasted hazelnuts.

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