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Castle of Grinzane Cavour. Historical magnificence and truffles

By Tuesday, 03 January 2023 11:13

Magnificence and history combine in the Castle of Grinzane Cavour which stands on a hilltop above the little town of the same name in the province of Cuneo, about 75 kilometres by car from the regional capital, Turin. 

Cavour, a hero of the Risorgimento

The castle is just a few kilometres from the truffle capital of Alba, and on the road that leads to the home of the world-famous Barolo wine.  Built in the middle of the 11th century, the historical castle dominates the beautiful Langa hills which, together with the Langhe-Roero and Monferrato wine-growing region are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Down the centuries the castle has belonged to various noble families, including the Counts Benso di Cavour, whose most famous son was Camillo Benso, the celebrated hero of the Risorgimento, who lived here and was mayor of the small village of Grinzane for 17 years.

The Langhe Museum and beautiful landscapes

Today the historical castle is home to the Langhe Museum and has fascinating rooms that reveal the arts and crafts of times long past with an exhibition of the tools of rural life, while fascinating memorabilia from the times of  Count Camillo Benso is kept in what were his private apartments. Strolling through the charming streets of the little town with its low, spaced-out houses which are typical of the region and its little squares, the atmosphere is one of tranquility. The surrounding landscapes are some of the most beautiful in Italy with the Langhe’s rolling hills, perfectly aligned vineyards and medieval villages perched on hilltops.

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An annual truffle auction and a restaurant with border cuisine 

Since 1999, every year at the beginning of November, the Castle of Grinzane Cavour hosts the World Alba White Truffle Auction, an event that draws great chefs and famous personalities for the non-profit event. The proceeds from the sale are donated to charities in Italy and around the world, and to date have raised well over €5million.  For anyone who loves truffles this chance to taste the precious Alba white variety is an occasion not to be missed!  Chef Marc Lanteri's Cucina di Confine restaurant in the castle takes its inspiration from his childhood spent in the small village of Tenda, just over the border with France.  The restaurant's rooms have exposed brickwork, terracotta floors, and coffered ceilings, and Lanteri’s cuisine, with true esprit français, is inspired by Piedmontese and Provençal traditions; a border cuisine that blends the best of both traditions with locally grown products of excellence.   For information: https://www.castellogrinzane.com

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