The church has no clock tower (I mean that there is no clock) but a belfrey. It sounds almost like the belfreys in the north of France and in Belgium with several clocks that give a small tune. Behind the belfrey (second photo) stands an old medieval tower that amazingly does not have any visible entrance. It is 9 meters long on each side, 36...more
Though Barbaresco has only 657 inhabitants it has a church (closed) and a chapel (open). The chapel shows on the first photo, half hidden behind an old tree. At first sight (second photo), the inside seems to be very sober, without any decor. Though, the third photo reveals an amazing setting of the choir. The fourth photo shows that the altar (?)...more
The first photo was taken from the terrace of Ca’ da Rabaja on the first morning of our stay. It shows the vines that underline the contour-lines of the hills. If you enlarge the photo, you will see in the foreground a rose : they are often planted at the beginning of each row as it is supposed to “catch” the fungal diseases and protect the...more
On this photo, Barbaresco is seen with tele lens from a distant hill. The village with the old tower stands in the middle (the belfrey does not show much). On the far right, the winery that was on the second photo of “view from the tower”. In the foreground, a hamlet belonging to Barbaresco, that should be Rabaja.more
From the bottom of the tower, one wiew is towards the village street and the “Cantina Produtorre” (wine producers’ cave) appearing on the first photo. It was created at the end of the 19th century.The second photo is a close-up of the back ground with a view on the wine yards and a winery on top of another hill.more
Antine is not the kind of place where they run after the customer. The door is closed and you have to ring to be introduced to the dining room, on top of the entrance. Actually, had not it be in the "Guide du Routard" for Piemont, which I have always found to be reliable, we would not have been to such an unwelcoming place ! That would have been a...more
La Gibigianna is a wine bar. Each day, they have three wines to taste by the glass for a very reasonnable price (sorry, I don't remember the exact price). They give you local "procciuto" (dried ham) and rounds of sausages to taste with it. Their wines are always among the best of the area. You can buy bottles of this wine, or just taste.more
Sorry, here five photo were not enough and this page is the following of the previous one that introduced the white truffles. The second photo shows the first meal (antipasto freddo), carne cruda (raw meat). It is made with freshly ground heifer meat, seasoned with salt and pepper, added with olive oil and sprinkled with lemon juice. It is well...more
This photo was taken on a very hazy morning from Ca’ do Rabaja. This is not really nightlife, but is it day life ? The haze was so thick that for several minutes, the sun looked almost as if it were the moon ! On the first photo, it is just rising while on the second, it looks as a ball standing on the edge of the horizon !more
The enoteca ‘Vignaioli Piemontesi’ stands in Castagnito, at the cross of the road coming from Barbaresco (4 km) with the road from Alba to Asti. Though this place is a part of Castagnito, it is in the valley, far from the city's heart, on top of the hills. Actually, it is much closer to Barbaresco.
The signs on its front say : Vini e spumanti, prodotti di Langa, confezioni regalo, grappe, tartuffi, salumi e formaggi, torroni e dolci, specialita. (Wines and sparkling wines, spirits truffles, sausages and cheese, torroni [kind of local nougat] and sweets, specials).
It is open from 9:30 to 19:00, Monday through Saturday and 9:30-12:00 and 15:00 to 19:00 on Sundays. At first it might look strange that there is neither parking lot not entrance but the entrance (and the parking) are at the rear.
What to buy: It is run by the wine producers of the Langhe and well kept. The inside is wide, with cute little woodden carts (second photo). I strongly recommand that you have a look and buy there everything that you want to take home, better than in the shops in Asti or Alba.
In front of the Chapel, a giant sundial fills the whole side wall of a house. On top, is written “De laborem dabo fructus”. Sorry, I can’t find my Latin dictionnary ! It might mean something like “From work comes fruits” or “work is fruitful” . That makes sense !At the bottom “De Barbarisco turris et arx”, which means “from the tower and citadel of...more
This sundial is on display on the front wall of a house in Barbaresco with the sentence “Vita fugit sicut umbra”, which, if I am correct means “life flows away as shade do”. Ot top, it is adorned by angels at play, that I have enlarged on the second photo. From left (lower row) to right (upper row) : angel writing, angel resting (thinking ?), angel...more