Hidden among the hills of the Alta Langa, a short distance from La Cascina Langa, so as to be reachable even by bicycle or on foot, there are real little gem villages, not yet discovered by the great tourist flows: small villages all in stone, with medieval walls, two-fourteenth-century towers, frescoes from the rural Renaissance, small cathedrals and delightful country churches … Mombaldone, Montechiaro Alta, Roccaverano, Olmo Gentile, the Castello di Monastero Bormida.
The streets to reach these villages are already worth the trip: ribbons that wind through the green hills, where the woods alternate the fields and the vineyards … and often in small towns there are wine bars, trattorias, restaurants, which alone justify the excursion. At certain times of the year, these villages also come alive with countryside festivals, which are an excellent opportunity to sample local food at excellent prices and to immerse yourself in the authentic atmosphere of the Piedmontese country.
At about 10 minutes by car, and about two hours walk, there is the splendid Mombaldone, rightly elected to be part of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Read more.
CASTLE OF MONASTERY
The admirable castle of Monastero Bormida can be reached in 6 minutes by car, but it is fun and pleasant to go there on foot or by bicycle from La Cascina Langa, passing through the hamlet of Santa Libera. Read more .
ROCCAVERANO AND THE TORRE DI VENGORE
The fascinating Roccaverano, 760 meters above sea level, can be reached in about an hour and a half walk on the outward journey (uphill) and an hour on the way back (downhill). Travel times by bicycle: 40 minutes each way. By car: about 8 minutes. Read more .
OLMO GENTILE AND SAN GIORGIO SCARAMPI
A very short distance from Roccaverano, (3 km, or 5 minutes by car, 10 by bicycle and 40 by foot) lies the delightful Olmo Gentile. Read more .
WALK OF THE 5 TOWERS
The Tower of San Giorgio Scarampi, along with those of Olmo Gentile Roccaverno, Vengore, and Monastero, is part of the 5 Torri Promenade, which is organized by the Proloco in, and of which you will find itineraries, travel times and many details on the net.
MONTECHIARO D’ACQUI ALTA
Montechiaro d’Acqui Alta is the ancient village that is located at the top of the hill opposite the one on which La Cascina Langa is located. Read more .
THE WALK OF THE CALANCHI
From Montechiaro Alta the “Passeggiata dei Calanchi” starts, which together with that of the 5 towers, is a cult for cyclists and trekking enthusiasts. The itinerary is 30 kilometers long, and the walking time is estimated at 9 hours. Read more .
Getting to Denice from La Cascina Langa is a pleasant walk of 5 kilometers, with no particularly challenging gradients, between chestnut, oak, elm, and acacia woods. On foot, it takes about an hour and a quarter to get there and back. Read more .