Roccaverano’s ancient history

Roccaverano’s ancient history dates back to Roman times. Way before we arrived here to start an Agriturismo. As the centuries progressed our territory saw lots of changes in territorial control by many different dinasties.

The castle you now see in Roccaverano’s main square was built in 1505 and during the war of Monferrato, in 1615, was partially destroyed by Spanish troops. That’s why now you see only the facade, the majestic tower recently restored and parts of the side walls.

The castle tower dominates the territory from the top of the highest hill and affords inspiring panoramic views all around: from the Ligurian sea near Savona to the Alps and the Appennines. Around the tower, within the castle’s perimeter there is a park, lined with trees and green, a little playground for children, benches and tables for anyone appreciating peace, fresh air, the pleasure of a good book or a picnic.

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Roccaverano’s castle

The front wall features four openings that afforded the troops on site chances to defend the castle against invaders. The castle structure was entirely built with local stone (arenaria), the same stone used to build any type of structure in Roccaverano and surrounding area, because it is easily found on the ground when preparing the land for crops.

The castle tower is circular, with a circumference around 25 meters and a height of about 30 meters. Around the base the wall is about 2 meters thick. After the cleaning and restoring work done to the casle a few years back you can climb to the top of the tower by accessing the door on the outside. The key to this door is available to Cascina Rosso’s guests at the bar in the Piazza. Mind the parapet at the very top, especially in windy days.

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Roccaverano’s church by Bramante

Roccaverano’s ancient history also features the prominent building that is the Church of Maria ss Annunziata, right in front of the castle. Indeed Roccaverano’s piazza is a center of history, art, beauty, all appreciated when savoring a glass of wine while sitting at the bar on the south side.

Our church was a wish by bishop Enrico Bruno. Started in 1509 and consecrated in 1516. All built in local stones with a project by Bramante. The best view of the entire church architecture is appreciated from a castle window or from the top of the castle tower. Both inside and outside the church you can see testimonials of the Bruno’s family, the sun with 8 pointed extensions.

The parochial church of Roccaverano is considered one of the most important monuments of the Renaissance period in Piedmont. It is shaped like a greek cross, a special characteristic of Bramante’s insight. 

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Vengore tower

One other testimony of Roccaverano’s ancient history is the Vengore tower. You can easily see it from the top of the Castle tower. From Cascina Rosso you pass this tower on your way to town. You can easily see it from the valley, coming from Savona or Alessandria. Many of our guests love to walk to the tower to watch sunrise and then be ready for a nutritious breakfast.

Arriving at the tower you can park your car and then proceed to climb it (ask for the key in the bar in town). This tower was part of a chain of towers that had the function of lookout posts; in fact you can easily see how it interacted with other towers in the territory since it easily affords open views over the Bormida valley, the Acqui Terme area, a good part of Langhe and Monferrato.

This is just a brief description of Roccaverano’s ancient history. You can really enjoy it while strolling around, following the trail leading out of Cascina Rosso, passing by Vengore tower, maybe stopping at the Church of San Giovanni and the magnificent frescoes from the 1300s, then reaching Roccaverano for wine and snacks at the bar, right in the middle between the castle and the Church. What a way to spend a day, relaxing, enjoying life, breathing in the fresh and clean air of Roccaverano.

 

 

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It is time for truffles in Piedmont!

Do you love truffles and everything truffles?

truffles

truffles

If you are a guest at Cascina Rosso you can enjoy the pleasure of truffles within a short driving distance from us.

There are many events featuring truffles in many towns in Piedmont. There are truffle fairs in Asti on November 19 and 20 and December 3 and 4; Canelli November 13.

Truffle events in Nizza Monferrato on November 6 and Mombaruzzo on November 20.

In our area truffle hunters (locally called “Trifulau”) and their dogs start roaming our woods around this time of year.

That’s because we are surrounded by lots of hazelnut and oak trees ((younger oak trees, called “Roverelle” is where the truffles are located). In the Fall the search is on for white truffles and in Winter for the black ones.

During Fall and Winter, tourists from around the world gather in the local restaurants to feast on truffles

And after a day of truffles you can return to Cascina Rosso, its peaceful settings, really away from noise and light pollution, where you can soundly sleep and dream of truffles.

Reserve your apartment now, you will be happy you did!
We care for your happiness. Adriano and Judith
www.cascinarosso.com (check us out on TripAdvisor)

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Why we don’t have a swimming pool

From the first moment we purchased this large property which, after major restoration work, became Cascina Rosso and the Quality Hospitality we have offered since 2006, it was very clear that water in this area is a vital resource: for the farmers who produce the wonderful cheese known as Robiola, the fact that swimming pools require chemicals to stay clean, that a pool’s water is sometimes reused for several years.

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Swimming Pool, Acqui Terme

Many guests of Cascina Rosso have enjoyed the absence of a swimming pool, the smell of chemicals, the joy of appreciating the silence of nature in its purest state. Above all we strive to maintain our property just like it was back in the past: the feeling of a rural place, restored with the same old Langa stones, the luxury of enjoying silence while immersed in nature, catching up with necessary reading and reflections, the opportunity to recharge and enhance your life.

We prefer to store the water of our clean and tested springs for the use of our guests and to water our delicious organic vegetables, fruit and berries. We consider any other use as a waste of a valuable resource.

When our guests, especially families with children ask to spend a day at a pool or by the sea, we contact the pool facility in Monastero Bormida(15 minutes from the Cascina) or the large pool complex in Acqui Terme (30 minutes from Cascina Rosso). They enjoy both facilities because there are lots of other families, plenty of space, snacks and fun. And they have professional lifeguards on staff all the time.

We are happy to make reservations at the local pools for our guests.

For an excursion to the Ligurian Riviera, we recommend Noli, Varigotti and Finale Ligure: great sea towns, public beaches, various choices, clean waters, history, wonderful restaurants. We provide details of ideal spots, according to our your preferences.

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Polentone di Bubbio

Polentone di Bubbio – April

Every year in the village of Bubbio and 4 other hamlets around‪ ‎CascinaRosso‬ we enjoy this historic re-enactment. It dates back to ancient times. The story is that a group of poor, hungry and tired artisans known as “tinkers” reached Bubbio and were helped by the Lord of the Manor, who offered them corn flour. The “magnin” (tinkers) used the corn flour to cook an enormous pot of Polenta and ate it with the inhabitants of the village, who were equally starving due to famine.

Each year the inhabitants of Bubbio re-enact the event: the Lords with the courtiers, soldiers and drummers all dressed in authentic medieval clothing, leave the castle; sacks of flour are loaded on the carts surrounded by tinkers and cheerful people; the parade winds through the village and reaches the square where, in a huge copper pot, the polenta is cooked and served to everyone with a choice of sausages, mushroom sauce and an inviting onion omelette.

This year they used 600 kgs of flour, all made from local corn, called “Otto File” (eight rows), non ‪#‎GMO‬ (Bubbio is the first town in Italy to ban GMO). Bubbio is set in the middle of the famous ‪#‎Barbera‬, ‪#‎Dolcetto‬ and ‪#‎Moscato‬ vineyards. All just a few minutes away from Cascina Rosso.

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What? No Mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes

Sometimes our guests arrive here at Cascina Rosso with a couple of mosquito bites they picked up before their arrival during the Summer months. Guests often comment on how happy they are to NOT find mosquitoes here.

Even though we cannot honestly guarantee that there are no mosquitoes, I (Judy) have, in the 12 years of living here, only seen 3 mosquitoes!

The near-absence of mosquitoes is probably due to our altitude above sea level of 550 meters. And also because in Summertime we are blessed with cool afternoon and evening breezes. Our village of Roccaverano is a little highter at 800 meters above sea level. In addition, we have always been very careful to not let water accumulate which could become breeding places for mosquitoes.

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