It is the symbol of Barbaresco and from the top you can enjoy a marvellous view over the neighbouring villages as far as Cherasco on one side and Asti on the other side, the Tanaro river and Alba, with the superb amphitheatre of the Alps on the horizon.
It was built in the late XI Century. However, its origin is still partially unknown. It belonged to a complex system of fortifications which included a castle, older than the present castle; the ruins of these buildings are represented in a sculpture in the wooden choir seats of the Cathedral of Alba. Probably, the building was part of a lookout system along the Tanaro river in the territory between Alba and Asti, which belonged to the Dukedom of Monferrato.
It has a square basis and it is made of bricks on a sandstone base. Its top reaches 30 metres and still preserves the ruins of merlons which adorned the tower in the past. Due to the high level of regularity and precision of the building, it was probably constructed by specialized builders from outwith the area.
The lowest part, up to about 2 metres of its height, is a sort of central hole with thick walls. In the highest part there are two rooms with barrel vaults which were restored in the past. The first half of the tower is filled with earth, the entry is on the side facing the Tanaro river and can be reached by ladder. Since 1985 it is property of the Commune.
The Castle, The Harbour on the Tanaro river, The Sundial, The Enoteca del Barbaresco, Parish Church of San Giovanni Battista, The Church of San Donato, The Land Chapels
Langhe and Roero castles, wineries, Alba
Barbaresco DOCG wine
Paths for hiking and cycling www.comune.barbaresco.cn.it/ling/ita/turismo/sentieri.html
The Barbaresco "Enoteca" is a Wine Exhibition and Promotion Center located in the Tower. In the Enoteca are displayed bottles from 130 different wineries, with 250 labels, representing more than 90% of the area whole production.
The Enoteca rooms propose different opportunities: starting from free tasting, moving to labels and wineries presentation, to education and history of the Barbaresco, to technical, economical, turistic and gastronomy information.
Promotional sale of local wines is as well possible.
13 May: Castelli Aperti, guided tours.
April-November: every day 10.00-19.00;
December-March: every day 10.00-18.00.
Open on holidays: 1 and 6 January; Easter; 2 and 25 April; 1 May; 2 June; 15 August; 1 November; 8 December.
Closed: 7-31 January.
Guided tours in english by appointment.
Adult € 5; students (age 6-12), Senior (over 65) and groups (min. 10 people) € 4;
free for children under 6 and disabled visitors.