The castle’s origins date back to the Middle Ages, probably the 13th century. The feud’s strategic position, controlling the middle valley of the Tanaro River, turned out to be a disadvantage, as the castle faced repeated devastation and destruction over the course of the centuries.
In the 18th century, extensive renovation works restored the building’s original structure. Evidence of its ancient origins can still be seen inside: some arches of tuff alternated with bricks, dated to around the 13th century, as well as the embrasures on the main façade, the cylindrical crenellated tower and a square tower set apart from the main building.
According to records, the feud known as redabo’ was sold to the Scarampi counts in 1445. They kept the property until the end of the 18th century, when ownership passed to the Della Rovere family.
In 1830 the castle was bought by the Doria Lamba marquises, the current owners, who use it as their summer residence.
The tour is guided. The Redabue complex is still a private residence. The church (designed by Juvarra), the winery, the park and, on special occasions, some of the castle’s halls, can be used for weddings, receptions, conferences, exhibitions and other events, subject to agreement with the owners.
In the area: museums and exhibitions in Alessandria, Museum of the Battle of Marengo (Napoleonic itinerary)
Local sights: 12th-century medieval tower (opening soon), parish church of San Dalmazzo, church of S. Maria Maddalena, 18th-century Palazzo Baiveri
Typical products: Barbera DOC wine, subrich (herb fritters), asparagus, hunchback cardoons, honey
Sport: football, fishing (area with facilities on the right bank of the Tanaro)
Events: “Sagra dei Subrich” festival dedicated to Masio’s spring-herb fritters with stalls, typical products and demonstrations of ancient crafts along the village streets (fourth Sunday of April); patron saint’s day dedicated to Santa Maria Maddalena (third Sunday of July); “Castagnata” harvest celebration with distribution of roast chestnuts, stalls, typical products, wines, zabaglione and panissa at the Masio Abbey (first Sunday of October)