The Langhe return protagonists of the international limelight with the Collisioni Festival.
Conceived in 2009 by a team of artists formed by Italian writers and journalists looking for a formula capable of speaking to new generations, and breaking down the divisions between different artistic languages, it is considered by most critics as the best festival in Italy for its innovative formula and for the ability to speak to a transversal public, with a rich offer of music, cinema, literature and food and wine.
All in the extraordinary scenery of the Langa lands.
The village of Barolo is the theater of the event, an extraordinary stage, with its squares, of events, debates, with actors, journalists and writers, and concerts with national and international music stars. Organized thanks to the support of the Region and the Piedmont Tourism and Tourism Departments, it has as its peculiarity its social and educational vocation, hosting for free hundreds of kids from all over Italy who participate as volunteers in organizing the event.
As rich every year, the program of the event with the various squares, from red to green, from blue to pink, crowded with enthusiasts and loyal to the great cultural event of the summer. Mauro Corona, Elio and the stories tense, Giuseppe Cruciani, Niccolò Ammaniti, Piero Pelù, Bernardo Bertolucci, Laura Morante, Luca Argentero, Michael Cunningham, Paolo Crepet, Dolcenera, Irene Fornaciari, Francesca Michielin, Giancarlo Caselli, Vittorio Sgarbi, Shel Shapiro, Luca Carboni, Pif, Arisa, Amedeo Minghi and Depeche Mode are just some of the guests who will take turns on the various stages scattered around the village of Barolo.
Just the days of the festival can be an opportunity to discover or deepen the knowledge of this corner of Piedmont that can give, in every season of the year, strong emotions.
The sweet vineyards, the beautiful castles that dominate the valleys dotted with villages, churches and wine shops, make the Langhe one of the culturally and scenographically most interesting areas of Italy. A land that emanates poetry, which gives beauty, architectural treasures, gastronomic delights, and an extraordinary culture of wine.
Not only Barolo, but also Grinzane Cavour, Serralunga d'Alba and La Morra are the heart of this area that has conquered the world limelight not only with its prestigious wines but also with its way of making culture.
From the historic cellars of Barolo, and from the castle of the Marchesi Falletti, where you can visit the Wine Museum, an exciting journey through the product culture, you can move to the nearby village of Grinzane Cavour, dominated by the splendid 13th century castle where you can visit the Museum Ethnography. Then Serralunga d'Alba, another delightful center from the suggestive concentric dominated by the castle of the XIV century, of which we appreciate the bands of small arches and the precious gothic mullioned windows.
The heart of the manor is undoubtedly the Salone dei Valvassori, which houses the interesting fifteenth-century frescoes representing the martyrdom of Caterina d'Alessandria. Set on a hill at over five hundred meters above sea level, the town of La Morra offers a breathtaking view that spans three hundred and sixty degrees across the Langhe. A walk through the town allows you to appreciate the seventeenth-century parish church of San Martino, with its imposing baroque façade, the church of Santissima Annunziata and the eighteenth-century bell tower. Do not miss the polychrome chapel of the Madonna delle Grazie, the small church, never consecrated, commissioned by the Ceretto family at the beginning of the twentieth century to gather the peasants in case of sudden and violent thunderstorms.
However, the Langhe are also a good table. You can give yourself the traditional Merenda Sinoira, the one that was once made in the countryside in the middle of the afternoon, to give strength to farmers working in the fields. Today it is certainly richer and more substantial than before and it deserves a taste of vitello tonnato, anchovies, frittata, salami and cheeses typical of the Langa, including the Robiola di Roccaverano and the Murazzano. Other unmissable local dishes not to be missed are the agnolotti del plin, the stuffed pasta of Langa, seasoned with butter and sage, and the braised Barolo, a sumptuous traditional dish, to be served, of course, with a good glass of Barolo.
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