The town of Govone emerged in the furthermost east of the Roero region, bordering the Monferrato hills, at about 300 meters above sea level. With just over 2000 inhabitants, the town was built up around the 17th century stronghold by the Counts of Solaro. The residence passed into the hands of the Savoy family after the death of the last representative of the Counts. By right, the Savoys acquired all the property, which later became the favorite summer domain of the Royals of Sardinia, with the King Carlo Felice and Queen Maria Cristina. Thanks to this family, many important restorations were carried out both in the residence and the surrounding garden areas in the early 1800s. Today the castle belongs to the city of Govone. As of 2007 it proudly entered the circuit of 8 castles, known as the Castelli Doc which include Barolo, Benevello, Grinzane Cavour, Magliano Alfieri, Mango, Roddi and Serralunga d’Alba. Every year, the castle hosts a large number of visitors and history buffs, who gather here to admire the majesty of the time-honored palace with its treasured frescoes, detailed architecture and beautiful garden.
The castle is open to the public every Sunday from March to October
ROERO, LANGHE and MONFERRATO
Roero offers an uncontaminated scenic view and a world to discover for nature lovers. The vast sprawling hills offer a plentiful outdoor activities to do. Just some of these ideas include: riding bikes, hiking, hunting for mushrooms and truffles, horseback riding, or renting a Vespa while trying to squeeze in the most castles you can see in a day.
The territory of Roero along with Langhe and Monferrato, are also known for their food and wine products which have now made this once unexplored corner of Italy a true mecca for food and wine lovers. Hazelnuts, wine and truffles are at the core of the local agribusiness but there are even numerous other delicacies belonging to this territory too. Prized Alpine cheeses and top quality Piedmontese meat are appreciated and highly treasured as well. Part of the fun is getting to know the many micro farms and artisans, where not only can you savor their delicious products but embrace the stories that each has to tell.
CULTURE, SEA and MOUNTAINS
Furthermore, with Piedmont‘s wealth of tourist attractions, there is sure to be something for every type of visitor. This area is ideally positioned. Just over the hills you can enjoy the warmth of the Italian Riviera, reachable in just under an hour by freeway. There are many day tour possibilities where you can visit some of the most beautiful gems like Portofino, Cinque Terre or the historical city of Genova. As an alternative, mountain lovers can reach the uncontaminated Alpine valleys at the same distance. Each vallata has its own unique characteristic and charm. The tiny hamlets, made up of only small stone houses, stacked on top of each other, is a unique site to see, Why not taste the food specialties in a traditional old Piola chalet while you are there? The Alps are an exciting destination for passionate hikers and Alpine skiiers thanks to miles of ski slopes throughout the area. For history lovers, this region offers a wide range of historical sites of interest. A multitude of castles, well-kept ancient forts, palaces, museums, and the dynamic city of Torino can offer anything you are looking for.