Serralunga d'Alba Castle
In the 12th century, when the descendents of Bonifacio del Vasto, Bonifacio Minore and Ottone del Carretto were the lords of the region, a fortified tower overlooked the village of Serralunga.
From the early 13th century there are also records of a fortified estate and a rural community which, ruled by the Falletti family, became an important centre of production over the centuries. In 1340 Petrino Falletti gained possession of the Marquis of Saluzzo's portion of the Serralunga estate, in exchange for his military achievements. He had the fortified tower demolished and built the castle.
This castle is unique in Italy for its architectural structure: it resembles a French donjon, a castle keep. The building was used more to control local production than as a military castle, as borne out by the elegance of its structure, designed to underline the prestige of the Falletti family.
Various parts of the residence date back to the 14th century. These include the Palacium, a long, compact block consisting of vast halls built one above the other (each measuring 80 square metres), a round tower featuring the most innovative architectural characteristics of 14th-century fortifications and a small chapel with a vaulted ceiling and frescoes from the mid-15th century.
The castle's great hall, called the Salone dei Valvassori (hall of vavasours) has a beautiful coffered ceiling. The hall is decorated with ancient frescoes from the votive chapel, frescoes from the mid-15th century depicting the Martyrdom of St. Catherine of Alexandria, alongside the figure of St. Francis, on the end wall, above which is the symbol of the Lamb of God.
The manor was never transformed into a holiday residence and remained a medieval-style fortification for centuries. It aroused a great deal of interest amongst 19th-century scholars and was included in the list of Italian monuments under state protection. As such, it was able to benefit from the earliest laws aimed at safeguarding cultural heritage sites (Italian laws 185/1902, 1089/1939).
After World War II the Opera Pia Barolo (Barolo Charitable Organisation), founded by the last descendants of Falletti of Barolo, put the castle up for sale. It was bought by the state in 1949 and the first major restoration work was commissioned. Today the castle is managed by the Soprintendenza per i Beni Architettonici e per il Paesaggio del Piemonte (Superintendency for Architectural Heritage and Landscape for Piemonte), based in Torino.
THE CASTLE NOW
Now the opening of the castle is thanks to the Associazione Amici di Serralunga. The efforts made by the Association, in collaboration with Institutions, Town Council and Barolo & Castles Foundation, has allowed the reopening of this precious and strategic stronghold of the 12th century making itaccessible to all.
CASTELLO DI SERRALUNGA D'ALBA
Viale Castello 1
12050 Serralunga d'Alba (CN)
Only Guided Tours
From SEPTEMBER TO OCTOBER
the castel is open at the following times:
Monday, Thursday and Friday: afternoon from 14.00 to 18.00 (last tour at 17.15).
Saturday, Sunday and holidays: morning from 11.00 to 13.00
afternoon from 14.00 to 18.00 (last tour at 17.15).
For information and reservations:
Tel. +39 0173 35833 / +39 0173 613101