Sacro Monte di Crea e Parco Naturale di Crea (2 km)
The Sacred Mountain of Crea (“Sacro Monte di Crea”) on the territory of the village of Serralunga di Crea is a roman catholic sanctuary with 23 chaples which are reached by a steeply ascending road winding uphill through a wooded natural park the flora of which was catalogued by the Casalese photographer and polymath Francesco Negri. Listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site is just 2 km from the Castle it could be a good excuse to take a walk in the countryside.
Moncalvo (6 km)
Moncalvo offers many reasons and occasions for a visit:
- the colourful weekly local market on Thursday: fruit, vegetables and local products
- the Truffle Fair in October (official site)
- the summer ballet festival “Moncalvo in Danza” (official site)
Vignale (12 km)
Vignale is a picturesque medieval village in the heart of Monferrato, it was known since the Roman times. Due to its strategic position a fortress was errected in its centre. Vignale is famous for food and wine especially “Barbera” and “Grignolino”. Don’t miss the ballet summer festival “Vignale Danza” (official site)
Casale Monferrato (22 km)
Casale is a town rich in art, history, tradition and culture.
Since it became a Roman municipium the town has been the most important center of the zone. After a spell of decline, due to the fall of the Roman Empire and the barbaric invasion, Casale became a free municipality and from the 15th century to the 16th century was the capital of the Palaiologos dinasty. Then the Gonzaga got hold of the town and built one of the biggest and most important citadel of Europe. In the 17th century and the 18th century was besieged by both the Spanish and French armies, interested in its strategical position; during Italian unification Casale has been one of the defensive bulwarks against the Austrian Empire.
Asti (25 km)
Asti is a city on a human scale. Famous all over the world for its wines and its cuisine, and maybe less, wrongly so, for its beauty on an artistic level, it must be discovered by foot, strolling in its old city centre, which has maintained the medieval urban structure. The medieval period, with its great richness and power, has left splendid traces in the main monuments of the city, the Cathedral, the Collegiate of San Secondo, the complex of San Pietro in Consavia, in the towers and particularly in the town houses and streets. The baroque style of its noble mansions and the XIX cent. elegance of its squares manage to become one without any false notes, creating a harmonious whole with the elegant windows of the Liberty shops. Asti, bound to its magnificent past, which comes to life each year on occasion of the Palio, Asti lively and busy in its weekly markets, Asti rich in cultural and oenogastronomic events, which make a stop in this town even more agreeable.
For latest news on Asti events please visit astiturismo.
Venaria Reale (84 km)
La Venaria Reale is a “permanent cultural project” that offers a wealth of opportunities to learn, to feel new emotions and to make new experiences: it is a “contemporary court” awaiting to be discovered. It is also a journey through Italy and its glorious historical, natural and gastronomic heritage to celebrate “regality and the pleasure of living”.
La Venaria Reale is a grandiose estate just outside Turin. In comprises 80,000 square meters of floor surface in the Reggia and 60 hectares of Gardens, adjacent to the 17th century ancient village of Venaria and the 3,000 fenced hectares of the Park of La Mandria. It is a natural and architectural masterpiece that was declared part of the World Heritage by UNESCO in 1997. It reopened to the public in 2007 after completing the EU’s largest cultural restoration project to date.
For further information visit the official site.
Forte di Bard (104 km )
Almost intact from the moment of its construction, the Fortress of Bard represents one of the best examples of early 1800 military strongholds.
The Fortress of Bard is formed of 3 main defence stations positioned at different levels upon a high imposing rock spur, the lowest at 400m above ground and the highest at 467m. The Ferdinando Opera is the defence structure at the bottom, the Vittorio Opera in the middle, and the Carlo Alberto Opera at the top. There are a total of 283 rooms in the entire fortress. For further information visit fortedibard.it