Serralunga is in the Province of Cuneo. It’s located about 80km south of the Turin (Torino), the capital of Piedmont and it’s just 15km from the town of Alba. The village only has 535 residents so it’s very small. Serralunga d’Alba sits up on a hill surrounded by vineyards that produce some amazing wine.
The castle, castello, is the star attraction — well that and the world class wine. This site sits at the top of the town. You’ll see it as you drive along the rural roads to Serralunga. The castle is only open on certain days and times so do plan accordingly. I didn’t plan and just showed up at the town — on a day the castello wasn’t open. Don’t be like Lynne! I understand the tour is wonderful — the castle is impressive with its 2 towers and a chapel with some beautiful frescoes. Castello di Serralunga d’Alba, built between 1340 and 1357, was not a military fortress which apparently you can tell because of its unique shape.
It was more to show the prestige of the Falletti family — who were merchants and bankers — who oversaw the land and all the land produced. The Falletti family were kind of the like the Medici family (from Florence) of this part of Piedmont — the Langhe — in that they were the most important family for roughly 600 years. In 1949 the Italian State acquired the castle and restored it. So now you can visit Castello di Serralunga d’Alba — as long as you show up on the right day! Seriously, it’s most impressive.
This is Italy so churches are always a good idea. Because Chiesa di San Sebastiano sits just outside the city walls, I missed it. Yeah, I didn’t plan well for my time in Serralunga — which is why I’m writing this post so you can learn from my mistakes. Dating back to 1888, San Sebastiano is the parish church of Serralunga d’Alba. It’s not a particularly old church by Italian standards, but the interior is beautiful with frescoes. The old church, San Benigno, sat at this same spot way back. But it was time for a newer one. So Chiesa di San Sebastiano was built in a neo-Romanesque style. Do spend some time here. The pics are lovely!
I have to admit, I was completely enamored of the views. Seriously. The landscape surrounding Serralunga d’Alba is breathtaking. Hills covered in vineyards with snow covered mountains looming off in the distance. 2 of my favorite things: mountains and vineyards. I took so many images just from the public parking area. Then I walked up to the Castello and was rewarded with more stunning views. I was fortunate to have a perfect weather day. Maybe that’s why I was only mildly disappointed the castle wasn’t open to visitors. I was quite happy to snap away — and to slow down and drink it all in.