Things to see
As in Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino, lost the grace of so many Italian places in the province can now only be found in old postcards, where everything seems more beautiful than what exists now. Neive also has its cement the besieged, but the historical part, wrapped ring around the ancient refuge, has thankfully yet to be seen. The castle no longer exists, but remained the medieval town plan with red-roofed houses leaning against each other. Above the old town you can enjoy a splendid view of the surrounding vineyards.
Being a land of great wines, do not miss a visit to the wineries, often in extravagant buildings, such as the eighteenth century the Counts of Castelborgo, whose winery releases balms decorations and antique furniture. The entrance to the magnificent garden, enclosed within the walls south of the country, this petit château is a monumental neivese architect Giovanni Antonio Borgese (1751) of which there are three arches of double columns and a fine wrought iron gate surmounted by the coat of arms of Castelborgo. The same architect the Confraternity of St. Michael, constructed between 1759 and 1789 in the Baroque style of Savoy, a nave with a high central dome. On the portal of the church are curiously carved revolutionary symbols of human rights.
The oldest residence in the village is Casa Cotto, dating from the early thirteenth century. It was a fortified house belonging to a wealthy family of bankers. He also had a tower, now cut off. Has magnificent ceilings and antique fireplaces; during the restorations were found archivolt of the front door of Roman bricks. In the same period the nearby Clock Tower (1224) built under the rule of the town of Asti.
In the wall there is a Roman memorial plaque dedicated to her husband Valeria Third Caio Aelius.
Still later is the Tower of the monastery (X century), in Romanesque style, with a square plan, with two rows of mullioned windows on each side and the five plans outlined by decorations and bow. It ‘s all that remains of the Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria del Piano said that you come across on the way to Mango. A the same time depended Fruttuaria from the Abbey of San Benigno Canadian.
Standing out among the sacred buildings of Neive the two sixteenth-century chapels dedicated to San Rocco and San Sebastiano. The Chapel of San Rocco, in particular, is rectangular in plan, with a portico and bell tower. It is situated just outside the southern wall, in front of the arch which was one of the two gateways to the country and joining the House today Demaria (XVI century) with the Castle of Castelborgo. The chapel was reconstructed in 1783 from the Borgese but retains the original, central part.
A small jewel of art rescued from degradation by the current owners is Casa Bongioanni the same architect Borgese (1750) full of frescoes, stucco decorations and antiques.
Anyone interested in a fine example of art of the twentieth century, you can go to the new cemetery, a short distance from the historic center, to see the Chapel of Riccardi Candiani built in the twenties in neo-Gothic style by the sculptor Charles Biscarra Turin. The façade, inspired by that of the Cathedral of Chivasso, presents terracotta decorations of Gothic inspiration and Art Nouveau, elegantly put together. The interior has a single nave is decorated with frescoes by C. Iron Milone and contains the tombs of the family of the Counts of Castelborgo.
The local products
The Barbaresco wine that fills the cup with its garnet red color fading to orange, it is not only blessed fruit of this land.
Neive not much more than wine – which would be more than enough, given the quality and abundance – but also produces a famous sausage, sweet and perfumed Barbaresco, made from the pig farms scattered throughout the territory, as well as a Piedmont hazelnuts IGP flavor and aroma fine, another splendid culture of Langa.
In this small hillside, between Langhe and Monferrato also grows as truffles of Alba.
The local dishes
Every dining experience verges, in Alba, the absolute, given the choice, the menu located between wet caôda, tajarin truffles, raw meat, rabbit stew, hazelnut cake, muscat sabayon.
For large tables is suitable for the fritto misto alla Piemontese – a second very abundant that works as a single dish – and to stir the taste buds is fine fondue with sheets of white truffle.
Where to stay in Neive
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