The name Barolo
is familiar to you. If you are a wine lover, you surely know it or have heard it anyway. Barolo is a wonderful Piedmontese village where the homonymous wine is produced, located in the setting of the Langhe. Here you can experience a weekend or a few days completely surrounded by greenery, making small excursions and visiting different wineries to discover all the secrets about this famous wine!
But let’s discover all the secrets of Barolo together : what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening!

What to see in Barolo

1 – WiMu Wine Museum in Barolo
Photo by Roberto Faccenda. Certainly the number 1 attraction in Barolo, in addition to its wonderful landscape, is the wine museum. It is the most innovative wine museum in Italy . Inaugurated in 2010, it is located inside the beautiful Castle of the Marchesi Falletti.
Inside the museum you can learn all the secrets about wine , its production, culture and tradition! You can embark on an interactive journey through 25 rooms and 5 floors, with lights, sounds and colors that will make you pass between one season and another, discovering the different phases of wine.

  • How to get there: it is located in the Falletti municipal castle, in Piazza Falletti, in the heart of Barolo; parking in piazza Colbert 180 m (2 min walk) – Get directions
  • Hours: every day 10: 30-19: 00
  • Ticket price: full € 9.00 reduced € 6.00

2 – Castello dei Marchesi Falletti
Photo by Taz. Along the road to get to Barolo, the first thing you will see in the distance is the beautiful castle, now a symbol of the village . The first news about the castle dates back to the 10th century, when it was built as a fortress with a defensive purpose. Over the centuries it became a residence and in the nineteenth century it was the country residence of the Marquises Falletti of Barolo.
In 1970 the museum was purchased by the Municipality, which began a whole series of recovery and restoration works and opened it to the public in order to visit some of the rooms. Today it houses the WiMu , the wine museum. Visiting the museum you can therefore also admire the interior of the castle.

  • How to get there: Via Collegio Barolo, 2; in the heart of Barolo, parking in piazza Colbert 180 m (2 min on foot) – Get directions
  • Hours: every day 10: 30-19: 00
  • Ticket price: full € 9.00 reduced € 6.00

3 – Cellars and wine shops
Photo by Alessandro Vecchi. Generally people come to the Langhe to taste the excellent wine and also to enjoy an afternoon among the vineyards and cellars . That’s why on your weekend you should definitely dedicate a few hours to a winery or winery.
You will really be spoiled for choice: you will find several wine bars in the historic center, while all the surroundings are full of farms that organize tastings and visits to the cellar , showing you how wine is produced and all the steps!

  • How to get there: you can easily reach the wine bars in the historic center on foot, as well as the farms just outside the village; alternatively move by car – Get directions
  • Hours: the cellars are generally open 9: 00-17: 00 (each has its own precise hours)
  • Ticket cost: variable, on average a 2-hour visit from € 15.00

4 – Corkscrew Museum
It is a very interesting museum. It was first opened in 2006, and was set up inside what used to be an old cellar. Here you can also buy some souvenirs in the bookshop, such as postcards, posters and various gadgets, but also food and wines typical of the Langhe.
The museum is divided into 19 sections , where you can admire 500 different types of corkscrews , which come from all over the world and were made starting from the second half of the 17th century. Not only that, at the entrance there is an exhibition with all the bottles of Barolo wine from all the producers of the village!

  • How to get there: in Piazza Castello, 4; in the center of the village, near the Castle, easily reachable on foot in a few minutes from any point of Barolo – Get directions
  • Hours: every day 10: 00-18: 00 (times are subject to variations, for info call 0173 56 05 39)
  • Ticket price: full € 4.00 reduced € 3.00

5 – Chiesa di Barolo
Photo by Darien and Neil. In Piazza Falletti, the small but characteristic church deserves to be seen. It is a very small building , with a beautiful plastered facade and with a wonderful ceiling all decorated with frescoes inside.
Next to it is another church, the Church of Sant Agostino, deconsecrated built around the 18th century. Today it is used to set up temporary exhibitions and host small events.

  • How to get there: piazza Falletti; near the castle, easily reachable from every point of the village of Barolo – Get directions
  • Hours: always accessible
  • Ticket cost: free

6 – Cappella delle Brunate
Photo by Ziegler175. You cannot miss this rather unusual attraction , also called the Chapel of SS. Madonna delle Grazie, but known mainly as the Barolo Chapel. It was built in 1914 with the purpose of serving as a refuge for those who worked in the fields during sudden storms.
Its particularity
It is a small, colorful church , unique in its kind, you will not find others in Italy. It has never been consecrated and you can visit it in the vineyard of the nearby La Morra, which has been owned by the Ceretto family since 1970.

  • How to get there: 3.7 km from Barolo, reachable by car in 5 minutes or, recommended, with a nice 50-minute walk through the vineyards of the Langhe – Get directions
  • Hours: every day 9: 00-19: 00
  • Ticket cost: free

7 – Strada del Barolo
This is one of the major attractions of the area. It is a wonderful panoramic road that unites all the villages of the Langhe , such as Alba, Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, Cherasco, Diano d’Alba, Dogliani, Grinzane Cavour, La Morra and others.
The routes are cared for and protected by the Strada del Barolo and the great wines of Langa association, founded in 2006 with the aim of raising awareness of this area declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site . Along the way you can visit wineries and farms and on the association’s website every week we talk about the “winery of the week”.

  • How to get there: the association is located in Via Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour, 26 / A, in Castiglione Falletto; the road goes through all the villages, you have to move by car – Get directions
  • Hours: always accessible
  • Ticket cost: free

8 – Castello di La Volta
The castle is located in the locality of Bussia, just 2.5 km from Barolo, and can only be visited from the outside as it is a private property, but it is still worth a visit for the beautiful panorama on all sides. Langhe . It was and is built at the behest of the Falletti family (the same owner of the castle of Barolo) and is a small medieval fortress with a central courtyard.
The castle is full of legends , but one above all is the best known: it is said that this castle was the site of great festivals, often out of control. But one night, during a banquet that was too over the top, the floor collapsed and all the participants of the party died. Apparently, their screams can still be heard within the walls today.

  • How to get there: locality of Bussia; 2.5 km from Barolo, reachable on foot in 35 min (recommended option to enjoy the landscape) or by car (5 min) – Get directions
  • Hours: always accessible only from the outside
  • Ticket cost: free

9 – Belvedere of La Morra
It is another characteristic locality of the Langhe. It is located just 6 km from Barolo and one of its most loved points is undoubtedly the belvedere, from which to enjoy a wonderful view of all the surroundings. You will also find a sign where all the villages and points of interest that you can see from the lookout will be marked.
Then you could enjoy a walk in the center of the village : admire the beautiful Piazza Castello, the heart of La Morra, and also reach Piazza Martiri, another small viewpoint. And here too, of course, there is no shortage of wine bars and cellars to taste the excellent wines!

  • How to get there: in Via G. Marconi, 18; on foot 4 km from Barolo (1 h), by car 6 km, as you have to take the wider road, from Barolo (9 min), you can leave your car in the free parking in Piazzale Monera – Get directions
  • Hours: every day 9: 00-17: 00
  • Ticket cost: free

10 – IN BALLOON Exclusive Flights
And as the last point on the list, more than a thing to see, we want to offer you a truly unique experience : a balloon flight over the Langhe. This service is offered by IN BALLOON Exclusive Flights, an agency just outside the village of Barolo (only 1.7 km).
It is an incredible experience, which will leave you with unforgettable memories: getting up you can admire the whole panorama of the Langhe. The flights are divided into Classic Flights (group, maximum 8 passengers) and Exclusive Flights (only for those who book). The timetable changes according to the season and the day, generally there is one in the morning and one in the late afternoon for sunset, you can find all the information on the site and from there you can also book. The cost includes, in addition to the flight, the chauffeur service, brunch with local products and photos and videos of the experience.

  • How to get there: Via Alba, 22; 1.7 km from Barolo, there is a private bus service with driver included in the price – Get directions
  • Timetables: vary according to the period and day, one flight in the morning and one in the afternoon, to be checked at the time of booking on the official website
  • Ticket cost: from € 240.00 per person

Barolo itinerary in one day
Once in Barolo, leave your car in the free parking in Piazza Colbert and have breakfast at Bar Antico Caffe (€ 3.00).
Then go to the Castle of the Marchesi Falletti and visit the WiMu, the Barolo Wine Museum , where you can learn all the secrets about the famous wine. Then visit the nearby Corkscrew Museum .
For lunch, drive (1.5 km, 2 min) to the Locanda in Cannubi, where you can taste typical local dishes with a wonderful view of the Langhe (average cost € 35.00 per person).
Get back in your car and drive along the road through the hills to arrive in the Brunate Chapel in 6 minutes, a wonderful and colorful deconsecrated church in the middle of the vineyards. Here you can admire the view and stroll through the narrow streets among the vineyards. Then return to Barolo, leave Piazza Colbert again in the parking lot and take part in a tasting and visit to the cellar at Marchesi di Barolo, a cellar located inside an ancient palace (reservations directly on the official website).
In the evening, stop for dinner in the village at Osteria La Cantinella, where you can taste traditional dishes accompanied by excellent wines (average cost per person € 30.00).

One day itinerary at a glance

  1. Breakfast at Bar Antico Caffe
  2. Castle of the Marchesi Felletti and WiMu (10: 30-19: 00. € 9.00 reduced € 6.00)
  3. Corkscrew Museum (10: 00-13: 00/14: 00-18: 30, closed in January, € 4.00 reduced € 3.00)
  4. Lunch at Locanda I Cannubi
  5. Brunate Chapel (9: 00-19: 00)
  6. Cantina Marchesi di Barolo (10: 30-18: 00, from € 15.00 – book on the official website)
  7. Dinner at Osteria La Cantinella

Where to eat in Barolo

  1. Locanda in Cannubi : just outside the center, among the vineyards, a beautiful view of all the Langhe; truffle recipes and wine tastings
    Average price per person: € 35.00
    Address and contacts: Via Crosia, 14 (Get directions) / tel: 0173 56294
  2. Osteria La Cantinella : in the center of Barolo, historic place; traditional Piedmontese dishes and a wide selection of wines
    Average price per person: € 30.00
    Address and contacts: Piazza Giulia, Piazza colbert (Get directions) / tel: 0173 56267
  3. Barolofriends Winebar Restaurant : modern place, excellent for a glass of wine or to stop for lunch, traditional Piedmontese dishes
    Average price per person: € 40.00
    Address and contacts: Piazza Castello, 3 (Get directions) / tel: 0173 560542

What to do in the evening: nightlife areas and the best clubs
Barolo is not a nightlife location, with discos or clubs to keep up with the wee hours. This is a land full of vineyards, where people come to relax , enjoy the nature of the Langhe and good wine. In the evening, after having dinner, you can take refuge in the many wine bars in the center and the surrounding area and enjoy a glass of wine in good company. If you are looking for a bit of movement, the best thing is to move towards the largest center of the Langhe, Alba , about 15 km away.

  • LHANGAR wine bar : fine wine bar in the center of Barolo, extensive wine list / Address: Via Soprana, 1a (Get directions)
  • Hemingway Cocktail & Restaurant : located in the historic center, excellent cocktails and evening meeting points for tourists and locals / Address: Alba, Via Mandelli 3 (Get directions)
  • Caveau Alba : nightclub located before entering Alba, one of the landmarks of its nightlife / Address: Alba, Corso Barolo 10 (Get directions)

Plan your stay in Barolo: info and useful tips

  • How to get there: you can take the bus to Alba (14 km), but then there are no other means. The car is the best solution. If you don’t want to rent one, you can take part in organized tours that lead you to discover the area
  • How to get around : in the village on foot, the attractions are close to each other. A car is required to move around the Langhe and neighboring villages
  • Where to park : parking spaces available in the center of the village, in Piazza Colbert or in Piazza Cabutto (in front of the municipality), are free or with a parking disc
  • Where to sleep: there are typical and characteristic b & bs and small and comfortable hotels (starting from € 80.00 per room). Some wineries and farms also have rooms, if you are a wine lover this could be the perfect solution
  • What to see in the surrounding area : Alba, Asti, Barbaresco, Santo Stefano Belbo, Serralunga D’Alba
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