|Minimum Stay||6 nights|
|Living space||5400 square feet|
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|Theme||Golf, Historic, Romantic, Away from it all, Village|
Description from the owner
A very special place in a spectacular location, Il Castello di Rocca Ciglie will provide memories of a lifetime. Bring your family, invite your friends or treat yourselves to a quiet holiday in the peaceful countryside of Piemonte. Create your own itinerary or choose a special itinerary with our help; experience renown food and wine, history and art, hiking and skiing, the natural wonder of alpine peaks and mediterranean seas, all are at your slightest whim.
Located in the heart of the Piemonte region, Rocca Ciglie stands on a verdant hilltop guarding a spectacular panorama of dolcetto vineyards, hazelnut groves and forested hills. Th...Read more
A Castle in Piemonte! Castello di Rocca Ciglie
Carru, Piedmont, Italy
Additional Location Information
Some of the interesting towns that surround Rocca Ciglie include: Barolo, location of the 10th Century Castello Falletti and the 13th Century Castello della Volta and of utmost importance, it is the center of the history of the famous Barolo wine. The cellars of Castello Falletti, handsomely restructured, house the Enoteca Regionale del Barolo and the Museo Etnografico-Enologico. ASTI, an ancient and important city, was once a Roman stronghold and is very rich in medieval palaces and merchants houses, many with monumental towers. Asti was known as the city of 100 towers of which several still remain today within the old city walls. Most notable are the Tower of the Comentini (13th Century), the octagonal Torre de Regibus and Torre Troyana (13th Century), as well as the ancient Rossa di San Secondo, built during the reign of the Roman Emperor Augustus. Today Asti is know well for the annual Douja D'Or, il Festival delle Sagre and Palio. Alba, considered the capital of the hilly area of Langhe is famous for the rare culinary treasure, the white truffle, along with peach and wine production. Alba is also home to the confectionery company Ferrero, maker of the famous Nutella chocolate and hazelnut spread. The perfume from the elusive truffle fills the streets of Alba during the months of September, October and November. Pollenzo, Bra with its restructured new-Gothic country estate of King Carlo Alberto of Savoy, is now home to the University of Gastronomic Sciences (founded for studies in the principles and methods of the Slow Food philosophy), and the Wine Bank, as well as being the site of an ancient Roman theatre. Not to be overlooked, the Baroque Casale Monferrato, Cerasco and its sixteenth-century walls, defined by Napoleon as 'the most beautiful corner of Italy', and of course Cuneo, the capital of Piemonte province, located at the foot of the Maritime Alps at the confluence of the Gesso and Stura di Demonte river where it emerges from the Valle Stura. Called the town of the seven sieges, it still retains the plan of a a military town, once surrounded by massive walls, with large squares, porticoed streets and beautiful palaces of the aristocratic families of the past.
Even the smallest villages hide treasures you won't find in guide books, waiting for discovery. The hilltop town of Mondovi, for example, just a short distance from Rocca Ciglie, has works by Andrea Pozzo in the Church of San Francesco Saverio, and the Cathedral of San Donato was designed by Francesco Gallo. The medieval walls and towers date to the 12th century and each year you can view the breathtaking spectacle of an international hot-air balloon meet. Just a short distance from Mondovi is Vicoforte, home to the Santuario di Vicoforte. This monumental church is known for having the largest elliptical cupola in Europe, with breathtaking fresco's completed in 1752 by Mattia Bortoloni and Felice Biella.
Major points of interest easily accessible in the area include Torino, Cuneo, Savona, San Remo, Monte Carlo, and Genova, as well as Milan, Cinque Terre and the Lakes region. All of these destinations provide a perfect opportunity for a day trip with world class restaurants, scenery and a range of differing climates. Visitors interested in hiking, biking, truffle hunting, skiing and swimming at the seaside will find plenty of offerings in this area of Piemonte.
Location Type Away from it all, Village
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Additional notes from owner
(start and finish days are flexible)
June through October in Piemonte is high season, typically heavenly weather,
an enormous number of festivals and fairs, with food and wine being the showstoppers.
Everything from fruit and vegetable festivals, the Palio of Asti,
truffle hunting and hazlenut harvests.
The castle's location, within a manageable drive to locations as diverse as
Courmayeur and Mont Blanc in the north, Monte Carlo and Menton in the West,
Genova and the Ligurian Riviera in the south, not to forget the easy
proximity to Torino, Milan, Barolo, the Lakes of Orta and Maggiore and the
spectacular views of the French and Swiss Alps make the Castle di Rocca
Ciglie a location for a holiday not to be forgotten.
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What Past Guests Are Saying
Words are just not enough...
To be able to open my window in my comfortable bedroom morning after morning and view the majestic beauty of the alps was truly amazing! The fresh morning air, the singing of the birds, the stillness and tranquility of sitting on the patio drinking tea or a glass of wine all while viewing the beauty around the castle is just amazing!
I traveled with my sister from the us for a 10 day trip to Italy. We both had a wonderful time thanks to our accommodations at Il Castello and the proprietor, Patricia, who is a wealth of information about the region and where to go and what to see. Whether you are a shopper, sightseer (sp?), history buff, nature enthusiast, this area has something in store for you. There are many books, maps and brochures available at the castle that you can browse through to get ideas on where you'd like to go. Patricia is most helpful in giving directions and also suggestions on things "not to be missed" and restaurants.
We were able to easily navigate from the castle to visit Genoa, Mondovi, Dogliani, Alba, Carru, Barolo, La Morra, Turin and Porto Fino. Each has its own unique charm and offerings. One of the best parts is driving from place to place and the beautiful views that lay before you at every turn. Truly amazing.
I would definitely recommend Il Castello di Rocca Ciglie to anyone who is traveling to this part of the world. It was probably the most relaxing vacation I have been on in my life. Certainly it is one of the most memorable.
San Clemente, California
Discover the Piedmont region from a Castle!
To say we enjoyed our stay in Castello di Rocca Ciglie is just not saying enough! The views and the amenities of the castle are so wonderful it was a step back in time with all the comforts of todays necessities. We learned and explored so much more of the Piedmont region with the help of the private tour guide available at the castle. We ate in wonderful restaurants, visited nearby towns and wineries, traveled to the beautiful coastal towns of Portofino, Bordighera, Santa Margherita, and into France to visit Monte Carlo. We did a overnight stay in the Italian and French alps, staying in a lovely B&B; in aosta, all arranged by the tour services. It made it so easy for us! We were able to visit the lovely ski village of Chamonix, France and quaint town of Courmayeur. My husband and I will definitely be back, seeing as he discovered there are many rivers to fly fish and hiking trails too many to count that need to be hiked. The Piedmont Region has much to offer for "foodie, wine loving, outdoor beauty adventures and history lovers." Staying in a castle with wonderful amenities and services makes it a "must return soon" in our book! Ciao bello Castello di Rocca Ciglie!
Janice and Jack
An amazing place...
My husband and I recently spent 5 days at the Castle at Rocca Ciglie. It is an amazing place. It sits high on a hill in a small town in the Piedmont region of Italy with views of the French alps. The castle is beautifully decorated reflecting it's history but with just enough modern touches to make it feel like a perfect home away from home for vacationers. The kitchen has up to date appliances and the adjoining lovely patio is just right for your morning cappuccino or evening meal. The beds are the most comfy beds we slept in during our entire month-long stay in Italy. I loved waking to the sounds of the church bells from the beautiful church next door. The castle is well located as a home base to visit the Piedmont region. While there, we visited asti, Alba, Barolo, Mondovi and even went to a beach on the French Riviera called Menton. All beautiful!!! We had an amazing stay at the castle at Rocca Ciglie. I would highly recommend it.
Boston, MA USA
Go back in time . . .
The Castello di Rocca Ciglie is a trip back in time, with views as spectacular today as they were in 900 ad, when the first bricks of the castle were laid: rolling hills, morning mist, snow capped alps, terraced vineyards & familiar faces. You'll spot the castle on the hill miles before you wind your way there.
Once inside, you'll find the modern amenities of today. The castle has been updated to suit the most discerning guests. Though you'll be hard pressed to decide which day trips to take, it may be harder to leave the castle and its quiet.
I will never forget my time there- neither will you.
Thanks Patricia for everything.
Paul Lally, Executive Producer, Ciao Italia
Heaven on Earth
Holy cow what a place! I'm the executive producer for a PBS cooking series, and normally when we travel to Italy to film on location, it's an exhausting grind. But staying at Pattie's castle made me forget that I was working (sometimes)and I just enjoyed pretending what I would be like to be an Italian count staying at his castle. The beautiful furniture and appointments throughout the castle made the illusion quite real at times.
And so, too, real and genuine was the warm generosity of our host and owner, Pattie Bongiovanni, who made sure that our rooms were in perfect order, our days enjoyable and our evenings memorable.
Two words: Go. There.
I did and loved every second of it.
Queen of the Castello
Stayed here at this enchanting Castello last week with the "Ciao Italia" TV crew...the experience took my breath away. From the moment I arrived Patricia the owner swept us off our feet, so bright, cheery and accommodating . Walking up the stairs and into the 1000+ year old Castello was an experience not to be forgotten... beautifully appointed each room with it's own charm and history. A breathtaking view from every window, the rolling hills of Tuscany, the alps and architecture...so many sights and sounds to take in it was like a dream. Patricia knows the region very well and always she was willing to give us the history and local stories that made our experience special. One of my favorite spots is the terrace off the kitchen in back, the views are amazing but quite private as well. The kitchen had everything we needed and made it enjoyable to dream up some local dishes right at the Castello. A wonderful place to enjoy a full slice of Tuscany...I plan to return someday soon :-) Ciao, Cindy
Response from Patricia Bongiovanni - 05/17/2013
Thank you so very much. We are thrilled that your stay at Castello di Rocca Ciglie was so memorable and we are honored to have met you! We look forward to your return, but a word of caution....you won't find us in Tuscany!! Rocca Ciglie is located the Piemonte region of Italy, as you now know, a less travelled little secret of beauty in Italy!
Hurry back....you are always welcome here!
Goshen New York
Such a phenomenal place and experience of a lifetime
We went to stay here with 3 families for 10days. The location provided access to some of piedmont's most breathtaking locales. Barrolo, alba are within 40min stunning drive. The coast is 1h south and Turin 1h north. We had such a phenomenal time. The castle was built in 600-700ad. It was meticulously restored/moderrnized by an Italian gentleman over many years. Attention was paid to maintaining period furniture with comfort. Different bedrooms all have individual themes. Frette sheets, towels and robes. Spectacular, breathtaking views of the hills of italy and the alps. Small park right outside with an open soccer field. Great walks. The food and wine in this region are to die for. We had such a phenomenal time. We had 3 cars between us. Great parking square right in front. The town has free wifi which you can use and the signal is picked up in most rooms in the castle. iPad worked great. The kitchen is cozy and fully stocked - dishwasher - high quality stove. Bringing back food from town and sitting down as a group to cook - eat in the period dining room with a table made from restored wood - one of a kind table. One of a kind place. One of a kind owner. Traveller's are so lucky that an american bought the castle - kept all the furniture used to restore with class and comfort and is willing to rent. We will be returning. Such a wonderful time. I can't say enough positive things.
Montclair, New Jersey
Your Very Own Italian Castle in Wine Country With a Breathtaking
Getting there: The drive through Barolo and alba, to get there is by itself amazing. This is a testament to the great location of the castle. It is within 30 minutes of everything. Plus as you climb up the mountain and ride along the ridges that get you to the actual castle, the views are breathtaking. Vineyards, small villages and churches in the distance. The drive from Milan airport went by quickly and if you wanted to, you could easily choose to never leave the castle.
Castle: The castle itself is a beautiful property. It on the top of its own little mountain overlooking the village beneath it. Yes, just like the movies. It has four floors and modern antique furnishings that compliment each other very well.
The bedrooms are large, as you would expect, beds comfortable, loads of bathrooms, plugs, and the living areas are very comfortable.
The back porch and kitchen area are great. We spent a good deal of time there, with the back patio view, eating fresh figs off of the tree and basically just lounging drinking great wine and eating great food. Well kept property - the gardening and succulent plants / herbs were a nice touch. I used the fresh sage to make a simple sauce for pasta that we bought at the alba truffle festival. We sampled Barolo and other wines nightly...and maybe at lunch :)
Free Wifi - the italian government requires a free public wifi connection in each town. Its conveniently in the building next door.
Park outside - there is a little park and soccer field right off the property
Perfect distance to town and vineyards - you can resupply with a quick 10 minute drive into town and alba / Barolo, etc.. are a quick drive for dinner, lunch, sightseeing.
Great Owners - we had the pleasure of being there with the owner as her guests. She is very knowledgeable and a great source for tips of what to do, where to go, how to say something in italian, and anything else you can think of - just a lovely person, and we miss her.
Overall, if you want to soak in northern Italy living in your own castle - go here, you will be happy you did.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Our very own castle!!
It was a lovely way to cap off our trip and engagement. We truly felt like a prince and princess. Each morning you open your bedroom window to spectacular views and feel like you are in heaven. The people of the town were extremely friendly and go out of their way to help you even with a language barrier. The town has a very remote countryside feel but still minutes away from a local mall/ grocery store.
No one can imagine just how beautiful and peaceful Castello di R
Words can't do justice to what it feels like to wake to gorgeous views of the alps or of the town from every side of the castle and from every window. You feel like a king or queen whether inside or out and about the ancient structure. There is so very much to enjoy visually, you won't feel the need to leave. I loved the surrounding towns, restaurants, wines and day trips to nearby historical cities. And I loved coming back to this marvelous environ even more. I want to go back and you will too.
Experience Piedmont like a Local, From the Most amazing View
Castello di Rocca Ciglie provides an unforgettable experience in Piedmont. Awaking every day to gorgeous views of misty rolling hills, and having a Nespresso in the cosy country Italian kitchen was the perfect start to every day. Rocca Ciglie is a lovely town with warm, friendly residents who will make you feel at home. You will feel like royalty, while being very comfortable during your stay.
a piece of heaven lands on a hilltop
Our family has enjoyed a vacation at "the castle" on two separate occasions and anxiously look forward to making it a "hat trick." If long lines of impatient tourists in overcrowded museums and churches is what you seek --- Castelo di Rocca Ciglie is not for you. If, instead, you seek beautiful accomodations in a buccolic setting, book the reservation now. The "castle" is ideally located for interesting day trips throughout the northwest region of Italy. Not only is it situated amongst numerous vinyards wherein the finest wines in the world are made, but there is also easy access to the beautiful Meditteranean coastline, the majestic alps, as well as Monaco, France - for those that enjoy games of chance! The surrounding area in the valley below the castle is full of small villages and mid-size towns, each with their own sense of charm and appeal. Wherever your day trip may take you, the return to the comfort of castle is always anxiously anticipated and equally enjoyed. Our family feels quite fortunate to have discovered this very special spot in the world.
Jensen Beach, FL
A Perfect Retreat with ease of touring
Castello Rocca Ciglie is a trip of a life time. You are able to step back in time and move forward to enjoy all the beauty Italy has to offer. Beautiful vista in all directions, ease of travel to the sea side to the mountains and of course shopping in fabulous Italian shops.
Food is an adventure and part of the Italian experience. I could not find a restaurant or eatery that was not a wonderful treat from the local pizza, food shop or the best cuisine in exclusive restaurants.
Touring and eating in local vineyards is all part of the charm of a visit to Castello Rocca Ciglie. Returning to Castello after the day's adventure is something to look forward. It's quiet calm and beautiful rooms are so inviting for an afternoon drink and a good book on one of the terraces or just gazing from the many windows at the glory on nature all around.
Time for bed! You will long remember the comfort of Italian linens and wonderful down comforter.
I can't wait for my next visit.
Nancy from NJ
Cape May NJ
Perfect vacation getaway
I have been to Rocca Ciglie to stay on two occasions as it is by far the very best vacation spot I have found. The close proximity to the beach in Savona, shopping in Torino, Milan, Cuneo and day visits to Monte Carlo, Lake Orta, Genova and others too numerous to list make it a perfect location. The amenities are first rate and comfortable. The kitchen has first rate appliances and is a step away from patio dining with fresh local fare and wonderful regional wines. The bedrooms are large, well appointed and charming. The views are spectacular and opening the shutters to see the snow capped alps and the miles of vineyards along with castle topped hills took my breath away.
Fyi, I found it best to book early as the castle is rented on a limited basis.
Be sure that this special spot is not your typical B&B; or vacation house but more like...well..a castle!
Colorado Springs, CO
Rocca Ciglie exceeded our expectations.
Rocca Ciglie is a beautiful place with a convenient yet private location that offered us every convenience. I would rate this experience at the top of our travels to date. The castle was overall better than we expected and I will go back again without hesitation. Great furnishings, incredible views and a friendly town. We spent many hours on the terraces relaxing, hiking through the vineyards and visiting the beautiful countryside.
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