Via del Mare Astigiano Trail – Leg 4
Castelnuovo Calcea is a highly representative point of this territory, due to the presence of vineyards and the conformation of the hills sloping down towards the valley. Especially interesting is the layout of the farmsteads and their wine-producing facilities to the south-east of the town, where the La Court farmstead, transformed in Art Park thanks to its illuminated owner, who has long been investing in the scenic values and uniqueness of this territory.
The first historical information about Castelnuovo Calcea dates back to 1342 when the "castle" to which it owes its name was still present. The important strategic position of it and, consequently, of the town, meant that this territory was, over the centuries, subject to numerous clashes and changes of ownership between different families. Following a revolt of the inhabitants in the 17th century, the castle was set on fire. Today the remains of this building are the property of the municipality which, over the years, has started redevelopment works. The presence of the cultural centre "Angelo Brofferio" is also worth a mention.
The stretch between Castelnuovo Calcea, Moncucco and Mombercelli is very varied and offers both the view of the vineyards and the wooded areas that are particularly charming for the tranquillity. Mombercelli, whose first news dates back to the Longobard period, is a town in which we can admire important works of art such as the parish church dedicated to S. Biagio, (1605), the town hall (late 19th century), the Civic Museum of Modern Art (MUSarMO) which includes works by representative artists of the Italian twentieth century and, finally, the Museo Storico della Vite e del Vino (Historical Museum of vines and wine).
Continuing the stage, you go through the centre of Montaldo Scarampi reaching Montegrosso d'Asti, end of the stage and La Via del Mare itinerary, as well as the starting point of the Dalla Langa al Monferrato itinerary.
At Montegrosso d'Asti, 240 metres a.s.sl., you can admire the historical centre of the town with its local peculiarities and above all the suggestive hilly landscape belonging to Val Tiglione, areas famous for the Barbera. Therefore, you can easily reach the Castle of Montegrosso. Dating back to the 12th century, it is an example of how local historical culture and wine-making can merge and generate a centre of attraction of even greater importance. In fact, the castle, imposing for its size and the presence of two control towers, today houses a winemaking company and its wine cellar.
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Point of interest along the way
21 Via Roma
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II