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May 22, 2022
Canelli and the Underground Cathedrals UNESCO heritage
The city of Canelli is the Italian capital of Spumante where Asti Spumante was born in 1865 by Carlo Gancia. It is famous above all for its underground cellars for aging wines, real and proper Underground Cathedrals that branch out under the town, masterpieces of architecture and enological engineering, where millions of bottles are left to ferment at a constant temperature of 12-14 degrees, taking on the typical aromas and flavors of sparkling wine and wines.
Canelli has a medieval layout built around the ancient structure formed by successive stratifications around the Castle. Its economy is therefore based on the processing of Spumante and Moscato and Canelli is known throughout the world for all the related wines and enology.
It is home to many historic wineries Bosca , Coppo , Contratto , Gancia and the historic Bocchino distillery.
They create a unique landscape developing along the rolling hills covered by vineyards as far as the eye can see and shaped over the years by man’s work.
The visit to the Underground Cathedrals is a unique experience, the most original and characteristic place you can discover in Canelli but also the least visible.
The project that led to the recognition of the Wine Landscapes of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato as 50th UNESCO site in Italy elected as a World Heritage Site.
A group of highly trained young people will guide you along the path enriching it with historical anecdotes that make your stay even more interesting. Before or after the visit and tasting of the wines of the cellars, a tasting menu of typical dishes of the area, will make the experience an unforgettable moment.
The Underground Cathedrals
You will enter one of the most fascinating places in the world of wine, welcomed by people that have dedicated their lives to grow and store one of the most famous products in the world:the wine of the Piedmont region.. You will enter the subsoil of Canelli where tunnels have been dug in the tuff for over 20 km and you will walk in silence breathing the scent of the wood of the barrels, surrounded by millions of aging bottles. We will tell you the story of the genius and passion of those who built these cellars by tasting their extraordinary wines.
The Castle of Canelli
The Canelli Castle was built in the 11th century to defend and control the trade route that linked Asti to the port of Savona. The complex was enlarged in the following years thanks to the fortunes of the Lords of Canelli and in the Renaissance period, which came to the Scarampi family, it was enlarged and renovated, becoming an elegant and sumptuous residence. Dismantled in 1617 by the Spaniards during the War of Succession of Monferrato, it was rebuilt starting in 1676 by the last Marquises Scarampi-Crivelli. Carlo Gancia, after having bought it in the early 1900s, entrusted the restoration and recovery project to the architect Arturo Midana in 1929. The Castle Gardens will be open to the public exclusively for TrEnoturisti .
Food and wine experience
In addition to the wines, these extraordinary lands in addition to the wines, they reflect on the local gastronomic offer, equally rich and heterogeneous: from meats, also eaten raw, from hand-made pasta to the infinite cheeses, tome and robiole, from vegetables to braised meat cooked slowly, to get to desserts. Their flavor accompanied by fine wines will crown the taste of your experience.
At the restaurant you will have a rich menu with some local typical dishes: a mixed Piedmontese appetizer, a traditional first course, a second course with a side dish, a typical dessert, a glass of Barbera d’Asti DOCG, and a glass of Canelli Moscato d’Asti DOCG.
Information and advice
We highly recommend that you wear comfortable shoes
The number of the platform from which the train departs is visible on the illuminated board
Please arrive at the platform at least a quarter of an hour beforehand
Any train delays are beyond our control
09.00 Departure from Torino Porta Nuova
09.09 Departure from Turin Lingotto
10.16 Departure from Asti
11.40am Arrival in Canelli
5.45 pm Departure from Canelli
18.59 Arrival in Asti
19.41 Arrival in Turin Lingotto
19.50 Arrival in Turin Porta Nuova
- Train ticket
- Welcome Aperitif
- Guided tour of Canelli with the ‘landscape storymovers®’
- Visit to the Underground Cathedral
- Visit to the Gardens of the Castle of Canelli
- Lunch at the restaurant
- Ticket Torino – Canelli – Torino
- Whole with diesel locomotive 62 euros
- Reduced (4-12) with Diesel locomotive 40 euros