With its square keep and imposing towers perched on the hilltop above Serralunga village, Serralunga d'Alba Castle commands attention and it boasts an idyllic location, looking out over the UNESCO-listed Barolo vineyards. Built in the 14th-century, the castle never saw battle and remains in remarkable condition with much of the original medieval fortress still intact.
Visitors can explore inside the castle on a guided tour and learn about its unique architecture, which resembles a French donjon rather than an Italian castle; admire the coffered ceiling and magnificent frescoes of the Salone dei Valvassori (Great Hall); and stroll through the Palacium. Don’t forget to take in the views from the ramparts – the castle’s high vantage point affords stunning views over Piedmont and the surrounding vineyards.
Serralunga d'Alba Castle is located in Serralunga, around 11km east of Barolo by car. The castle can be visited by guided tour only (adults: €6) and opening hours are as follows: mid-March-April: Sat-Sun 11am-1pm & 2-6pm; May-June: Mon, Thurs and Fri 2 6pm & Sat-Sun 11am-1pm & 2-6pm; July-Oct: Mon, Thurs and Fri 2-6pm & Sat-Sun Sat-Sun 11am-1pm & 2-6pm.