Le Langhe

Mango and Neive: two gems in the Langhe landscape

The Langhe is an area in Piedmont Region, in Italy, very famous for wines and truffles. From Alba, the main center of Langhe, take the road that goes through the hills just outside the city center and you will see the towers of the city disappearing replaced by farmhouses and vineyards. Each curve is a new emotion, every spot is a picture to take to the vineyards, so beautiful it does not seem real, and the hills flow one after the other until they merge with the horizon.

The landscapes of the Langhe – along with those of the Roero and Monferrato – have been included in the World Heritage List of UNESCO in June 2014 and it is easy to understand the reason simply by having a walk throug the countryside.

Le colline delle Langhe
The vineyards of the Langhe

There are many small villages here where it is worth stopping, some, such as Barolo and Barbaresco, do not need any presentation because their reputation. Their exceptional wines are well known throughout the world.

In reality, however, there is a lot to discover in this area. Almost every hill have a castle or a church on top surrounded by a little village and it is a great experiences to explore them all, without haste, taking the time to stop and enjoy some of the local products: a glass of wine, a slice of hazelnut cake or a selection of cheese.

I can assure you that you will run into many beautiful surprises in Langhe area and two of these are called Mango and Neive.

Mango is the name of a tropical fruit that we love so much, but it is also the name of a small village perched on the hills of Barolo. So moved by the curiosity, although we aware that we would not find any mangoes here, we followed the road sign and turned towards the village

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The Mango Castle, seat of the Regional Wine shop of Moscato
On second thought, however, the name of this village was supposed to remind us of something else besides the fruits. Mango, in fact, is one of the places depicted by the writer Beppe Fenoglio in his book “The Partisan Johnny”, a masterpiece of Italian literature dedicated to the period of World War II.

The castle of the Marquis of Busca  was in fact a partisan garrison during the Second World War and the story of these men are still alive in the pages of Fenoglio and the streets of Mango.

The Castle Mango today is the home of the Regional Wine Shop of Moscato and a stop there for a tasting of this wine is almost a requirement.

The white muscat grapes – of ancient Asian origin – is growing in a vast area that includes the provinces of Asti, Cuneo and Alessandria. The vineyards surrounding Mango excel in the production of this aromatic and sweet wine and at the Wine Shop you can buy Moscato d’Asti DOCG and Asti D.O.C.G. two products of excellence and pride for the Italian wine in the world.

If you love wine and hazelnuts from the Langhe then I assure you that the stop in this old castle, overlooking the Romanesque village,  is one that will delight the spirit as well as the palate and make you want to learn more about this land and its traditions!

Not far from Mango, there is Neive another small village, on top of the Langhe Hills, that belongs to the “Most Beautiful Villages of Italy”.

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The small town of Neive
The winding streets of Neive rise among the elegant buildings and lead to the clock tower of the thirteenth century symbol of the city. The main square – Piazza Italia – almost looks like a sitting room, with its eighteenth-century buildings that look next to each other and give the feeling of a place ready to welcome tourists who arrived here.

This village, however, offers a magical view of the surrounding hills as far as the eye can see. The Barbaresco – along with Muscat, the Barbera and Dolcetto – is the wine that is produced here, and one look is not enough to cover all the vineyards that surround the small town of Neive.

From here you can well understand why the Langhe area is called as “land of wine” … 🙂

Neive and Mango are just two of the small villages to discover in Langhe, where the best way to make tourism is to take your time to talk, think and enjoy this land. A different way to travel and explore an area, returning to less frenetic way of life.

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The beautiful landscape of the Langhe that can be enjoyed from Neive

Information for visiting Langhe: discover Mango and Neive

How to visit Langhe

The best way to explore the Langhe area is certainly by car, so you have a chance to stop and manage your time.

Both in Mango and Neive you can move around with strollers, the only “inconvenience” – certainly overcome! – Is the ancient cobbled especially in Neive.

What to do with kids in Langhe region

If you are looking for some ideas for planning a holiday in the Langhe and Roero with children you can find a few tips in this post and here you will find some ideas to live this corner of Piedmont suitable for children!

If you are looking for information on where to eat – always childproof – you can try to take a look at this link where I have collected some of the restaurants that we like, where we believe you can eat well without spending a lot!

Finally, keep in mind that if you visit Alba and the Langhe during the period of the White Truffle Fair you will find a number of initiatives – such as the donkey race and historical re-enactments – that certainly might like to your children! So be sure to double-check the program! 🙂