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: Daniele FarinaHome / Itineraries / Itineraries by car / Itinerary by car between hills and cellars in Monferrato degli InfernotA route to "collect" Infernot, a journey through ancient villages and historic cellars, cradled by gentle ups and downs of the roads that run through the green hills of the Monferrato Casalese.During our wandering among the green hills of the Monferrato Casalese we came up with the idea of writing a small tour, an itinerary to go by car or motorbike that passes through some of the most representative countries of this whole area. A path that becomes both a beautiful opportunity to admire an always exciting landscape, and a good time to visit almost forgotten wonderful villages and, even more, the secrets that are hidden under their houses and streets, or the historic cellars that give the name to the entire area: the Monferrato degli Infernot. Declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the infernot are unique works of art in the world: they are ravines, small cellars with the appearance of caves carved under the houses by digging in sandstone and made for the optimal conservation of wines. Having them here is a real privilege and source of pride for Monferrato and the whole Piedmont and a source of pride for its inhabitants. Here is an itinerary by car for a day to discover the infernots. Cella Monte, in Monferrato one of the most beautiful villages in Italy In thinking about how to structure our itinerary, it was natural for us to choose the town of Cel as our starting point la Monte, home of the Ecomuseum of the Pietra da Cantoni, the body that supervises and protects all the Infernot of the region. Here it is possible to organize a guided tour where you can learn the whole history of the stone from the cantons and the infernots, two strong points of the culture of this land. Visit to the infernots: times and openings The museum is always open on Sunday from 10 to 12 and from 15 to 18, but by calling you can organize a visit at other times, subject to availability. The advice we give you is to consult the website of the Ecomuseum of the Pietra da Cantoni to check for any changes in timetables (they may change depending on the season) .You can visit the Ecomuseum headquarters in Piazza Vallino in Cella Monte. first infernot and collect all the information you need to go to the discovery of the many other wineries scattered throughout the territory and learn the secrets behind this art form. The Ecomuseum is not the only infernot of Cella Monte , there are several others, they are private but can be visited by agreement with the owners. What else to see in Cella Monte Cella Monte has been elected one of the most beautiful villages in Italy and is worth a visit through the streets of the village. The characteristic color of the buildings is given precisely by the sandstone that characterizes these lands, from which the stone blocks (the cantons' stones) for the construction of the houses were obtained. It is a stone that preserves ancient memories of this area: still today by observing the walls of the houses closely you can see splendid remains of fossil shells embedded in the stone, evidence of when, millions of years ago, Monferrato was lapped by the sea. At the town entrance you will instead be welcomed by the Church of San Quirico, a building located on a small hill and surrounded by a pleasant little park where you can enjoy a stop with a view of the mountains.
The façade of the Ecomuseo della Pietra da Cantoni di Cella Monte Where you can park in Cella Monte Arriving in the village of Cella Monte you can leave your car or motorbike in the large free car park at the entrance of the town, in Via Cipriano Cei, near the small park and of the bar and continue on foot, perhaps enjoying a walk through the streets of the village. Sala Monferrato, between Big Bench and ancient flavors From Cella Monte the itinerary continues taking Via Circonvallazione towards Sala Monferrato, a small town dominated at the highest point of the village from the Church of San Francesco and it is right here that you will have to get to see the infernot. The cellar was in fact excavated in the basement of the Church. Sala Monferrato is located on the gentle slope of a hill and, walking through its streets, you can also see what remains of what was once the ancient castle of the lords of the area However small, Sala Monferrato still enjoys a certain reputation, due to the fruit of its vineyards and to the renowned Salame Muletta, a typical product of Monferrato and, in particular, of this Municipality.
The panoramic view from the Giant Bench in Sala, part of the Big Bench Project Where to park in Sala Monferrato Entering the village in Sala Monferrato from Via Ozzano you can turn right into Via Roma and leave your car in one of the many car parks that line the road. see at Sala Monferrato Taking Via Marconi you leave the village behind in the direction of Ottiglio. Just outside the inhabited center, you reach the cemetery and meet, on the right, the Big Bench of Sala Monferrato. A stop here is a must! Even just to enjoy a few moments of peace contemplating the panorama offered by the seat of the disproportionate bench! If you happen here in the late afternoon of any summer day, when the sunlight covers the Monferrato hills with a golden veil, the view becomes truly exciting, no matter if it is the second, tenth or hundredth time that we linger in Ottiglio, a town of mysterious caves and artists From the Big Bench of Sala Monferrato we reach Ottiglio. The country unfortunately has no public infernot, but this does not mean that private ones cannot be visited! On the portal of the Ecomuseo della Pietra da Cantoni you can find all the information and contacts to organize the visits. An infernot is located in the suggestive hamlet of Moleto: its inhabitants are only a handful but the village is a fascinating and magical place, absolutely to be seen! Moleto, however sparsely inhabited, is a point of reference for local artists. The ArtMoleto collective is located here and there are many events and events that are organized here. Where to park in Ottiglio In the lower part of the village you can reach Piazza Filippini and leave your car in the convenient parking area and then walk to the upper village. other see in OttiglioOttiglio is divided into two parts, one low and one high. Ottiglio Alto is dominated by its castle, although in reality it is more than a large noble house, still today private property and therefore not open to visitors. To accompany the castle, on the top of the hill, stands the Church of San Germano, apparently as simple on the outside as it is able to amaze once you have crossed the threshold of its door. Another special feature of Ottiglio are the Grotte dei Saraceni, located near the hamlet of Moleto. They are said to hide the treasure of the Saracens, so much so that once during the winter, people free from work in the fields spent their days digging near the Moleto quarries in search of the legendary booty. Olivola: a magic stone from cantons Ottiglio starts again in the direction of Olivola, reachable in less than 10 minutes by car. Olivola is another singular and fascinating village that today has just over a hundred inhabitants. Here, in the small town, you will find only one infernot that can be visited, the Infernot of Villa Antonella
The leaning bell tower of the church of San Pietro in Olivola What else to see in Olivola What strikes you right away are the houses that populate the town, almost all very similar to each other, with the characteristic stone walls from cantons in plain sight and the shutters painted in the same shade of green / blue; it seems almost a reconstruction as perfect as it is - give me the word game - atypical typicality. It takes very few steps to visit Olivola, but don't be fooled by these words, I am sure it will be difficult not to be amazed. Take a walk through the alleys of the village and get to the end of the village, at the end of Via Duca D’Aosta: on a small elevation you will meet the particular Church of San Pietro with its leaning bell tower. By turning your back on the facade of the church you can admire a panorama to leave your eyes! The advice I would like to give you is to dedicate a little of your time to Olivola, stop for a lunch in one of the restaurants or even just for a glass of wine, you will not regret it.Where to park in OlivolaArriving to Olivola from Via Vittorio Veneto you can leave the car immediately on the left. On the right you will see a large square in gravel: it is a private property and it is not possible to park.Frassinello Monferrato, a fairytale castle.The distance between Olivola and the next stage is really short, in a few minutes you arrive in fact in Frassinello Monferrato. Here are two infernots that can be visited, also in this case they are private properties, easily contacted to arrange your visit. What else to see in Frassinello Monferrato Also here, from the top of the hill, the castle watches over the village. Today the Castello di Frassinello has become a b & b, hotel and location for events and ceremonies.
Frassinello also stands out for its countless stone houses from cantons that enhance the charm of the country.Where to park in Frassinello MonferratoThe large Piazza Regina Margherita is the best place to leave your car and where to start your exploration of Frassinello Monferrato. in dance: Vignale MonferratoFrom Frassinello you get back on the road, this time the goal is Vignale Monferrato. Here there are 4 infernots that can be visited, but only one of them is public: the Infernot Belvedere. As the name suggests, it is located exactly below the Belvedere Melvin Jones. To reach it from Piazza del Popolo take Via Bergamaschino, after a few meters you will find a large staircase that goes up on the right and the indication for the Belvedere. Enjoy the view from here too, then, in the small adjacent park, you will see the entrance door to the infernot. As always, visits can also be organized to the infernot atria of Vignale Monferrat
The Infernot Belvedere of Vignale MonferratoWhat else to see in Vignale MonferratoVignale offers at least a couple of panoramic terraces from which to admire the hilly landscape and the most distant Alps. If the day permits, stop for a few moments near the Church of San Bartolomeo or at Belvedere Melvin Jones, the show is guaranteed.
Palazzo Callori is another fundamental stage for Vignale Monferrato, if only to enjoy the grandeur of the exterior. Between the end of June and the beginning of July, the streets and squares of Vignale traditionally come alive with the Vignale Monferrato Festival (formerly Vignale Danza) .Where to park in Vignale MonferratoOnce you reach Vignale head towards Piazza Italia, here you will find a large and convenient parking that will offer you convenient access to the center of the village.Camagna Monferrato, at the home of Sant'Eusebio There are 8 infernots that can be visited here in Camagna and yes, unfortunately (for us visitors of course) they are all private property. With some exceptions, however, it is not difficult to organize visits, the volunteers here are also very helpful and in any case let yourself be told that even if you find it difficult to find a way to make everything coincide, in the end it will be worth it!
The dome of the Church of Sant 'Eusebio seen at the entrance of Camagna Monferrato What else to see in Camagna Monferrato It may also seem monotonous but I don't say a lie if I say that I fell in love with Camagna already the first time I was there. It must have been the town itself, its wonderful dome of the Church of Sant Eusebio, the people I met and met, I don't know exactly. What I know for sure is that this is a splendid place. From Camagna we start again for the last stop. Where to park in Camagna Monferrato The parking in Piazza Lenti in Camagna is perfect for stopping. From here starts a staircase that will lead you to the courtyard of the Church of Sant'Eusebio.Rosignano Monferrato, magic between Big Bench, cellars and castles In Rosignano Monferrato there are 4 infernots that can be visited, the Town Hall is the only public of the quartet, the other 3 they can be visited on request.What leads to the last village of our tour is the longest stretch of road on the entire itinerary. As for beauty Rosignano Monferrato does not differ much from the previous stages, this is also a fascinating village and it is perhaps even more noticeable by observing it from its Big Bench. The large bench is immersed in a vineyard just outside the village and from here you can enjoy an incredible view.
Rosignano Monferrato seen from its Big BenchWhat else to see in Rosignano Monferrato If you have come this far, you cannot help but take some time to stop at the Ughe Castle and the Mellana Castle, which can be visited by reservation. Visible from the outside, in the town center there is also the civic tower, built in 1852. Along the road that runs alongside the Castello Mellana, it is also possible to go down to the village Belvedere and admire the rocky layers that make up the fortress on which Rosignano stands. Where to park in Rosignano Monferrato Arriving in Rosignano Monferrato you can head towards Piazza Enaco Faletti, where an imposing sandstone wall is the custodian of a large free parking. In each country the infernots have been cataloged and marked by the Ecomuseum of the stone from cantons . As you wander through the streets of the villages you will see on the walls of the houses that house the historic cellars a signal with the museum brand and the name of the infernot