Three years ago we visited this beautiful wine village for the first time. I still remember it well how Lara used to walk happily through the narrow colourful streets where you can find many boutiques, restaurants and cantina’s. La Morra is a true must see when you’re travelling through the Piemonte area in Northern Italy.
During that holiday that we fell in love with the region and decided that we wanted to buy our second house in that area one day. After months of researching, contacting real estate agents and planning visits, this Summer we put the first steps to our Italian dream. We booked our accommodations for three weeks, so that we would have enough time to do some research in the area and visit as many houses as possible.
The reason why we decided to look for a house in this area is partly the food and wine, but also the close distance to ski mountains and beaches. The perfect situation would be to spend as many weeks per year in our holiday house, that means also during Winter where we could go skiing as it would just be an hour drive to the pistes.
But let me tell you something more about La Morra, the place where we stayed the first week this Summer..
La Morra is a picturesque little town located at the top of the hill and surrounded by vineyards. La Morra is part of the Langhe area extending to the south of the Piemonte region. The Langhe area is famous for its hilltop castles and fortresses. This region is known for producing some of Italy’s best wines, Barolo. Other notable wines of the area are Barbaresco, Barbera, Dolcetto d’Alba, and Moscato d’Asti.
The Langhe area is also famous for white truffles and hazelnuts. The truffle season kicks off in the Fall. Hazelnuts are the main ingredient in many local products, including Torrone candy and chocolate products.
La Morra is best known for its perfect location on top of a hill, a strategic choice during the founding of the village in the Middle Ages. The houses of the Falletti family, who owned La Morra since the fourteenth century for hundreds of years, can still be seen. For example, in the house next to the Cappella della Madonna del Buon Consiglio, you can still see parts of a statue of Bonifacio Falletti in the wall. The first Barolo of La Morra was made in the cellars of his home.
The Falletti’s castle was destroyed by the French in the 16th century. The current bell tower and the Piazza Castello, the village square with its stunning view of the surrounding vineyards, were built on the ruins in the early eighteenth century.
The best time to visit the Piazza Castello Belvedere would be Autumn, when the leaves in the vineyards appear to have thousands of different colours. But also during Spring and Summer, the Piazza Castello is a nice starting point for a walk through the village center of La Morra. – On the square is the Torre Campanaria, the clock tower, which can be visited every Saturday and Sunday from March to November.
Besides the surrounding villages, La Morra is also a perfect place to enjoy wine tastings, visit vineyards and taste the specialties of Piedmontese cuisine.
A nice Cantina to visit in the village is Cantina Comunale where you can choose from many of varieties of Barolo, Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and Barbera.
For a delicious ice cream you have to go to Gelatè, also open till late in the evening, a perfect stop if you want to stroll through the streets of La Morra by night.
Another recommendation, you can easily say our favourite, is only a five minute drive from the centre of La Morra: Restaurant Eremo della Gasprina. The place to be if you want to try out the best of the Piedmontese cuisine. Good price quality and the Cantina is provided with beautiful wines that you can choose yourself prior to your lunch / dinner. We came here for dinner four times in one week, that says enough 😉
Our first week came already to an end, but what a perfect start to our stay in Italy. The good food, the wine, the views, the sun and the friendly locals. The reason why we want a house in Italy. – Time to continue our Italian journey in beautiful Dogliani. – (Soon more online about our stay in Italy)