From the peculiar and evocative Calanchi of Clavesana to the little medieval borgo of Mombaldone. Discovering the hidden treasures of the Langhe and river Tanaro.
The Calanchi of Clavesana (CN)
A segment of river Tanaro serves to separate the Langhe (right bank) from the Cuneo plain stretching up to Bra and the Roero hills from Monticello d’Alba onwards (left bank). Here, its broad meandering curves eroded the terrain into beautiful Calanchi. The “Calanchi” are a geomorphological phenomenon caused by run-off water eroding clay rock. It is impossible for the visitor not to be charmed by the “Calanchi”: the attraction is enhanced by a backdrop of cultivated fields and vineyards. Locally known as “Rocche dei Perticali”, the Calanchi are included in the ISPRA list of important geological sites as “Calanchi di Clavesana”.
Dip in the gullies, Mombaldone is a little medieval jewel, the only village in the Langa Astigiana still surrounded by original walls; it hasn’t changed its structure since its foundation. The medieval core is well preserved with the stone houses along the main street; you can see beautiful arches decorated with old coats of arms, like the one of Del Carretto’s family who still lives in the village. Don’t miss the church of S. Nicolao and the Oratorio of Saint Fabiano and Saint Sebastiano. Ph Di Thibault L – Opera propria, CC BY-SA 4.0
We suggest the scenic itinerary from Clavesana to Mombaldone, to explore the Langhe and its tastes. In Roddino (CN) you can stop at Osteria da Gemma, a rustic and simple restaurant with excellent dishes and a cosy hospitality.