Montà or Montà d’Alba is an Italian municipality in the province of Cuneo in Piedmont and due to its geographical position, is called “the door to Roero”.
The Roero is a land of harmonious hills where the sun sets slowly on the towns and the fields and together with Langhe and Monferrato it is a UNESCO heritage site. It is famous for its “Rocche”, a fracture of the soil that extend for 32 km along the hilly landscape of the Roero from Bra to Cisterna d’Asti. The ecosystem is characterized by different climates distributed in a few hundred meters of altitude, a stunning natural heritage to discover.
The castle of Montà d’Alba, located in the highest part of the town and dating from the 12th century, was a small brick castle with round towers, a moat and a drawbridge. Lately the building passed to the Roero family who bought the feud of Montà in 1363 and expanded its size. In 1441 the castle was bought by the Malabailas and later by the Isnardi family who in the seventeenth century modified a large part of the building. This later modification meant the loss of some significant elements such as the drawbridge and the moat, so that the castle would take on the appearance of an aristocratic residence but kept the brick facade that is still present today.
The castle is surrounded by a millennial park, an English garden, whose ecosystem is perfectly balanced and uncontaminated where it is possible to admire its natural beauty. The building is also characterized by the presence of numerous frescoes, some dating back to the nineteenth century; the prisons are located in the circular tower in which filter thin rays of light in the early hours of the morning and then there is a suggestive panoramic terrace over the Langhe. Today it is an important meeting point for ceremonies, events, parties and tastings thanks to the wonderful decorated halls, the park and the suggestive view over the hills.