The town of Barolo, known for the production of one of the world’s best wines, is located on a plateau, surrounded by sweeping vineyards and protected by the surrounding hills.
To get to know Barolo, you must visit its medieval castles. The stronghold that rises at the edge of the town can be reached via the main street, lined with wine shops offering tastings.
The castle became the property of the municipality in 1970, and since then has undergone significant restoration. Currently it houses the Wine Museum (WiMu).
The original nucleus seems to be the square tower, still recognizable today. The castle then developed around it, first with structures in less-durable materials, then with curtain walls and wings in stone. Two small cylindrical towers are visible at the southern corners. The residential wings are placed against the curtain walls. The entrance would have been via a drawbridge, in the area now occupied by the parish church.
The castle was later transformed into a noble residence equipped with various comforts and grand halls. In the second half of the 19th century it was refashioned by the architect Trocelli, who changed much of the interior and exterior appearance of the complex, adding a new service wing.