Diano d’Alba is in an elevated position, both literally and metaphorically. The ancient capital of the Langhe sits atop a high sandstone hill that overlooks the plain of Alba to the north and the magnetic charm of the Barolo vineyards that stretch into the mysteries of the Alta Langa to the south. Much of the town’s appeal comes from its history as a military stronghold, the traces of which can still be found in the walls. Diano is the western gate to the Langa del Sole, and where the ancient Via Langarum, that crossed the hills and ended at the sea, began. Today, Diano’s dominant economy is tourism and winemaking; the eponymous wine, Diano d’Alba DOCG, is a single-variety Dolcetto that is power player in Piedmont wine.
Town Hall: Via Umberto I, 22
• The Spianamento di San Sebastiano
• The Parish Church of San Giovanni
• The palace and communal cellar
• The Museo della Civiltà Contadina