Between fairytales,
history and legends

The wolf was the prince of the woods, undisputed ruler of the hills, a child’s bogeyman and a true threat for those who left the city gates and wandered on the mythical Via Langarum, the ancient path that began in Alba and passed through the Langa del Sole, to reach the sea.

The town of Montelupo Albese, is dedicated to these most wild of canids, which in recent years have begun a timid return to the surrounding hills. Legend has it that man tore this hill away from the grips of these beats to build their town. The wolf is more than just an inspiration for the town’s name, but part of the magic of the place. Climb to the top of the village and trace the ghost steps of the mythic wolves through the alleys and streets while also taking in one of the most stunning hillside landscapes in the region.

Between the medieval homes and 18th-century churches, architectural works commissioned by the Ragnone Counts who also built the Palazzina dello Spianamento di San Sebastiano) the wolf is celebrated in dozens of colourful murals, painted by Italian artists that have transformed Montelupe Albese into a fairytale village.

Follow in the footsteps of the wolves along the Percorso del Lupo, a walking trail that begins in the central piazza of Montelupo and traverses through groves of hazelnut trees, vineyards of Dolcetto, thickets of iris and fields of wild flowers, all broken up by ancient ciabots, the small stone shacks that house farmers and their tools during the harvest.

From legend to history

It is a short path from legend to history. These hills were home to proud, combative men who fought fierce battles alongside their neighbours from Diano d’Alba, , at the time the most fortified town in the area. Glorious still is the memory of the Comitatus Dianensis, a period that is obscure to modern historians, when after the Longobards conquered and pillaged Alba, civil and military bases were moved to Diano d’Alba. Until the 10th or 11th-century Diano d’Alba was the capital of the Langhe, with Montelupo acting as the western border to the capital, a pride that continues to be felt to this day.

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