Cascina Gallo Orsi
Welcome to Cascina Gallo Orsi, your home away from home
Whether you are seeking a peaceful retreat, or you wish to explore the Piedmont wine country, you will find that our eco-friendly B&B will provide you with the best possible home base.
Our, recently renovated, farmhouse is in the historic hill top village of Calamandrana Alta, in Asti Province in North-west Italy. Our house has spectacular views of the surrounding hills clothed in their colourful mosaic of vineyards, orchards, hazelnut groves and woods, sharing the beauty of our region, which was recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its magical Vineyard Landscape.
We aim to run an B&B with the smallest possible ecological footprint; in our house and on our land we endeavor only to use organic & nontoxic products.
We make our jams and other preserves from the produce of our organic orchard and kitchen & herb gardens. Our land, which comprises for the most part, woods and orchards, is quiet and peaceful, offering you an opportunity to: rest, relax and enjoy nature. Depending on the season, you may see wild orchids, deer, squirrels and other wildlife. We are happy to offer bird & nature watching tours/classes, cooking classes and personalized tours in the region.
On the ground floor our living room with a large library, which includes books on the local area, the world and a large collection of nature books and our dining room are available to our guests for relaxation and reading. A separate TV room is also available.
You may enjoy our front yard which has large kitchen & herb gardens, and where weather permitting we serve our own organic breakfasts. Or you may choose to relax in the shade of the trees reading a book or to visit our friendly donkeys.
The region around Calamandrana Alta offers a wealth of options from enjoying the picturesque landscapes and historical landmarks, to visiting the many museums.
Hiking on foot, cycling and horse riding tours are also available for the more adventurous, while the region’s excellent wines and the delicious specialty foods await your delectation. There are well marked hiking paths throughout the region, and some can be reached within walking distance from our home.
Within a short drive you can reach the ancient towns of Asti, Acqui Terme and Alba while the regional capital of Turin is also within easy reach.
For wine enthusiasts the wine producing towns of Nizza Monferrato & Canelli are within five minutes drive while other famous wine producers specializing in the Barolo, Barbaresco, Moscato D'Asti, Ruche and other varieties are located less than half an hours drive away.
For those yearning for the sea the beautiful beaches of the Ligurian coast are just an hour’s drive away with the historic port town of Genoa (1hr 45’), the enchanting fishing village of Portofino (2hr 20’) and the rugged cliffs of UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cinque Terre National Park a (2hr 40’) are also accessible for day trips.
We will be happy to offer you our experience and local knowledge in helping you to plan your stay.