Lequio Berria

Lequio Berria is a small town of 550 people, characteristic of the Alta Langa Montana. We are a destination for tourists from all over the world, but especially from neighboring Switzerland, France, Germany and Austria.Noi we offer all our visitors the beauty of our landscapes, the purity of our air, the tradition of our customs and our high quality products: wines, cheese and salami…

The origins of the City Origin of the name: Lecco Albenses Pompey “… between the Alps and close the sky and the roads that run along the ridges opens a sea of ​​long bumps on the run as parallel waves, including poor water of the rivers have carved out a narrow bed and every inch of land is marked by the presence of man and the colors never repeated ringing – shaded gray and dark green with a few patches of pale brown – seem to express the story of a generous patience …” (of “Offstage” di Gina Lagorio) I want to introduce so, with a quote from the writer and journalist Gina Lagorio, in the territory of Langhe, and more precisely in one of the many small towns that rely on these ridges overlooking the valleys and look: is Lequio Berria. In stunning location, The country lies on the ridge of a high hill of the Langhe, which is already evident the harshness of the land, and the rich forest vegetation genially agrees with the cultivation of hazelnuts, legumes wheat and restful meadows, that follow the curve of the hills modeled. The origins and naming of Lequio Berria must be the ancient inhabitants of Gaul, i Celti, in which language the word “leak” means milestone. In some parts of the territory, in the past, were found relics of the Roman period. Especially at the headwaters very numerous and abundant, that certainly served the ways that Alba Pompeia went down to the sea and the Gauls. Then you mentioned the country in a Diploma of Emperor Otto III, dated to 1001, contains a number of provisions in favor of the Marquis of Susa, Olderico Manfredo. Later it was conquered by Bonifacio, Marquis of Savona and the Vasto, in that 1125 left it to his son Hugh, Marquis of Clavesanas; these passed to the Marquis of Ceva. Took possession of the Marquis Otto later than in the Wheelbarrow 1190 sold it to the Marquis of Saluzzo, Manfredo. The latter was forced to sell it in turn to Asti, with whom he had gone to war in 1231.Probabilmente, lying on the boundary line between multiple waterfalls, Lequio Berria was continually contested and at the mercy of various raids: dates back to this period the destruction of the castle. Shortly after, however, Lequio returned owned by the Marquis of Saluzzo and remained so, albeit with some interruptions, until the time of Charles Emmanuel I of Savoy. The castle, of which today there are only a few ruins, was built for defensive purposes, was basically a large square tower on top of a natural hill, leveled and surrounded by defensive walls, in which was placed the small village primary. Even now the lequiesi define as “Bridge” (elevatoio bridge) the narrow passage between the bell tower of the parish church and the typical little house next to. The castle was occupied by a garrison in time of war; after several mishaps and attacks was finally dismantled (you believe in 1173), constituting its maintenance and reconstruction too burdensome for the population. City Coat of Arms On the coat of arms of the municipality of Lequio Berria depicts a stone, between an oak branch and a laurel branch, on which are engraved the letters “M” and “L.B.” These words are derived from a Celtic word that milestone Leak; it derives from the name of Lequio Berria. Economy Lequio Berria is a town in the Alta Langa, its economy is predominantly agricultural. On the territory to produce the prized nutty “Tonda Gentile of Langa”, who got the first I.G.P. (Protected Geographical Indication). After agriculture is tourism to be a major source of this country, In fact, many people, including many foreign (German, Austrian, Swiss) have discovered for years these places were still tied to the traditions of the past and appreciate the nature, cuisine and local wines. Many foreigners have been so impressed by the beauty of the place who have settled in the area by purchasing and catching up with gusto farms, maintaining the structural characteristics of the Langhe, using local materials such as: the cooked Piedmont, la pietra di langa, wood.

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