A castle has dominated Guarene from its hill for seven centuries. In the Medieval era a fortress stood on this site. In the 18th century a new summer residence was designed and built here for the Counts of Roero by Count Carlo Giacinto. Today, the palace continues to make people’s dreams come true. Preserved as it was in its heyday, with all its works of art intact, it is now also home to a top-class hotel. An essential stopping point in any itinerary of the Baroque highlights of Piedmont, it stands out among the very best places to stay in the region. The palace is an impressive three-storey edifice, reaching 25 metres in height and surrounded by extensive and elegant gardens landscaped in the Italian style in the first half of the eighteenth century. It commands an unequalled panorama of the whole chain of the Langhe hills from Monferrato to Verduno – this landscape, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, is covered with renowned vineyards and dotted with castles, towers and villages. In the other direction, it looks out onto the Roero heights and towards the distant Alps.
The 18th-century Castello di Guarene’s authentic art works and period furniture make it a masterpiece of Italian style. But, while the hotel’s roots are in the past, its approach to energy looks to the future.
Castello di Guarene has embraced the advanced renewable projects being pursued by Piedmont utility group, EGEA. The company has completed a series of 17 photovoltaic solar projects in the area, all installed in locations designed not to encroach on valuable agricultural land. Its solar panels are found on sites as diverse as the surface of an inert landfill or the roof of an exhibition center. Twelve of these plants are used to supply green energy directly to end-users, achieving even further carbon savings because power does not have to be transported through wires. The hotel’s choice to take its electricity from EGEA’s green supply sees it play a part in a project that achieves CO2 savings of about 4,000 tonnes a year—equivalent to the emissions from a thousand cars.