Coazzolo: a dream of 4 km² between Langhe and Monferrato.
Coazzolo is a lovely village nestled on the hills between Langhe and Monferrato, two kilometers from the towns of Castagnole delle Lanze (province of Asti) and Neive (province of Cuneo).
The town covers an area of just 4.05 km² and has a population of about 280 inhabitants.
Coazzolo is 26 km from Asti, the provincial capital.
Coazzolo has ancient origins.
It was inhabited in Roman times under the name of Coatolium; around the year 1000 the castle was built, at the highest point of the territory to dominate the Valle Tinella.
The town is mentioned for the first time in an official document dated 13 April 1196.
In 1200, the territory of Coazzolo, previously belonging to the diocese of Alba, was conquered by the Astesi who subdued it to the Cacherano family.
With the peace treaty Cateau-Cambrésis, which ended the wars of Italy and the conflict between the Habsburgs and France, Coazzolo passed under the Savoy rule.
Food and wine and typical products.
The local economy is based on the cultivation of the vine: Moscato, Barbera and Dolcetto are the protagonists wines of the territory.
Excellence all coazzolese is the cougnà, mustard made from grape must: the sauce is very popular as an accompaniment to a plate of fresh or aged cheeses, polenta or, more commonly, to flavor the sumptuous Piedmontese mixed boiled meat.
The best opportunity to taste it is the Palio of the Cougna Festival (Sagra del Palio della Cougnà), an event that animates the streets and courtyards of Coazzolo in the month of October.
To be seen.
The town is dominated by its ancient castle: the first document attesting its existence dates back to 1287 but it is believed that its construction took place around the year one thousand.
For three centuries the fortress was home to the Cacherano counts; then passed into fiefdom, as a wedding present, to Beatrice of Portugal and Charles III of Savoy in 1592.
In the Baroque period the castle underwent important works that modified its medieval appearance to transform it into an elegant noble palace, now used as a charming residence.
Also, worth seeing is the parish church of Saint Siro, in Baroque style, and the seventeenth-century Church of Santissima Vergine del Carmine whose exterior walls, from June 2018, are embellished by the wall drawing of the British artist David Tremlett.
Privileged points of the territory are the Natural Amphitheater, placed at the western entrance of the village, built to emboss on the valley and used for theatrical performances, concerts and artistic performances, the Giant Blue Bench, installed near the cemetery thanks to a generous donation of Michele Chiarlo farm, and the Pastels Vineyard (Vigna dei Pastelli), artistic installation in the vineyard with rows made of giant pencils.
During the twenty years of fascism the municipality of Coazzolo was merged with Castagnole delle Lanze, at that time in the province of Alessandria (the province of Asti was born then in 1935).
With the fall of the regime the two municipalities returned autonomous.