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ALBERGO DELL'AGENZIA

The Albergo dell’Agenzia is found in the ancient village built on the ruins of Pollenzia, a flourishing Roman city found in southern Piemonte halfway between Bra and Alba. This hotel is at the centre of a monumental complex of great historical and artistic interest as well as being in the nucleus of the renowned Langhe wine region – both of which are recognized as UNESCO World Heritage sites In this context, between the hills of Langa and Roero, you will find the Albergo dell’Agenzia: an elegant location where you can celebrate special occasions or plan corporate events, short or long stays as well as food and wine weekends.

HISTORY

  • 100 BC circa

    ROMAN POLLENZO

    Founded in Roman times, the community of Pollentia reached the peak of its economic development between the first and third centuries AD. It was endowed with monumental buildings such as a theater and an amphitheater—traces of which can be seen walking round the village—as well as temples and an aqueduct. In the parkland outside the hotel, it’s also possible to see a triumphal tower and a section of an old Roman road, while the remains of a funeral monument are visible inside the Wine Bank.

  • 1762

    THE HOUSE OF SAVOY

    Pollenzo was purchased by the Savoy royal family who, in the following half century, redeveloped the area substantially, converting most of the Roman ruins and the medieval street plan.

  • 1832

    THE ORIGINS OF THE PROJECT

    Carlo Alberto of Savoy bought Pollenzo Castle and surrounds, and developed a ferme modèl to experiment with techniques for cereal and wine production and cattle breeding.

  • 1835 - 1850

    THE COMPLETION OF THE PROJECT

    The Savoy family’s futuristic project took shape. The estate underwent deep transformation with, among other things, the redirecting of the course of the River Tanaro and the building of 14 farms, the Agenzia, the tower and the neo-Gothic church of San Vittore, which now houses the fine 16-century wood choir stalls from Staffarda Abbey.

  • 1838 - 1844

    THE FOUNDATIONS OF PIEDMONTESE WINEMAKING

    Paolo Francesco Staglieno, the royal enologist, laid the bases for the modern-style vinification of Piedmontese red wines in the cellars of the Agenzia.

  • 1997 - 2004

    RESTORATION

    After decades of neglect and in the wake of the flood of 1994, the whole Agenzia complex was restored and a hub created for the development of the culture of food and wine quality. Confirmation of the estate’s historical and artistic value came in 1997, when it and Pollenzo Castle were included among the Savoy residences recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

  • 2014

    LANDSCAPES UNDER PROTECTION

    The hills of the Langhe and Roero districts that embrace the Agenzia of Pollenzo are also recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for the exceptional universal value of Piedmont’s “’scenic’ rural and wine landscape’.

PHILOSOPHY

Our Hotel is located in Pollenzo in the majestic building of the Agenzia and is part of an articulated architectural complex built at the request of Carlo Alberto of Savoy, king of Sardinia since 1831.

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THE PARK

The Agenzia is surrounded by more than two hectares of parkland. Here guests can relax among the luxuriant rose beds, head out through the meadows, and stroll along the avenues. The park was originally designed and laid out on behalf of the Savoy royal family by the famous German landscape gardener Xavier Kurten between 1834 and 1840. Carlo Alberto’s commission to Kurten was to produce a garden in the English romantic style that would fit in with the neo-Gothic architecture of the overall complex.

Le grandi superfici adibite a prato consentono di spaziare con lo sguardo attraverso le colline di Cherasco fino alle montagne dell’arco alpino occidentale. Una passeggiata nel parco e nel borgo sono un vero viaggio nella storia: di fronte all’Agenzia, il “Torrione” di epoca romana testimonia un passato glorioso che fece di Pollenzo un importante centro a partire dal quale fu urbanizzato il Piemonte meridionale.

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