The Pietra da Cantoni Tour

Monferrato is part of the Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont UNESCO site: that is for many reasons. One of them, maybe the most unknown and peculiar, involves a stone!
The Pietra da Cantoni stone is a unique material that exists only in Monferrato. Local farmers used the stone for centuries to build wine cellars, cascinot, farmhouses and infernot. The infernot are unique underground wine cellars part of the UNESCO site.

In this Tour we want to retrace the steps of the Pietra da Cantoni in the daily use of the local culture.

The trek begins in Ottiglio: a nice village perched on a hill and dominated by the castle and the church of San Germano both built in Pietra da Cantoni stone....

It may seem strange entitle a museum to a stone, but a visit to the Ecomuseo della Pietra da Cantoni clarifies why this unique material is so important to the...

Wine and stone are a couple of things which, at first sight, do not have much in common. But following the path of the Pietra da Cantoni we met ViCaRa...

"I made this tool by myself. You know, there are no specific tools to work this kind of stone, so I had to design one". We are at Gianmaria's workshop,...