The Unesco World Heritage “underground cathedrals” and “infernot”
The hills of Piedmont have a hidden soul: a close-knit network of historical cellars, underground tunnels that run for kilometre upon kilometre from Langa to Monferrato to Roero. Hand-dug, some of them are as majestic as cathedrals, such as Canelli’s wine cellars, masterpieces of “oeno-architecture”, became UNESCO’s World Heritage site. Others, known as infernot (the darkest corner), are small galleries hewn out of the soil by hand. They are also known as crutin, or small caves. The most prized wine has rested and aged in them for centuries. The infernot in the Monferrato district have been included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.