History

Considered as one of the most important sites of Monferrato from the rural and landscape point of view, Podere La Piazza looks over a unique body of about 13 hectares of land used for wine cultivation, mainly Barbera d'Asti. The first settlement dates back to XVII century; in front of the estate there was a Parade ground of what was at that time the town of Loreto, which was considered as important as Asti.

Considered as one of the most important sites of Monferrato from the rural and landscape point of view, Podere La Piazza looks over a unique body of about 13 hectares of land used for wine cultivation, mainly Barbera d'Asti.

The first settlement dates back to XVII century; in front of the estate there was a Parade ground of what was at that time the town of Loreto, which was considered as important as Asti.

It is easy to guess why the block of buildings was named "La Piazza". In the XVIII century, the estate was purchased by Messrs. Cassanello, Genoese landowners, who entrusted the family Dafarra with the hard work in vineyards and the production of Piedmontese wines and vermouth.

In the '60ies, the cav. Giuseppe Dafarra decides to purchase the whole property to which he has devoted all his working life as tenant farmer.

 The idea of a holiday farm comes to Michele Dafarra in early 70ies, when the sector of agritourism was not even regulated. Michele Dafarra has been a pioneer in the territory of Asti and one of the first person in Italy to propose homemade dishes in a welcoming and authentic environment, with the help of mum Angela. This turns out to be an immediate success. In the ‘90ies Dafarra obtains a restaurant licence for a part of the Podere.

In 2007, its 10 rooms are refurbished and completely restored; in 2010, the owner builds the indoor garden in the courtyard of the farmhouse.

In 2018, the historical dining room is refurbished and the bistro is inaugurated. The bistro is open all nights except for Mondays, with a la carte menu and gourmet pizza. In summer, dinners are served outside.
We also serve appetizers.
Always in 2018, the holiday farm opens the frescoed rooms to the public.

Podere la Piazza becomes a sought-after location for wedding receptions, which are managed by Josè Dafarra as to the cuisine and by his wife Michela Surano as to the organisation. Immersed in greenery, Podere La Piazza has been owned and managed by the family Dafarra since 3 generations and it keeps on welcoming its guests with care and authenticity.

Staff

The holiday farm Podere La Piazza has been managed by Michele Dafarra’s son, Josè Dafarra and by his wife Michela Surano since 2010. Josè is also the cook; he obtained his diploma at the Hotel High School and graduated in Economics. When he was young, he worked at award-winning restaurants and attended patisserie-training courses in France. He mainly proposes a typical cuisine. The ingredients used are of excellent quality, handmade, and grown in our garden.

agriturismo la piazza staffThe holiday farm Podere La Piazza has been managed by Michele Dafarra’s son, Josè Dafarra and by his wife Michela Surano since 2010. Josè is also the cook; he obtained his diploma at the Hotel High School and graduated in Economics. When he was young, he worked at award-winning restaurants and attended patisserie-training courses in France. He mainly proposes a typical cuisine. The ingredients used are of excellent quality, handmade, and grown in our garden.

Michela is a graduated in Economics and handles room reservations, guest reception, and the organisation of wedding receptions.

Seasonal and young staff members work with us to make your stay pleasant.
Their duties include looking after rooms and details, but at the same time making people feel like at home.



What you can do and what you can see in the surroundings

The holiday farm offers the possibility of organising horse excursions, walks or trekking among vineyards, visits to wineries and distilleries. It is also possible to purchase and taste the typical products of the farm. The holiday farm is 15 Km away from Alba (iconic place symbol of the truffle fair and of wine international exhibition) and 15 Km away from Asti (medieval town symbol of the “Palio” - third week of September and of country festivals - second week of September). Costigliole d'Asti is part of the 50th UNESCO heritage of humanity site, in the territory of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato.

In recent years, Costigliole d' Asti has become a little village with important tourist attractions. From April to November, all weekends you can visit the Castello Asinari (Asinari’s Castle), where exhibitions and events are organised. Twice a month you can visit the Chiesa della Confraternita di San Gerolamo (Church of the Brotherhood of Saint Gerolamo), in the Rocca Medioevale (Medieval Fortress), together with the Museo di Arte Sacra (Museum of Sacred Art).

In the first weekend of November, there is an important event: “Barbera il Gusto del Territorio”, with the possibility of tasting 200 Barbera wines of over 100 producers at the Cantina dei Vini di Costigliole d' Asti.

Costigliole d'Asti is a few Km away from Govone, where Christmas street markets are organised, and where you can meet Santa Claus.

Near Podere La Piazza, you can find many characteristic little towns of Langhe and Monferrato and even outlets of European importance:

Alba - Il DuomoAlba

Alba is located 15 Km away from the holiday farm. It is a very tourist people-friendly village with shops, wine- and-food places, monuments, medieval town.
In October/November, Alba welcomes the prestigious Truffle Fair and many initiatives during the year.

Asti

Asti is located 15 Km away from the holiday farm and is a town with a lot of Medieval, Romanic and Gothic monuments, and shops. You can also find a branch of “Eataly.”

Torino

Located at about 40 minutes from the holiday farm, after the Olympic Games of 2006, Turin has become a City with a strong tourist vocation.
Here is a brief list of places to visit in Turin: Museo Egizio (Egyptian Museum), Palazzo Madama, Carignano, the Cathedral, the National Museum of Cinema at the Mole, the Museum of Modern Art, the Reggia di Venaria (Venaria Royal Palace), Stupinigi, shops, and nightclubs.

Acqui Terme

Located at 35 minutes from the holiday farm, it is a people-friendly little town with historical findings, ancient baths, and shops.

Outlet Serravalle

Located at 60 minutes from the holiday farm, this is the greatest Outlet in Europe, with the best brands of Made in Italy at knockdown prices.