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A genuinely charming village, which fully deserves the Bandiera Arancione (Orange Flag) accolade awarded to it by the Touring Club Italiano. As its inhabitants love to say, Bene Vagienna is part of a rare itinerary of the spirit, in which the Roman ruins, the neighbourhoods, the centuries-old arcades, the part rustic, part aristocratic buildings and the confraternities present themselves to the visitor in a striking amalgamation of styles. The Romans did not attribute the title of “Augusta” to many towns: Bene is one of these.

 

The ruins of Augusta Bagiennorum can be found in the area archeologica in the locality of Roncaglia. The finds unearthed between the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, on the other hand, are preserved in the Museo Civico Archeologico, situated in the Palazzo Lucerna di Rorà, which played host to Napoleon in  1796. The small town is built around the Municipal Palace, which stands near to the Chiesa parrocchiale.

 

The walks along the viale dei sospiri (avenue of sighs), to the rotonda degli innamorati (lovers’ terrace) situated above the old ghiacciaia  and the observation point of the Castello are the prelude to excursions all around the town, where the plateau and the valley below provide ample space for outdoor activities. For tourist cyclists, there is the beautiful circular trail from the town to the archaeological area; for nature lovers, the Riserva Naturale, which protects the woodland zone  that extends along the borders of the archaeological area and flanks the course of the Mondalavia torrent, also offers a host of beautiful views over the course of the Tanaro and the Langhe area.

 
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