On the Road with Luigi Einaudi

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In Italy’s 150 years of history, few intellectuals have so dedicated themselves to this country with the same intensity and passion as Luigi Einaudi. University professor and economist of the liberal party, a worldwide known intellectual, elected as Minister and President of the Italian Republic, Einaudi was always strongly tied to the land of his origins and grew ever closer in the last years of his life.

Visualizza Sulle vie di Luigi Einaudi in una mappa di dimensioni maggiori

In the tracks of this great man from Dogliani, this itinerary is a road trip that winds from Dogliani to Farigliano and finally to Carrù, passing the surrounding countryside and artistic beauty along the route.

First visit the Luigi Einaudi Museum, located in Dogliani inside the Palazzo Comunale (next to the church of St. Quirico and Paolo), entry free of charge. On the first floor are placards illustrating Einaudi’s life and ideas. Climbing to the second floor, find a surprisingly large collection of objects, photographs, and other memories from the many enterprises of Einaudi, who was both a man of the State and a passionate viticulturist. “I dream that all of Italy is like Dogliani,” he said often, remarking on his strong ties to the place of his origins.

Exiting the town along Via Savona, honor the memory of Luigi Einaudi by visiting the town’s monumental cemetery, stunningly beautiful with its Neo-gothic spires. Here, the founder of the famous Einaudi editing house is buried next to his son Giulio.

Continue your journey in the direction of Savona, directing yourself towards Borgata Gombe. Here is the farmhouse (cascina) San Giacomo, which Einaudi purchased to begin his viticultural activities when he was 23. Today, the estate carries his name, Poderi Luigi Einaudi, and produces about 250,000 bottles a year of Dogliani, Barolo, Barbera d’Alba, Langhe Nebbiolo, and Moscato d’Asti.

Following the road SP9, continue until Farigliano: follow the signs for Frazione Mellea and, after a few kilometers, not far from the bank of the Tanaro river, is the Sanctuary Mellea, erected in 1647 in memory of two apparitions of the Madonna reported to have been seen in this very place.

Leaving the small community, arrive at Carrù after a few minutes, the birthplace of Luigi Einaudi. Follow the signs towards the center until Via Garibaldi; continue to the street Via Einaudi to find the house where he was born, indicated by a commemorative placard.

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