- Air conditioned
- Pets Allowed
- The apartment features: 1 sofa bed with normal mattress (sleeps 2) 160×190
- 1 bunk bed (sleeps 2)
- Kitchen with fridge, electric cookers, oven and double-basin kitchen sink
- Satellite TV, Wi-Fi connection free of charge
- Private bathroom with shower
- Air – conditioning.
- Breakfast for free
- Special services for you: free vegetables directly from our garden!
- Everyday at 5.pm there will be some snacks & coffee for free!
TRADITIONS OF ROERO
Le Masche (the witches of Roero and the Langhe)
During long winters the country folk used to tell tales of the Masche. The name, of course, comes from mask and the first citation was from 643 BC. In Editto di Rotari: “stria, quod est masca”.
In the tales the name usually refers to an old woman who terrorises the community. The masche operate in the night; as their bodies lie lifeless on their bed, their spirits roam free, transformed into animals that carry out all kinds of mischief, from damage to farming tools, farm animals and crops to more nefarious acts such as infanticide.
Their power comes from the powerful “book of command” which contains all the magic formulas, but is also a curse as it doesn’t allow the holder to die peacefully until she has passed it on to a younger woman.
This ritual must take place at a crossroads, by a tree struck by lightning, on a Friday night, in the presence of the devil himself.
The village people had all sorts of ways of exposing these witches such as cutting off a cat’s paw and waiting to see which woman was lamed the next day.
The strength of these beliefs in the town of Montà was chronicled from the 1600s with news of deaths caused by witchcraft and the death in prison of a woman believed to have been the culprit.
Up till only a few decades ago the people of Montà would still take precautions to protect themselves from the “Masche”.