The Heart Of Monferrato

La Famulenta is a newly renovated farmhouse complex with houses and apartments of various sizes. Apartment 17 is a two-bedroom unit on the first and second floors and sleeps 3. It is located among vineyards and the beautiful countryside of Monferrato Astigiano with its vineyards, hazelnuts and sunflowers, and yet is only minutes from the towns of Moncalvo and Grazzano Badoglio, less than half an hour from Asti or Casale Monferrato.


Home From Home

The apartment offers a fully-equipped kitchen, living/dining area, 1 master bedroom, 1 single bedroom, 1 bathroom,1 separate toilet. The views from the apartment stretch over vineyards all the way to the alps. There is a shared swimming pool with beautiful views over the surrounding hills.

Local Attractions

Just 10 minutes by car from Moncalvo, Italy’s smallest city, where you will find local bakeries, butchers and supermarkets plus a large produce market every Thursday morning. Or enjoy an aperitivo at one of the friendly cafes on the main square.

Travel just a little further to explore the towns of Asti and Casale Monferrato with their fascinating local history and architecture. The Monferrato region surrounds you here and offers many local food and wine festivals throughout the year while local winemakers provide the opportunity to taste and buy their products. Look out for the local Barbera, Grignolino, Malvasia and Freisa specialities.

Shop in style in Milan (1 ½ hours) or carry on north to Lake Como. Or experience historic Turin (1 hour) and the mountains and Gran Paradiso national parks a little further north of the city. Alternatively the Ligurian coast is just 1 hour’s drive to the south. The opportunities are limitless.


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Follow us on our adventures around La Famulenta, the Monferrato and further afield
There is so much to do and to see around La Famulenta. Not only in the summer. Follow our blog and see what we've been up to. Enjoy!!!

We renovated!
March 2021

We used the Corona-related "downtime" to renovate and upgrade our apartment. There are so many mercatini in the Monferrato, such as in Moncalvo, Casale Monferrato or Asti, which have such a vast variety of furniture for sale. In between the various lockdowns and switches from rosso to arancione and giallo, we managed to travel to the various markets and found, among other smaller items, a beautiful old kitchen table and two beautiful Chester sofas to give the kitchen and living rooms an even more rustic feel.

White Truffle Season
8th December 2019

This year we were very lucky to visit the house of the Fratelli Natta in Grazzano Badoglio, just around the corner from La Famulenta. Dario is the winemaker and his brother Fulvio doubles up as a 'trifulau' (which in local accent means truffle hunter). Dario checked out the cellar of Fulvio and found a plentiful basket from where we could buy some of the white gold directly from the horse's mouth - so to speak. The truffle were so aromatic (con tanti profumi - as they say here) and guaranteed from the local area. If you need tips where to get the best white truffles, do let us know. We are happy to share some secrets with you.

Grazzano Badoglio
25 September 2018

Beautiful day for harvesting the local grapes around the vineyards of Grazzano Badoglio. We have been wondering around the village with its beautiful views and while standing on the churchyard we could see the tractors ferrying the grapes to the weighing station just below the village wall from where the grapes would go on to the local cooperative. 2018 looks to be a great vintage. We cannot wait to try them next year.

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Natalie Grassmann
Phone: +39 389 0211 880

Frank Grassmann
Phone: +39 366 811 9891


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La Famulenta 17 is situated among the gently sloping hills covered by vines and hazelnut outside the smallest city of Italy, Moncalvo, in the Monferrato, in Piemonte. We are surrounded by the beautiful hilltop villages of Grazzano Badoglio, Casorzo, Calliano and Grana. Moncalvo can be reached after a short 7 minute car ride where you will find a range of restaurants, cafes, small grocery stores and supermarkets and a communal wine cellar.

Alternatively, drive a little further to visit our provincial capital Asti, Casale Monferrato or Alessandria.

Most guests will of course also venture a little further south to the famous area of the Langhe. There's Alba, the region's vibrant, pretty capital; Bra, home of the Slow Food Movement; Pollenzo, host to the University of Gastronomic Sciences, and the constellation of charming vineyard villages that includes La Morra, Neive, Barolo and Barbaresco.

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