SLOW & TASTE: discovering the region

GTL - Grande Traversata delle Langhe - Stage 2: Cortemilia - Bergolo

da Cortemilia a Bergolo (5,20 km)
Highlights and tour details

Route uphill, with departure from Cortemilia, immersed in hazelnut cultivations, to arrive at Bergolo, the stone village par exellence.

Leaving Cortemilia, historical village whose history is now connected to the hazelnut and where a festival dedicated to the hazelnut is held every year, our route heads in the direction of Bergolo. From piazza Savona, on the corner of Via Cavour, take the tiny via Langhe and climb to the right. Cross the provincial road for Bergolo and take via Martiri di Bologna, following it on flat ground until an old farmhouse. Climb to the right and, after the apartments, continue on the gravel road that climbs to the left. Having reached a crossroads, continue to climb on the scarcely visible trail in the centre, which takes you a long a long traverse to a small wood.

On a pair of steeper bends, you quickly reach a wide gravel road that climbs as far as a paved road. Turn left, on flat ground, for about 300 metres, to abandon it for a dirt track that is not very obvious on the right. Passed a few terraces, continue on flat ground as far as a lovely dry stone wall. Passed the next rio, climb a steep section until you exit the wood. Skirt the croplands to reach the yard of an isolated farmhouse, avoid it to the right to come out on the bend of a gravel road. Follow it to the left for a few metres, abandon it on the bend and enter a flat dirt track. At the next junction, turn left, keeping on the oldest route, for a good flat section in the wood, to reach a more obvious dirt road, where you turn sharply right and go along the entire amphitheatre of the hill, which was once covered with vineyards.

On a couple of bends, we soon reach the lovely Cascina Fontana and, on the road that is now gravel, continue along the ridge of the hill. Leave aside the first road (which climbs to the right towards Bricco delle Forche, where you find the remains of the ancient watch tower), to climb to the centre at the next junction. Turn left through a pine forest to reach the crest of the hill, marked by a wooden cross, and reach the lovely Romanesque church dedicated to Saint Sebastian, located in a lovely scenic point, just above Bergolo.

The hamlet of Bergolo practically coincides with the entire village and, with less than 70 residents, it is one of the smallest villages of Langhe, also in terms of surface area. Always historically linked to the nearby Cortemilia, from where the Marchesi exerted their power also over all neighbouring fiefs, it lost the castle in the late Middle Ages. It does preserve an overall architectural unity, respresented above all by the continuity of building materials, which are here essentially formed by Langa stone. For this reason it has always been called the “Stone Village”.

In the last forty years, Bergolo has battled the depopulation that affects the more remote valleys above all with great investments in culture, which have made it a small oasis of art and music which has attracted tourists and investments from half of Europe. From the “Canté Magg” (the recovery of the peasant tradition of spring dances and songs) to the “Via del Sale” (contamination of contemporary art with installations down to the sea), from “Sapori della Pietra” (food and wine event on outstanding local artisan products) to the many murals which, over the decades, have enriched the villages streets with art, Bergolo has always shown itself to be much bigger than it appears at first glance.

Villages like Bergolo, do not have to be explained too much: simply climb to the extraordinary cemetery Church of San Sebastiano, a Romanesque jewel with still a few gravestones around, a place which would have made Shelley happy, then look down on the nine stones of the brand new Ezra Pound Memorial to grasp the poetry that Langa can offer unhurried eyes that know how to choose where and how to see.


Points of interest

Cortemilia : Ecomuseum of Terraces and Vine, Church of Santa Maria della Pieve, Foritified Complex. Bergolo, the Stone Village: Church of San Sebastiano.

Other information

Source: Unione Montana Alta Langa
Itinerary code: GTL
Recommended period: Apr - Nov
Access by public transport: Yes
Classification: Medium and low mountain provincial
Provinces crossed: Langhe Monferrato e Roero

Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
Corso Teatro, 60
12074 Cortemilia (CN)
see on map
Via Roma
12074 Bergolo (CN)
see on map
Please note that the routes may include some sections where there is traffic.
The information contained in the pathways is not binding on the authors and verifiers of the pathways.