Langhe Monferrato Roero

Confraternity of San Michele - Serravalle Langhe

Bossolasco (14,00 km)
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Highlights and tour details

In the heart of the Alta Langa, a truly varied landscape unfolds in comparison to the more familiar vineyard hills of Barolo or Barbaresco. We will dedicate a whole day to this area, walking along gentle, sunny ridges, but also in the regenerating environment of the tall woods. Bossolasco is the departure and arrival point; the object of the visit is the confraternity of San Michele in Serravalle Langhe, which will open its doors thanks to the Chiese a Porte Aperte app (Churches with Open Doors).

THE ROUTE

From Bossolasco, the little capital of this territory, we begin the walk along easy country roads in the basin of Prato Noero, among wheat fields, kitchen gardens, hazelnut groves, and the recently planted vineyards, destined for the production of Alta Langa DOCG. Even in this high hill environment, the vineyard is the protagonist, but never exclusive.

  • Halfway along the route, the Confraternity of San Michele in Serravalle Langhe is an unsuspected Gothic jewel, with its 15th-century frescoes of the Monregalese school. The village, a panoramic balcony over the hills of the western Langa and the Alps, also offers two quality trattorias for a regenerating break.

The loop then continues towards the country church of Santa Maria Maddalena, where it is easy to come across a few flocks of Langa sheep grazing. The day draws to a close with a route on a path along the wooded edges between Bossolaschetto and Bossolasco. We enter a wild and shady environment, walking at the foot of ancient chestnut and cherry trees, keeping an eye out for traces of animals passing by and, in spring, for the numerous spontaneous orchids.

There is no lack of adventure in the occasional easy ford in the "rittani", where the rare streams that cut deeply into the Langa hills flow. At the sight of the ruins of the Casino tower, we wonder what its function was and what events its stones have witnessed.

A short climb leads us back to the human society, to the pretty centre of Bossolasco, a linear village perched on a ridge. Here we take our last steps among the rose bushes that bloom along Via Umberto I. The day can only end in one of the village bars, with a glass of Alta Langa DOCG, overlooking the vineyards from which it originates.

Points of interest

Confraternity of San Michele

From its simple façade, it is not easy to perceive the beauty of the frescoes inside this small church, of which there are records dating back to the 13th century, when it was the only parish church in a vast area between Diano d'Alba and Murazzano. Also known as the Oratory of the Disciplinati, it was modified over time: the cross-vaulted room, where the main entrance is now located, was the ancient presbytery, entirely frescoed by an anonymous painter of the Monregalese school, in the second half of the 15th century. The four rib vaults of the cross vault depict the blessing Christ enclosed in the vesica piscis, between Mary Magdalene and St Stephen. In the opposite rib vault, the archangel Michael holds the scales with which he weighs souls in his left hand and pierces Satan with his right. In the remaining two vaults, the evangelists are seated at a desk, with their respective Gospels open and accompanied by their iconographic symbols (the lion for Mark, the eagle for John, the ox for Luke and the donkey for Matthew). The four scenes are framed by a precious frieze with plant motifs. A bright polychrome rose window stands out in the centre of the cross vault, and the Agnus Dei and faces of saints in the roundels.

Bossolasco

After World War II, this town was the favourite holiday resort of a group of Turin painters, including Felice Casorati, his wife Daphne Maugham, Enrico Paulucci and Francesco Menzio. Their stay gave rise to a project: the creation of painted signs for the town's shops. Most of these shops have now disappeared, but the signs remain and are displayed in the headquarters of the Unione dei Comuni, in Via Umberto I.

The Confraternity of San Michele in Serravalle Langhe will open its doors thanks to the Chiese a Porte Aperte app. (Churches with Open Doors). Chiese a porte aperte is a system of automated opening and narration of churches in Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta. Download the Chiese a porte aperte app. For info: www.cittaecattedrali.it.

Other information

Recommended period: spring, autumn
Devotional interest: Yes
Access by public transport: Yes
Disabled facilities: No
Provinces crossed: Langhe Monferrato e Roero

Notes on public transport
From Alba, with line 120, which also runs from Serravalle. Few runs per day and never on Sundays or in August. It is advisable to arrive the day before. http://grandabus.it/files/orari//120.pdf
Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
Departure and arrival
corso della Valle
12060 Bossolasco (CN)
Cuneo
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Accomodations and services

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