According to statistics, Bergolo is the smallest village of the province of Cuneo, and it is definitely one of the smallest in Italy. Nevertheless, considering the several cultural initiatives organized every year in this village, you will perceive it as a very active centre promoting clever holidays and attracting an increasing number of visitors who want to experience its uncontaminated nature.
Bergolo is a typical village of the Langhe, built on the ridge of a hill (at an altitude of 650 above sea level) from where you can enjoy a beautiful view over the Bormida valley on and over the Uzzone Valley. The wide landscapes are dominated by woods, meadows and hazelnut trees. In the highest part of the village you can admire the San Sebastiano Chapel (the old Parish church), which was built in Romanesque style around the 13th Century. This dating is supported by the first historic documents about Bergolo, which date back to 1142, concerning the partition act of the huge Monferrato Marquisate among the sons of Bonifacio del Vasto; Bergolo and its surroundings were assigned to Bonifacio di Cortemilia. The ruins of the so called “castle” (actually, a fortified watchtower) date back to the 12th Century too; nowadays they are barely visible in the woods on the top of the “Bricco delle Forche”.
The Parish Church dedicated to the Birth of Mary was built in the village square, in front of the church (which has been recently turned into the Town Hall. The Parish Church was built between 1632 and 1634; in 1659 the bell tower was built (and later raised). It is possible to admire contemporary works of art in the village centre, such as the Ezra Pound Memorial and the works by Accigliaro and Zitti.