Belvedere - Big Bench di Bosio

Bosio is home to one of Chris Bangle’s Big Benches, which have become an emblematic symbol of Piedmont, inserted into the BIG BENCH COMMUNITY PROJECT (BBCP) designed to support local communities, tourism and the artisan excellence of the towns in which these large-scale installations are located. BBCP is a non-profit initiative promoted by the American designer and his wife Catherine, resident in Clavesana since 2009, to join the creativity of the team of designers of Chris Bangle Associates S.r.l. with the artisan excellence of this area of Piedmont. The Big Benches often come to people’s attention through photos, but once you sit on one and enjoy the view as "if you were a child again" the experience is intense, to be shared with others. The benches have been made to relax in; unlike a chair or an armchair, they are wide enough to fit one or more friends. Sitting on one equates to a pleasant social action and the vision behind the BIG BENCH COMMUNITY PROJECT is to make good use of all the positive energy that the Big Benches emanate. The Bench is located on the hillock “del Ronco”, among local vines and typical vegetation of the area, brooms and wild plum trees with fruit trees, sweet acacias, poplars and downy oaks, in the shade of which emerge wild seasonal flower blossoms such as primroses and violets, roses and bluebells, snowdrops and cyclamens. The breathtaking view, which seamlessly highlights the clear break between hilly and mountain areas gradually colonised by oak, chestnut and pine trees, highlights the orographic and anthropogenic characteristics of the village. Mount Tobbio stands out between sea and Alps, with the ancient church dedicated to Our Lady of Caravaggio standing on its summit. Our gaze continues, to meet the residential area of the town characterised by the ancient parish church of the Blessed Pietro and Marziano, to fade in the vines of Gavi or Cortese of Gavi docg, Dolcetto of Ovada doc, Monferrato doc, Piemonte doc and Alta Langa doc, with their seasonal reflections and “wholesome” aromas. The gentle picture of the nearby villages follows, where our attention is drawn to the variegated architecture of the churches and castles, until it gazes in contemplation at the hill that is home to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guardia of Gavi. Suspended between earth and sky, in a dreamlike scenic vision in the golden light of sunrise or in the glaring sunset-red, the Cozie Alps show the Monviso (the King of Stone), it is as if you can touch it with a finger and read the jagged summits of the ridges and massif. This setting of light and pure air and rural bucolic images is where the local fauna moves: hares, foxes, boars, roebucks (and a few wolves), short-toed eagles, falcons, kits and buzzards. History tells that the partisans used this hillock during World War II as a lookout and radio transmission point with English airplanes. For the big bench passport: ALIMENTARI GASTALDO ALESSANDRA Via Gavi 13, Bosio Tel. 0143 684555 BAR CENTRO Tel. 0143 684261 PANIFICIO “DA PULINI” Via Serra, 26 15060 Bosio (AL) Tel: 0143 684129 E-mail:

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strada Val Pagani, 84 - 15060 Bosio (AL)
Bricco del Ronco