Costa Vescovato

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Costa Vescovatotown hall
piazza Moro, 1

tel/fax number
+39 0131 838128


Costa Vescovato is an agricultural centre stretching on a hilly area amidst vineyards and meadows, with a view of the Ossona valley.
The pastures surrounding Costa Vescovato are home to majestic cullies, where sulphur, gypsum crystals and lignite were extracted in the past.
In the Val Sorda, among oak woods and chestnut groves grow three truffle species.
The countryside is suitable for walks, bike rides or horseback riding.
The early inhabitants of this area were Celtic populations; the name of the hamlet ‘Montale Celli’ means ‘Mount of the Celts’. In the year 1000, the township was part of the temporal lordship of the bishopric, which grouped together 15 towns from the area.

While in 1631 a terrible plague raged in neighbouring villages, the population of Costa was saved thanks to the snowfall of 5th August.

On 11th April 1945 the town of Costa Vescovato was the scene of many battles between partisans and Nazi-Fascists.

what to see
- the church of Santa Maria Assunta: it is located in the hamlet of Montale Celli and dates from around 500 BC;
- the church of San Martino: dating back to the 17th century;
The ancient part of the hamlet of Montale Celli has a quadrangular shape with a unique and distinctive access door.

In Costa Vescovato has been realised an equipped cycling tourist track departing from Villaromagnano and crossing the whole territory: Montale Celli, Casale Montesoro, Castellania, S. Alosio, San Vito, Avolasca, Pallenzona, Sarizzola, Costa Vescovato.
The cycling track of Fausto Coppi called ‘Il grande Airone’ ('the great heron') crosses the Ossona torrent on characteristic timber arched bridges, climbing up for ten kilometres among vineyards and woods. It is the perfect natural habitat for quails, hares, red-legged partridges, fallow deer, wild boars, roe deer, buzzards and foxes.

Equipped areas for picnic and relaxation.

> hamlets: Montale Celli, Sarizzola Vescovato, Montessoro, Fossaghello, Arpicella
> patronal day: San Martino
> inhabitants denomination: costaioli
> area: sq km 7.74

n. of inhabitants: 351

geographical position: north-west of Italy, Mountain Community of the Curone, Grue and Ossona valleys

altitude m: 305

distance from: Alessandria km. 31