In QuartoPiemonte there are many villages where it is worth getting lost, under the under the curious gaze of the villagers. Within this itinerary, we suggest you to concentrate your attention on 3 of them, equally rich of history and treasures: Volpedo, San Sebastiano and Garbagna.
Volpedo is a village whose name and history is strictly linked to the renowned painter Giuseppe Pellizza, the author of ‘Il quarto stato’. Here, his presence is everywhere, his paintings reproductions peep out among the houses and it is possible to visit his studio and the beautiful multimedia museum. But there is more to Volpedo: its ‘Pieve’ in Romanesque style, its Spanish city walls and its delicious peaches.
Going upstream the Curone torrent, you will arrive to San Sebastiano, a picturesque village with its elegant palaces , the buildings huddled on each other and the narrow streets. It reminds a Ligurian town. Once strategic for the trade between Genoa and Milan, today it is the capital of the white truffle, with its traditional national November Fair. In 2019 the auction that closes the Fair every year reached even Singapore.
Even Garbagna is influenced by the Ligurian culture, still present in its dialect and in the toponomy. The narrow alleyways, always shaded, with many artisan shops, the central square with its 4 chestnut trees and its unforgettable cherries, the ‘Bella di Garbagna’, are the main characteristics of this charming village.
You can easily dedicate the entire day to this itinerary, moving around by car or, if you prefer to enjoy the view of the countryside, by bicycle. Plan this trip at any time of the year, its charm changes in every season.