Located along the flat part of the river, along an ancient road which since Roman times connected the valley to the Cuneo plain, Vignolo rises close to the first Alpine offshoots, where the Stura Valley meets the first slopes of the Grana Valley. Of late-ancient origin (7th century) the district owes its name to the term “Vinoleum”, which indicated area rich in grapes and walnut oil.
The old town preserves intact the original medieval building in which some houses with interesting 15h century decorations stand out. These include the three frescoed tiles (“Our Lady with the child”, window with floral decorations, “Saint Maurizio on horseback”) decorating the Farmhouse in Via Nittardi (late 15th century) and the “Our Lady with the child” frescoed on the wall of a house in Via Umberto I (beginning of the 16th century). In the area of the village closest to the wooded hill stand the Baroque Parish Church of Saint Giovanni Battista (18th century). On the hill which separates Vignolo from Cervasca, is worth a visit the Chapel of Saint Costanzo (12th century), which preserves intact the Romanesque robe with the particular bell tower on the facade, while in direction of the Stura Valley a shaded path leads to the Chapel of Saint Martino, a Baroque building hidden in the dense chestnut grove that was once a dependency of the Church of Saint Lorenzo of Bersezio and part of the network of San Teofredo di Le Puy.
VIGNOLO - Palazzo Municipale
Via Roma, 6 - 12010 Vignolo
Tel.: 0171 48173