Municipalities of the Alta Langa: Bosia

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The name comes from the term Bozeda according to some, according to others from Boxa. These names meant the place where the “forest” plant thrived.


The origins of Bosia are very ancient, probably dating back to the pre-Roman period with the formation of a village aggregated to those of Gaul. After the Roman conquest, like the whole area, the town was also enhanced by finding itself on the optimal path of the troops who went from Rome to Gaul and made real camps or stationings here. In the Middle Ages the valley was enhanced and the populations raised culturally thanks to the teaching given by religious communities, especially by the Benedictine Friars, and the development of trade.

The village of the Belbo valley is one of the capitals of the elastic ball played at the “pantalera”.

The main attractions are made up of the natural environment. Bosia overlooks the Belbo valley, which in this place becomes narrow and steep. As in other centres in the area, in recent years the cultivation of the Spanish white bean has spread, alongside that of the hazel, in addition to the production of typical Langhe cheeses.


Respect for local traditions and culture, is perceivable by the use of characteristic building materials, such as Langa stone, the Piedmontese roof tile, intersect well with technological innovations aimed at protecting the environment and saving energy.

The houses of Langa are protagonists of life on the hills. Finding a place suitable for hosting the farmhouse, the barn, the barn, the farmyard and all the primary services, was one of the most difficult problems to solve: the proximity to the spring water, easy access to the fields were essential and an orientation studied to perfection.

The Langa house was and it is still an autonomous building,  including the stable that can accommodate the animals for the work of the fields, the space for the hens, the shelter of tools and timber, the well, sometimes the cellar and the oven. It could dominate entire slopes of the hill on its own or aggregate into villages guaranteeing a partnership in agricultural work.

The isolated farmhouses almost always have an “L” layout, sometimes a “U” layout with the rustic arranged on both sides of the farmyard. Born in symbiosis with the site with which it must live, the farmhouse could not help being built with the materials present in the area itself. The stone, often recovered from the same tillage of the fields, has been the dominant element of peasant architecture for centuries, together with the mud used as a cementing element in the construction of houses.

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