The project

BAart is a place of culture in the center of Agliano Terme and at the same time a door that opens onto the hills surrounding the village, where the winemakers become artists who draw the landscape in perfect balance with nature.

Their art is told to visitors through a multimedia and emotional experience, thanks to video installations whose images are marked by the rhythm of the seasons, the sounds and noises of nature, accompanied by gestures and traditions that are handed down from generation to generation.

Those who visit BAart can discover and taste the labels of the producers of Agliano and receive information relating to hospitality and initiatives in the area.

Thanks to a network of collaborations, BAart will be the venue for artistic experiences that will enrich the program of events organized by the Barbera Agliano association: exhibitions, audio and video installations, concerts and live performances by contemporary artists.

Historical notes on the Church of San Michele

Located in the historic center in Piazza San Giacomo, the building, also known as the Battuti Church, was owned by the Confraternity of the same name (dei Battuti). It was built between the last years of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, partly with salvaged material from the Church of San Pietro which was located in the enclosure of the castle, which was also destroyed.
The bell tower is excellent, of beautiful Baroque workmanship and discreetly preserved. On the main facade there is a fresco depicting San Michele, which has been the subject of a recent restoration. The interior of the church, on the other hand, underwent restoration at the end of the nineties.
The garden in front of the west side with the bell tower overlooks the Fonti valley and the surrounding vineyards and hills, on a panoramic terrace from which the view extends to the Alps and Monviso.
Until the end of the nineteenth century and also in the first decade of the twentieth century, the church was a point of reference for the community and for local activities. In particular, in time of harvest, those who offered to participate in the grape harvest gathered on its steps and were hired by the owners of farms in search of labor.

The BArt project was created thanks to participation in a Tender for promoting the Piedmont UNESCO area as part of the Lombardy Region’s 2014-2020 Regional Operational Programme (ROP) under the European Social Fund (ESF) and thanks to the Tender GAL “Terre Astigiane nelle Colline Patrimonio dell’Umanità’, supported by the Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo under the ‘Places of Culture’ Tender, by the Consortium Barbera d’Asti e Vini del Monferrato and the Barbera Agliano Association.