Tovo San Giacomo is a characteristic agricultural village located in the Maremola Valley, with a population of around 2.500 inhabitants. The hills are largely cultivated with olive groves but with characteristic shades and silvery reflections because of the cultivations of “silver-leaved gum” and its very particular hint like eucalyptus. For those travellers seeking nature and outdoors-activity lovers, the village offers several paths along the hills with pleasant walking through the woods, with incredible landscapes and views from the sea to the Prealps and the Ligurian Alps.
To mention also medieval ruins on the Folchi’s hill and the parish church of San Giovanni Battista in Bardino Vecchio, remodeled in modern times but with a fourteenth-century bell tower. Well know the “Cristezzante” Monument, unique in Italy, while a short distance the main attraction of Tovo San Giacomo : the Tower Clock Museum “G.B.Bergallo”, flagship of the culture of the Maremola valley. This Museum has authentic time machines, with mechanisms, hands and clocks that continue to mark the time of the town and its inhabitants.
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The "G. B. Bergallo ”in Bardino Nuovo (a fraction of Tovo San Giacomo) is a place where the passage of time is celebrated. The museum is located in the former Town Hall, next to the parish church of San Sebastiano. Once arrived, before starting the visit it is possible to admire the breathtaking landscape of the Val Maremola that welcomes visitors. In this fascinating museum you can admire the collection of mechanical watches by Giuseppe Bergallo, the last master watchmaker of the Bergallo family who produced watches from 1860 to 1980, in the workshop not far from the museum. These are authentic and valuable pieces collected over time by the Bergallo family. There are many objects on display at the museum. In fact, it will be possible to admire hands, pulleys, weights and the many working tools of the Bergallo. In addition, you will find photographs, documents and press articles that testify to the activity carried out over the years by Giovanni Bergallo.