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Mondovì, rich Gothic-Baroque heritage

Mondovì is considered the capital of hot air balloons. Thanks to its particular territorial and climatic conditions, the town is the ideal point to undertake tourist flights of the past.

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The Monregalese territory has a varied and lucky nature, thanks also to its proximity to the mountains of Roccaforte, Frabose, Roburent and Pamparato.

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Mondovì has very ancient origins which date to the Middle-Ages and it has a rich artistic heritage made up of Gothic and Baroque elements. The all-around territory hosts the main skiing area of the province, natural parks, caves, spas, archeological sites.

City view from the funicular

What to see

Since 2006 Mondovì  has a very nice funicular, designed by Giugiaro, it connects the lower part of Mondovì, called Breo, to the highest, called Piazza.

The heart of Mondovì Piazza is Piazza Maggiore, the central square which is the original nucleus of the city. This part of the city is located on the Monte Regale hill and here you can visit many important monuments such as the eighteenth-century cathedral of San Donato ant the seventeenth-one dedicated to San Francesco Saverio. It important to note that in Mondovì Piazza there is also a synagogue and many important architectures such as the Belvedere tower, the Governor’s palace, palazzo Fausine, casa Jacod and the old theater, which is currently not accessible. Your visit of Mondovì should start just from this point, full of history and charm, from the Belvedere you can enjoy an astonishing view on the Langhe and on the Alps. Breo is the lower part of the city and it is actually the commercial centre, here you can find shops, but also important works of art. Walking along the ancient Contrà Granda and Contrà Longa is a perfect union between shopping and culture. Contrà Granda starts in via Cottolengo where is located the church of San Filippo (one of the Baroque jewels of Mondovì) and the ex-hospital of San Francesco, currently seat of the Polytechnic.  Go at the end of via della Meridiana and reach piazza San Pietro, joining point of Contrà Longa and Contrà Granda, where arises the massive church of San Pietro e Paolo, built in 1489. The ancient Contrà Longa starts here, in via Sant’Agostino, pedestrian area and ideal place to go shopping. Here overlooks via della Funicolare, the ex-church of Santo Stefano, where are held local art exhibitions and the church of Sant’Agostino. Go straight to via Piandellavalle up to piazza S. Maria Maggiore and proceed through the arches in Corso Statuto where from the Madonnina bridge  you can see the small waterfalls of the Ellero river. Corso Statuto is the seat of the city hall and if you go along uo till the end of this street you will reach piazza Martiri della Libertà with the children fountain, which welcomes you to Mondovì. From via Marconi you will reach Piazza Cesare Battisti and you will end your ring path of Mondovì in Piazza San Pietro.

The funicolar is very easy to find thanks to the illuminated path which cross the streets of Breo up to the station.

Eat & Drink

In Mondovì is produced the Rakikò, an aromatic liquor invented in 1924 in the cellars of the historical Comino confectionery, where is still possible see the original parchment with the story.
The corn pastries are crunchy and golden biscuits based on stone-ground corn flour that embody the confectionery tradition of the city.

What’s on

  • Peccati di Gola & XXI Fiera Regionale del Tartufo: November
  • International Hot-Air Balloning Rally: 6th January
  • Carnival: 24th February and 3rd March
  • Spring fair: April

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