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Cuneo, capital set in the mountains

Inserted in a majestic alpine setting is also the starting point for the discovery, always exciting, of the valleys that surround it, full of tourist attractions and sports.

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For its populations sacrifices and for its activity in the partisan struggle, Cuneo was awarded the Gold Medal for Military Valor on 1 August 1947.

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Cuneo was founded in 1198 and takes its name from the shape of the upland on which it arises, between the Gesso creek and the Stura river, in a triangle with on tip in the heart of the plain and the two others oriented towards the mountains and to the beautiful six valleys which lead in France.

Piazza Galimberti at sunset

What to see

The traditional itinerary starts from piazza Torino, where starts via Roma, the main road of the historical centre. On the left side, before the medieval arches, you can see the Prefecture, the bishopric and Sant’Ambrogio, a Baroque jewel dedicated to the patron of Milan who helped the municipality of Cuneo. On the right side arised the City Hall, which is an ex-convent of Jesuits dated to the XVII century. In front of it there is the Palazzo della Torre, seat of the municipality until 1755 and surmounted by the Civic Tower: its origin dates back to the peace signed in 1317 between Cuneo and Mondovì. Go in via Santa Maria and reach piazza Virginio where arises the monumental complex of the ex-convent of San Francesco. The church is now used to host art exhibitions and the cloister and the convent are seat of the Local Museum which conserves many historical documents about the history of Cuneo. Going in via Santa Croce you will reach  the church of Santa Croce, a magnificent example of Piedmontese Baroque architecture, which was built by the Confraternity in the years 1710/12. Returning to via Roma, follow Contrada Mondovì, a pedestrian area with several antique shops and handicrafts, which preserves some ancient houses with medieval traits. Here you will see the synagogue built in 1884 and a few meters ahead there is the church of San Sebastiano, founded in 1320. Reaching via Cacciatori delle Alpi you can admire the elegant façade of the former church of Santa Chiara, which inside has numerous frescoes and stuccos of baroque taste.

At n. 9 there  is the Palazzo Audiffredi, a brick building of the late seventeenth century, now  seat of the Civic Library. In Via Roma, at no. 62 there is the cathedral church dedicated to Santa Maria del Bosco. The current forms of the Duomo come from the restoration of 1657/60. At the end of via Roma, you will see Piazza Duccio Galimberti, surrounded by ten porches, connected by terraces in groups of five. At n. 6 we find the Galimberti Museum and the Library of the family. At the end of Corso Soleri, the imposing viaduct on the  Stura river is one of the characteristic works of Cuneo. The pillars of 34 arches have a maximum height of 47 meters from the riverbed. “Cuneo Nuova” starts from Corso Nizza, with porticoes five meters wide and seven meters high. The current elegant buildings were constructed  in the first decades of the last century. Corso Nizza divides the modern city in a longitudinal direction and walking through it you can see the different architectural styles that characterised the twentieth century: from the neo-gothic style of the church of the Sacred Heart to the Art Nouveau buildings to the palaces of Piazza Europa with its green area and the large central fountain is the second largest square in the city. At n. 21 stands the Palazzo della Provincia. Corso Dante joins Viale Angeli with Corso IV Novembre. At the end of Corso Dante there is a large park with an impressive bronze monument dedicated to the Italian Resistance. To the right and to the left of the park, the viale degli Angeli winds its way: a three-kilometer long avenue that connects the city with the church and the Franciscan convent of the Madonna degli Angeli. On the first part there are some buildings of architectural value with decorative elements related to Eclectism and Art Nouveau.

Eat & Drink

You cannot leave Cuneo without taste the famous  “Cuneesi al rhum”, chocolate pralines made up of two meringue discs with a dark chocolate an rhum cream, covered with dark chocolate.

What’s on

  • Degustibus: second week-end of May
  • Fausto Coppi bike race: second Sunday of July
  • Grande Fiera d’Estate (Summer Fair): from the end of August to the beginning of September
  • Fiera Nazionale del Marrone (National Marron glacés fair): third week-end of October
  • Stracôni marathon: second week-end of November
  • Scrittorincittà: third week-end of November
  • Cuneo Illuminata (Lights Festival): July

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