Municipalities of the AltaLanga: Mombarcaro

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Mombarcaro (Mombarché in Piedmontese) is an Italian town of 276 inhabitants in the province of Cuneo.

“Boats mountain”: this is the etymology of the name “Mombarcaro”. In fact, from this town, the peak of the Langhe, you can enjoy an excellent panorama up to the Ligurian sea.

Mombarcaro (Mombarché in Piedmontese) is an Italian town of 276 inhabitants in the province of Cuneo, in Piedmont. The village is called the peak of the Langhe because its altitude (896 mamsl.) is the highest among all the municipalities of that territory. A singular peculiarity of the place consists in the fact that on the clearest days, especially after the Mistral has blown, from the belvedere behind the inhabited area it is possible to see the glare of the sea, the typical glow that the sea creates when kissed by the sun; hence the name of the town “Mom – barcaro”.

Perched on a hill, it preserves one of the most interesting historical centres of the Alta Langa. It was once protected by high walls, of which a 14th century medieval arch remains. A walk through the streets of the town, paved with red bricks, proves to be very pleasant, discovering sundials, characteristic corners, chimneys with strange shapes.

Precious frescoes decorating the old parish church of San Pietro have recently been transferred to the new parish church.

Today it is a holiday resort for those who love green tourism, made of walks in the woods and tranquillity.


The origin of Mombarcaro must be placed at least in Roman times, as evidenced by the discovery of a funerary stone placed today at the entrance of the Historical Museum. In the past, the Marquis of Ceva, those of Monferrato and those of Saluzzo contended for the fiefdom, until it passed under the Savoy.

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