Capital of the Province known as the “Granda”, the city of Cuneo has about 55,000 inhabitants and is located on an alluvial terrace-shaped “wedge” designed from the confluence towards the plain, east of the Gesso and Stura di Demonte west , in central position with respect to the arc of the south-western Alps, dominated by the Monviso, by the Argentera and the Bisalta.
The first appearance of a settlement dating from around 1200 due to people who have migrated from nearby towns to escape the oppression of the landlords. From the fourteenth century – protected by the walls that enclose until the nineteenth century, then pulled down by the Napoleonic administration, becomes the first line of defense used by the Savoy against the armies that crossed the Alps.
Today Cuneo is a vibrant city, full of markets and craft activities in a province that has the presence of numerous industries as a whole range of almost all activities of goods, from textiles to agricultural, from enology of prestige to clothing.
Cuneo also preserves the strong tradition of Piedmont coffee-room, as a space of conviviality, accompanied by another excellence of taste which the local bakery, as well as having imposed its name to the chocolate rum, the “Cuneese”.
A walk that you should start from Via Roma, covered porches and lots of nice shops that make it a sort of open-air shopping center, to the Piazza Galimberti, true “living room” citizen who keeps alive the memory of the Resistance. Continue to the modern part of the city, with Corso Nizza along the road bordering the portals of beautiful old churches, the Town Hall and the great noble houses. The narrow streets of the historic center instead hiding treasures such as the churches of Santa Croce and Santa Chiara, Contrada Mondovì with the beautiful synagogue located in the middle of the former Jewish ghetto, the Teatro Toselli and many buildings from the medieval style dominated by former church St. Francis. Cuneo is also a very green city with its numerous parks and avenues full of trees, gardens and flowers.
To visit its museums: the Museo Civico, located in the monumental complex of San Francesco, which includes the former convent and church, considered a National Monument and important testimony to medieval times. Then the Museo Casa Galimberti, in the Palace Osasco, where they lived Tancredi Galimberti senior and, later, Tancredi Galimberti junior, hero of the resistance: the museum offers a historical overview of life between 800 and ‘900 of this important family, which wove his own history with that of the city and the country. Interesting the “Fund and Permanent Exhibition Giuseppe Peano” which tells the life and history of the illustrious mathematician exposing panels, documents and tables that illustrate his biography and his projects. Finally, the Diocesan Museum in Contrada Mondovì and the Civic Tower, which offers a breathtaking view of the city.