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    The province of Cuneo

    provincia di cuneo

    View of vineyards in the province of Cuneo

    The province of Cuneo, for its natural, historical, artistic and gastronomic, deserves to be included among the most interesting of the entire Italian market. Enclosed by mountains important that, in winter, are major ski resorts, and profiles sweet and rounded hills that fade in the plain of the Po river rising on the Monviso, at Pian del Re. His beautiful hills, the Langhe are famous in every country, thanks to its natural products: the best wines and the fragrant white truffles.  But not only. The province of Cuneo allows forms of tourism suitable for young people, families and the elderly, athletes and those looking to relax, to foodies and those looking for the traditions here keeps you in fact own the Occitan culture of southern France, characterized by its own language (d’oc ), a mix between the old Franco-south and some Latin phrases and Gallic, by its own medieval-Celtic music that accompanies traditional dances from celebration Square, and a cuisine with strong and full-bodied flavors and ingredients, suitable for a population of mountain.

    The Cuneo area is rich in history and charm the city from huge: the first is Saluzzo, a fortified citadel dominated by the castle which was the capital of the Marquis independent for over three centuries. Even today, on the streets of the city center, overlooking buildings dating back to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. To see the cathedral from the XV century, the Casa Museo Civico Cavassa, the Baroque Town Hall and the Church of Mercy. Bra, a town situated between the hills of Roero and the high level of Cuneo, is an example of the Baroque due to the architect Bernardo Antonio Vittone, author of Traversa Palace which houses the Museo Civico rich in archaeological finds. Bra is also one of the main centers of seasoning and sale of cheeses, including the just the “Bra” DOP. Separate chapter deserves Alba, the center of the most important area of wines and truffles from around the world: a rich history dating back to the Neolithic, Roman municipality, free, common in the Middle Ages, in the seventeenth century it became a possession of the Savoy. A city of many styles, features buildings from the Romanesque architecture, medieval, Baroque and Gothic-Lombard, with the Torre Artesiana, Torre Mozza and Casa Torre, the Cathedral of  San Lorenzo, the church of San Domenico and Santa Maria Maddalena.

    Many of the residences of Savoy: the Royal Castle of Racconigi, the thirteenth century, with the beautiful Salone d’Ercole, the Hall of Diana, the apartment and the wonderful park of China; Castle of Pollenzo, medieval, renovated by Pelagio Palagi in neo-Gothic style. Today the castle is home to the University of Gastronomic Sciences (Slow Food). Then there is the Castle of Govone with its marble staircase, the Chinese rooms, the lounge and the library, rearranged by the French philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau, which was the summer residence of the King of Sardinia, Carlo Felice of Savoy. Finally, the Reggia di Valcasotto, Garessio, first Carthusian monastery dedicated to Saint Brunone, then the summer residence of Carlo Alberto in 1.800.

    Important places of the Faith: Staffarda Abbey, once a Cistercian monastery in 1100; Sanctuary Vicoforte, which owns the largest elliptical dome in the world; The Sanctuary, built by Charles Emmanuel I, and the work of Ascanio Vitozzi, has over 6,000 square meters of  frescoes and a characteristic Renaissance cloister.

    Enrich the attractions of the province spas Vinadio Valdieri and Lurisia, and the famous Caves of Bossea, large living rock at an altitude of 829 meters and crossed by an underground stream.