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Mondovì, Province of Cuneo, Piedmont

Situated along the Ellero stream at the foot of the Ligurian Alps, it consists of a lower quarter, Breo, and a higher borough called Piazza, separated by 200 metres altitude difference and connected by a cableway since 1886.

Info

  • Altitude: 560 m a.s.l
  • Population: about 22,000 inhabitants
  • Zip/postal code: 12084
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0174
  • Patron Saint: St. Donato, celebrated on 7 August
  • Frazioni & Localities: Breolungi, Gratteria, Merlo, Pascomonti, Pogliola, Rifreddo, San Biagio, San Giovanni dei Govoni, San Quintino
  • GPS Coordinates: 44° 38' N 7° 82' E

History

It was founded by a group of refugees coming from the nearby towns of Vico, Vasco and Carassone after a rebellion against their lord, the Asti bishop, and originally named Monteregale. During the 16th century it was a flourishing centre, more populated than Turin itself, thanks to the establishment of a University in 1560 and a thriving printing trade.

What to see

  • The historical centres of Piazza and Breo, rich of gothic and baroque palaces, embellished by works of art
  • The panoramic cableway
  • The Cathedral of San Donato
  • The 14th-century Belvedere Tower, 29 metre high, offering a spectacular, all-round view of the plain and surrounding mountains.

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