The town takes its name from the shape of the plateau on which it is located, a wedge where the Gesso Torrent meets the Stura River. Cuneo has its origins here, in a majestic scenography. It is an ancient Piedmontese town, the origin of which goes back to the 1200's.
Cuneo with its large province, one of the most vast in Italy, can be the starting point for a visit of the Piedmont Region. The wide Galimberti Square, is the heart of the town, and seat of the renowned Tuesday market which also extends along Via Roma, the main axis of the historical center of the town, lined with its medieval porticos. Directly facing the square is the house of the partisan hero Duccio Galimberti, the residence and studio where he lived with his family. Just beyond the square is the Cathedral , the ancient Church of Santa Maria del Bosco, which was already in existence at the time of the foundation of the town (1198). After many periods of restoration, the present cathedral is characterized by the typical baroque structure designed by the architect Giovenale Boetto in the 1600's, the dome of the 1800's and the neoclassic facade with impressive Corinthian columns inserted in the typical Cuneo porticos. Inside the church, the splendid painting above the main altar by Andrea Pozzo dated 1685 and the decorations from the 1800's, merit a visit. Among the most fascinating streets of the town is certainly Contrada Mondovì: formerly Contrada degli Ebrei ( the Hebrew Quarter) with its synagogue, today a pedestrian zone with many artisan shops. Among the civilian buildings worth visiting is the Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall), a former Jesuit college, built in the XVII century, located in Via Roma. In the interior are rooms with frescoes dated between the 1700's and the 1800's. The main hall, with its crystal chandelier which was formerly in the Civic Theater, is magnificently decorated. . Facing the City Hall, there is the Torre Civica (Civic Tower) built in 1317, from which a splendid panorama embracing the town, the plain and the mountains can be admired.
Cuneesi al rum (chocolate candies with rum)
The Outskirts of Cuneo
Cuneo province includes several interesting towns like Saluzzo, Mondovì, Bra and Alba, and some royal residences owned by the Savoy Family, among which the Royal Castle of Racconigi, the Pollenzo Castle, the Govone Castle and the Royal Palace of Valcasotto. Some very beautiful monumental complexes in the area are worth visiting: The Staffarda Abbey, Vicoforte Sanctuary and other villas and castles.
The territory flavors: the chestnut
Cuneo is the Italian capital of the “marrone” (chestnut) and every year at the end of October, it is crowded due to the fair dedicated to the chestnut and to traditional savours.
The Cuneo chestnut IGP is cultivated along the Cozie and Marittime Alpine Ranges, with an extension into the Ligurian Appennines up to the mountain complex of the Upper and Medium Langa Monregalese. The chestnut cultivation has strongly influenced the rural community of these areas, so that we can talk about a real chestnut civilization. About 8000 tons of Cuneo Chestnuts, qualified for IGP, are produced in the Cuneo province.