Mondovì, Province of Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy
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.
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- Altitude: 560 m a.s.l
- Population: about 22,000 inhabitants
- Zip/postal code: 12084
- Phone Area Code: 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
- Official website of the Comune of Mondovì.
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.