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Racconigi, Province of Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy

Province of Cuneo
Situated 48km north of Cuneo and 40km south of Turin, along the right bank of the Maira stream, it rose around the imposing castle; it is a flourishing agricultural centre, with a remarkable silk worm market.

Info

  • Altitude: 260 m a.s.l
  • Population: about 10,000 inhabitants
  • Zip/postal code: 12035
  • Phone Area Code: 0172
  • Patron Saint: St. Giovanni Battista, celebrated on the Monday following the third Sunday in September
  • Frazioni & Localities: Canapile, Oia, Tagliata, Migliabruna,
  • GPS Coordinates: 44°46'N, 7°41' E

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History

Originally under the marquisdom of Saluzzo, in the 15th century it became a fiefdom of prince Amadeus of Savoy-Acaya and, when the Acaya family became extinct, passed to Charles Emmanuel I, whose son Tomaso was the originator of the Savoy-Carignano dynasty. In the 19th century Savoy king Charles Albert renovated and embellished the castle, which became one of his favourite residences. In 1909 it hosted a political meeting between Italian king Victor Emmanuel III and Russian czar Nicolas II.

What to see

  • The Royal Castle of Racconigi;
  • parish church of San Giovanni;
  • The baroque temples of San Domenico and Santa Maria Maggiore;
  • The baroque Tenuta Berroni;
  • The Sanctuary of Madonna delle Grazie.

Provinces of Piedmont