Saluzzo, Province of Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy
Situated 31km north of Cuneo and 79km south of Turin along the upper course of the Po river, Saluzzo is at the centre of an important railway and road network in South-east Piedmont.
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- Altitude: 395 m a.s.l
- Population: about 17,000 inhabitants
- Zip/postal code: 12037
- Phone Area Code: 0175
- Patron Saint: St. Chiaffredo, celebrated on 7 September
- Frazioni & Localities: San Lazzaro, Cervignasco, Via dei Romani, Ruata Eandi
- GPS Coordinates: 44°39' N 7°29' E
- Official website of the Comune of Saluzzo.
Inhabited since very early times by the Ligurian tribe of the Vagienni and later of the Salluvii, who left their name to the place, in the Middle Ages it was a fiefdom of the Auriate counts and later during the 11th century of the Susa Marquis Olderico Manfredi, who was the son-in-law of Bonifacio del Vasto. Olderico's son Manfred I received the title of Marquis of Saluzzo and his descendants ruled over the town until mid-16th century. This was the most glorious period, known as the Saluzzese Renaissance. After the death of marquis Ludwig II in 1504, a period of decadence started and the town passed under the French and finally with the Lyon Treaty on 17th January 1601 to Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy, to follow afterwards the destiny of the whole Piedmont region.
What to see
- The Cathedral, built in the years 1491-1501 and dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta and San Chiaffredo;
- The church of San Giovanni, hosting the finely sculpted sepulchre of marquis Ludwig II;
- Villa Belvedere, once the hunting residence of the Saluzzo Marquisses;
- Casa Cavassa, a symbol of the Renaissance with its 15 magnificent rooms, hosting the Civic Museum.