Piobesi Torinese, Province of Torino, Piedmont, Italy
A small agricultural center in the basin of the Chisola stream, the town is at 20 km southwest of Turin.
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- Altitude: 233 m a.s.l
- Population: about 3200 inhabitants
- Zip/postal code: 10040
- Phone Area Code: 011
- Patron Saint: Santa Maura
- Frazioni & Localities: Tetti Cavalloni
On the site there was probably an ancient Roman settlement since on the place of the church of San Giovanni a Roman tombstone was found during restoration works. Inside the church there is also a Roman milestone, which points to the existence of a Roman road, and stones employed in the church seem to derive from previous ancient churches. the name derives probably from Publicae (public place or road) which appears in ancient documents.
What to see
- The church of San Giovanni ai Campi, of the 10th century, with fine medieval works, such as a Virgin with child in the lunette, and in the left nave paintings by Giovanni Beltrami of the early 15th century. The church is divided into three naves with apses, and the frescoes of the roof of the central apse are similar ro other artwork typical of Turin, of the 11th century, while the frescos in the two lateral apses are later, and can be dated to the 14th centuries; in a document of 3 october 1359 Giovanni Pivart and his wife Guglielmina from Chamousset in the Savoy financed the frescoes to be made on the portal, and they are both represented in it.
- The remains of the ancient castle of Publice, established by bishop Landolfo (1010- 1037) and destroyed in 1347 by the army of the Visconti family; of the medieval castle only one of the original four towers is extant, while the rest of the structure - consisting of a number of rooms, a library which was previously a chapel, and a beautiful garden in the Italian style - was added later, since in the 19th century it became the mansion for a time also of Count Brassier de Saint-Simon, the Prussian ambassador at the court of the Sardinia kingdom.