Canelli, Province of Asti, Piedmont
- Population: about 10,000 inhabitants
- Zip/postal code: 14053
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0141
Provinces of Piedmont
Carlo Emanuele I, Savoy Duke, was the maternal grandfather of Gonzaga's daughter, and decided to defend his righets to the Monferrato. In June 1613, Carlo Gonzaga, duke of Nevers crossed with a regiment the Belbo river and sieged the town. Though with a very small military garrison, the town resisted thanks to the courageous resistance of the population. The Savoy Duke rewarded the town with a 30-year tax exemption.
What to see
- The medieval castle, on top of the hill of Villanuova, renovated in the 17th century and more recently in the 1930's by architect Arturo Midana, commissioned by of the Gancia wine-growers.
Events and Festivities
- Historical re-enactement of the "Siege of Canelli", which took place in 1613, when the inhabitants fought bravely back the enemy: stores and inns remain open for the celebration, and more than 4,000 walk-ons liven up the event.