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Racconigi, Province of Cuneo, Piedmont

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
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 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

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;
  • The baroque temples of San Domenico and Santa Maria Maggiore;
  • The baroque Tenuta Berroni;
  • The sanctuary of Madonna delle Grazie.

Where to stay

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