Pinerolo, Province of Torino, Piedmont
Pinerolo is a town 37 km southwest of Turin, along the Sestriere road connecting Turin to the Monginevro hill. It is situated where the Val Lemina and the Val Pellice join the Val Chisone, and it has a special climate protected from the cold Alpine wind by the hills.
- Altitude: 376 m a.s.l
- Population: about 35,000 inhabitants
- Zip/postal code: 10064
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0121
- Patron Saint: St. Donato, celebrated on the Monday following the last Sunday in August
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Provinces of Piedmont
The Comune of Pinerolo includes the following Frazioni & Localities: Abbadia Alpina, Ainana, Avaro/Tron, Bacchiasso, Batur, Baudenasca, Biscornetto, Borgata Colombaio, Borgata Orba, C.E.P., Cascina della Cappella, Cascina Ghiotta, Cascina Gili, Cascina Nuova, Cascina Pol, Case Bianche, Case Nuove, Colletto, Gerbido di Costagrande, Gerbido di Riva, Graniera, Losani, Motta Grossa, Pascaretto, Riauna, Riva, Rubiani, Salera, San Martino, Stazione di Riva, Talucco, Villa Motta Rasini.
Pinerolo has always had a great strategic importance; infact it was a commercial centre which lead to France. When it became under the French in the 16th century, the king's best military architects changed Pinerolo into a stronghold. The Duomo, built in the 11th century, was reconstructed in the 15th century, but only remains,of the original Gothic building,the doorway and the campanile (1425, unfinished).
Events and Festivities
Pinerolo was the host city of the Curling events and Paralympic tournaments at the 2006 Winter Olympics.
What to see
- Nearby is the Fortezza di Fenestrelle the longest fortress in Europe, in which the "Man with the Iron Mask" was imprisoned. The Man in the Iron Mask was a prisoner believed to have been held in the Bastille prison from an unknown date to his death on November 19, 1703. The identity of this man has been thoroughly discussed, mainly because no one ever saw his face as it was hidden by a black velvet mask, which later re-tellings of the story have said to have been an iron mask. The first surviving records of the masked prisoner are from July 1, 1669, when Louis XIV's minister Louvois sent a masked prisoner to the care of governor marquis de Saint-Mars of the prison of Pinerolo.
- The Museo Nazionale dell'Arma di Cavalleria (National Cavalry Museum).
- The Museum Sacred Art
- Study Centre and Museum of Prehistoric Art
- Collezione Civica d'Arte di Palazzo Vittone
- The Museo Civico Etnografico del Pinerolese.