In the beautiful panorama of the Piedmont hills, between the Langhe and Roero and between the Gesso stream and the Stura, Cuneo is a beautiful city suitable for an atmospheric weekend trips with a food and wine character. Founded in 1198, it is a living city, characterized by an atmosphere of welcome and hospitality. On the main streets of the city, arcades and portals of ancient churches surround the representative Piazza Galimberti, which for its size strikes those who see it for the first time, as if to contrast the small historic center of the th century fortified city. Shops and many restaurants and food shops offer the typical products of this area, from truffles to cheeses, meats and powerful wines known all over the world.
- 10 things to see in Cuneo and surroundings in a weekend
- What to see in Cuneo in one day: recommended itinerary
- Where to eat in Cuneo: the best restaurants
- What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Cuneo
- Plan your stay in Cuneo: info and useful tips
- User questions and comments
10 things to see in Cuneo and surroundings in a weekend
1 - Galimberti Square
Named after the hero of the Resistance Duccio Galimberti, this square is Cuneo's parlor, both for its central location and for its size, 24.000 square meters, which makes it one of the largest in Italy
Its construction dates back to the Napoleonic era, when the ancient defensive walls were destroyed. The buildings that surround it are mainly in neoclassical style, with terraces and decorations in the Greco-Roman style, while in the center is the statue of Giuseppe Barbaroux, a lawyer and jurist from Cuneo.
- from the train station it is 1,2km away on foot in 15 minutes or by bus n ° 1 at a cost of € 1,50 for the 60-minute ticket.Get directions
- always accessible
2 - Cathedral of Santa Maria del Bosco
Built in the 1400th century on the remains of a pre-existing church from the s, of which a beautiful baptismal font remains, is in Baroque style with neoclassical variants with a Latin cross plan. The cupala was completely renovated in 1835 and frescoed by Toselli, the altarpiece depicting the Virgin Mary enthroned with child among saints from the 1600s, the baroque pulpit and the chapel of the Blessed Sacrament.
- in via Roma, 190m from piazza Galimberti. Get directions
- always accessible
3 - Palazzo della Torre
The Palazzo della Torre is one of the most interesting monuments in the city of Cuneo, dating back to the early 1200s. Topped by the beautiful Civic Tower, is located in the historic center and apparently was built after the peace treaty stipulated between Cuneo and Mondovì, on June 15, 1317, following which King Robert of Anjou ordered the Monregalesi to raise the Tower at their expense. The theory, however suggestive, is not reflected in reality. The Tower is 52 meters high, has a square base of about 6 meters per side and from the top of the belfry you can enjoy a beautiful view.
- in via Roma, it is 550m from piazza Galimberti, which can be reached in 5 minutes on foot. Get directions
- the climbs are guaranteed every 30 minutes during the opening hours which, however, vary every day according to the month. Please consult the calendar on the site.
- full € 3,00 - reduced students and over € 652,00 - under 6 free
4 - Monumental Complex of San Francesco
National monument which includes a former convent and a church, dates back to the th century. The Franciscan friars settled here and over the years expanded and embellished the entire structure until the arrival of the Napoleonic troops, who used it as a military barracks. The whole complex was built around the church which in 1583 was already complete and rich in frescoes, altars and sacred icons. In 1600 the cloister and the portico were renovated and in the middle of the 1900 also the facade. Inside the church and the convent are visible, protected by special windows, more ancient remains, the result of archaeological excavations carried out in recent years. The Civic Museum is located in one section of the building, with testimonies that tell the history of the territory from prehistory to the modern age.
- in via Santa Maria, is 750m from piazza Galimberti, which can be reached in less than 10 minutes on foot. Get directions
- from Tuesday to Sunday from 15:30 to 18:30; Monday closed
- the complex and the church are free. The museum costs € 3,00 full, € 2,00 reduced, free for under 6.
5 - Sanctuary of the Madonna degli Angeli
Dating back to the 1450th century, the structure was enlarged over the centuries by the Franciscan order. In 1726 it also became a convent and the interior of the church embellished with a cycle of frescoes on the life of San Francesco. The presbytery dates back to made of marble and with a beautiful wooden work depicting the Madonna, the altars are dedicated to some important families of the city and the finely frescoed side chapels. The Sanctuary is connected to the city by an eighteenth-century avenue of 3 kilometers designed for the processions of citizens and now a destination for weekend walks.
- in Viale Mistral, about 3km from Piazza Galimberti. It can be reached in 3 minutes by car or by bus n ° 6 at a cost of € 1,50 for the 60-minute ticket. Get directions
- always accessible
6 - Mondovì
medieval village a few kilometers away from Cuneo, a destination for trips outside the city of Cuneo and lovers of food and wine tourism. Founded in 1198, it develops on a hill that is easy to access thanks to the funicular and the narrow streets all lead to the heart of the city: Piazza Maggiore. The square is surrounded by arcades, overlooked by the th century Palazzo dei Bressani, the palaces of the Governor, the Sub-prefecture, the Municipality and the baroque church of the Jesuits. Also in Piazza Maggiore is the Old Ceramics Museum, housed in the halls of Palazzo Fauzone in Germagnano. There are many restaurants and typical trattorias that offer the sought-after local products prepared both in the traditional way and in the most gourmet ways, all combined with the great Piedmontese wines.
- from the center of Cuneo it is about 27km, which can be reached in 30 minutes by car. Get directions
- always accessible
7 - Royal Castle of Racconigi
Halfway between Cuneo and Turin, the Palazzo dates back to the th century and it was the private residence of local noble families until the 1980th century, when it became the property of the Savoy family. After the Second World War the building was at the center of various disputes, closures and confiscations until 1994, when it was totally purchased by the Italian state. In it was opened to the public as the seat of an important museum complex and represents one of the best preserved and richly furnished Savoy residences. The Neoclassical style Hall of Hercules is beautiful with sculptures representing the labors of the famous myth, the Hall of Diana, the Etruscan Cabinet, the Chinese Apartment and the Reception Room. The building is surrounded by a beautiful French park with a lake and canals.
- it is 50km from the center of Cuneo and can be reached in less than an hour by car. Get directions
- every day from 9:00 to 19:00 (last admission at 18:00) - closed on Mondays
- full € 5,00 - reduced € 2,00 - under 18 free - full park € 2,00 - reduced park € 1,00
8 - Staffarda Abbey
Erected between 1122 and 1138 theBenedictine abbey Cistercian became an important trading point and the life of the surrounding villages.
In 1690 the French destroyed the archive, the library, part of the cloister and the refectory but from 1715 to 1734, with the help of Vittorio Amedeo II, restoration work was carried out to restore the entire damaged structure. Of the complex the church is particularly appreciated, with the Polyptych by Pascale Oddone and the sixteenth-century wooden group of the Crucifixion, the Cloister, the Refectory, with traces of a painting depicting the Last Supper, the Chapter Room, the Guest House.
- it is 42km from the center of Cuneo and can be reached in less than an hour by car
- from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 12:30 and from 13:30 to 17:00 - closed on Monday. Some times of the year the opening hours may vary and we invite you to read them by consulting the website.
- full € 6,50 - reduced € 4,50 - under 11 free
9 - Castle of the Manta
Medieval castle for military use in 1100 AD., was transformed into a stately home around 1400 AD and was then abandoned until 1984, when, thanks to the FAI, the recovery and restoration works were started that brought the complex back to its original condition. The pictorial cycles present in the various rooms by artists of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, for the most part unknown, are beautiful. In the manor there is also a church with stucco decorations and mannerist paintings.
- it is about 30km from the center of Cuneo, reachable in 30 minutes by car. Get directions
- from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 - closed on Monday
- full € 8,00 - reduced € 4,00 - Registered Make free
10 - Bra
Bra it is located in the hills of the Roero and is renowned for its culture, its history and its gastronomic specialties. Its origins date back to the Neolithic period, but its history is linked to the Roman Empire and the Savoy dynasty, which left visible signs on the territory. Walking through the city it is possible to admire some Baroque style masterpieces, such as the round facade of the Town Hall and the Church of Santa Chiara, the Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Archeology and Art and the Toy Museum. Bra is also famous for its gastronomic specialties and for the numerous wines produced in the area, known all over the world.
- it is 60km from the center of Cuneo, 45 minutes away by car. Get directions
- always accessible
What to see in Cuneo in one day: recommended itinerary
Cuneo is lucky enough to be nestled between beautiful hills and close to villages that deserve excursions of at least one day, but if you want to visit the city only, you can do it easily on foot without missing anything.
Morning - the day can start with breakfast at La Chiocciola degli Angeli, near the Sanctuary of the Madonna degli Angeli and continue with the visit of the convent and the church. Beautiful is the 3km walk that then leads to the historic center, following a beautiful tree-lined avenue between Savoy architecture and views of the surrounding hills. Arrived at Galimberti square you immediately realize its grandeur and spectacularity, with its neoclassical buildings, bars and fashion boutiques. A few hundred meters and you arrive at the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Bosco and if hunger begins to make itself felt, you can opt for a quick lunch at the Osteria di Christian.
Afternoon - After lunch, continue along via Roma until you reach Palazzo della Torre, where you can climb up to the top of the Civic Tower to enjoy a panorama that goes as far as the Roero hills. A few more minutes and you reach the Monumental Complex of San Francesco to visit the convent, the rooms open to the public and the civic Museum
Sera - After the visit of the historic center, going back you can stop for dinner at the Osteria dei Morri, where you can taste the local cuisine and get lost in a nice glass of red wine.
One day itinerary at a glance
- Breakfast at La Chiocciola degli Angeli (Get directions)
- Sanctuary of the Madonna degli Angeli - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
- Galimberti square - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
- Cathedral of Santa Maria del Bosco - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
- Lunch at Osteria Christian (Get directions)
- Civic Tower - times: the climbs are guaranteed every 30 minutes during the opening hours which, however, vary every day according to the month. Please consult the calendar on this site - ticket price: full € 3,00 - reduced students and over € 652,00 - under 6 free
- Monumental Complex of San Francesco - opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday from 15:30 to 18:30; closed Monday - ticket cost: free (full museum € 3,00 - reduced € 2,00 - under 6 free)
- Price at Osteria dei Morri (Get directions)
Where to eat in Cuneo: the best restaurants
- Osteria Christian: small place where reservations are recommended, it offers excellent traditional dishes accompanied by a good selection of wines. Family atmosphere, courteous and fast staff and the owner always available.
Average price per person: € 30,00
Address and contacts: via Dronero, 1 (Get directions) tel: (0039) 3471556383
- Osteria dei Morri: well-kept restaurant, with splendid internal vaults and simple furnishings. It offers excellent cuisine from both land and sea and an excellent selection of cheeses, cold cuts and local wines. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and the quality / price ratio is excellent.
Average price per person: € 35,00
Address and contacts: Piazza Virginio Vincenzo (Get directions) tel: (0039) 3333647537
- The New Zouave: refined and elegant location for an excellent gourmet cuisine. First courses with homemade pasta, local products and attention to raw materials. Staff trained both on food and wines offered in combination.
Average price per person: € 40,00
Address and contacts: via Roma, 23 (Get directions) tel: (0039) 0171602020
What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Cuneo
Most of the premises in Cuneo are located in Galimberti square and in neighboring streets. There are many wine bars and restaurants, but there are also pubs, breweries and more sophisticated clubs for more glamorous or intimate evenings. For discos you have to move to the suburbs.
The best pubs, clubs and discos
- Former wash houses: one of the most popular nightclubs in Cuneo, it offers alternative evenings, live music and DJ sets in a refined, elegant and young environment. Closes late at night. Address: Via della Pieve 3 (Get directions) - Facebook page
- Cabiria Discoclub: not far from the city center, it is a well-kept nightclub that offers commercial, techno and house music with resident and guest DJs. Open only on Friday and Saturday. Address: via Attilio Fontana 11, Borgo San Dalmazzo (Get directions) - Facebook page
- Dalwhinnie Irish Pub: Irish-style pub with excellent tapped and bottled beers. Live music and a young atmosphere. Open late, closed on Sundays. Address: Piazza Boves 6 (Get directions) - Facebook page
Plan your stay in Cuneo: info and useful tips
- the nearest airport is Turin Caselle which is 130km away and which is connected to Cuneo by regional trains departing from Turin Dora station at a cost of € 7,00 or taxi. If you want to reach the city by car, it is 98km from Turin along the A6 south motorway; from Genoa it is 160km along the A10 up to the deviation for the A6; from Aosta it is 226km along the A5 south. By train from Turin it takes just over 1 hour at a cost of € 7,00 in the regional one; from Genoa it takes about 3 hours and 30 minutes with change at a cost of € 17,10 in regional; from Aosta it takes just over 4 hours with change at a cost of € 13,75 in regional.
- Getting around: the city can be visited on foot without too many problems. If you want to reach a more distant point, the STP bus service connects all the districts in a capillary way.
- Where to park: Movicentro car park, in Corso Monviso (Get directions), multi-storey open every day at a cost of € 1,10 per hour or € 4,40 per day. Apcoa Parking, Piazza Boves (Get directions), open every day at a cost of € 1,10 per hour or € 4,40 per day
- Hotel and b & b starting from € 70,00 per room -
- What to see in the surroundings: Cuneo is about 50km from Barolo and the Langhe Hills (about 45 minutes by car) and 95km from Turin (about 1 hour and 15 minutes by car). In the surroundings of Cuneo there are other interesting municipalities such as Saluzzo and Alba, but also the thermal baths of Vinadio and Valdieri, finally some important Savoy residences such as the Castle of Pollenzo, the Castle of Govone, the Reggia di Valcasotto.