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Montemagno (AT)

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... c'mè in gran vantoji duèrt o c'me na gran mesa roja che par cerc ad fèr a l'ò il mirajion; pì as sì, par ragi a l'ò i vicul con il so citi casetti c'as tenu sì jinna con l'atra, p'in sì ancura, par bῦsula a l'ò la Cesa Granda e a la fen, ansima a tit, par asàl a l'ò 'l Castè...

... as a big open hand fan or half a big wheel which has the massive wall as an iron rim; above, it has alleys with their small houses holding up each other as spokes, even higher, it has the Big Church as a hub and at last, above all, it has the Castle as an axle...

—a nostalgic eighty-year-old man, La Vita Casalese (29 January 1976)
Comune di Montemagno

Panorama of Montemagno
Location of Montemagno in Italy

Coordinates: 44°59′N 8°19′E / 44.983°N 8.317°E / 44.983; 8.317Coordinates: 44°59′N 8°19′E / 44.983°N 8.317°E / 44.983; 8.317

Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Province Province of Asti (AT)
Founded ~1000
Frazioni Santo Stefano, San Carlo
 • Mayor Paolo Porta (since 8 June 2009) (La tua voce per il paese)
 • Total 15.9 km2 (6.1 sq mi)
Elevation 260 m (850 ft)
Population (31 December 2010)[1]
 • Total 1,203
 • Density 76/km2 (200/sq mi)
Demonym Montemagnesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 14030
Dialing code 0141
Patron saint St. Martin of Tours
Saint day 11 November

Montemagno (Montmagn in Piedmontese) is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Asti in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 50 km east of Turin and about 13 km northeast of Asti. As of 31 December 2010 it had a population of 1,228 and an area of 15.9 km².[1]

The municipality of Montemagno contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Santo Stefano and San Carlo.

Montemagno borders the following municipalities: Altavilla Monferrato (AL), Casorzo, Castagnole Monferrato, Grana, Refrancore, and Viarigi.

Founded around the year 1000, Montemagno is a hamlet consisting of twelve alleys labeled by Roman numerals connoting its identity, and is included in the "Castelli Aperti" circuit in southern Piedmont.

Attractions and landmarks

The Casa sul portone, the last remaining gate of the defensive wall, and the Baroque Cumiana-stone staircase are historically valuable.

The chiesa di San Vittore, the Romanesque church dedicated to Saint Victor, with a high bell tower at its side, is appreciable from an architectural standpoint.

The chiesa campestre di Santa Maria di Vallinò, the small country church dedicated to Vallinò's Madonna, where the local population makes frequent pilgrimages to, is immersed in the countryside. In the last years the small church has been a picnicking place for tourists, thanks to its privileged location at the center of a valley among the hills of the village.

On La Stampa daily newspaper, the square of the chiesa parrocchiale dei Santi Martino e Stefano was mentioned as one of the most beautiful squares in Piedmont, because the staircase and the church dominating it are very similar to the ones at Piazza di Spagna in Rome.[2]

Demographic evolution


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Notable people

  • Bice Mortara Garavelli, linguist
  • Umberto Lombardo, football player
  • Luigi Lasagna, second Salesian bishop, missionary in Brazil
  • Luigi Bianco, archbishop, Apostolic nuncio in Honduras


External links

  • (Italian) Institutional website
  • (Italian) Diocese of Casale Monferrato
  • (Italian) Portfolio fotografico [Photographic Portfolio] (archived), from the municipality of Montemagno's old website
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