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Cuneo is the capital of the Cuneo Province, the third largest province in terms of area in Italy. The region is surrounded by snow clad mountains which makes it a landmark for tourist getaways round the year.
Cuneo still retains the old world charm as it is surrounded by large military walls, splendid palaces and colossal squares to spend your time at. It played a crucial role during the WWII against the Germans.
Cuneo has some remarkably better architectural wonders to pay a visit to. The Cathedral of Santa Croce was built in the early period of the 18th century with decorated chapels and exquisite interior designs.
Walk in the Santa Maria del Bosco, a cathedral from the 14th century that has played some crucial roles in the history against the French. View the Stone Baptismal Font from the 15th century and alter at the chapel of the Rosary and the wooden crucifix dedicated to Plura.
A civic museum awaits your stopover at the Chiesa di San Francesco, while the Chiesa di Sant’ Ambrogio from the era of 1200’s is the oldest church in the region and definitely a worthy of your halt. The church is built in brickwork of different colors with white plastering and partial stonework.
Alternatively, the railway station of the town hosts a mini railway museum with rail relics displayed for the interested ones. Piazza Galimberti hosts live music every weekend, so expect a full crowd there swaying to the music. The square took 5 decades to complete and is built in neoclassical architectural style.
Don’t let your children be bored. Take them to the Centro Uomini e Lupi-the Wolves Wildlife Center. It has interactive multimedia real life projections of the wolves. Of course, you can see wolves in their natural habitat in the Wildlife Center.
Shop local products and purchase a souvenir or two at the Piazza Galimberti-Cuneo’s central square. Antique lovers will have a great time here going through some old but useful items and buying some. Treat your family to the finest coffees of Italy that are unmatched in quality and taste. If you are visiting Cuneo in June, then do not miss the summer music festival where trendy local and international music is played by the famous music bands.
Adventure enthusiasts can head up the Bossea Caves in the Maritime Alps Park followed by clicking pictures of the rivers and waterfalls nearby Piedmont. Winter is an ideal season to visit the Park for a good skiing session. Cycling in the Colle Fauniera Mountains will recharge your mind and body.
Parco Fluviale Gesso e Sutra is a natural park that is situated between the Gesso and the Stura Lanzo Rivers. This park is ideal for a walk, a day’s picnic or a bike tour complimented by the calm mountains in its backdrop.
Cuneo is a hot favorite for chocolate lovers as it offers Cuneesi AI Rhum-a chocolate with rum that is delicious to the core. It is also home to some of the best wines found in the world.
Savor the north Italian cuisine such as the Bruschetta, the appetizing Panacotta and the asparagus soufflés amongst others. Each bite more delicious than the last and just made moments before serving you. You can’t leave Cuneo without feasting on the Cuneesi al Rum-the town’s customary small but sweet chocolate liquor. Also ask for the Nutella and the Gianduiotti Chocolates including the Bicerin-a mixture of Espresso coffee, chocolate and whipped cream. They leave nothing more to be desired.
Try the Gnocchi and Agnolotti- local pasta that is eaten with mushrooms. Alternatively, book a seat at the Risstorante 4 Ciance-that serves up the region’s gourmet cuisine like the pizzas and the seafood made moments before serving.
Plan your holidays and pack your bags for Cuneo if you are considering to travel to a calm location away from hustle and bustle of the city.
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