Borgo San Dalmazzo

Tourist Office

via Vittorio Veneto, 19 Borgo San Dalmazzo 0171.266080 iatborgo@cuneoholiday.com facebook

Borgo San Dalmazzo is located at the confluence of the valleys of the Gesso and Vermenagna rivers and the Stura River.

The history of the city goes back to twenty-four centuries, indeed some vestiges testify of a first Celtic-Ligurian installation in 300 BC. In Roman times, it was called Pedona and it was the pivot of a territorial system related to the centuriation, as well as the place of payment of the tax on goods that crossed the border between Italy and Gaul. In 1167, it took the name of Burgus Santi Dalmacii, in honor of the Holy Evangelizer who was canonized following the martyrdom that would have taken place, December 5th 254, by the town. The historic center still retains a typical architecture of the late Middle Ages. It was then protected by the walls of which it remains traces by the Gate San Rocco, the only one remaining out of the three that allowed access to the medieval “ricetto”, and to the San Rocco Chapel, built in 1523, outside the town.

On the other side of the historical center, on the old Roman road that led to the Alpine passes, stood the old Pedona Abbey which is today site of the parish San Dalmazzo church. Behind it stands the Museum of Abbazia.

A few meters from the parish church, towards the historic center, stands the Santa Croce brotherhood church, called the Crusà (eighteenth century). Continuing on the road that crosses the city, we discover the Belfry, built in the sixteenth century to allow access to the “ricetto”. A few meters further, we can admire the facade of the San Giovanni Brotherhood church – called the Mercy (late sixteenth century).

On the other side of the road you can see the San Magno Brotherhood church, already documented in the 15th century and currently comparable, in terms of typology and style, to the Baroque churches of the 17th century. From here, we arrive at the foot of Monserrato Hill. On its summit, stands the Sanctuary of Monserrato, built in the seventeenth century and reworked several times, a remarkable panoramic view.

On the square next to the station, you can admire the Deportation Memorial, a permanent concrete installation topped with iron silhouettes and railway wagons, reminiscent of the tragic days of November 21st 1943 and February 15th 1944, where 500 people were gathered there and then deported. In 2001, the President of the Republic conferred to Borgo the Gold Medal of Merit for Civil Service for the rescue of hundreds of Jews wanted by the Nazi militias, as well as for the large number of citizens who chose the Resistance.

The tourist office and the main cultural areas of the city have their seats in the former building of the Bertello company, former factory of vertical automatic systems for warehouses.

Borgo San Dalmazzo also has a strong gastronomic culture, thanks to the breeding of the Burgundy snail (Helix Pomatia Alpina), the star of the Fair of San Dalmazzo (Fiera Fredda), which takes place at the beginning of December since 1569, the year it was instituted by Emmanuel Philibert of Savoy. The city is also the source of a long tradition of chocolate production; the end of winter event “A Borgo di cioccolato” is dedicated to it.

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Confraternities

City
City Borgo San Dalmazzo
Typology
Typology Intellectual
Period
Period Before 1380

There are three main Confraternities in Borgo San Dalmazzo: San Dalmazzo, Santa Croce and la Misericordia. Although with different methods, they have had fundamental...

Cold Fair and borgarina snail

City
City Borgo San Dalmazzo
Typology
Typology Intellectual
Period
Period 1380 – 1600

On 18 December 1569, Dalmasso Fenoglio and Biagio Pasquerio, then mayors of Borgo San Dalmazzo, obtained the concession from Emanuele Filiberto to establish a...

Wayside shrines

City
City Borgo San Dalmazzo
Typology
Typology Artwork
Period
Period Various

Urban and rural context.

Santuario di Monserrato - Borgo San Dalmazzo

Santuario di Monserrato

City
City Borgo San Dalmazzo
Typology
Typology Building
Period
Period 1380 – 1600

The dominant position rises with respect to the inhabited area, with the façade and the arcade facing the latter. Although not particularly high, the...

Confraternita di Santa Croce

City
City Borgo San Dalmazzo
Typology
Typology Building
Period
Period 1380 – 1600

The Chiesa della Confraternita di Santa Croce stands within the town's ancient urban fabric.

Minor churches and chapels

City
City Borgo San Dalmazzo
Typology
Typology Building
Period
Period Before 1380

In devotion, as in everyday life, churches and chapels have represented fundamental hubs of civil and religious life in past centuries.

Chiesa Parrocchiale di San Dalmazzo - Borgo San Dalmazzo

Chiesa Parrocchiale di San Dalmazzo

City
City Borgo San Dalmazzo
Typology
Typology Building
Period
Period Before 1380

The parish church of San Dalmazzo stands at Piazza XI Febbraio, a few steps from Piazza Martiri della Libertà, the hub of the old...

Ruderi del castello - Borgo San Dalmazzo

Castrum ruins of Borgo San Dalmazzo

City
City Borgo San Dalmazzo
Typology
Typology Ruins
Period
Period Before 1380

The park rises on the slopes of the hill of Monserrato, raised a few metres above Via Grandis and develops along the ridge of...

Museo dell Abbazia - Borgo San Dalmazzo

Museo dell’Abbazia

City
City Borgo San Dalmazzo
Typology
Typology Museum
Period
Period XXI

The Museo dell’Abbazia stands in Piazza XI Febbraio, a few steps away from Piazza Martiri della Libertà, hub of the old town centre of...

Parco Grandis

City
City Borgo San Dalmazzo
Typology
Typology Park
Period
Period XVII

The park rises on the slopes of the hill of Monserrato, raised a few metres above Via Grandis and develops along the ridge of...

Torre Civica - Borgo San Dalmazzo

Torre Civica

City
City Borgo San Dalmazzo
Typology
Typology Building
Period
Period Nineteenth

The Civic Tower rises inside the ancient urban suburban fabric.

Arco di San Rocco e antiche porte - Borgo San Dalmazzo

Arco di San Rocco and gates of the town

City
City Borgo San Dalmazzo
Typology
Typology Building
Period
Period 1380 – 1600

The only town gate still in existence, which still marks the border between the old town centre and the subsequent expansion of the city.

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Bibliography

  • Adriana Muncinelli, Elena Fallo Oltre il nome: storia degli ebrei stranieri deportati dal campo di Borgo San Dalmazzo Le Chateau, 2016, 716 pages
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  • Sebastiano Forneris Carubi e cantun du Burg: ricordi di un paese che non c’è più M. Fantino, 2005, 96 pages
  • Gian Franco Bianco Ai tre galli e… dintorni: cronache e personaggi di una stagione borgarina: Borgo San Dalmazzo 1945-1960 Martini, 1996, 327 pages
  • Walter Cesana Lungo le antiche strade di Borgo San Dalmazzo: piloni, pitture murali ed altre tracce tradizionali… Edizioni tecniche S.a.s., 1996, 79 pages
  • Alberto Cavaglion Nella notte straniera: gli ebrei di St. Martin-Vésubie: 8 settembre-21 novembre 1943 / L’arciere, 1991, 159 pages
  • Walter Cesana Borgo San Dalmazzo: porta delle Alpi marittime: ambiente, storia, arte, cultura, folklore, tradizioni, curiosità Edizioni tecniche 1997, 126 pages

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