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Bra (Italian: [ˈbra], Piedmontese: [ˈbrɑ]) is a town and comune in the province of Cuneo in the northwest Italian region of Piedmont. It is situated 50 kilometres (31 miles) southeast of Turin and 50 km (31 mi) northeast of Cuneo in the area known as Roero.

Bra
Comune di Bra
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Coat of arms of Bra
Coat of arms
Location of Bra
Bra is located in Italy
Bra
Bra
Location of Bra in Italy
Bra is located in Piedmont
Bra
Bra
Bra (Piedmont)
Coordinates: 44°42′N 7°51′E / 44.700°N 7.850°E / 44.700; 7.850
CountryItaly
RegionPiedmont
ProvinceProvince of Cuneo (CN)
FrazioniBandito, Boschetto, Borgo Nuovo, Cà del Bosco, Castelletto, Chiossa, Crociera Burdina, Falchetto, Grione, Matrotti, Piumati, Pollenzo, Quinto Bianco, Riva, Rivo, Ronchi, Sabecco Superiore, San Matteo, San Maurizio, Sant'Agnese, Scatoleri, San Michele, Tetti Bona, Tetti Milanesi, Tetti Rasa
Government
 • MayorBruna Sibille
Area
 • Total59 km2 (23 sq mi)
Elevation
285 m (935 ft)
Population
(1-1-2017)
 • Total29,604
 • Density500/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Braidese(i)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
12042
Dialing code0172
Patron saintMadonna dei Fiori
Saint day8 September
WebsiteOfficial website

Bra is the birthplace of the feminist philosopher Adriana Cavarero, politician Emma Bonino, and of the activist Carlo Petrini, founder of the Slow Food movement and of the world’s first University of Gastronomic Sciences, whose main campus is located within Bra’s municipal boundaries at Pollenzo. Bra is also home to "Cheese," a biennial international festival organised by Slow Food which features the makers of artisanal cheeses from across the world. In 1997 the event attracted some 150,000 visitors.[1]

Among the structures in town is the intricately domed church of Santa Chiara by the late-Baroque architect, Bernardo Antonio Vittone.

Celebrity visitsEdit

Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond stayed the night in Bra whilst filming Top Gear - The Perfect Road Trip.

Twin townsEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Phoebe Natanson, ‘Italy's Biannual Cheese Orgy’, ABC News, 1 October 2007.