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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.

Comune di Bra
Coat of arms of Bra
Coat of arms
Bra is located in Italy
Location of Bra in Italy
Coordinates: 44°42′N 7°51′E / 44.700°N 7.850°E / 44.700; 7.850
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Province Province of Cuneo (CN)
Frazioni Bandito, 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
 • Mayor Bruna Sibille
 • Total 59 km2 (23 sq mi)
Elevation 285 m (935 ft)
Population (1-1-2017)
 • Total 29,604
 • Density 500/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Braidese(i)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code 12042
Dialing code 0172
Patron saint Madonna dei Fiori
Saint day 8 September
Website Official 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


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