Bra, Piedmont

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
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, Borgo Nuovo, Case Del Bosco, Castelletto, Chiossa, Falchetto, Grione, Matrotti, Monta' Della Radice, Piumati, Pollenzo, Quinto Bianco, Riva, Rivo, Ronchi, Sabecco Superiore, San Maurizio, Sant'Agnese, Scatoleri, Tetti Bona, Tetti Milanesi
Government
 • MayorGiovanni Fogliato
Area
 • Total59.53 km2 (22.98 sq mi)
Elevation
285 m (935 ft)
Population
 (1-1-2021)[2]
 • Total29,466
 • Density490/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 around the world. In 1997 the event attracted some 150,000 visitors.[3]

Among the structures in town is the intricately domed church of Santa Chiara by the late-Baroque architect, Bernardo Antonio Vittone and the church of St. Andrew, the facade of which was designed by the architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini, although not completed until two centuries later.[4]

The town is famous for its gastronomy and the production of Bra sausage a veal sausage originally made for the Jewish inhabitants of neighbouring Cherasco. It is usually eaten raw.[5]

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NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ Phoebe Natanson, ‘Italy's Biannual Cheese Orgy’, ABC News, 1 October 2007.
  4. ^ http://www.museodiffusocuneese.it/, Accessed 27 November 2019
  5. ^ Commune de Bra