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Castelnuovo Don Bosco

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Castelnuovo Don Bosco (Piedmontese: Castelneuv d'Ast) is a comune (municipality) in the province of Asti in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 20 kilometres (12 miles) east of Turin and about 25 kilometres (16 miles) northwest of Asti, on a hill near the confluence of the Nevissano and Bardella.

Castelnuovo Don Bosco
Comune di Castelnuovo Don Bosco
Basilica of John Bosco.
Basilica of John Bosco.
Coat of arms of Castelnuovo Don Bosco
Coat of arms
Castelnuovo Don Bosco is located in Italy
Castelnuovo Don Bosco
Castelnuovo Don Bosco
Location of Castelnuovo Don Bosco in Italy
Coordinates: 45°2′N 7°58′E / 45.033°N 7.967°E / 45.033; 7.967
ProvinceAsti (AT)
FrazioniMondonio San Domenico Savio,[1] Bardella, Nevissano, Ranello, Morialdo[2]
 • MayorGiorgio Musso
 • Total22.0 km2 (8.5 sq mi)
Elevation306 m (1,004 ft)
Population (31 May 2007)
 • Total3,187
 • Density140/km2 (380/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code14022
Dialing code011
Patron saintSt. Roch
Saint dayAugust 16
WebsiteOfficial website

Castelnuovo Don Bosco borders the following municipalities: Albugnano, Buttigliera d'Asti, Capriglio, Moncucco Torinese, Moriondo Torinese, Passerano Marmorito, and Pino d'Asti.



Castenlnuovo's origins, as attested by the name (meaning "New Castle") are connected to a castle built before 1000 AD, around which a burgh grew as time passed. It was once divided in two by the lords of Riva and the counts of Biandrate, until it was given by the German emperors to the marquesses of Montferrat. Subsequently, it was under the commune of Asti, then a fief of the lords of Rivalba and of those of Piea, until it returned to Montferrat. Later it was acquired by the house of Savoy. It was a fief of the Simiana until the late 18th century.

It was named Castelnuovo d'Asti, prior to being renamed in honor of John Bosco.

Main sightsEdit

  • Medieval tower, one of the few remains of the castle once overlooking the burgh. In the nearby is a Baroque sanctuary of the Madonna.
  • Parrocchiale of Sant'Andrea.
  • Villa Filipello, in Liberty style.
  • Palazzo dei Rivalba.
  • Basilica of Don Bosco, in the saint's native quarter.
  • Romanesque church of Sant'Eusebio, on the road leading to Berzano San Pietro.
  • Also in Romanesque style is Santa Maria di Rasetto, in the locality of Garesio outside the town.

In the frazione of Mondonio are the notable Castello di Rivalba, with a large square tower, and a Baroque parish church.

Notable CastelnovesiEdit


  1. ^ Independent comune until 1929.
  2. ^ Including Becchi, now Colle Don Bosco

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