Racconigi (Piedmontese: Racunis) is a town and comune in Piedmont, Italy. It is located in the province of Cuneo, 40 kilometres (25 mi) south of Turin, and 50 kilometres (31 mi) north of Cuneo by rail.

Città di Racconigi
The central "Carlo Alberto Square" and the Town Hall
The central "Carlo Alberto Square" and the Town Hall
Coat of arms of Racconigi
Coat of arms
Location of Racconigi
Racconigi is located in Italy
Location of Racconigi in Italy
Racconigi is located in Piedmont
Racconigi (Piedmont)
Coordinates: 44°46′N 07°41′E / 44.767°N 7.683°E / 44.767; 7.683Coordinates: 44°46′N 07°41′E / 44.767°N 7.683°E / 44.767; 7.683
ProvinceCuneo (CN)
FrazioniBerroni, Canapile, Migliabruna Nuova, Migliabruna Vecchia, Oia, Parruccia, San Lorenzo, Streppe, Tagliata
 • MayorValerio Oderda (Civic List)
 • Total48.06 km2 (18.56 sq mi)
260 m (850 ft)
 • Total10,013
 • Density210/km2 (540/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0172
Patron saintSt. John the Baptist
WebsiteOfficial website


The town was founded in medieval times. It was a possession of the marquisses of Saluzzo, of the princes of Acaia and of the Savoy-Carignano.


Racconigi is located in the northern borders of its province with the Metropolitan City of Turin. The town borders with the municipalities of Caramagna Piemonte, Carmagnola (TO), Casalgrasso, Cavallerleone, Cavallermaggiore, Lombriasco (TO), Murello, Polonghera and Sommariva del Bosco. Its municipal hamlets (frazioni) are Berroni, Canapile, Migliabruna Nuova, Migliabruna Vecchia, Oia, Parruccia, San Lorenzo, Streppe, Tagliata.


The economy is mostly based on agriculture, production of milk and meat, and industrial working of metal sheets.

Main sightsEdit

Façade of the Castle of Racconigi
  • Castle of Racconigi: This royal residence built in 1570 on the basis of an earlier castle which dated to the beginning of the second millennium. The large park was laid out in 1755 by the French gardener Molard from designs by Le Nôtre, and enlarged in 1835.[3] The castle became the summer residence of the King of Italy in 1901,[3] and part of the World Heritage Site Residences of the Royal House of Savoy in 1997.
  • San Giovanni Battista: Church
  • San Domenico: Baroque church
  • Santa Maria Maggiore: Baroque church
  • Church of Santissimo Nome di Gesù: Baroque church
  • LIPU: the Italian League for the Protection of Birds, established the Centro Anatidi e Cicogne in 1985 in a large farmhouse near the castle as a site for the reintroduction of the white stork, which became extinct in Italy as a breeding species at the beginning of the eighteenth century. The site now includes a breeding centre for various endangered species of ducks, geese and swans—notably the white-headed duck which has been extinct in Italy since 1976—and an area of wetland where visitors can observe such migrants as black-winged stilt, little ringed plover and black-tailed godwit.
  • Tenuta Berroni: The estate was built in 1773 for the noble De Laugier as holiday house with beautiful gardens, a chapel and some rural buildings: it was an isolated villa in the countryside, but made entirely self-sufficient. The interior decoration and antique furniture were commissioned to the many artists who worked for Castle of Racconigi. Today it is both a private estate as well as a location for weddings, events and a set for several movies.[4]

Notable peopleEdit

Twin townsEdit


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Racconigi" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 22 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
  4. ^ "Tenuta Berroni - location per matrimoni, shooting e convention". Tenuta Berroni - location per matrimoni, shooting e convention. Retrieved 2016-08-21.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Racconigi at Wikimedia Commons