Volpedo is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Alessandria in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 100 kilometres (62 mi) east of Turin and about 30 kilometres (19 mi) east of Alessandria.

Comune di Volpedo
Coat of arms of Volpedo
Location of Volpedo
Volpedo is located in Italy
Location of Volpedo in Italy
Volpedo is located in Piedmont
Volpedo (Piedmont)
Coordinates: 44°53′N 8°59′E / 44.883°N 8.983°E / 44.883; 8.983
ProvinceAlessandria (AL)
FrazioniCa' Barbieri, Casanova, Cascinetta, Cà Stringa, Croce, Ghilina
 • MayorElisa Giardini
 • Total10.6 km2 (4.1 sq mi)
182 m (597 ft)
 (31 October 2020[2])[3]
 • Total1,168
 • Density110/km2 (290/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0131
ISTAT code006188
Patron saintSt. John the Apostle
Saint day27 December
WebsiteOfficial website

Volpedo borders the following municipalities: Casalnoceto, Godiasco, Monleale, Montemarzino, Pozzol Groppo, and Volpeglino. It is a member of the I Borghi più belli d'Italia ("The most beautiful villages of Italy") association.[4]

Painter Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo was born in this village.

History Edit

A burial slab, now enclosed in the parish church's walls, shows the Roman presence in the area in the 1st century BC, although the area was perhaps already inhabited by the Ligures.

In the 10th century it is documented as Vicus Piculus (from latin vicus: "Small village") and received a Romanesque pieve and a castrum, a fortified village whose walls, rebuilt in the 16th century, are still visible today. In the 12th century it was known as Vicus pecudis, and was connected to the comune of Tortona, sending relief troops to that city during the siege laid by Frederick Barbarossa in 1155.[5]

In 1347 Tortona was annexed by the Visconti of Milan who, in 1412, gave Volpedo as a fief to the condottiero Pierino Cameri. The latter ceded the town to the Cathedral of Milan. In 1513 the walls of Volpedo, of Guelph allegiance, were destroyed by the historical Ghibelline rival town of Monleale on the opposite side of the river Curone; the walls were rebuilt in 1589, when Milan was under Spanish domination.[6]

In 1738 Volpedo, together with all the area of Tortona, was acquired by the Kingdom of Sardinia (Piedmont), and was given as a fief to marquis Filippo Guidobono Cavalchini. In 1849 it became a possession of the Malaspina.[7]

In the XIX century part of the walls were progressively abducted and in 1856 the Curone bridge, linking Volpedo with Monleale, was built. Only in 1885 a direct route to Tortona, passing through Monleale, was built.[8]

Between 1928 and 1947, the communes of Berzano, Monleale and Volpeglino were merged into that of Volpedo.

Main sights Edit

  • Romanesque pieve (pleban church), known since the 10th century and restored in the late 15th century. It houses frescoes from the 15th century from the brothers Manfredino and Franceschino Basilio, also active in the Milan's Duomo.
  • 16th century bastions which once enclosed the medieval castrum, and now mark the historical center of Volpedo.
  • House-studio of the painter Pellizza da Volpedo

References Edit

  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  3. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Piemonte" (in Italian). Retrieved 31 July 2023.
  5. ^ Goggi, Monsignor Clelio (2000). Storia dei comuni e delle Parrocchie della Diocesi di Tortona (in Italian) (4th ed.). Tortona: Litocoop. p. 448.
  6. ^ Cammarata, Italo. Un'isola milanese in Val Curone (in Italian). pp. 18, 76–78, 111. ISBN 978-88-95193-92-2.
  7. ^ Cammarata, Italo. Un'isola milanese in Val Curone (in Italian). p. 189. ISBN 978-88-95193-92-2.
  8. ^ Cammarata, Italo. Un'isola milanese in Val Curone (in Italian). p. 194. ISBN 978-88-95193-92-2.