Chivasso Travel Guide

  • Chivasso with its tower
    Chivasso with its tower
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  • town hall (Palazzo Santa Chiara)
    town hall (Palazzo Santa Chiara)
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  • Santi Giovanni Battista e Marta
    Santi Giovanni Battista e Marta
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Chivasso Things to Do

  • Palazzo Santa Chiara (town hall)

    The Saint Claire palace houses the Chivasso town hall, but it was built in the XVIII century by the Jesuit Antonio Falletti from Barolo as a nunnery for Clarisses (hence the name). However, the convent remained unachieved due to lack of money.The present façade, decorated with a sundial, was restored in 1999 and is only one wing of the planned...

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  • Santi Giovanni Battista e Marta

    This church was built between 1707 and 1751. Initially, it hosted a society of lay people who cared about people sentenced to death.The façade is very simple. Have a look at the sculptured portal. The sculptur at the top of it shows John the Baptist's head.The interior of the church is surmounted by a high dome. Worth seeing is the "Madonna dei...

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  • Santa Maria degli Angeli

    This church was built between 1584 and 1607, but its present appearance dates of the 18th century, when both the façade and the interior were transformed by architect Bernardo Vittone. The cylindric bell tower is one of his creations.Inside the church, you can see many interesting 18th-century paintings, a wooden sculptured group portraying the...

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  • The octagonal tower

    This tower is the only remaining part of a castle built by the Monferrato marquess in 1178.A new part was added to the tower in the 13th century but was demolished about one century ago, when some structures of the ruined castle were removed to build a road (now "via Po").Today's tower is about 20 m high and is covered with a roof added during a...

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  • Duomo - inside: painting

    The painting of the altar in this photo is the only one mentioned in my guidebook. It is a Deposition by a rather unknown 16th-century painter, Defendente Ferrari. In the aisles you can see many other decorated altars with beautiful paintings, even if they are not famous.The painting in the second photo shows the patron saint of the Cathedral. You...

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  • Duomo - overview

    Chivasso's cathedral was founded by the Monferrato marquesses. It was built in late Gothic style from 1415 onwards.Its façade bears a lot of sculptures and friezes that may date of late 15th century. Among these sculptures, there are twelve prophets (from the Old Testament) and the twelve Aspostles (from the New Testament), all around the portal.On...

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Chivasso Restaurants

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    by Mikebond Written Jan 29, 2011

    La Verna is the restaurant of Hotel Europa in Chivasso, but of course you can just go and have lunch/dinner there without being a guest of the hotel.
    The choice may not be the widest you can imagine, but the prices are quite low and the portions are big.
    The restaurant is run by a family and the atmosphere is very homely.
    If you order the basic menu, you can have a primo (pasta), a secondo (meat with vegetables), bread, water, a dessert and a coffee for just 15 euros. I think it was an excellent price.

    Favorite Dish: I tried some Piedmontese dishes such as agnolotti alla piemontese (a sort of tortellini with meat sauce and dry mushrooms): very good!

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Chivasso Transportation

  • Rent a bike!

    As soon as you go out of the railways station, you will see these bikes for rental. Are you happy? Well, calm down. Don't forget that you are in Italia, so everything is more complicated than elsewhere. If you want to start using the service, you must contact the town hall located in Piazza Generale Dalla Chiesa. You can call this number free of...

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  • Direct connection to (almost) everywhere

    Although Chivasso is a small town, its enjoys an excellent position within the Piedmontese railway (and route) network. It lies on the major Torino-Milano stretch, which means that hourly local trains connect it to Torino (in around 15 minutes), Vercelli (in around 30 minutes), Novara (in around 1 hour) and Milano (in 1h30). But that is not all!...

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Chivasso Local Customs

  • Porticoes - typically Piedmontese?

    My employers at Assimil recommended me to go for a walk in Chivasso before taking the train back home, in order to see its typical portici. This left me quite astonished because I had always thought that porticoes were typical for my region Veneto (where they form the lower part of some buildings - have a look at my Rovigo page) and of Bologna, the...

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  • Traditional food shops

    During your walk across the streets of Chivasso, you will see many traditional food shops like the ones in these pics.The first photo shows a delicatessen shop, the second a cheese shop and the third its sign (the inscription says: "The ancient shop of cheese").

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  • Blessed Angelo Carletti from Chivasso

    This statue stands in a street in Chivasso. It portrays Blessed Angelo Carletti, who was born there in 1411 from a noble family. When he was 23, he give up his studies in law and devoted himself to God. He sold all the properties of his family and became a Franciscan in Genua. That is when he took the name of Angelo. He did a lot for the poor...

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