Cherasco the Italian capital of snail
The history of Cherasco begins as that of many other cities in the world : political alternation and fight over freedom switching from Guelfi to Ghibellini until 1347 when Amedeo VI di Savoia defeated the Angiòs. But the story is not over, in fact as a consequence of a red siege the town was consigned to Luchino Visconti (Lord of Milano).He decided to build the Visconteo castle which was subsequently given as a dowry to Valentina Visconti . The city was conquered by the French but in 1529 the Savoia were back again! Thanks to its walls the city became a safeguard shelter during plague time. These are just some of the historical events that took place in this charming small town where today live about 8000 people. Its old houses - perfectly lined up and originally not higher than the walls - had all a well in their courtyards as well as cultivable land to grant survival in case of need. Those times are over but the heart of the town shows the character of Cherasco : strong, elegant and proud. Monuments and streets give people the impression of entering into an important historical atmosphere characterized by Gothic palaces, Romanesque bell-towers and Baroque art. Cherasco with its quadrilater plan and wide streets with arcades welcome the visitors with its shops where the local traditional products for sale show the strict relation with the land.

The ideal itinerary to discover Cherasco starts from the San Martino Church which was built between the 13th and the 14th century . The church is embellished with a 14th century fresco depicting Cristo alla Colonna. The oldest and most important Church is San Pietro dated between the 12th and the 13th century. It has a Romanesque façade decorated with maiolica cups and carved small heads. Inside, the nave and the two aisles togethter with the lateral chapels are really remarkable. In particular, the alternation of black and white marble of the third chapel on the left seems to enhance the Luigi Morgari’s frescos. Not far from San Pietro church, the imposing Visconteo castle, a quadrangular building with towers and Byzantine battlements and Palazzo Gotti di Salerano which houses the Museo Civico “G.B. Andriani” where small sculptures, amphoras and urns can be appreciated. In the same street (dell’Ospedale), there is Palazzo Furno, a 14th century Gothic-shaped building whose fired bricks façade is finely decorated. Then, Palazzo Salmotoris also known as “Palazzo della Pace” because here the powerful men at that time reached important agreements such as shelter the Holy Shroud. The Narzole Arch – built during the 18th century – marks the boundary of the old heart of the city. The change of the city plan from square to star plan decided by architect Ascanio Vitozzi in 1610 is visible from here.

Snails are the specialty of the city and Cherasco is recognized as the Italian capital of snail farming (heliculture). With the annual Heliculture Meeting and the Snails Festival you can easily taste them in every possible way. Cherasco is famous also for its antique shops and markets specialized in antiques and collection items.

Cherasco the Italian capital of snail

Comune di Cherasco
Istituto di Elicicoltura

- 42° Incontro Internazionale di Elicicoltura
Da venerdì 27 settembre a lunedì 30 settembre
- 8° Festival della Lumaca in cucina
Da venerdì 27 settembre a lunedì 30 settembre