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Comune di Savigliano

Corso Roma, 36

12038 Savigliano (CN)

tel. 0172 710111

fax 0172 710322

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tel. 0172 710247

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Savigliano città del Pendolino

Ente Manifestazioni Savigliano


Savigliano: historical notes




Savigliano is one of the main towns on the Cuneo plain. It has a population of about 20,000. The main artistic testimonials of its historical centre and the surrounding territory are the consequence of a past rich in history: initially inhabited by Celtic-Ligurian peoples, then conquered by the Romans whose rule has left, in addition to the archaeological finds and epigraphs, a trace of the place-name "Salvianum" from which the name Savigliano originates. Quoted as "villa saviliani" in an imperial placet dated 981, it later became a Free Commune, and adopted as its civic coat of arms the red cross on a silver background and the motto "Fidelis Deo et hominibus". Thanks to its geographic position it was particularly exposed to conflicts with the Marquisate of Saluzzo. From 1349 it followed the alternating vicissitudes of the House of Savoy, with long periods of French rule. An important military stronghold, towards the end of the 16th century and during the century that followed, it underwent a period of authentic territorial supremacy, which corresponded with the flourishing of the arts, documented particularly by the painting of the "Savigliano school", which took hold throughout the province. The local nobility, having risen to authoritative positions at Court, rebuilt buildings in town and mansions in the country in late mannerist or baroque style, while monasteries and convents competed to modernise churches and cloisters.
With the demolition of the fortified walls around the town - at the beginning of the eighteenth century - Savigliano lost its role as military strong holding and also the position of prestige that it had occupied among the towns of Piedmont.
A hundred years later, the town forged itself a new role as a centre of textile and mechanical productions of importance, for which the arrival of the railway (1853) offered new possibilities of traffic and connections. The first plants for the production of rolling stock were transformed in 1880 into the Società Nazionale delle Officine di Savigliano (SNOS), a company famous throughout Europe, subsequently purchased by FIAT Ferroviaria and, recently, by the French multinational ALSTOM. As regards the illustrious personalities born in the town, Savigliano is particularly proud of Santorre di Santa Rosa, hero of the revolutionary uprisings movements in 1821, and of Giovanni Schiaparelli, one of Italy's most important astronomy experts.





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