Stage 13 of the Giro d’Italia 2014 is a 157 km flat stage from Fossano to Rivarolo Canavese.
DATE: May 23 2014, Friday
STAGE TYPE: Flat
START-FINISH: Fossano (31m) > Rivarolo Canavese (10m)
LENGTH OF THE COURSE: 157.0 km
Fossano is a town and comune of Piedmont, Italy, in the province of Cuneo. It is the fourth largest town of the Province of Cuneo, after Cuneo, Alba and Bra. It lies on the main railway line from Turin to Cuneo and to Savona, and has a branch line to Mondovì.
Main Sights of Fossano
The old part of the town of Fossano lies in the high part of the town. It is divided in two borghi (ancient quarters): Borgo Piazza (Square’s Quarter), developed in the 15th-18th centuries, and Borgo Vecchio (Old Quarter), the oldest part of the town, dating from the Middle Ages. Rich in mediaeval, Renaissance and Baroque buildings, it is characterized by the ancient portici (arcades), built on both sides of via Roma (the main street of the old town) but also along other streets, such as via Cavour, via Garibaldi, via Barotti, via Muratori. On the Eastern side, the old town is delimited by viale Mellano, a pedestrian promenade with a wonderful sight of Langhe; on the Western side, along via Martiri dell’Indipendenza, viale Sacerdote and viale Bianco, you can enjoy the panorama of South-western Alps, whose apex is Monviso. Some sections of the ancient town walls are still extant.
Castle of the Princes of Acaja
It is a massive castle with four high towers, begun by Filippo d’Acaia in 1314 and finished in 1332. It has a square plan with four powerful towers at each side, connected by passages with merlons. One century later Amadeus VIII of Savoy turned it into a ducal residence; the beautiful inner courtyard, designed by Gaspare Solari, is from the late 15th century. The castle, after serving as jail and barracks, is now the seat of cultural events and of one of the biggest libraries of the region.
The cathedral was reconstructed at the end of the 18th century in Neoclassicist style, replacing the former 13th century church.
The town’s hospital and the Trinity Church were designed by Francesco Gallo in the 18th century. The Palazzo del Comandante is a Baroque building constructed in the 17th century. There are also Mineral Baths and a center for agriculture and cattle-breeding.
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Finish: Rivarolo Canavese
Rivarolo Canavese is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Turin in the Italian region of Piedmont, located about 30 kilometres (19 mi) north of Turin.
Main Sights of Rivarolo Canavese
- Castle of Malgrà (14th century), built by the counts of San Martino who at the time ruled the Canavese.
- Church of San Michele Arcangelo, built in 1759 under design by Bernardo Antonio Vittone. It has an octagonal dome decorated with stucco.
- Church and convent of San Francesco. It houses a fresco of the Adoration of the Child by Giovanni Martino Spanzotti.
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