Castelnuovo Don Bosco

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Castelnuovo Don Bosco
Comune di Castelnuovo Don Bosco
Basilica of John Bosco.
Basilica of John Bosco.
Coat of arms of Castelnuovo Don Bosco
Coat of arms
Castelnuovo Don Bosco is located in Italy
Castelnuovo Don Bosco
Castelnuovo Don Bosco
Location of Castelnuovo Don Bosco in Italy
Coordinates: 45°2′N 7°58′E / 45.033°N 7.967°E / 45.033; 7.967
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Province Asti (AT)
Frazioni Mondonio San Domenico Savio,[1] Bardella, Nevissano, Ranello, Morialdo[2]
 • Mayor Giorgio Musso
 • Total 22.0 km2 (8.5 sq mi)
Elevation 306 m (1,004 ft)
Population (31 May 2007)
 • Total 3,187
 • Density 140/km2 (380/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Castelnovesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 14022
Dialing code 011
Patron saint St. Roch
Saint day August 16
Website Official website

Castelnuovo Don Bosco (Piedmontese: Castelneuv d'Ast) is a comune (municipality) in the province of Asti in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 20 kilometres (12 miles) east of Turin and about 25 kilometres (16 miles) northwest of Asti, on a hill near the confluence of the Nevissano and Bardella.

Castelnuovo Don Bosco borders the following municipalities: Albugnano, Buttigliera d'Asti, Capriglio, Moncucco Torinese, Moriondo Torinese, Passerano Marmorito, and Pino d'Asti.


Castenlnuovo's origins, as attested by the name (meaning "New Castle") are connected to a castle built before 1000 AD, around which a burgh grew as time passed. It was once divided in two by the lords of Riva and the counts of Biandrate, until it was given by the German emperors to the marquesses of Montferrat. Subsequently, it was under the commune of Asti, then a fief of the lords of Rivalba and of those of Piea, until it returned to Montferrat. Later it was acquired by the house of Savoy. It was a fief of the Simiana until the late 18th century.

It was named Castelnuovo d'Asti, prior to being renamed in honor of John Bosco.

Main sights[edit]

  • Medieval tower, one of the few remains of the castle once overlooking the burgh. In the nearby is a Baroque sanctuary of the Madonna.
  • Parrocchiale of Sant'Andrea.
  • Villa Filipello, in Liberty style.
  • Palazzo dei Rivalba.
  • Basilica of Don Bosco, in the saint's native quarter.
  • Romanesque church of Sant'Eusebio, on the road leading to Berzano San Pietro.
  • Also in Romanesque style is Santa Maria di Rasetto, in the locality of Garesio outside the town.

In the frazione of Mondonio are the notable Castello di Rivalba, with a large square tower, and a Baroque parish church.

Notable Castelnovesi[edit]


  1. ^ Independent comune until 1929.
  2. ^ Including Becchi, now Colle Don Bosco

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