9 Best Things To Do In Cuneo, Italy

things to do in Cuneo

Cuneo, the capital of Cuneo province, sits beautifully in a triangular plateau and is surrounded by a group of mountains. The geographical location along with mild sub-continental climate allows the Piedmont’s pearl to carry a fascinating array of nature appeal. Additionally, the urban place famous for its Cuneesi Al Rhum (chocolate with rum filling) also intrigues people with cultural to historic sights.

Here are 9 awesome things to do in Cuneo you can’t miss:

1. Walk along the arcades of Centro Storico

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Your day-1 itinerary plan wouldn’t be nicer than discovering the city’s central square, popularly known as the Centro Storico. There, it lines the gorgeously decorated galleria arches just before the ancient buildings highlighting Roman architectural details. Your evening promenade should be ended with shopping at the pleasant boutiques and tasting cookies at the sweet shops.

Centro Storico

Address: 12100, Cuneo, Italy

Opening Hours: 24 hours

2. Go mountain biking at Colle Fauniera

Colle Fauniera (CN)
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There is nothing more interesting than cycling when it comes exploring the mountainous Colle Fauniera. The locals often name the challenging landscape Colle dei Morti or Pass of the Dead – which refers to the battlefield where the troops from France and Spain were killed. The trails along the way up unexpectedly have different characteristics from the valley to the summit. Once you arrive at the peak, take a picture with the statue of the Italian cyclist.

Colle Fauniera

Address: Cottian Alps, Piedmont, Cuneo, Italy

3. Take a photograph with the backdrop of Piazza Galimberti

Cuneo Piazza Galimberti
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Are you mad about selfies? The Piazza Galimberti, an ample square set in the main gate of the old town, would be a cool spot for that. It’s gracefully surrounded by ornate ancient Roman buildings, artistic arcades, and residents’ dwelling. On the center of the famous site, perching a legendary statue of a local figure. The public space also hosts varied festivals, celebrations and lively concerts.

Piazza Galimberti

Address: Piazza Galimberti, 12100, Cuneo, Italy

Opening Hours: 24 hours

4. Visit Museo Diocesano Cuneo - San Sebastiano

Udine Museo diocesano
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Bringing a family whilst traveling in Cuneo is quite overwhelming but once you spend a few hours adoring some old objects and brilliant masterpieces at Museo Diocesano Cuneo - San Sebastiano, your uncertain mood is suddenly gone. Here, the visitors also have an ample opportunity to witness how terrible the Napoleonic suppression was, and the birth of diocese through the historical paintings.

Museo Diocesano Cuneo - San Sebastiano

Address: Via di Mondovi’ 15, 12100, Cuneo, Italy

Opening Hours: 10 am to 7 pm

5. Do a little exercise at Parco Fluviale Gesso e Stura

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If your skin cell needs Vitamin D and sunlight, simply feed them at Parco Fluviale Gesso e Stura, a mere 15 minute’s walk from the downtown Cuneo. Here, you can do some exciting activities to make you fitter, like walking, cycling, or jogging. The greenery lining the side of the serene pathway, the picturesque scenery of the Apennines Mountains, and the fresh air will keep you motivated to start the workout.

Parco Fluviale Gesso e Stura

Address: Piazza Torino 1, 12100, Cuneo, Italy

Website: Parco Fluviale Gesso e Stura

6. Feed the soul at Chiesa di Sant'Ambrogio

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Feeling an oasis of calm and solemnity whilst pleading to God at Chiesa di Sant'Ambrogio would definitely be a stunning experience. The ancient cathedral dating back to the 12th-century is well maintained and exquisite. The architectural design with the touch of Roman-related details and mind-blowing paintings on its ceilings is perfectly presented. Other than praying, you can also enjoy statues and historic displays.

Chiesa di Sant'Ambrogio

Address: Via Teatro Toselli, 3, 12100 Cuneo CN, Italy

Contact Number: +39 0171692472

7. Meet Bonaparte at Museo Generale Bonaparte

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Who doesn’t know Bonaparte, the charismatic French military leader who successfully conquered the world? Seeing him in Cuneo is not difficult – just drop in to Museo Generale Bonaparte, situated in an old castle of the extraordinary Mombasiglio village. It houses a wide number of paintings, sketches, and statues of the phenomenal figure. Additionally, historic objects like uniforms, maps, weapons, and varied important documents are also well-kept.

Museo Generale Bonaparte

Address: Piazza Vittorio Veneto 1, Mombasiglio, 12070, Cuneo, Italy

Website: Museo Generale Bonaparte

8. Have lunch at Osteria Vecchio Borgo

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You can’t miss stopping at Osteria Vecchio Borgo to savor the authenticity of north Italian cuisine. The food listed on the menu is quite extravagant yet worth every penny, not to mention the enormous portions on the plates deserve a highlight. Before having a bite of the fish mousse with shrimp, bruschetta, asparagus soufflés and the most delicious panacotta, make sure to reserve your own table.

Osteria Vecchio Borgo

Address: Via Dronero 8b, 12100, Cuneo, Italy

Opening Hours: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm (Thursday to Tuesday)

9. Try the artistic dish of 4 Ciance

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4 Ciance is also popular with its elegantly presented contemporary cuisine. To pamper your taste buds with tempting food, you must dine in 4 Ciance, within a 4-minute walk from the famed Centro Storico. The eye-catching pasta is perfectly matched with colorful toppings while the fried cheese and rabbit are nothing but heavenly. End the exceptional main course with some high-quality wine.

4 Ciance

Address: Via Dronero 8c, 12100, Cuneo, Italy

Website: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm (Wednesday to Monday), 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm (Saturday to Sunday)

Cuneo is where you can feel the genuine northern Italy

Place cuneo
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When you are looking for cool spots to experience the real life of northern Italy, don’t forget to include Cuneo on your bucket list. The historic square embellished with beautiful arcades, pristine nature, and decorative meals is awe-inspiring.

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