Surprises on the green silk road

A detour to Cavallerleone can bring interesting surprises. Its very name has an interesting history. It shares its first half with nearby Cavallermaggiore, recalling a period centuries ago when there may have been working horse farms in the area. The second part of the name, from Caballarium Leonis, is probably related to the feudal lords Nucetto di Ceva and in particular to a certain Leone. The town started life as a fort whose old perimeters are still visible strolling along Via Sant’Antonio, Via San Giovanni and Via Statuto, where you can discover traces of the medieval past as well as other unexpected curiosities. The small fortified town expanded over time, with a now sadly neglected yet still imposing castle, and later with aristocratic palazzi built for some of the many vassals of Cavallerleone.
Among these, Palazzo Branzola, Palazzo Carron-Ceva, and the fascinating Palazzo Balbo Ferrero, where restoration work is bringing back to light some fine decorative details, are worth a visit. Today, Cavallerleone is included in the “La via verde della seta” (green silk road) trail, thanks to the presence of an important spinning mill built between the mid-eighteenth century and the late nineteenth century. The building is architecturally one of the most interesting of its kind in the Province of Cuneo. Belonging to the Tana family, extended by the Gioanetti family and then by the industrialists of Valenza Fratelli Ceriana, it had over 200 workers and was operational until 1936. It closed down due to lack of manpower, but left an important legacy in terms of architecture and memories among the local people.

  • From the Maira Trail to the Town Hall: approximately 870 m – 17 minutes on foot
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