"Slow Food in the Roero !" Bra by JLBG

Bra Travel Guide: 20 reviews and 30 photos

The city of Bra belongs to the province of Cuneo, in Piemont. It has in 2005 a population of 27,211 inhabitants. It has 5 Alberghi and 5 Ristoranti.

More on the city of Bra on their web site.

More on the province of Cuneo on their web site.

The origins of the City of Bra are very ancient. It is claimed that Neolithic man lived in the hills nearby. The City of Pollentia (nowaday's Pollenzo) was founded in Roman times along an important communication route, becoming an important centre of commercial and military traffic between the Ligurian ports and the Piedmontese plain.

The origin of the new town of Bra is probably owed to a group of monks from the Abbey of San Colombano di Bobbio, which, in 1082, founded a village in the Veneria area. The village spread across the lands assigned to it and on those of Adelaide from Susa, most of which were held in the brayda (a large farmholding with a huge pasture belonging to it). Soon after the year 1000, a rich family took over the lordship, assumed the surname of De Brayda and built a castle fortified by a protective wall.

In my opinion, Bra is not among the "must visit" cities in the Roero for its old city. However, it is the cradle of the "Slow Food" movement. The "Slow Food" movement is the opposite to "Fast Food". If you want to know more about this exciting movement, you will find it in my page under "restaurant" (where else could I have put it !).

On the contrary, Pollenzo, a small city 6 km out of Bra but nevertheless a part (frazzione) of Bra is a must visit and half of my tips are about Pollenzo, a Unesco World Heritage Site.

  • Last visit to Bra: Oct 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Basaic's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    A most uplifting page. A great place to look below the surface.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2008 at 12:46 AM

    Slow Food :-)) Ah, I knew that you would know about it and have a tip posted :-)) Umbria is full of Slow Food restaurants and agriturismos :-) I thought of you both a lot while I was eating out. Next time, you should make some stops there :-))

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2007 at 10:24 PM

    so this is the cradle of slow food - and great work on the bra front ha ha

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Dec 26, 2005 at 6:08 PM

    Great infor on "biustonosz" = bra :-) Great variety of doors and pictures of churches. Interesting info on slow food. Luckily it does not mean long waiting for a meal in a restaurant.

  • Luchonda's Profile Photo
    Dec 8, 2005 at 2:03 AM

    Bra-soutien or reggipetto, i dont care , the report on Bra is good and hanging up !! Greetz JL

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2005 at 2:16 AM

    Definitely that first chuch was the nicest looking! Excellent research on the origin of 'bra'!! More snow on the ground here so I made a 'slow' meal yesterday - meatball stew with turnip, carrots, potatoes and onions!


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