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Cortemilia

Cortemilia is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Cuneo in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 70km southeast of Turin and about 60km northeast of Cuneo. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 2,511 and an area of 24.7km2.The municipality of Cortemilia contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) San Michele, San Pantaleo, Castella, Pieve, Bruceto, Doglio, San Giacomo, Santa Lucia, Sulite, and Salino.Cortemilia borders the following municipalities: Bergolo, Bosia, Castino, Perletto, Pezzolo Valle Uzzone, Serole, and Torre Bormida.HistoryPrehistory and Roman ageIn the area surrounding the town were found some fragments of artefacts and tools dated back to the Palaeolithic and Neolithic age, like an ax's front. These evidences confirm the possible existence of "stations" (settlements more or less temporary)in the area where nowadays Cortemilia is situated from the sixth until the second millennium BC.The original center of Cortemilia is probably of pre-Roman origins but It bloomed during the Roman administration. The importance of Cortemilian during the Roman time is proved by some tombstones found just next the town centre.Inside the town's coat of arm the name of the town is displayed in Latin language "Cohors Aemilia", which, according to an highly accredited hypothesis, is referred is referred to the console Marco Emilio Scaurus. He was the creator of the track "Via Aemilia Scauri" that connected Luni Vada Sabatia (Savona) with Its hinterland.
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