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Trip Planner Europe  /  Italy  /  Piedmont  /  Province of Turin  /  Pinerolo
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Pinerolo is a town and comune in northwestern Italy, 40km southwest of Turin on the river Chisone.HistoryIn the Middle Ages, the town of Pinerolo was one of the main crossroads in Italy, and was therefore one of the principal fortresses of the dukes of Savoy. Its military importance was the origin of the well-known military school that still exists today. The fortress of Fenestrelle is nearby.The earliest mention of Pinerolo is in the 10th century, when it belonged to the March of Turin and was governed by the abbot nullius of Pinerolo who ran the abbey of Abbadia Alpina, even after the city had established itself as a municipality (1247) under the government of Thomas Savoy.From 1235, Amadeus IV of Savoy exercised over the town a kind of protectorate which became absolute in 1243, and was continued thereafter either by the house of Savoy, or of Savoy-Acaia.When French troops invaded Piedmont (1536), Pinerolo was conquered and it remained under their control until 1574.With the treaty of Cherasco it again fell to France (1631).France agreed to hand back Pinerolo to the house of Savoy under the Treaty of Turin (1696) with the conditions that its stronghold's fortifications be demolished and that Savoy withdraw from the League of Augsburg against Louis XIV.
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