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Fubine

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Municipality in the province of Alessandria, the town is divided between the hills of the Monferrato area and the valley of the river Tanaro. The old center is built on a hill around the parish church.
The first settlement was probably of the Roman period, but is mentioned for the first time in a document of the first half of the XI century, in which Fubine was ceded to the Bishop of Asti, Pietro II. In the period following the town became part of the Marquisate of Monferrato and in the second half of the XIII century it was annexed to the town of Alexandria, while the castle remained a property of the Cane Family. In the XIV century it was attacked and destroyed by the Angevin troops at war with the Visconti of Milan. Shortly after it returned to the Marquis of Monferrato and for their services the inhabitants acquired special tax franchises and land concessions. During the XV century the town was equipped with fortified walls with ramparts of which traces remain still today. In the XVI century the town was subject to looting by Lanzichenecchi (Landsknecht - mercenary troops of the Renaissance period). In that occasion they killed about 600 people, guilty of having resisted the attack. In the early XVI century, Fubine established its own statute and was directly involved in clashes between French and Imperial troops, while later it was ceded to the noble Alberigi of Mantua, who was highly contested for his claims on privileges enjoyed, since then, by the inhabitants. At the end of the century the population acquired their independence from Alberigo and allied to the Duke of Mantua and Monferrato. The XVII century features a period of economic decline, due to the involvement in the Wars of Monferrato, the taxes imposed by the Gonzaga and the Savoy, and the period of famines and epidemics which scourged the whole region. In 1658 the town was given in fief to the Count Natta and in the following century it passed to the Savoy.

Not to miss:
- the Parish Church of Santa Maria Assunta, built between the late XV and early XVI century. In the XIX century the building submitted renovations and acquired a Gothic look and is flanked by a Bell tower 56 meters high, which dominates the town. Inside it preserves artworks of the artist Gaidano;
- the Church of Conserra, dedicated to St. Peter, in the first half of the XVII century its religious icons and altars were used to allow the construction of a new religious building. It was restored and returned to its original splendor in the XIX century;
- the Trinity Church, dating from the XVII century, probably built where once stood an oratory. The Sacristy and Bell tower are of recent construction. Recently restored, it now houses the Municipal Library;
- the Church or the Battuti Disciplinanti. now used to house cultural events;
- the Church of Our Lady del Carmine, which was built in the early XVII century;
- the Chapel of San Rocco;
- the Casa Pane of XVIII century origins;
- the Castle, which belonged to the Counts Cacherano of Bricherasio;
- the memorial monument to Emanuele Cacherano of Bricherasio, located in the homonymous chapel, which was designed by the sculptor Leonardo Bistolfi;
- Lo Spalto (the stands), the name given to what remains of the ancient defensive walls, which depart from the arches of Casa Pane to reach the Church of the Disciplinanti

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