Odalengo Piccolo

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Odalengo Piccolo
Comune
Comune di Odalengo Piccolo
Coat of arms of Odalengo Piccolo
Coat of arms
Odalengo Piccolo is located in Italy
Odalengo Piccolo
Odalengo Piccolo
Location of Odalengo Piccolo in Italy
Coordinates: 45°4′N 8°12′E / 45.067°N 8.200°E / 45.067; 8.200
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Province Alessandria (AL)
Government
 • Mayor Carola Triveri (lista civica; elected 8 June 2009)
Area
 • Total 7.63 km2 (2.95 sq mi)
Highest elevation 414 m (1,358 ft)
Lowest elevation 134 m (440 ft)
Population (31 December 2008)
 • Total 264
 • Density 35/km2 (90/sq mi)
Demonym Odalenghesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 15020
Dialing code 0141
Website www.comune.odalengopiccolo.al.it

Odalengo Piccolo (dialect: Audalèng)[1] is a commune (comune) of the Province of Alessandria in the northwest Italian region Piedmont. At the start of 2009 it had a population of 264. It is located in the Val Cerrina about 40 kilometres (25 mi) east of Turin, about 13 kilometres (8 mi) north of Asti and some 20 kilometres (12 mi) southwest of Casale Monferrato. The municipality extends over an area of 7.63 square kilometres (2.95 sq mi)[2] in the hills to the south of the Stura del Monferrato torrent, where areas of woodland are interspersed by vineyards. It borders on the communes of Alfiano Natta, Castelletto Merli, Cerrina Monferrato, Odalengo Grande, and Villadeati.[2][3]

The two principal centres of population are Serra (dialect: Sèra), the site of the town hall, and Vicinato (dialect: V’žinà) with the parish church; further nuclei are Palmaro (dialect: Cà di Parmàn), Dorato, and Pessine (dialect: Psìn-i) which is notable for its castle.[4][1][3]

Odalengo Piccolo is known for the truffle fair Tufo & tartufo, which has been held during the autumn truffle season since 1994, and for the wide variety of antique native apple cultivars which are grown locally.[5][6]

Toponyms[edit]

Odalengo enters the historical record in 1298–99 as Odalengum ultra Sturiam. The form Odalengum minus, which distinguishes ‘Little Odalengo’ from the nearby Odalengo Grande, is recorded in 1306; Odalengum parvum is found in 1320 and Odalengo Prato in 1474.[1]

Vicinato appears as Viscenale in 1279, while Serra is apparently recorded as Serra in 1163 and Pessine as Pisinum in 1171.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d C. Aletto and others, ‘Odalengo Piccolo’ in Repertorio storico-biografico di architetti, pittori, scultori ed artigiani attivi nelle chiese extraurbane della Diocesi di Casale Monferrato (Associazione Casalese Arte e Storia).
  2. ^ a b Statuto comunale, Comune di Odalengo Piccolo, 1995.
  3. ^ a b ‘Il Comune di Odalengo Piccolo’, La Comunità Collinare della Valcerrina.
  4. ^ ‘Tavola: Famiglie - Alessandria (dettaglio loc. abitate)’, 2001 Census.
  5. ^ ‘Fiera Tufo & Tartufo’, Comune di Odalengo Piccolo.
  6. ^ ‘Two truffle fairs to visit in the Monferrato’, lifeinitaly.com.
  • Most demographics and similar statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.