Province of Alessandria

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Province of Alessandria
Province
Map highlighting the location of the province of Alessandria in Italy
Map highlighting the location of the province of Alessandria in Italy
Country  Italy
Region Flag of Piedmont Piedmont
Capital(s) Alessandria
Comuni 190
Government
 • President Paolo Filippi
Area
 • Total 3,560 km2 (1,370 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 • Total 429,080
 • Density 120/km2 (310/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 15010-15013, 15015-15018, 15020-15036, 15038-15046, 15048-15053, 15055-15079, 15100
Telephone prefix 010, 019, 0131, 0141, 0142, 0143, 0144
Vehicle registration AL
ISTAT 06

The Province of Alessandria (Italian: Provincia di Alessandria) is an Italian province, with a population of some 430,000, which forms the southeastern part of the region of Piedmont. The provincial capital is the city of Alessandria.

With an area of 3,560 square kilometres (1,370 sq mi) it is the third largest province of Piedmont after those of Cuneo and Turin. To the north it borders on the Province of Vercelli and to the west on the provinces of Turin and Asti. It shares its southern border with Liguria (provinces of Savona and Genoa). Its south-east corner touches the Province of Piacenza in Emilia Romagna, while to the east it borders on the Lombard Province of Pavia.

History[edit]

The province was created by the Royal Decree n. 3702 of 23 October 1859, the Legge Rattazzi, as a union of five of the six provinces which had formed the Division of Alessandria (the provinces of Alessandria, Acqui, Asti, Casale and Tortona) plus the Province of Novi which had formed part of the Division of Genoa. In 1935 the area of Asti was established as the separate Province of Asti.

Communes[edit]

There are 190 communes in the province (source: Italian institute of statistics (Istat), see this link). The main communes by population are the following:

Rank City Population Area
(km2)
Density
(inhabitants/km2)
Altitude
(mslm)
1st Alessandria 94191 203.97 461.8 95
2nd Casale Monferrato 36039 86.32 417.5 116
3rd Novi Ligure 28581 54.22 527.1 197
4th Tortona 27476 99.29 276.7 122
5th Acqui Terme 20426 33.42 611.2 156
6th Valenza 20282 50.05 405.2 125
7th Ovada 11912 35.33 337.2 186
8th Serravalle Scrivia 6445 16.02 402.3 225
9th Arquata Scrivia 6260 30.36 206.2 248
10th Castelnuovo Scrivia 5473 45.42 120.5 85

Map[edit]

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Culture[edit]

Sacro Monte di Crea[edit]

Sacro Monte di Crea
Paradise Chapel

The Sacred Mountain of Crea (Italian: Sacro Monte di Crea) is a Roman Catholic Devotional Complex in the comune of Serralunga di Crea (Montferrat), near Alessandria. It is one of the nine Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy, included in UNESCO World Heritage list.
Its construction was begun in 1589, around a former Sanctuary of St. Mary whose creation is traditionally attributed St. Eusebius, around 350 AD.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 44°54′48″N 8°37′12″E / 44.91333°N 8.62000°E / 44.91333; 8.62000