La Morra

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La Morra
Comune
Comune di La Morra
La morra.jpg
La Morra is located in Italy
La Morra
La Morra
Location of La Morra in Italy
Coordinates: 44°38′N 7°56′E / 44.633°N 7.933°E / 44.633; 7.933Coordinates: 44°38′N 7°56′E / 44.633°N 7.933°E / 44.633; 7.933
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Province / Metropolitan city Cuneo (CN)
Frazioni Annunziata, Santa Maria, Rivalta, Berri
Government
 • Mayor Marialuisa Ascheri
Area
 • Total 24.3 km2 (9.4 sq mi)
Elevation 513 m (1,683 ft)
Population (31 December 2010)
 • Total 2,758
 • Density 110/km2 (290/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Lamorresi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 12064
Dialing code 0173
Website Official website

La Morra is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Cuneo in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 50 kilometres (31 mi) southeast of Turin and about 40 kilometres (25 mi) northeast of Cuneo. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 2,668 and an area of 24.3 square kilometres (9.4 sq mi).[1]

The municipality of La Morra contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Annunziata, Santa Maria, Rivalta, and Berri.

La Morra borders the following municipalities: Alba, Barolo, Bra, Castiglione Falletto, Cherasco, Narzole, Roddi, and Verduno.

History[edit]

La Morra originated as Murra (Latin: "sheep fencing"), a village built in the Roman era by the neaby town of Alba Pompeia. In 1631 it became a possession of the House of Savoy.

Long a major wine growing region, it was illegal in La Morra to cut down a Nebbiolo vine. The penalties for this offense ranged from a fine, to having a hand amputated to hanging.[2]

Panoramic view of La Morra from the bell tower

References[edit]

  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  2. ^ O. Clarke Encyclopedia of Grapes pg 157 Harcourt Books 2001 ISBN 0-15-100714-4

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