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Day 2: The surroundings of Mondovi

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Around the 10-11th century BC, at the start of the Iron Age, a population of shepherds and farmers of the “Ligures Montani” lineage settled in what is today the municipality of Montaldo di Mondovi.

Archaeological excavations in the area of ​​the medieval castle (of which only the ruins remain today) have uncovered strata dating back to a period between the 4th century and the beginning of the 2nd century BC in connection with a hut of square shape located at the edge of the hill.

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Montaldo of Mondovi
We find in the account of the campaign of invasion of the Romans by the historian Livy the history of their installation along the famous “Via per il Mare” (the current Roà Marenca). However, the memory of the Montaldo di Mondovi site seems to date back to a pre-Roman period, as stones bearing cup-shaped incisions suggest.

Some buildings located inside the village still bear traces of medieval times: going down towards the tower, half hidden by vegetation, we find a small chapel built on the remains of the old hermitage of Sant'Ambrogio , which retains a Romanesque apse, with a facade with polygonal sides, and a Gothic fresco.

The Church of Assunta, which dates back to the 16th century, is built on the remains of a medieval building dating from around the 13th century.