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Rocca Grimalda Stemma
Town Hall
15078 ROCCA GRIMALDA (AL)
Phone: 0143 873121 - fax 0143 873494

website: www.comuneroccagrimalda.it
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altitude above sea level m. 280

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The traces of the village of Rocca Grimalda are lost in the past: the existence of the Roman city of Rondinaria at the foot of the rocky outcrop and the discovery of a Celtic necropolis in the plain of Silvano presumes the existence of pre-Roman fortifications also above of the rise.
The country, like many others in the area, is mentioned for the first time in the tenth century between the territories of Marca Aleramica donated to the foundation of the Monastery of San Quintino in Spigno Monferrato.

Given the beautiful location and strategic as natural fortress overlooking the valley of the Orba River, the country was inevitably subject over the centuries by military and economic strife by the Republic of Genoa, the Marquis of Monferrato and the Duchy of Milan, and, after the occupation of Filippo Maria Visconti, it was ceded in 1444 to Galeazzo Trotti. After ups and downs, the Trotti family sold the fief to the Genoese family of Grimaldi, who retained possession until the nineteenth century that gave the country its final name. The Grimaldi led by the Republic of Genoa the cult of holy Limbania and the growing grapes.
Beginning in 1736 Rocca Grimalda became part of the Kingdom of Sardinia and then followed the fate of Piedmont under the rule of the Savoy.

Custodian of the country is the Castle, built on top of a rocky outcrop overlooking the Orba. Originally military building dating from the thirteenth century was transformed into a stately home in the eighteenth century additions in former times, with Renaissance and Baroque wings, along with a fine park with the typical plant of the baroque garden with panoramic views of the valley below. It is characterized by an imposing and impressive tower 22 meters high, five-story circular with spiral staircase formed in the thickness of the walls that once housed the prisons and the torture room.

The parish church of St. James the Elder, Romanesque, but later enlarged and modified, but retained its façade incorporated into the perimeter wall, right, with a series of arches of gray stone and the original base of the bell tower. Next to St. John the Baptist, patron saint of the country, the Rocchesi also celebrate St. James the Elder; the cult spread to neighboring countries is linked to the passage in the town of one of the ancient paths used to reach the shrine of Santiago de Compostela where there are still the remains of the saint.

The Oratory of Our Lady of Grace, preserves inside many examples of popular devotion as well as a valuable processional statue of the eighteenth century school of Anton Maria Maragliano.Sparse per la campagna ci sono numerose edicole votive oltre alla chiesa campestre dedicata a San Rocco del XVI secolo, e a quella di San Giacomo nell'omonima frazione.

Outpost of the village is the sixteenth-century church of Santa Limbania in Castelvero protector of seafarers; It is located in the Castelvero, at the south-east of the country, on an imposing rocky outcrop overlooking the river Orba. Of very ancient origin, could date back to the Byzantine castrum or otherwise high-medieval era. It's an ancient and traditional center of devotion dedicated to a Cypriot monk, patron saint of mule drivers, who shuttled between Rocca Grimalda and Genoa starting from the homonymous church of Voltri. It has a single nave ending with a semicircular apse and flanked by two side chapels, houses some beautiful frescoes of the sixteenth century. The present structure is the result of further alterations that made it a sort of sanctuary for the mule drivers. The wooden statue of Santa Limbania, was once carved by the mothers of the country in order to extract shrapnel from sending their children to war, practice shows that the popular devotion to the holy Cyprus.

The Carnival of Lachera is an original folk tradition of the country and is undoubtedly one of the most important and original cultural heritage of the whole Ovadese. Every year thousands of people flock to take part in this original mixture of dance and theater performance which from time immemorial through Carnival campaigns of Rocca Grimalda. Born probably as pagan ritual took over time deeper meanings of people's rebellion of Rocca against the abuses suffered by the feudal lord.

Tied to this ritual dance of the carnival was born, by the will of the Laboratory of Anthropology in Rocca Grimalda an association that for years dealing of demo-anthropological research on the carnival, the Mask Museum. Opened in September 2000, located on the first floor of the municipal building with the intent to preserve the the rich cultural heritage , it collects and promotes the "material" related to clothing and ceremonial disguise. In addition to the traditional clothes of the "Lachera", they are exhibited costumes and masks that accompanied the feasts of traditional Italian and European calendar.

The country is renowned for its culinary tradition that includes one of the most characteristic recipes from around the Alto Monferrato: the peirbuieira, delicious lasagna served with a sauce made of garlic, olive oil and beans.

From the terrace of the Belvedere Marconi you can enjoy a spectacular view of Ovada and the surrounding countries.

Recurring events:
July: Rocca Grimalda Live: Festival of Music and Theatre
July: Feast of the Boar
August: Festival of ravioli and Boiled Mixed (Fraz. St. Giacomo)
August: Feast of Peirbuieira
October: Chestnuts and Wine