Bra is a town of 28,000 inhabitants located in the Piedmont province of Cuneo, is located in the Roero area, is located south of Turin, which is only 50 km and north-east of Cuneo which is only 50 km.

The Bra of yesterday

The origins and human settlements in the area of Bra are ancient, so that the human presence is already established during the Neolithic era. In Roman times it was founded in the late second century BC along the valley of the city of Tanaro Pollentia (current Pollenzo), an important commercial and military traffic between the ports of Liguria and the Piedmont plain.
Following the decline of Pollentia, began moving its people to the plateau today's Bra, considered safer. Bra assorse the status of city in 1760 by decree of Charles Emmanuel III of Italy. The eighteenth century was the century that saw the city of Bra expand and flourish in terms of architecture, thanks to the presence of Bernardo Antonio Vittone, an architect who designed the two masterpieces of late-Baroque: the rounded facade of City Hall and the Church of Santa Chiara.
The nineteenth century gave Bra men of considerable stature in multiple fields. Saint Joseph Benedict Cottolengo (born in 1786 in Bra), who founded the Little House of Divine Providence. Among men of science and studies are mentioned Latinist GB Gandini, archaeologist Edoardo Brizio scientists and naturalists Hector Frederick Craven (founders of the Museum of Natural Science, which today bears their name).

The Bra of today

With the new century Bra had the strength to transform their economic and productive. The craft shops of leather and skins, fed by the rich chain of cattle of typical plain Cuneo, were transformed into real tannery.
Their presence, the manpower needed to operate, the market fed by supplies footwear to military forces stationed in the city, came to connote the entire cluster and its population, the result of migration from areas mainly consisting poorest in the southern Italian. Thus was born the new face of industrial Bra that even stronger expansion of manufacturing activities in nearby Turin, definitely changed the habits of the quiet provincial town. In this context, it hosted the events narrated by Giovanni Arpino (Bra on the maternal side of family) in his famous novels or in "The Man from London" of Vels Mucci.
If today little is left of the period of the tanneries, the industrial fabric of Bra has been able to draw from that experience the sap needed for its further development. When the tanning extracts, essential in the valley, and took out the formaldehyde companies to convert their production Bra Bra by becoming one of the world's major centers in the plastics processing.
Today the city has businesses in various sectors have been able to overcome national borders and even more emphasized its role as a trading center became a place of mediation in trade of horticultural products indigenous vitivinciole of production, animal husbandry and the rich food chain of areas of the Langhe, Roero and plain Cuneo.
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