town and episcopal see, Piemonte (Piedmont) region, northwestern Italy, at the foot of the Alps, southwest of Turin. The seat of the marquesses of Saluzzo from 1142 to 1548, it then passed to France until it was ceded to Savoy in 1601. Notable buildings include the restored 13th-century castle of the marquesses, the cathedral (1491-1501), the 13th-15th-century church of S. Giovanni, and the Renaissance Casa Cavassa, housing the town museum. The 18th-century printer and typographer Giambattista Bodoni and the 19th-century dramatist Silvio Pellico were born there. A rail junction, Saluzzo is noted for its restoration of antique furniture. It is also a major chestnut market and has textile and food-processing industries. Pop. (2006 est.) mun., 16,386.
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