Bussoleno - Torino

Origins of the name

Bussolin in Piedmontese means hawthorn. Rarely in Italian texts Bussolino, while in Latin it is Buxolinum Secusiensium. The Italianization Bussoleno, with  the e, derives from the French pronunciation according to which nouns ending with -in are pronounced /eŋ/.


Middle Ages

The history of Bussoleno begins at the beginning of the Middle Ages, and is intertwined with that of the noble families of the valley: the Giusti, the Ferrandi, the Bartolomei, the Aprili, the Pascali, the Barberi, the lords of Bardonesca, the Calvi d'Avigliana, the Rotari, the Aschieri and others. From the medieval period there are many elements within the city. Examples are the Allais fortress behind the Church, the Aschieri house, the Antica Osteria della Croce bianca or Casa Amprimo, which are located in the ancient historic village. The latter in particular, adjacent to the Porte di Francia, was the main tavern of the country within the walls. It was frequented by noble families, as evidenced by the numerous coats of arms placed on the entrance of the house itself.

Modern Age

Throughout the period from the year one thousand to the second half of the nineteenth century the country grew gradually thanks to trade and hospitality along the Via Francigena, which had in the country an important crossing point of the Dora Riparia river. The town remained small in size to the fortified village until the Piedmontese government decided to let us pass the railway, first directed only to Susa and then directed to France, through the Frejus railway tunnel. The position of the town, at the intersection of the two lines, made it the Bussoleno station important for rail traffic. The town grew, from this moment on, hand in hand with the Bussoleno station and the workshop.

The development also took place with the cotton and steel industry, which made it a textile pole for a long time. Towards the end of the twentieth century the situation changed, and with the great cuts made in the railways (elimination of the locomotive depot of Bussoleno) and with the textile crisis the country lost much of its weight, and the closure of the main activities determined a slow decline that still lasts. Now lost the railway game, the country has tried to relaunch itself in different activities, strengthening the mining industry.

The houses of the Vighetto's Family. The first one is locate in Via del Trafforo, 23 and the second (from the left to the right) Via di Mattie, 2, in the heart of the city of Bussoleno, Torino.

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