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Città di Ceva
Landscape of Ceva
Ceva is located in Italy
Location of Ceva in Italy
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Province Cuneo (CN)
Frazioni Bertini, Infermiera, Malpotremo, Mollere, Poggi San Siro, Poggi Santo Spirito, Pratolungo.
 • Mayor Alfredo Vizio (Lista Civica)
 • Total 42 km2 (16 sq mi)
Elevation 385 m (1,263 ft)
Population (December 31, 2004)
 • Total 5,795
 • Density 140/km2 (360/sq mi)
Demonym Cebani
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 12073
Dialing code 0174
Patron saint Madonna del Rosario,
Santa Lucia[1]
Website Official website

Ceva, the ancient Ceba, is a small Italian town in the province of Cuneo, region of Piedmont, 49 kilometres (30 mi) east of Cuneo. It lies on the right bank of the Tanaro on a wedge of land between that river and the Cevetta stream.


  • History 1
  • Main sights 2
  • See also 3
  • Notes 4
  • Sources 5
  • External links 6


In the pre-Roman period the territory around Ceva was inhabited by the branch of the mountain Ligures known as Epanterii.

The upper Val Tanaro was municipium. However, it is not certain that this was Ceba: Mombasiglio is also regarded as a candidate. In the first century CE Columella referred to a particular breed of cattle raised here, and Pliny the Elder praised its sheep’s milk cheese in his Natural History. The town is on the site of the old Roman road from Augusta Taurinorum via Pollentia to the coast and it is probable that there was a market here from which the cheese produced in the region was exported with Rome via the Ligurian ports of Vada Sabatia (the modern Vado Ligure) and/or Albingaunum (Albenga).

In the Middle Ages it was the seat of a small marquisate, which lasted until the late 15th century when it was acquired by Savoy. Ceva was home to a fortress defending the confines of Piedmont towards Liguria, but the fortifications on the rock above the town were demolished in 1800 by the French, to whom it had been ceded in 1796.

Ceva was heavily damaged by a flood of the Tanaro, Cevetta and Bovina rivers.

Main sights

The 16th century castle of the Pallavicino stands in an area of green parkland between the Tanaro and the Cevetta and comprises two small palaces: the original, red palazzina rossa and the later, white palazzina bianca.

Remains of the 16th century fort are also present.

See also


  1. ^ :: Comunità Montana Valli Mongia, Cevetta e Langa Cebana


  • Media related to at Wikimedia Commons
  • Pliny on the cheese of Ceba in Book 11 of the Natural History:
    • at Perseus (English)
    • at LacusCurtius (Search for ‘Cebanum’) (Latin)

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