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The Murisengo, at 338 m a.s.l., traces its history back more than a thousand years, to at least the year 940 when, according to an official document, the nobleman Gumbertus de Munesingo participated in an assembly of Asti as vassal of Count Umberto of Asti. Murisengo lies immersed in a countryside of gently-rolling hills where fields, vineyards and woods give way to each other against in extraordinary display of different shades of colour.
The old town centre of Murisengo echoes and confirms the solemn, vigorous active past of the town. The castle (now a private residence) towers above the village with breath-taking views of the houses and valley below. It was here in the castle that Silvio Pellico wrote Francesca di Rimini. The Parish Church of Sant'Antonio Abate (18th century), an outstanding example of Piedmontese rococo, rises close to the castle. In the old town centre, the Church of San Michele bears witness to the religious importance of the town while the Romanesque Tower of San Pietro surrounded by a small park is all that remains of a convent of Benedictine monks.
A visit to Murisengo must include an excursion to the Pirenta, a historical sulphurous source of the Monferrato whose healing powers were extolled in the 18th century by Father Gio Agostino De Levis. The baroque Church of San Luigi Gonzaga, designed by the architect Bernardo Vittone in a style that reflects the works of the renowned Guarino Guarini, is one of the most interesting attractions of Corteranzo, a pleasant district of Murisengo.
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