Why Gassino?

Gassino Torinese (Latitude: 45.127292 – Longitude: 7.824942) is a small town located in the North-West of Italy, 15 kilometres far from Turin in the centre of Piedmont, a region internationally known for prestigious wine (such as Barbera, Moscato, Barolo and many others) and the slow food concept, one hour by train from Milan, three hours from the town of Genoa, in Liguria, and only an hour and a half by plane from Paris.

Gassino Torinese is characterised by an historical centre embodied by a urban middle-age plant with the presence of porches, old and valuable buildings and baroque churches: one of them, characterised by a suggestive dome, is attributed to a disciple of the royal architect Filippo Juvarra. A lot these buildings has decorative parts built with the use of a limestone extracted from the quarries of Gassino Torinese (now exhausted) with which were built several baroque architecture masterpieces in Turin, as for example some parts of Juvarra’s Basilica of Superga.

From 2015 Gassino Torinese is one of the cities included in the Unesco “Collina Po Man and Biosphere Reserve”, a densely populated natural region, belonging to a geographical area with interesting biodiversity, characterised by abundant water (with the presence of the River Po with over 120 kilometres of orographic tract), hills and woods, with increasing presence of flora and fauna.

Every year in July, thanks to SEWING A SMALL TOWN the historic core of Gassino Torinese becomes an open-air laboratory in which experimentation suggests new and innovative ways to reconsider the whole landscape surrounding the city and the built environment, re-evaluating the physical memory of the region’s past.