Located in a large basin in the middle of the valley, Demonte is an ancient alpine village of pre-Roman origins that owes its name to the geographical location of the village: in fact, in the local parlance, “edmount” means “up there, at the top, in the middle of the mountains”.
Over the centuries the town has had a vocation as a military stronghold of which a lot of ruins remain in the flat space of the sports field, where the Fort of the Consolata stood until 1796. One of the most important elements of the town is the main street’s arcades, decorated with medieval capitals and wooden coffered ceilings. It’s between these that the main points of interest appear, such as the Saint Giovanni’s Oratory with its Neo-Gothic facade (17th century), the Conti Borelli’s Baroque palace which hosts the Lalla Romano's Space (the writer is buried in the local cemetery), the City Hall and the Civic Tower (both of the 17th century). By turning right after the municipal tower you can reach the Parish Church of Saint Donato, with its brick façade dominated by two statuary groups (17th century). From Piazza Statuto you can access the Borrelli Park, one of the most beautiful 19th century parks in Italy. The Lou Fercaval Ethnographic Museumis hosted in an ancient workshop of Via Parrocchia.
DEMONTE - Palazzo Municipale
Via Martiri e Caduti per la Libertà, 13 - 12014 Demonte
Tel.: 0171 95122 – 955614