Town Hall | Villafranca d'Asti
Coordinates: Lat. 44° 54' 46'' N | Long. 8° 01' 58'' E
Altitude: 206 meters above sea level
Surface area: 12.88 km²
Inhabitants: 3017 (ISTAT data updated 01/01/2019)
Density: 236.57 pop./km²
Neighboring municipalities: Baldichieri d'Asti, Cantarana, Castellero, Dusino San Michele, Maretto, Monale, Roatto, San Paolo Solbrito, Tigliole
Dialing code: 0141
ISTAT code: 005117
Land registry code: L945
Seismic classification: zone 4 (very low seismicity)
Climate classification: zone E, 2686 heating degree days
Name of inhabitants: villafranchesi
Patron saint: S. Elena | August 18th
Distance from Asti: 14 km
Monday - Wednesday - Friday - Saturday: 9:00 - 12:00
Tuesday: 8:00 - 12:00 / 16:00 - 17:45
Thursday: 9:00 - 12:00 / 16:00 - 17:45
Villafranca d'Asti (Vilafranca d'Ast in dialect) is a town that is 40 km from Turin and 14 km from Asti, in the middle of a valley crossed by the torrents Riomaggiore, Stanavasso, Traversole and Triversa.
In the nineteenth century, thanks to the construction of the Turin-Genoa railway line, the development of entrepreneurial activities (brick companies, wine trade) was encouraged.
Today the economy of Villafranca is based above all on trade, even if agriculture still plays a decisive role.
The territory was inhabited since Roman times. Scattered villages prevailed on a single urban agglomeration until around 1280 when the Municipality of Asti decided to favor the centralization by building a new settlement.
The town remained under the district of Asti until 1619.
In this period the Goria family assumed importance, of which we remember Giacomo, bishop of Vercelli.
He founded a still existing charity and wanted the construction of the baroque church of SS. Elena ed Eusebio.
On the Via Roma, the main artery of the town, overlooks the Town hall with its characteristic arcade or wing, built in 1877 to a design by G. A. Porcio.