• State: Italy
• Region: Piedmont
• Province: Asti
• Coordinates: Lat. 44° 47' 39'' N | Long. 8° 26' 30'' E
• Altitude: 198 meters above sea level
• Surface area: 8.90 km²
• Neighboring municipalities: Bergamasco (province of Alessandria), Carentino (province of Alessandria), Cassine (province of Alessandria), Castelnuovo Belbo, Mombaruzzo
• Postcode: 14046
• Dialing code: 0141
• ISTAT code: 005010
• Land registry code: B221
• Seismic classification: zone 4 (very low seismicity)
• Climatic classification: zone E, 2575 heating degree days
• Name of inhabitants: brunesi
• Patron saint: S. Bartolomeo | August 24th
• Distance from Asti: 34 km
The territory of Bruno lies on the outcrops of the first hills of the High Monferrato (towards the Langhe) and on the Belbo plain.
It can essentially be divided into two parts: the one located on the hills that unite Bruno with Mombaruzzo, where the ancient village rises, and the other on the fertile plain of the Belbo.
The economy of the town is predominantly agricultural, and even the crops are of a variegated type.
In the lowland areas near the Belbo Torrent, today finally much safer than the floods of the past, corn, wheat and fodder are cultivated, to which are added some plantations of poplars or new crops, in particular sunflowers and soybeans.
The hill, on the other hand, gives us vineyards where some of the noblest Piedmontese “cru” are cultivated, among which the Barbera and Moscato are the most outstanding. To these are added intensive pains of apple orchards and peaches, some sprinkles of walnuts and quality hazelnuts, as they fall within the disciplinary area of “Nocciola Tonda e Gentile del Piemonte”.
The uncultivated hilly parts are covered with chestnut, oak and acacia woods, today falling within the naturalistic area defined as “Bosco delle Sorti - La Communa” together with the municipalities of Fontanile, Mombaruzzo and Maranzana.
The town is located in the center of the Milan-Turin-Genoa triangle and can be easily reached using the system of highways that cross each other in Alessandria. This proximity has meant that decades past there has been an emigration of Bruno citizens towards the factories of the big cities.
Today we are witnessing a phenomenon of the return of the Brunesi who work in these realities, turning Bruno into a holiday resort for the weekends and for summer periods, where the population doubles.
Added to this is the fact that the discovery of Monferrato by foreigners, in particular Swiss and German, is pushing them to buy and renovate houses and farms, bringing a new wave of internationality.