Donato, Piedmont

Comune di Donato

Location of Donato in Italy

Coordinates: 45°32′N 7°52′E / 45.533°N 7.867°E / 45.533; 7.867Coordinates: 45°32′N 7°52′E / 45.533°N 7.867°E / 45.533; 7.867
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Province / Metropolitan city Biella (BI)
  Mayor Desirèe Duoccio
  Total 11.8 km2 (4.6 sq mi)
Elevation 711 m (2,333 ft)
Population (1 January 2014)[1]
  Total 696
  Density 59/km2 (150/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Donatesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 13050
Dialing code 015

Donato is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Biella in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 50 kilometres (31 mi) north of Turin and about 15 kilometres (9 mi) west of Biella.

Donato borders the following municipalities: Andrate, Chiaverano, Graglia, Mongrando, Netro, Sala Biellese, Settimo Vittone.


The name of Roman origin testifies to the antiquity of the settlement, in a strategic position for communications between Biella, the Canavese and the Valle d'Aosta. Around 1150 the bishop of Vercelli, Uguccione, bought this place for his church, along with the lands of Zumaglia, Netro and Verrua. Subsequently Donato passed to Avogadro of Cerrione, who came into conflict with the church of Vercelli, in 1434 lost this estate, which was sold by a judgment of the Count of Savoy to the bishop of Vercelli, together with the castles of Cerrione, Mongiovetto, Ponderano, Quaregna, Valdengo, Villa and Zubiena.

In 1706 the town was almost completely destroyed by the French.


  1. All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.

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