Borghetto is the Middle-Age style suburb located in the city centre which can be reached through “Ponte Vecchio” (Old Bridge) the Roman bridge crossing Dora Baltea river. This is also part of the “Via Francigena” (Francigena Way) linking Canterbury to Rome. In the Middle-Age it represented one of the most important communication ways in Europe. This route was used by many pilgrims from Northern-centre Europe to reach Rome hearth of the Pope’s State and heart of Christian Culture. Nowadays the way known as Via Francigena was the km 1600 long trip (80 stages – Ivrea is mentioned as stage no 45) covered in 79 days by Archibishop Sigerin in 990a.d. in his return from Rome to Canterbury after the investiture of the Archibishop Pollio by Pope John XV.
The term “Tuchino” comes from “tuchinaggio” which was used to describe riots arosen in Canavese between 1386 and 1391, which marked a sudden change in socio-economic conditions of the region and people’s life. Ivrea was firmly controlled by the Bishop and by Savoia family. It was the stronghold center of the fight against “tuchinaggio”.Reasons for riots are not historically reported, but they are well known and shared in the memory of tradition. Tradition tells about reactions against the right of Giovanni the castellan of Montalenghe to spend the first night after wedding with each bride. Riots of Tuchini must be linked to Ghibellines rebellion against Savoia family. Such rebellion was supported by the Marquises of Monferrato that exploit the chance to tackle with San Martino supporters of Savoia. It also sure that Tuchini claims werw originated in Brosso, where a rich iron mine was located and then easily spread also to those areas with economies mainly based on digging sector and on a metal working. That is the reason why legend tells that expressed claims against feudal exploit.