Cuneo (kōˈnāō) [key], city (1991 pop. 55,794), capital of Cuneo prov., Piedmont, NW Italy, on the Stura River, near the Maritime Alps. It is an agricultural and light industrial center and a transportation junction. Manufactures include processed food, metals, beer, and plastics. Silkworms are raised. A possession of the house of Savoy after 1382, Cuneo endured numerous sieges (especially in 1799, when it fell to Austrian and Russian forces).