Giovanni da Moncalieri (Latin: Joannis à Montecalerio) (1579 - 1655) was an Italian. He was born in Moncalieri of the noble Moriondo family, and became a member of the court of Savoy. He studied law, but upon graduation became a Franciscan friar of the Capuchin order. As a monk he became a reader of philosophy, and a master of theology; he traveled and preached in the Piedmont region, but was sent on missions as far as Geneva. His facility in political matters, and his command of languages led him to be chosen as an aide to the Father General of the order. Between 1628 and 1631 he traveled, in a diplomatic role, throughout Spain, France, Flanders, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and the Italian provinces. Following the death of the Father General on 4 February 1631, he returned to Moncalieri, which had suffered plague, famine and war. In 1633, internal Order politics called him to Rome, where he was appointed Definitor General, the third highest office in the order. His duties kept him in Rome until 1643, at which point he returned to the Piedmont. Beginning in 1641 he began to publish epistles; in 1643 he produced the first edition of his Chorographica Descriptio Provinciarum, an atlas of the convents of the Capuchin order. This work would be republished in four later editions. He died in Moncalieri in 1655.