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Destination Turin: Castle and Park del Valentino

Not far from the city center lies the beautiful river park of Valentino redesigned in the nineteenth century by the French landscape designer Barrillet-Dechamps.

The origin of the name of this green area is uncertain (even if for someone it should be traced back to the saint of lovers whose remains are kept in a nearby church), well known to Turinese lovers of jogging and cycling.

In the heart of the city park stands the splendid Valentino Castle, included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites along with other Piedmontese Savoy residences. Already an extra-urban residence since the 16th century, it was with Maria Cristina of France, the royal madam who made it her favorite home, that the French royal palace experienced its period of maximum splendor. Used for different purposes in the following centuries, today the Castle is the seat of the Faculty of Architecture of the Polytechnic.

Other buildings also dot the park. One of the most unique is definitely the Medieval Village, or the reproduction of a village of the '400 with lots of fortified houses, shops, alleys, drawbridge and Rocca (that is the castle of the village).

Built for the Italian International General Exhibition of 1884 in Turin as a pavilion of Ancient Art for the enhancement of the Piedmontese and Valle d'Aosta medieval-artistic heritage, at the end of the event the complex was preserved and soon became a pleasant and attractive place for recreation.

USEFULL INFO

Opening hours: open air

Admission: free

How to reach: Tram 9, 16; Bus 18, 67, 299, S18

Address: Corso Massimo d'Azeglio, 10126 Torino TO

Juri

Born in Riccione, a seaside town on the Italian coast of the Adriatic Sea. Of Italian father and a Russian mother, I always define myself a crossroads of cultures, in fact I never identified with a nationality, considering myself a real world citizen.
From the early years of life I've traveled, living periods of time abroad, experiences that have further increased my openness towards the new and the different, and the ability to think outside the box.
I'm graduated Expert for Tourism, and continued hmy studies with a Masters Degree in Economics and Management. During and after the studies, I had a multitude of different jobs, mostly oriented towards tourism (my true passion, together with art and opera). Since 2008 I lives in Milan, working in the finance department of an Italian multinational company.
My passion for culture, led me to found in 2013, Kitabu, a publishing house specializing in the publication of books in electronic format, with which in 2015 I launched various projects regarding web-based magazines about different cultural and leisure themes, on of wich is TravelTv.
Despite the many commitments, however, I've never stopped traveling extensively the world, trying in every place to identify myself with the local population.

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