a surface of about 500,000 square metres, it stretches along
the banks of river Po close to the hill, between the
monumental “Re Umberto I” bridge and “Principessa Isabella”
bridge; it is close to the city centre and a kilometre far
from Porta Nuova central railway station.
In Valentino Park we can find many important historical buildings:
Valentino Castle (Castello del Valentino): it is surely the most famous building in the park; its origins date back to the beginning of the 16th century; in 1564 it was purchased by Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy. Then king Carlo Emanuele I ceded it to Maria Cristina of France, who chose it as her favourite residence and stayed there with her court for a long time. The castle was completely restored from 1621 to 1660 by Carlo di Castellamonte and then by his son Amedeo. It has two different facades: the main one, facing Turin, has the architectural features of XVII French castles and Italian baroque buildings, while the one facing the river Po is made of fired bricks. Two grand staircases lead to the first floor, where we can find the Central Hall (Salone Centrale) and the Hunt Hall (Sala della caccia), whose rich stuccoes and commemorative allegorical fresco paintings are the evidence of the ancient shine of the 17th century. The wide courtyard is paved with light and deep cobbles, and its original draws are still conserved.
Village and Stronghold:
it is a wonderful complex consisting of the Medieval Village
and of the Stronghold or fortified castle. It lies close to
“Principessa Isabella” bridge, and can be also reached by
the boats leaving from Murazzi pier. The embattled walls,
the castle, the drawbridge, the fortified houses, the alleys
and the craft workshops resounding with life make up a
faithful reproduction of a 5th century village.
It was build on the occasion of 1884 International
Exposition by Alfredo D’Andrade, expert of the Piedmontese
Middle Ages and restorer of various castles and abbeys in
Torino Esposizioni complex is the seat of prestigious events; it was also the seat of the International Motor Show till 1990, when the exhibition was moved to the pavillons of Lingotto Fiere.
The complex also includes the “Teatro Nuovo” theatre and the Rink Palace.
seat of the Society promoting Fine Arts, founded in
1842, lies on the right of Valentino Castle, and in it
temporary art exhibitions are held.
The Botanical Garden, the seat of the Vegetal Biology Department of the University of Turin, is one of the main botanical centres in Italy. Its herbarium contains a good 700,000 exemplars.The history of such plants is reported by the 65 volumes of the Iconografia Taurinensis, which includes 7640 watercolour plates painted between 1752 and 1868. Its greenhouses, its garden and its arboretum, its scientific laboratories and its rich library (500,000 volumes),where the most important Italian collection of botanical specialized reviews is kept, give Turin Botanical Garden an international importance.
is the seat of Turin Fencing Club, founded in 1879; every
year it hosts international foil, fence and sabre matches;
here, in 1844, the first Gymnastics Club in Italy was