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“A great castle near the river Po.”
Review of Borgo Medievale

Borgo Medievale
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Owner description: The Medieval Castle at the Valentino Park was built to host the Ancient Art section of the 1884 Turin Expo: along the Po river and surrounded by walls, the richly furnished castle rises above a small cluster of houses and workshop. The buildings and the decorations are faithful copies of 15th century castles as most indications for the furniture and the settings came from the Civic Museum of Ancient Art. Within this great exhibition, that was meant too promote the industrial, technological and bussiness development of the city, the medieval castle was intended as an educational and promotional tool.
Reviewed September 28, 2013

The castle is well mantained but it is not free to go in. to enter in the village its free and its worth a look. worth a visit if you are in Valentino Park.

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Reviewed August 27, 2013

we only walked through the free part and the paid for gardens and not the castle which had a fee- it is a mock up of a medieval village. It had a small art exhibition which was good. The gardens were very small and rather disappointing. The rest was very touristy but quite a pleasant jaunt if walking through the beautiful park

2  Thank jacqui3744
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

If you or your family members have not seen a medieval castle or town before, this re-creation will be very enjoyable for you. It can be seen in an hour, easily. While not an authentic castle, it is well done with integrated elements from actual towns and castles from all around Italy.

1  Thank checkpointcheryl
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

I was there many times as re-enactor and tourist. Last time on 3 march 2013.

The area was built in 1884 and in my opinion is a quite good reproduction of some well-known spots around Piedmont. So while visiting it and - if you want to spent some euros also... - its castle (in italian "la rocca") you can see reproductions of parts of many castles such as Fénis , Issogne (the fountain), Verrès, Strambino, Manta, Challant, etc... but not only as you can also see some religious spots like: Church of "Confraternita" in Piossasco, the very beautiful "Precettorìa" of Saint Antony in Ranverso (near Avigliana, 25 km from Torino), Church of St. George in Valperga.
Another very interesting spot is near the drawbridge reproduction: there is a shop that makes armors and weapons (and I know it wery well as I bought here my fully functional XIV century knight armor, almost 12 years ago) and sometimes the owner will display blacksmithing techniques to visitors: the shop of Mastro Corradin.

I strongly suggest first time visitors, especially if with childrens, to plan a visit on the first Sunday of the month from march to september... as usually the castle guided tour includes also re-enactment from around 10:00 to 17:15 (when the last visit begins): tickets are sold in place, but the number is limited).

2  Thank Andrea_Ravera
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

I must admit to being candidly awestruck by the ingenuity of the Borgo Medievale, a make-believe historical reconstruction of a Piedmontese medieval village, carefully set up in 1884 for the Exhibition of Turin. It encapsulates all the characteristics of a miniature medieval city but consciously including the metaphors of fairy-tales and of story-telling. The visitor is simply carried away by the elaborate reproduction of medieval life, helped by the ambience of the antique souvenir shops selling old books to hand crafted artefacts in keeping with the age of the rise of the cities. It couldn’t serve as a better set for the making of a film based in that romantic epoch, I couldn’t help thinking of Romeo and Juliet All this could be enjoyed after a walk by the waterside of the Po leading first to Parco Valentino and then to the pleasant discovery of the Borgo, which keeps a humble low profile on the banks of the river and the wooded landscape. One would certainly enjoy bringing the kids here as much as the locals enjoy it for memorable photo-shoots like wedding albums.

3  Thank Ray V
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