Points of Interest

The territory of Po Torinese Park is particularly rich in artistic and architectural evidences left by man during the centuries.
Starting from the Roman age, besides the remains of Augusta Taurinorum (Turin at the times of the Romans), the ruins of the Roman town of Industria, in Monteu Da Po, are particularly interesting.
There are several medieval, Romanesque, Gothic evidences, especially among churches, abbeys, shelters, and castles of the small villages scattered in the hills of Chivassese and in the towns of Carmagnola, Carignano, Chivasso, Crescentino, and Moncalieri.
The 17th-18th centuries are the period for which we find several and spectacular evidences: in this period, almost everywhere the old medieval castles were transformed in sumptuous noble houses or in almost impregnable fortresses, while the simple Romanesque churches are replaced by sinuous Baroque structures, mainly in bricks.
The monumental works of water intake and channels for irrigation purposes date back to the 19th century: they have transformed and characterized the whole Chivassese area (especially in Chivasso, Saluggia, and Villareggia).
Real pearls of the territory are the Royal Apartments of the Savoia family, which have become World Heritage Sites: the castles of Moncalieri, Racconigi, and Valentino, the Royal Palace and Madama and Villa della Regina in Turin, the complex of La Mandria in Chivasso and the Hunting Lodge of Stupinigi in Nichelino.

The drinking trough in Mandria square of Chivasso
The drinking trough in Mandria square of Chivasso

Chivassese Area (The Po of the Hills)

Several are the evidences of the art, the industriousness and initiative of man in the territory of the Po of the Hills, a passage, border, and contact area.
Starting from the excavations of the Roman town of Industria to the abbeys and Romanesque-style small churches concealed in the hills or in the villages, to the castles and shelters, to the great works that are the result of the precise and wise architectural and technical planning like the complex of Mandria di Chivasso or the water intake and channeling structures.

Biandrate Castle in Foglizzo
A fortress dominating the town
Municipality: Foglizzo (TO)
Bridge over the River Po in Verrua Savoia
The most ancient bridge for 100 km
Municipality: Verrua Savoia (TO)
Castagneto Po Castle
Where Carla Bruni used to play when she was a child
Municipality: Castagneto Po (TO)
The square of Ricetto del Borgo del Luogo in Brusasco
Municipality: Brusasco (TO)
Farmhouse Cerello
Cerello Farmstead in Chivasso
Ancient rural complex that belonged to many noblewomen
Municipality: Chivasso (TO)
Municipality: Villareggia (TO)
Industria Roman Settlement in Monteu da Po
Blacksmiths worshipping Isis
Municipality: Monteu Da Po (TO)
Cavour Channel Intake in Chivasso
Intake of Cavour Channel in Chivasso
Where the most important channel of Italy begins
Municipality: Chivasso (TO)
Leu in Casalborgone
A shelter on the hill
Municipality: Casalborgone (TO)
Madonnina Sanctuary in Verolengo
Thaumaturgical fame and popular devotion
Municipality: Verolengo (TO)
Mazzè Castle
Dominating the morainic amphitheater of Ivrea and Dora Baltea
Municipality: Mazzè (TO)
Montanaro Abbey Complex
Scenic example of Baroque architecture
Municipality: Montanaro (TO)
The Octagonal Tower in Chivasso
Octagonal Tower in Chivasso
The last evidence of Monferrato castle
Municipality: Chivasso (TO)
Regia Mandria in Chivasso
Where the king's horses were born
Municipality: Chivasso (TO)
Rural Culture Museum (Museo delle Contadinerie) in Lauriano
Agriculture and craftsmanship of the recent past
Municipality: Lauriano (TO)
Saints Gervasio and Protasio Church in Mazzè
A panorama on the area of Vercelli
Municipality: Mazzè (TO)
San Genesio Church in Castagneto Po
New Romanesque next to Regio Fonte
Municipality: Castagneto Po (TO)
San Pietro Cemetery Church in Brusasco
One of the most important Romanesque works in Piedmont
Municipality: Brusasco (TO)
The façade of Santa Fede Abbey
Santa Fede Abbey in Cavagnolo
Founded by the Benedictines from Auvergne
Municipality: Cavagnolo (TO)
The Chivasso Cathedral
Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral in Chivasso
A wonderful Gothic façade in terracotta
Municipality: Chivasso (TO)
The donjon of Verrua Fortress
Verrua Savoia Fortress
Strategic spur dominating the plain
Municipality: Verrua Savoia (TO)
Villa Castle in San Sebastiano Da Po
With a park planned by Xavier Kurten
Municipality: San Sebastiano da Po (TO)
Villa Cimena in Castagneto Po
Elegant film setting
Municipality: Castagneto Po (TO)
The pipes of the Water Elevator in Villareggia
Water Elevator in Villareggia
Cleverness to lift water
Municipality: Villareggia (TO)

Torinese Area (the Po of the Kings)

The area of the Po of the Kings, densely urbanized, is characterized by a rich texture of elegant and solemn baroque architectures witnessing the period in which Turin, taking Vienna and Paris as models, was one of the most beautiful capitals in Europe. Here the Kings who decided the fate of the State used to live. However, Turin was and still is a crossroads for pilgrims and merchants, soldiers and artists, researchers and entrepreneurs who have given and continue to give their contribution, enriching the lively cultural, artistic, and architectural texture of the town and its surroundings.

Valentino Castle in Turin
Valentino Castle in Turin
Bela Rosin Mausoleum in Turin
A copy of the Pantheon for the morganatic wife of the first king of Italy
Municipality: Torino (TO)
Bertolla Laundry Ecomuseum in Turin
To remember a disappeared profession
Municipality: Torino (TO)
Municipality: Torino (TO)
Drosso Castle in Turin
Born as fortified area
Municipality: Torino (TO)
Fountains of the Rivers Po and Dora in Turin
Allegory of Neo-Rationalism by Piacentini
Municipality: Torino (TO)
Freidano Ecomuseum
Freidano Ecomuseum in Settimo Torinese
The work of man linked to water
Municipality: Settimo Torinese (TO)
Gran Madre Church in Turin
To remember Vittorio Emanuele I's return from exile
Municipality: Torino (TO)
Grande Torino Memorial
Municipality: Torino (TO)
Moncalieri Royal Castle
Particularly dear to Carlo Alberto
Municipality: Moncalieri (TO)
Monte dei Cappuccini in Turin
Observation point above the town
Municipality: Torino (TO)
Murazzi in Turin
Walking at the level of water
Municipality: Torino (TO)
Olympic Arc in Turin
Boldly suspended at 65 meters of height
Municipality: Torino (TO)
Orsini Castle in Rivalta di Torino
The medieval fortress defending the town
Municipality: Rivalta di Torino (TO)
Palazzo a Vela or Palavela
Palazzo a Vela in Turin
From Italia '61 to 2006 Olympic Games
Municipality: Torino (TO)
Guarini's façade of Palazzo Carignano
Palazzo Carignano in Turin
Birthplace of the first King of Italy and housing today the Risorgimento Movement Museum
Municipality: Torino (TO)
Palazzo Madama
Palazzo Madama in Turin
Two thousand years of history of the town of Turin
Municipality: Torino (TO)
Palatine Gate in Turin
Municipality: Torino (TO)
The apse of S. Maria di Pulcherada
Pulcherada Abbey in San Mauro Torinese
Founded during the Frankish period
Municipality: San Mauro Torinese (TO)
Superga rack tramway
Municipality: Torino (TO)
Rotta Castle in Moncalieri
Where Vittorio Amedeo II, imprisoned by his own son, became mad and died
Municipality: Moncalieri (TO)
Royal Palace in Turin
Sober and solemn structures conceal a splendid residence
Municipality: Torino (TO)
Sambuy Castle in San Mauro Torinese
Noble residence facing the river Po
Municipality: San Mauro Torinese (TO)
Stupinigi Hunting Lodge in Nichelino
Sumptuous Baroque lodge with a perfect bilateral symmetry
Municipality: Nichelino (TO)
Superga Basilica
Superga Basilica in Turin
To comply with Vittorio Amedeo II's vow
Municipality: Torino (TO)
The Fountain of the Months in Turin
Rocaille nostalgia and Liberty ideas
Municipality: Torino (TO)
The Fruit Museum in Turin
From university collection to evidence of disappeared varieties
Municipality: Torino (TO)
Kneeling Silenus in bronze with copper and silver inserts, from Industria, Monteu da Po (Turin) First half of the 2nd century B.C. Turin, Museum of Antiquities
Turin Archaeological Museum
From the paleolithic to the Middle Ages
Municipality: Torino (TO)
Valentino Castle in Turin
For Maria Cristina's amusement
Municipality: Torino (TO)
Valentino Medieval Village in Turin
One of the most picturesque places of the town
Municipality: Torino (TO)
Valentino Rocky and Rose Gardens in Turin
Built on occasion of Flor '61 and Flor '92
Municipality: Torino (TO)

Carmagnolese Area (the Po of the Lakes)

If you want to discover the deepest and most ancient soul of the culture of Piedmont, the Po of the Lakes is the right place for you. The large plain at the foot of the mountains (the term Pedemontium was invented to designate the area situated between Carmagnola, Pinerolo, and Saluzzo) is still characterized by strong local agricultural and cooking traditions. Moreover, in this area the architecture - both noble and rural - better reflects the meeting with the rural world.

Valinotto Sanctuary in Carignano
Valinotto Sanctuary in Carignano
Borgo Cornalese in Villastellone
Founded in the year 1000 by Hungarians and Bulgarians
Municipality: Villastellone (TO)
Press of Borgonuovo Mill in Osasio
Borgonuovo Mill in Osasio
Using the waters of torrent Angiale
Municipality: Osasio (TO)
The chandeliers in the prayer hall
Carmagnola Synagogue
The most precious and interesting synagogue of Piedmont
Municipality: Carmagnola (TO)
Cascina Migliabruna Nuova in Racconigi
Once depending from the Royal Castle
Municipality: Racconigi (CN)
Della Rovere Castle in Vinovo
With sober Renaissance lines
Municipality: Vinovo (TO)
The atrium of the Don Bosco Scientific Museum in Lombriasco
Don Bosco Scientific Museum in Lombriasco
From the pyrope to the python
Municipality: Lombriasco (TO)
Some finds dating back to the Roman period in G. Rodolfo Museum
Giacomo Rodolfo Town Museum in Carignano
From Prehistory to the Resistance Movement
Municipality: Carignano (TO)
Hemp Culture and Processing Ecomuseum in Carmagnola
Ancient profession of the inhabitants of Borgo S. Bernardo
Municipality: Carmagnola (TO)
Municipality: Pancalieri (TO)
Carmagnola Visitor Center
Natural History Town Museum in Carmagnola
Minerals, fossils, and fauna
Municipality: Carmagnola (TO)
The façade of Racconigi Royal Castle
Racconigi Royal Castle
It houses Czar Nicholas II
Municipality: Racconigi (CN)
Municipality: Virle Piemonte (TO)
Rural Culture Museum in Villastellone
Rural Culture Museum in Villastellone
Four thousand objects of a disappeared world
Municipality: Villastellone (TO)
The façade of Pieve di S. Giovanni ai Campi in Piobesi
Municipality: Piobesi Torinese (TO)
Detail of the façade of Carignano Cathedral
Saints John the Baptist and Remigio Cathedral in Carignano
Reversing the architectural styles common at that time
Municipality: Carignano (TO)
San Rocco Church in Castagnole Piemonte
San Rocco Church in Castagnole Piemonte
With six characteristic chapels of the popular religiousness
Municipality: Castagnole Piemonte (TO)
Storks and Duck Center in Racconigi
Created to reintroduce the white stork, disappeared in the 18th century
Municipality: Racconigi (CN)
Valinotto Sanctuary in Carignano
With a triple Baroque dome
Municipality: Carignano (TO)
Villa Cavour in Santena
Villa Cavour in Santena
Where Camillo Benso is buried
Municipality: Santena (TO)

Lower Vercelli area

Cavour Bridge-Channel in Saluggia
The water of Monviso flowing on the water of Mont Blanc
Municipality: Saluggia (VC)
Farini Channel Intake in Saluggia
A jewel of hydraulic engineering
Municipality: Saluggia (VC)
The Church of St Joseph Confraternity in Crescentino
Confraternities Churches in Crescentino
Baroque stuccoworks and frescoes
Municipality: Crescentino (VC)
Municipal Tower in Crescentino
Municipal Tower in Crescentino
With a bell weighing 25 quintals
Municipality: Crescentino (VC)
Municipality: Trino (VC)
Palazzolo Vercellese: Isola Colonia
Municipality: Palazzolo Vercellese (VC)

Basso Monferrato (Low Montferrat)

Gentle hills dotted with villages, but also the flow of the river Po, the peace of nature, the boundless horizon of the plain: this is Basso Monferrato.
Casale Monferrato is the historical capital of this territory and is a town full of places to visit.

Municipality: Moncestino (AL)
Municipality: Gabiano (AL)
Municipality: Camino (AL)
Municipality: Pontestura (AL)
Municipality: Coniolo (AL)
Casale, Torre Civica
Municipality: Casale Monferrato (AL)
Civic Museum in Casale Monferrato
Municipality: Casale Monferrato (AL)
Synagogue in Casale Monferrato
Municipality: Casale Monferrato (AL)
Torre d'Isola in Valmacca
Municipality: Valmacca (AL)

Alessandria Plain

It is the fertile plain crossed by the Po, Tanaro, Bormida and Scrivia rivers and it is characterised by extensive cereal farming.
The inhabited centres are connected bu the Roman and early medieval road system with a linear development of routes. Alessandria, founded in late Middle Ages, was from the outset the centre where the routes to nearby Liguria, Asti, Monferrato and Lomellina converged.

Municipality: Valenza (AL)
Pecetto di Valenza
Municipality: Valenza (AL)
Lake Brusa Vecchia, Isola Sant'Antonio nature oasis
Municipality: Isola Sant'Antonio (AL)
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