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Forts and Castles
The forts and castles all over the province never fail to relate history with a legendary air, taking place within the mighty walls and robust towers...
Symbols of the military power of the Savoy dynasty, the forts sit atop steep mountain sides. The most renowned is Fenestrelle Fort, emblem of Turin Province and one of the most formidable defence constructions of all Piedmont: this majestic structure – defined “the great wall of Piedmont” – straddles some 5 kilometres of the south-east side of Monte Orsiera. Rivalling this fort in architectural potency there are Exilles Fort, built to monitor the passage of people and goods from Monginevro, and Bramafam Fort which dominates the entrance to Fréjus and was built between 1874 and 1889 to protect the rail tunnel inaugurated just a few years earlier.


Also leading lights in and beyond Turin are the castles which were often used as hunting lodges. Canavese holds many of these ancient dwellings: the best known are Masino Castle at Carvino, owned by FAI (the Italian National Trust) since 1987, and the residence of Conte Camillo Benso at Cavour Castle in Santena. Others are Pralormo Castle, forming the backdrop to a yearly display of thousands of tulips, and Rivara Castle which has been reborn as a valuable contemporary art museum. 


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APPARTAMENTI REALI DEL CASTELLO DE LA MANDRIA
Viale Carlo Emanuele II, 256 (entrata Ponte Verde) - 10078 Venaria Reale
Telephone: +39 0114993371
Web: www.parchireali.gov.it/appartamentireali/
The Royal Apartments of Borgo Castello offer 14 rooms and a gallery, completely furnished, where the times of Vittorio Emanuele II between the Risorgimento and the unification of Italy can be experienced.

BORGO MEDIEVALE DI SAN MAURO DI ALMESE
Via Tetti San Mauro - 10040 Almese
Telephone: +39 3382011184
Web: www.fiepiemonte.it
CASAFORTE DI SAN DIDERO
Via Abegg, 12 - 10050 San Didero
Telephone: +39 011
Web: www.comune.sandidero.to.it/
CASTELLO DI PIOBESI TORINESE
Piazza Vittorio Veneto, 7 - 10040 Piobesi Torinese
Telephone: +39 0119657083
Web: www.comune.piobesi.to.it
Originally built by bishop Landolfo, it was destroyed by the Visconti army in 1347 and only one of the four towers now remains of the original building.
During the 19th century it was transformed into a private dwelling and for some years was the residence of Count Brassier of Saint-Simon. Today it is home to the civic library and the upper floors house the Italian food style education School.
CASTELLO ABBAZIALE
VIA SACRA DI SAN MICHELE, 34 - 10057 Sant'Ambrogio di Torino
Telephone: +39 3454689567
Web: www.lomdfer.com
CASTELLO BENSO DI MERCENASCO
Via Papa Giovanni XXIII, 21 - 10010 Mercenasco
Telephone: +39 0125710022
Web: www.castellobenso.it
CASTELLO BIANDRATE DI SAN GIORGIO
Via Biandrate, 31 - 10090 San Giorgio Canavese
Telephone: +39 012432429
CASTELLO CAVOUR DI SANTENA
Piazza Visconti Venosta, 2 - 10026 Santena
Telephone: +39 011597373
Web: www.fondazionecavour.it

CASTELLO DEL CONTE VERDE
Via Conte Verde - 10055 Condove
Telephone: +39 0119643102
Web: www.comune.condove.to.it
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