Mostly famous for the incredible Egyptian museum (no less than the oldest museum in the world dedicated entirely to the Nile civilization) and for the Mole, its undisputed symbol, Torino it is a city that actually offers many other interesting attractions, starting from the many museums (in addition to the Egyptian Museum, we recommend for example the Museum of Cinema. A must!).
However, the beauty of Turin does not end here: the urban fabric, in fact, is also scattered with stately palaces and villas of great elegance (such as the Villa della Regina, a masterpiece of Baroque architecture), but also with historic bookshops and cafes, as well as truly enviable green areas. One of the most beautiful, worthy of a visit in any season of the year, is the green area included in Valentino Park, not surprisingly one of the most famous public parks in the city.
In this article, we will then explain how to get to the Park, also focusing on opening times, what to see once inside and providing you with some particular anecdotes.
- Where is it and how to get there
- Hours and prices
- What to see and how to visit Parco del Valentino
- Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
- User questions and comments
Where is it and how to get there
- On foot: getting to Parco del Valentino on foot, starting from the historic city center, is quite simple. Leaving the historic center behind, just follow the signs that lead first to the Porta Nuova railway station and then to the left bank of the Po which cuts the urban fabric in two: the Park is located in particular between Ponte Umberto I (in corso Vittorio Emanuele II) and the Isabella Bridge (in corso Dante). Finding it is not at all complicated, given the considerable extension: it is nothing less than the green lung of Turin to all effects! - Get directions.
- By bus: moving by public transport is also a very simple and immediate way to get to the Park: from the Porta Nuova station (unless you feel like going on foot: the distance in this case is only 15 minutes from the Park), you can opt for a coach from line 67 direction Ada Negri. After just 7 minutes, getting off at the Giuria stop, you will find yourself at the entrance to the Parco del Valentino. Alternatively, you can take a bus from the Lingotto station line 18 direction Sofia. In less than twenty minutes, getting off at the Valperga Caluso stop, you will have reached your destination.
- By metro: as for the subway, instead, from Porta Susa station just take the meter M1 towards Lingotto, get off at the Marconi stop and reach the park entrance. All in less than 5 minutes.
Hours and prices
- always open
- Best time to avoid queues: the park is very extensive, in fact it is about 421.000 square meters. There are also 4 entrances located in the four corners of the green area. For this reason, you will never queue to enter the Valentino Park (except in case of special events!).
- free access
What to see and how to visit Parco del Valentino
The Valentino Park is not simply the most famous green area in all of Turin and its surroundings, but it is also a place full of very different attractions. In fact, inside the park you can find interesting points of interest, including:
- The Valentino Castle, now home to the Faculty of Architecture of the Politecnico, which can also be visited with guided tours (for more info, we recommend that you take a look at the official website);
- The Medieval Village, a real open-air museum that, through access to a drawbridge, will take you back in time, among tapestries, crenellated walls and typical artifacts of the Piedmontese society of the past. Access to the Borgo is free, while some rooms require a special ticket, which can be purchased at the entrance, the cost of which varies according to the exhibitions present at the time. Visiting hours during the summer period are from 9:00 to 20:00, while during the winter months it is from 9:00 to 19:00 (always from Monday to Sunday);
- The Rock Garden, created for the 1961 Universal Exposition, containing over 200 species of exotic plants (both trees and shrubs), as well as fountains, streams, flower beds and various stopping points. (The access times correspond to those of the Medieval Village);
- The Botanical Garden of the Università degli Studi, open from April to October (Monday-Friday: from 9:00 to 12:00, Saturday: from 15:00 to 19:00, Sunday and holidays: from 10:00 to 19:00). In addition to decorative plants and flowers, you will be able to closely observe the beekeeping project set up by university students, being able to taste and buy a jar of wildflower honey, very aromatic.
- The Fountain of the Months, consisting of a large oval basin on which rest four groups of statues representing the rivers that bathe the city. Another 12 statues, on the other hand, allegorically represent the months of the year. According to a legend, the fountain was built precisely in the place where Phaeton, son of the Sun God, fell to the ground after taking possession of his father's chariot, having made the horses go wild. Its construction was entrusted to the Turin architect Carlo Ceppi, also famous for the construction of the Porta Nuova station.
- The rich heritage of local flora and fauna, you will not hardly come across gray herons (which have established a nesting colony), mallards and moorhens. As for the vegetation, however, you will find sequoias, secular oaks, elms, plane trees, but also maples, beeches and poplars which, especially during the autumn period, make the park even more spectacular.
Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Get up early, or not...: it is true that to enter the Parco del Valentino it is not necessary to buy an entrance ticket because it is free. However, the best hours to enjoy the park in total tranquility are certainly early in the morning. If, on the other hand, you want to experience the Park and its more romantic atmosphere, you will have to take a walk towards sunset, when the sun's rays reflect along the banks of the Po, creating a very fascinating visual effect. In any case, however, the Park is beautiful at any time of day: choose the moment you prefer (why not, even a lunch break) and relax in this corner of pristine green.
- Rent a bike: if you are a lover of this two-wheeled vehicle and you like to do some motorbike, you might consider renting a bicycle through the public Bike-sharing service and then crossing the Park on your bike. In fact, the entire area can also be traveled by bicycle and, especially among the Turinese, there are not few who choose this option, perhaps taking advantage of a beautiful sunny day.
- Watch your handbag: the Parco del Valentino is a lovely, pleasant place to disconnect a little from the daily grind and hides corners that really look like they came out of a photograph in a nature magazine, but since it is a fairly large and unguarded park, it may happen that some "crafty" make a thought towards your wallet, or the cell phone you are using to take a photo of your trip to Turin. When in doubt, never leave your personal items lying around, especially make sure you have everything with you when you get off the bench.
- Minimum time: we advise you to dedicate at least a couple of hours for the visit.
Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
As we have already mentioned, the Park has a remarkable natural heritage, which makes it an ideal destination not only as a place of refuge from the chaos of the city, but also for walks and sporting occasions.
What many ignore is that its origins can be traced back to a fairly remote era: the Valentino Park in fact had a first realization in the first half of the 1600s, even if it is only with the demolition of the walls wanted by Napoleon and the consequent urban planning phase of the early '800 that the area surrounding the Valentino Castle was used as public park, thanks also to the creation of avenues, groves and artificial lakes. The beauty of the area was immediately evident to everyone, so much so that the Valentino Park was considered almost immediately the green heart of Turin and, even before it was completely completed, it was used as a frame for the large universal exhibitions, like that of 1829 and 1911. Only after the 1911 Exposition, however, the Park settled in its current dimensions: from that moment on, it was possible to visit the Medieval Village and the Garden inside the Park Rocky, to which the Rose Garden was added later.
Today these elements are still found within the green area, entirely open to visitors, which can be accessed through four entrance gates: one at the corner between corso Massimo d'Azeglio and corso Raffaello, one on the corner between corso Massimo d'Azeglio and corso Marconi, one on the corner between corso Massimo d'Azeglio and corso Vittorio Emanuele II and the last one at corner between corso Vittorio Emanuele II and corso Cairoli (before the Umberto I bridge).
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