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Valentino Park in Turin: guide and tips for your visit

Turin is full of attractions, from the city's thriving Film Festival to the Egyptian Museum, but none are as romantic and relaxing as Valentino Park of Turin (Parco Valentino).

Located next to the River Po, the park is Turin's largest green space, but it's much more than just a conventional park. For years, it was used as Italy's premier motor racing circuit, and before that it was the seat of the Royal House of Savoy. All of this contributes to making the park one of Turin's most enjoyable attractions.

When you visit Parco Valentino, make sure you leave enough time to see everything the Castle of Valentino (Castello del Valentino) has to offer. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this place is well worth a look. Its wonderful frescoes and paintings and its luxurious interiors will delight all those who visit.

The grounds outside the castle are also worthy of note. Next to the palace, you'll find the Botanic Gardens. Founded in the early 18th century, the greenhouses and flower gardens are romantic, elegant and beautiful. Few places in Turin can match the romantic atmosphere you’ll find here.

In another part of Valentino Park, you can visit the enchanting Borgo Medievale. Not actually a medieval village as the name might suggest, the Borgo was built in 1884 for an international exhibition. Since then, it has become a much-loved favourite for the local population to visit, as well as a fascinating lesson in Italian history.

After seeing the castles of the Borgo and stocking up on souvenirs from its artisan workshops, why not take a stroll through the rest of the park? Its shaded walkways are a great place to unwind and contain some surprising highlights, like the bench dedicated to motor racing pioneer Enzo Ferrari.

Torino Esposizioni exhibition hall is located on the southern edge of the park and regularly hosts business and cultural fairs. Whether you are in town for an expo or a food festival at the castle, be sure to explore the rest of the grounds.

All cities need green spaces as a refuge from the hustle and bustle of city life, and Turin is no exception. Parco Valentino is a beautiful attraction close to the city centre, full of enchanting buildings, gardens and quirky historical sights. If you’re looking for somewhere to spend an enjoyable afternoon or even an entire day in Turin, it's a fantastic place to visit.