Castles

Castello di Rocca de' Baldi - Museo Etnografico Provinciale A. Doro

A small medieval village on the spur of land where the Pesio and Pogliola rivers meet, in the past Rocca de’ Baldi was defended by its ancient castle and the deep Tagliata moat. Founded by Ubaldo, of the lords of Morozzo, in the 13th century, it was initially just a tower and an adjacent building. After being burnt and sacked by Spanish troops in 1543, it was rebuilt and enlarged, and enfeoffed to Carlo Filippo Morozzo in 1642.

Its transformation into a residential palace was completed in 1710, when the Marquis Gaspare Filippo Morozzo had a new wing built (currently painted pink), designed by architect Francesco Gallo. After hosting a “Colonia Provinciale Orfani di Guerra” (provincial home for war orphans) and a nursery school in the 20th century, today the building, owned by the municipality, is home to the Provincial Ethnographic Museum and the “Augusto Doro” Study Centre, established out of the collaboration between the provincial administration, the “Società Studi Storici Artistici ed Archeologici” (society for historical, artistic and architectural studies) and the Rocca de’ Baldi municipality.

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Visitors can tour the halls on the main floor, including some room reconstructions, the ethnographic displays on the second floor, the crenellated tower (called the “Torre dell’Agnese” after the wife of Ubaldo Morozzo) and the large park, recently restored as part of the Interreg “Jardin des Alpes” project. Of note in the park are the three ancient specimens of Sophora japonica. Part of the garden has been turned into an orchard and planted with around 100 native local varieties of apples, pears and cherries.

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Educational activities for schools.

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13 May: Castelli Aperti, opening 10.00-18.00, guided tours.

September: European Heritage Day.

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2018
25 April - 31 October: Sunday and holidays (25 April; 1 May; 2 June; 15 August).

Opne by appointment fort tourists and groups.

14.30-18.30.

Guided tours in english and french by appointment.

Adult € 5; students (age 7-14 anni), Senior over 65, Torino+Piemonte Card and groups (min. 20 people) € 2,50;
free for children under 6, under 14 (with their family), Abbonamento Musei Torino Piemonte card and disabled visitors with companion.

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