Castles

Castello di Rocca de' Baldi - Museo Etnografico Provinciale

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.

CARATTERISTICHE_VISITA

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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LOCAL SIGHTS

La visita cumulativa comprende: Castello, Torre Civica (con una piccola mostra dedicata agli orologi ed all'arte campanaria), Parrocchiale di San Marco (l'Altare Maggiore, opera dei fratelli Carlone, è fra le più importanti testimonianze del barocco nel monregalese) e Museo di Storia Locale e Militare ospitato nella ex casa canonica (la storia di Rocca de' Baldi e delle vicende belliche che l'hanno coinvolta, dall'occupazione napoleonica alla fine del secondo conflitto mondiale).

IN THE AREA

Mondovì e Santuario di Vicoforte, Riserva Naturale di Crava Morozzo Oasi LIPU, Santuario del Brichetto, Chiesa di S. Fiorenzo e ciclo pittorico a Bastia di Mondovì, reperti archeologici di Augusta Bagiennorum di Benevagienna.

TYPICAL PRODUCTS

Miele di millefiori e di castagno e la melata di abete bianco; Formaggi e allevamento vitelli da carne; Cappone di Morozzo; vino Dolcetto DOC. Nel territorio della Riserva Naturale Oasi Crava Morozzo vengono allevati pesci d'acqua dolce utilizzando le acque del torrente Pesio.

SERVIZI_VISITA

Organization of educational activities for schools.

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