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Medieval Castle of Valentino Park

Valentino Park is a popular public park in Turin. It is located along the west bank of the river Po. It covers an area of 500,000m², which makes it Turin's second largest park (Turin's largest park, the 840,000m² Pellerina Park, is Italy's most extended urban green area).
The Valentino Park was opened by the city of Turin in 1856 and was Italy’s first public garden.

The medieval replica of a Village with Castle was a pavilion for the International Exhibition held in 1884, and was supposed to be demolished after the event. Instead, it was turned into a city museum in 1942.

One of the consultants who worked on creating Turin’s Medieval Village and Castle was Piedmontese writer and playwright Giuseppe Giacosa, who among other things was the librettist of Puccini’s operas “La Bohème”, “Tosca” and “Madama Butterfly”.

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