Discovering ancient castles in the Alps
Described by Edmondo De Amicis as “the most beautiful city in Piedmont”, Pinerolo is located on the slopes of the Cozie Alps. In the historical centre, the Duomo, dedicated to San Donato of Arezzo and originally in Romanesque style, has undergone repeated renovations over the centuries, leading to the current neo-Gothic structure. From here, continuing along the arcades in Via Trento, the steep slope of Via Principi d'Acaia opens up to the right, climbing up towards the hill of San Maurizio. A long avenue of horse chestnuts leads to the Basilica of San Maurizio, also Romanesque, located on the hill where the old village once stood. For enthusiasts, we recommend a visit to the Historical Museum of the Cavalry, which bears witness to the city's equestrian tradition.
In the village of San Vito in Piossasco, about ten minutes' drive from Pinerolo, is Casa Lajolo, a mid-eighteenth-century aristocratic residence surrounded by a magnificent Italian-style garden. For groups and organised trips, the Osasco Castle also opens its doors, while at the entrance to the Chisone Valley is the Miradolo Castle in San Secondo. The Fortress of Fenestrelle, Europe's largest Alpine fortress, is impressive. Frossasco, on the other hand, is home to the Museum of Taste, an original gastronomic itinerary among local products.