The land of Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour
Santena, on the outskirts of Turin, takes its name from the river Santina, now called Banna. Its history is rooted in the Christian era, but it was in the 16th century that it became a territory of contention between France and the papacy. The Counts of Cavour lived there for many years, including Camillo Benso, who is buried there.
The village is rich in buildings, including the Church of Saints Peter and Paul, with its tall bell tower and neo-Baroque façade. The true gem of Santena is the castle, surrounded by a 23-hectare green park with century-old plane trees and a botanical garden.
The villa dates back to the 18th century and features rooms decorated with stucco and a Visconti Tower. The Cavour Center, a museum that retraces the events of the Risorgimento, is housed in the stables. The tomb of Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour, is located in the crypt of the chapel.
Every year in early May, the Asparagus Festival is held, celebrating this product of excellence of the area. The focal point of the festival is Piazza Martiri della Libertà, where you can taste typical asparagus recipes, watch a parade of historical characters from Piedmont and buy local products.