Dimore Storiche

May 23, 2016 / Events
Piemonte

Historic homes… for the second year running, this Sunday the Piemonte chapter of the Associazione Dimore Storiche Italiane held an open day of twenty magnificent privately held homes.

Whether in the Cuneo, Torino, Asti, Biella, Novara or Vercelli areas, the beautiful homes, mostly palazzi, villas and castles, were open for group visits to the public with the owners often leading the tours.

In many cases concerts, photo exhibits, and local food and wine tastings also took place during this yearly effort to raise awareness and appreciation for these impressive, historical monuments which beign private residences the public would otherwise not get a chance to see.

Some of the homes that were open this year are…

Villa Lajolo
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Castello di Gabiano
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Castello di Miradolo
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Castello di Massazza
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Castello Sannazzaro
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Palazzotto Juva
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Cascine Pallavicini
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Castello di Marchieru’
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Palazzo la Marmora
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Tenuta Berroni
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The Lucedio Principalty
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Castello di Pavarolo
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Castello di Piovera
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Castello di Monferrato
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GB

by GB Bernardini

Editor, Italian Notebook

16 Responses to “Dimore Storiche”

  1. Simply Gorgeous… These estates are incredible to behold but probably horrible to heat. With the advent of modern heaters I am sure they are a little more comfortable but if you must suffer… do it in style. That’s Italian.
    Great pictures GB

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  2. Rose Jaskulsky

    I am a Travel Agent. Are these magnificent villa open to the public for rental.
    We may have clients interested.
    thank you for the wonderful pictures.

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  3. Jack Litewka

    I would have loved to go to some of the open houses. Do you know whether this will be a regularly-scheduled event?

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  4. Lina Falcone

    Great pictures these estates are beautiful . Grazie GB

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  5. Yes. these magnificent buildings would be hard to heat in their entirety, but during the cold months the families would retire to in-building apartments… What I find particularly interesting is that these buildings are seemingly of ancient Roman design, in this respect not a brick out of place… Also the conservative architecture is indicative of the Piemontese’s stoic nature. Thank you much G.B.

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  6. Mary Ellen Gadski

    If this fabulous tour becomes an annual tradition with dates posted in advance, I would plan a trip to the Piedmont just for the opportunity to see all these great places that are not normally open to the public. It could be a great boon to tourism in the region. Thanks for making us aware of this, GB.

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  7. thoroughly enjoy your site and was pleasantly surprised by the article about the open visits to the castelli; one of which I was at, Castello Monferrato for my cousins’ wedding about 7 years ago. My family is from Genoa and it was nice visiting someplace new not too far from the city.

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  8. Anne Robichaud

    GB- thanks for this note and know friends of mine in Rome were going around on May 21, 22 to see historic courtyard and palaces open those days by Associazione delle dimore storiche italiane
    Che bella cosa!

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  9. Riccardo

    GB,
    Thanks for another great look at a piece of Italy.
    R

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  10. Alex Cicchinelli

    GB–fantastic. Very generous of the owners. They should be very proud of their heritage. The names alone send me into reference books looking into the family history.

    When I lived in Australia I experienced the same sort of generosity and pride once a year as a fund-raiser for the local history societies. Albany, New York (my hometown) does the same.
    Thanks for your personal articles; they really have an enviable cachet.

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  11. ALLEN FURIA MD

    AWESOME. IO SONO DI PARMA E PURE I MIEI PARENTI. i WOULD LOVE TO SEE ALL OF THESE WHEN I COME TO ITALY NEXT YEAR. HOW CAN I DO THAT? ALLEN

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  12. Marianna Raccuglia

    Wonderful photos, beautiful houses. Thank you, GB

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  13. Anna Retsker

    Thank you for this info! It’s good to know when I decide to visit Piemonte!

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