Canavese: history and culture in a wonderful valley
There are places you didn’t know existed that after you visit them you can’t stop thinking about them. That’s what happened to me when I first visited the Canavese valley, in the Italian region of Piedmont.
When I was invited to stay at the Hotel Vazzana, it was a welcomed opportunity to explore this area I knew nothing about. Located in Volpiano, just outside Turin, the hotel is in a tranquil spot, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Their food is divine and I’ve yet to tell about the best part: staying here won’t break your wallet! Read more about it at the following link: Budget-friendly getaways near Turin: the Hotel Vazzana in Volpiano.
THINGS TO DO IN THE CANAVESE VALLEY
After a long and well-deserved rest, we drove the hotel’s courtesy car to 2 royal residences in the area: the Castello di Agliè and the Reggia di Venaria.
The Castle di Agliè dates back to the twelfth century and it is an invaluable testament to the incredible opulence of the time.
A calm air of serenity surrounds the castle as well as the landscape you need to drive through to get there, with beautiful tree-lined roads and lush greenery.
After this exciting discovery, we returned to the hotel and settled down for the night.
THE REGGIA DI VENARIA
This famed royal palace is often praised for its beauty, especially during summertime. When we went there they had organized an event called ‘Sere d’estate’. I’ll tell you the truth, as I always do: it was disappointing. Huge crowds, not enough staff and lots of untapped potential.
The lights were switched off in the garden, other areas were empty, all in all, the visit was not an enjoyable one. I guess this is what happens when the turnout is higher than expected.
The only thing that it was worth the price of the ticket (€10 per person) was the video projection on one of the facades of the Royal Palace. It was short, 5 minutes at most and quite beautiful. I liked it so much that I shared a video of it on social media.
As I walked towards the exit, I witnessed a touching scene. A father and his 3 children, playing with shadows, no iPhones or video games. It was so pure! The father then said, “let’s run back to mum and see if the shadows are quicker than we are”. She hugged them, teary-eyed, having seen the same scene from afar.
After a couple of steps, we came across a beautiful dancing fountain.
My trip to the Canavese region then came to end. The Hotel welcomed us in an excellent way, the food was absolutely delicious food and this region I did not believe to be so beautiful gave me some lovely memories I will cherish forever.