The Castle of Miradolo in Pinerolo
Established in the 2008 in Pinerolo, the Cosso Foundation aims at cultural and artistic promotion, humanistic and scientific research, and the enhancement of the Piedmont area.
The planned initiatives, mostly carried out in the recovery areas of the Castle of Miradolo, are many and range from exhibitions to theatrical and musical events, from training courses to interventions in social activities. The Foundation, diversifying in its lines of action, tries to offer to those who want to join its projects, a new reality capable of highlighting the potential of the territory and at the same time highlighting the resources that are part of it.
The Castle of Miradolo is a building located at the entrance of Val Chisone, consisting of a noble part and a rustic part, whose structure dates back to the seventeenth and eighteenth century, subsequently redesigned and expanded in the second half of the nineteenth century. The Castle was the home of the ancient Massel and Cacherano di Bricherasio families.
A park of over six hectares surrounds the castle and still today reveals the design guidelines and the taste of those who began to delineate it at the end of the eighteenth century and those who, then, took care of the expansion during the nineteenth century. Inspired by the informal English garden, the park is characterized by a vaguely oval shape enriched and made pleasant by loops of lush vegetation that overlook a large central clearing and which have a romantic appearance.
At the entrance the visitor can see the very high and wonderful Tassodi; the tall hedges of Bosso that run towards the large central lawn embrace the guests who can move in peace to observe, among others, the old Tasso, the high Sequoia, the large wood of Bamboo and the historic Ginkgo Biloba. The presence of numerous waterways and the particularly happy position from a climatic point of view, make the site a site of considerable interest from an ecological point of view, making it an ideal habitat for many animal and plant species.
Starting from the 2007, thanks to numerous interventions of recovery and enhancement, the park is back to embellish important botanical collections already dear to the Countess Sofia of Bricherasio, last heir of the Conti Cacherano di Bricherasio family and a great admirer of nature and art . She chose for the romantic park ancient roses, rare Idrances and elegant Camellias.
The greenhouse is located along the southwest façade of the castle. The plant is nineteenth-century and is part of the overall design, harmonious and elegantly balanced, which characterizes the entire castle.
The restoration of the greenhouse, restoring the original volumes and materials, has allowed to give back to the Castle an extraordinary space, in which the neo-gothic arches and the large windows allow the light to become the protagonist. The greenhouse is currently a space suitable for concerts, conferences, installations, small exhibitions and various moments of meeting and entertainment.
The history of the Castle of Miradolo
In order to enhance the architectural complex, the Cosso Foundation undertook an in-depth historical research aimed at reconstructing the memory of the Castle, both through archival sources and through the most recent oral testimony.
The first certain news link the history of the Castle, initially remembered as a simple "cassina", to the family of the Macello who, although they did not own any fiefdom, were the main owners of the territory. Giovanni Battista Macello changed the name of his family from Macello to Massel and subsequently expanded his possessions, buying the Marquisate of Caresana.
In the 1866 the Marquise Teresa Massel was married to Luigi dei Conti Cacherano di Bricherasio, who as a wedding present to the bride, had the ancient and rustic "cassina" of the country restored into a noble residence of neo-gothic taste, that we can still see today .
Sofia and Emanuele were born between the two. The latter, who died prematurely in the 1904, was among the founding members of FIAT, the first major Italian automobile company. Sofia, remembered for her intellectual and social commitment, was a pupil of the painter Lorenzo Delleani, a regular guest in the cultural cenacle built around Sofia itself.
The Countess Sofia of Bricherasio, the last heir of the family, died in 1950 leaving the Castle of Miradolo to the religious Province of San Marzano of Don Orione, which made the palace a home for spiritual exercises. In the following years, a series of unsuitable interventions were carried out and the property was abandoned.
In the 2007 the whole complex, in a state of neglect since the nineties, was bought by a group of private individuals. The new property, with the desire to bring to light the origins of the Castle and to give back its history to the territory, has started an impressive restoration project and has entrusted the Cosso Foundation with the management of initiatives that can make it, as in the times of the Countess Sofia di Bricherasio, cultural reference point and laboratory of ideas.
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The Castle of Miradolo houses inside an elegant Cafeteria, a pleasant refreshment point during the visit of the ancient residence and a refined meeting place for visitors.
The Cafeteria serves toast, first courses, hot and cold drinks and usually offers a selection of delicious pastries, biscuits and sweets produced by Antica Pasticceria Castino di Pinerolo.
In spring and summer, once a month, visitors to the Castle can buy nice baskets to make a picnic in their favorite corner of the park, based on savory delicacies prepared by the Pastry.
During the hot season it is pleasant to relax in the dehor, created in the inner courtyard of the ancient residence. A refined and collected space, between aromatic plants and flowers. You can stop for a coffee break, have a drink in company, or simply read a book in a corner.
On the occasion of private events and special occasions, and for special events related to the institutional and public relations needs of companies, the Cafeteria staff is available to organize, by reservation, aperitifs, lunches or snacks.
The bookshop houses a rich selection of books dedicated to the history of art and architecture, photography and design, with particular attention to the historical-artistic heritage of the Pinerolo area and the Piedmont Region.
The catalogs of all the exhibitions organized by the Cosso Foundation at the Castle of Miradolo, from the 2008 to the present are available.
An entire section is dedicated to publications on parks and historic gardens, environment, nature and gardening.
There is no shortage of books for children and teenagers and a collection of educational booklets designed by the Cosso Foundation to accompany the visit of the youngest to the Castle and the Park.
The bookshop is also provided with gadgets and memories on exhibitions, on the Castle and on the Park. A range of accessories is available, created and produced in Italy, designed exclusively for the Cosso Foundation with plant motifs inspired by the botanical collections and the nature of the historical park, such as elegant scarves and foulards.
Private events and activities
Even at different times from the normal opening to the public, the Castle of Miradolo can host private events and activities for groups and schools.
Exclusive guided tours, catering and special events are available for the institutional and public relations needs of companies.
The Castle of Miradolo houses a fully equipped conference room (seating 50, video projector, blackboard, speaker table, microphone) and a neogothic greenhouse (150 seating for a conference, 80 seats for a seated lunch).
Services for the visit
The Miradolo Castle regularly hosts prestigious art exhibitions, concerts, book presentations and conferences. The Cosso Foundation guides are available for guided tours, educational and creative activities, educational projects. At the ticket office various media for the visit are distributed, such as printed information material and audio guides.
The tour route is accessible on wheels. The Castle has an elevator to go to the rooms on the first floor.
The park and the cafeteria are accessible to the animals, provided they are adequately supervised.
The historical park and the neogothic greenhouse offer wonderful glimpses to realize photographic services during weddings, ceremonies and anniversaries.
The Cosso Foundation is available to evaluate the concession of the Castle and Park spaces for the recording of commercials, films and TV shoots.
Ample outdoor parking
Cosso Foundation Offices: 0121 376545
Fax: 0121 326099
Ticket office Castello di Miradolo: 0121 502761