The Castle of Pralormo
The Castle of Pralormo, whose origins date back to the Middle Ages, has been transformed into various eras in noble residence thanks to the intervention of some of the major architects of the time.
The current appearance dates back to the nineteenth century when, after the original military destination of the building, the Count Carlo Beraudo of Pralormo, diplomatic and politician of the Albertine age, he transformed the dwelling deeply, choosing the best architect of the time Ernesto Melano and entrusting the garden to Xavier Kurten.
The Castle is still permanently inhabited by the owners, the Counts Beraudo di Pralormo who own it from the 1680: considering themselves "temporary conservatives" consider it right and proper not only to preserve the castle and the estate because they are also part of the landscape, but make them usable by the public, without distorting them.
They therefore started a business in the 1990s exhibition temporary arrangements allowing theopen to the public and therefore the use of the park, the appurtenances and the castle, guaranteeing a constant program of ordinary and extraordinary maintenance.
Every year the Castle proposes a program full of initiatives, from the beginning of spring to late autumn. In particular, the event is held every year in April Messer Tulipano it is very successful, gathering thousands of visitors to admire the flowered park with more than one 75.000 tulips. Furthermore, inside the Castle, a new one has just been inaugurated new visit path, dedicated to an extraordinary one collection of vintage trains (1895-1940) and an amazing large-scale plastic model (1: 43) that crosses 3 rooms on the top floor. The visit, reserved for groups of enthusiasts and collectors, includes the very first spring models and then steam trains and electric trains, but also documents and maps dedicated to the construction of railways and railway tunnels, technological innovations that ignited the enthusiasm of our great-grandparents and of which the models are precious testimonies.
Finally, the castle proposes 5 "rural suites", set up in the appurtenances and located in the perimeter of the park: 5 themed apartments, dedicated to ancient crafts: the woodcutter, the coachman, the gardener, the gardener and the herbalist. These cozy rural suites, enriched by antique furniture, equipment and tools, offer the opportunity to live for a few days in the quiet of Pralormo, a few kilometers from Turin and its museums, and at the gates of Langhe and Roero.
The estate includes, in addition to the castle, the historical park, flowered garden, the appurtenances (theOrangery, ancient greenhouse for citrus fruits, and the Castellana, impressive rural building) and thefarm, still managed by the family for the purpose of preserving the surrounding landscape.
Reopening to visits from Sunday 7 June 2020
After the closure period due to the health emergency due to the coronavirus, the Castle of Pralormo reopens
to the public on Sunday 7 June 2020 from 10 am to 19 pm.
Precautions have been put in place in the organization of the visits that allow safe access
of visitors both inside the Castle, with entrances programmed in small groups, and in the historical park, with
contingent access based on turnout.
The Castle then reopens with two visit proposals:
VISIT OF THE PARK
Cheered by ever-changing blooms including the rose, absolute queen, with special varieties such as the "Variegata di Bologna" with mottles that make the flowers different from each other, the walk winds through old trees, the frog pond, rosemary giant, lemon trees and winding paths from which you can enjoy extraordinary views of the
surrounding mountain ranges.
In the avenues of the park benches to stop and listen to the sounds of nature and particularly suggestive music.
In the ancient French greenhouse, a beautiful XNUMXth-century iron and glass construction from Paris, a collection of orchids and ferns grow undisturbed.
In the path of the grove there are "animated trees" where an owl, carved in the trunk of an old maple,
watch what happens in the woods, and then the trees of the squirrels, gnomes and birds: a blackbird, a jay, a woodpecker, a wren and a robin seem to cheer the quiet of the park with their delicate chirps.
In addition, for children a giant Pinocchio puppet and many sets and settings to take nice shots
photographs, the workshop of Mr. Binoculars in which to browse to discover the secrets and oddities of this fantastic
character, the kaleidoscopes tree to observe glimpses of the park transformed into strange colored shapes and fantastic images ...
VISIT OF THE CASTLE
The visit inside the Castle is guided and aims to illustrate to visitors some of the main rooms, showing them how the life of the people who worked and lived there lived during the period between the middle of
XNUMXth and early XNUMXth centuries.
The itinerary winds through different environments, penetrating into the most intimate areas of the house: the Cellar, dedicated
equipment for the harvest and winemaking; the Office where ceramic and ceramic services are kept
porcelain, silver and crystals; the servants' room, where the Castle staff had their own table
lunch, livery closet, special stove for irons; the Kitchen, with copper pots, stone mortars,
roast coffee, iceboxes, shapes for desserts and countless other tools that were used by cooks and pastry chefs to
pack their delicious and spectacular dishes; the great hall of honor, the most spectacular setting of the project
which in the mid 1800s transformed the fortress into a representative residence: the floor is in mosaic
Venetian and takes up the colors of the internal facades while a sumptuous candle chandelier recalls the festivities and the
dances lived for more than 300 years by the same family, which still lives in the castle today. Finally the dining room
in neoclassical style where the table is set for an important occasion; the study of Minister Carlo Beraudo
di Pralormo (1784-1855), ambassador to Vienna and Paris, decorated in Pompeian style and full of testimony
historical; the blue living room where the visit ends whose walls and vault, completely painted with trompe l'oeil as a curtain, give the room an atmosphere of intimacy and evoke afternoons spent between friends to perform bandera embroidery, ancient tradition Piedmontese baroque, for the furnishings of the residences.
"Occasions of amazement ..."
Consolata Pralormo says: “This is the sentence that a visitor wrote to me after visiting the Castle and that motivates me to always propose news and curiosities, which are not lacking at the Castle ... just open a wardrobe or a old trunk to rediscover curious objects: dance carnet with the list of knights they had booked for
the dances and which the ladies wore tied to the wrist, the silver scabbard for the chef's knives, sealing wax seals with drawings depicting special messages, the Paris briefcase with board games inside, language of love that was entrusted to the racing pigeons, the "mirroir" cup, the ceremonial with the menu of the
lunch for the Tsar ... Even from a closet in the sacristy of the chapel precious relics emerge, like the ex
silver vow which together with many burnt butts of candles testify to the sacrifice and courage of the
soldiers at the front and the devotion and hope of their families who waited for their return with trepidation ".
For both proposals, some lawns are available for picnics brought by visitors on the grass, but there is also an area equipped with tables and benches under very high porches.
The Castle will remain open every Sunday from 10 to 19.
To comply with the rules laid down by the Piedmont Regional Council Decree, measures have been put in place that allow visitors to enter safely. For visits to the park there are contingent entrances based on the turnout, while visits inside the Castle are scheduled in small groups.
History of the Castle of Pralormo
The park of the Castle is of great historical and landscape interest: it was in fact realized in the nineteenth century by Count Carlo Beraudo of Pralormo, Minister of the Interior of King Carlo Alberto, who entrusted Xavier Kurten, court landscapist who was working at the Royal Castle of Racconigi, the transformation of the small rose garden, on the south side, in English park.
The Kurten project, of which the autograph list of essences to be planted remains, has been completely realized and its plant has been handed down to us. Of style English and of profound taste romantico, contrasts with the size of the Castle the height of majestic species such as cedars and oaks.
The paths wind with curvilinear trends, and the colors of maples, cedars, plums, yews, lindens, lilacs, spirae give different sensations to the visitor depending on the lights and seasons. However, it is above all in the summer that the project of the Kurten reveals all the mastery of its author, while still making a place in a totally dry territory fresh and delicious.
In the park the designer also made it happen two stretches of water in which the rainwater collected from the roofs of the castle, the Orangerie and the rural building bordering the park, and from the avenues of the garden converge. This system based on the saving of water resources, essential in a very arid zone, still allows today to meet the needs of the garden without drawing on the municipal aqueduct or wells.
Finally, in Pralormo, the designer took advantage of the natural scenery of the mountain chain, providing for skilful cuts among the trees so as to enjoy during walks in the park some particular views of the panorama from the hill of Cadibona to Monterosa.
Changes in taste at the end of the nineteenth century and the disappearance of some species have introduced limited changes in the Kurten plant. The main ones were the construction of a two-storey building intended for Orangery e stable, and the plant of one greenhouse on the south side of the Castle (1875-1900).
Probably the introduction of the bamboo, the plateaux of rosellines and the planting of a rare shrub species (clerodendrum Perbungei) next to the castle terrace probably date back to the same period. One of the wonders of this garden, the result of both the choice of plants proposed by Kurten and the taste and passion for the flowers of the Countess Matilde Beraudo of Pralormo at the end of the nineteenth century, is the flowering in rotation.
Being an English garden, flowers have always had a secondary role, they are in fact relegated to the perimeter sites, along the wall or as cut flowers in a hidden garden. At the beginning of winter the scent of the calicantus almost stuns the visitor, in March it is greeted by the splendid yellow of the forsitzie and shortly thereafter the daffodils narcissuses, crocuses and violets.
During the 1994 we have dedicated ourselves to the cataloging of all the shrubby and herbaceous tree species existing today in the garden and to the relief of their placement in the plant, to the compilation of a garden herb. Since 2000 every spring the park opens to the public on the occasion of "Messer Tulipano" with the flowering of tens of thousands of blooming tulips, anecdotes and curiosities about these magnificent flowers.
Sleeping in a castle in Piedmont
Hospitality: 5 apartments, from 30 to 90 square meters, from 2 to 5 beds, with full kitchen, (for more info: www.lecasedellagiardiniera.it )
Total beds: 17
Price apartments for 1 day: starting from € 90, see detailed rates on the site
Price per apartment per week: from € 504,00 a 700,00 per week
Weddings and private events at the Castle
Weddings: Two structures with 4 salons, from 130 to 600 seats. Park of 25000 square meters, private parking, agreement with the Municipality for civil marriages
Company events: on request
Various events: on request
Visit the Castle of Pralormo
In April the park is open, for a fee, for individuals and groups, every day for the botanical exhibition "Messer Tulipano" with 100.000 bulbs in bloom. It is also possible to visit the castle with another ticket.
The Castle can be visited, for individuals also on Sundays from May to November, except August. For groups of at least 15 people it is possible to arrange visits even on weekdays.
Recently a new tour route has been opened, dedicated to a very rare collection of vintage trains (1895-1940) and to an amazing working model on a large scale (1: 43) that crosses 3 rooms on the last floor of the Castle.
RESERVATIONS AND INFORMATION ON TIMETABLES AND PRICES: www.castellodipralormo.com
Visiting the park only does not require a reservation.
To visit the Castle, booking by telephone is recommended (from Monday to Friday from 9-18 tel. 011 88 48 70 - Saturday and Sunday tel. 348 85 20 907).
Tickets will be collected and paid for at the Castle.
Places of interest nearby
Castle of Racconigi, Abbey complex of Casanova, Martini Museum of the history of enology, Ancient city of Alba and the hills of the Langhe and Roero areas renowned for food and wine