For more than a thousand years, Masino Castle has overlooked the immense Canavese plain from high ground in front of the evocative morainic barrier of the Serra di Ivrea – an intact and seemingly endless landscape. The strategic location of the castle resulted in it being frequently attacked, but the noble Valperga dynasty, whom, legend has it, are descended from Arduin of Ivrea, the first King of Italy, retained ownership of it right from the very beginning, documented as far back as 1070. Over the centuries, the illustrious family converted the castle into an aristocratic residence, and then into an elegant holiday home. This glorious past is recounted by the halls themselves, which are adorned with frescoes and ostentatious furnishings, and by the bedrooms used by visiting ambassadors, the private apartments, the lounges and the panoramic terraces. It all adds up to a refined embodiment of 17th and 18th century culture, which was also expressed in the rooms dedicated to the celebration of knowledge, such as the priceless library, which plays host to more than 25,000 antique volumes.

Outside the castle, there are monumental, romantic grounds, featuring one of the largest mazes in Italy, a majestic tree-lined boulevard, large clearings and picturesque corners that, in spring, are inundated by beautiful blossom. A trip to Masino is an ever-changing experience: from visits to the castle, taking different routes round it each time, to a day in the open air to savour the beauty of the grounds, or participation in any of the numerous events organised throughout the course of the year, perhaps including a coffee at the panoramic cafeteria. Masino is perfect for kids, who will have great fun playing with their families and friends with all the activities we designed for them.



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Founded: 11th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Thomas Martellone (2 months ago)
I've been to this castle at least 3-4 times. I always enjoy going and have been sure to bring family and friends so that they can see a beautiful castle with amazing views. Visitor cards in each room have various languages so don't worry if you don't speak or read Italian. The grounds are also beautiful and you'll be mesmerized by the antiquities inside. Definitely an easy castle to navigate with great things to see!
Kat Beatriz (3 months ago)
Excellent. Quiet in the fall. Wonderful place to visit. Opens at 10 am which is a bit late but it was worth waiting for the opening.
fantasia (6 months ago)
I just stopped by this place as I had some time left on the way back home. But I realized this place is way better than I expected. unlike the outside building, there are full of beautiful things inside castle, as well as beautiful garden with fun maze. The view from the castle is breathtaking, which reminds you Toscana view, I think. Must-visit place in this area.
Tombo (6 months ago)
Great view. Beautiful place and castle.
Arwyn Jones (9 months ago)
Lovely FAI spring flower show in the shadow of the Castle of Masino. Lots of stalls selling all sorts of plants. Very well organised.
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