Congress Dinner | May 20th 2016

Congress Dinner

May 20th 2016 at 20:15

The aperitivo and Congress Dinner, will be held in the romantic and historic Medieval Castle and Village situated along the River Po in the grounds of the Valentino Park, in the heart of the city.  

For this occasion, the richly furnished Castle, which rises above a small cluster of houses and artisan workshops will be reserved only for us.

During the evening, falconers, flag wavers, fire eaters and costumed characters will entertain us  and help us live the magical medieval atmosphere. This time travel will be a unique and singular experience for all the guests present.

Admission with fee reserved to all participants who have purchased the ticket.

Euro 100,00 (VAT included)

Bus departure at 19:30 in front of the Lingotto Congress Center.


Medieval Village and Castle 

The Medieval Castle at the Valentino was built to host the Ancient Art section of the 1884 Turin Expo: along the Po river and surrounded by walls, the richly furnished castle rises above a small cluster of houses and workshops. The buildings and the decorations are faithful copies of 15th century castles as most indications for the furniture and the settings came from the Civic Museum of Ancient Art. Within this great exhibition, that was meant to promote the industrial, technological and business development of the city, the medieval castle was intended as an educational and promotional tool. The idea of the organizing Committee was to offer an artistic and evocative example of the gothic style which characterized 15th century in Piedmont: a century of cultural and economic growth that blossomed under the duchy of Amedeo VIII, leaving many important monuments throughout the region that needed to be preserved and enhanced, as most of them were still unknown, even to scholars. Such models of taste and technique were presented as a precious lesson for the local industry and handicraft, to encourage the production of historically inspired works of high artistic level. Many scholars, historians, technicians and artists of the time took part in the planning of the castle, under the supervision of architect Alfredo D’Andrade, together with artist and connoisseur Vittorio Avondo, already curator of the restoration of the Issogne castle in the Valley of Aosta, and Riccardo Brayda.

The Village - Reproducing 15th century buildings found on the Piedmontese and Aosta Valley territory, the Medieval Village is cleverly set so that spaces and picturesque perspectives multiply along the main alley. In 1884, visitors were shown ancient manufacturing techniques through the many workshops that had been recreated: from the potter’s to the weaver’s, from the carpenter’s to the blacksmith’s and the coppersmith’s, as well as the apothecary and a workshop for the reproduction of artistic objects. A landmark in the study of the middle ages and neo-medieval studies, the Borgo has become today a very particular multi-purpose museum, whose objective is to foster and study traditional crafts, to create a fun and learning place for children as well as an interesting tourist attraction, and to carry out different initiatives to meet the needs and interests of a diverse public.

The Castle - It is the focal point of the tour inside the Borgo. The lord’s fortified living quarters are characterized by splendid rooms with gorgeous furniture, fabrics and furnishings, distinctive of the taste and customs of 15th century castle life. “The house needs to be vibrating and animated, everything must be placed as if we were to live it as it was” as the 1884 catalogue read. The armory shows armors and arms, flasks and hoods; in the dining hall the cupboards reveal embossed kitchenware and pottery while game hangs in the kitchen… On the first floor, after the throne room with pictures of the valiant heroes and heroines inspired by the Chevalier Errant of Tommaso III of Saluzzo, we find the baron’s bedroom, where the great canopy bed stands out with the coat of arms of Amedeo IX. The enchanting chapel is highlighted by frescoes by Giuseppe Rollini reproducing the works of Jaquerio di S. Antonio di Ranverso.

The Medieval Garden - Recreated in 1998, the Medieval Garden includes: the Garden of pleasure, with roses, primroses, violets and other flowering plants particularly loved by the Middle Ages courts; the Garden of simple remedies, used as medication by medieval pharmacists and the Kitchen garden full of vegetables and fruit trees with the willow tree and the rye shed. These various plants, as well as the ornamental furniture of the three section garden, have been identified through iconographic and bibliographic research and are shown alongside other local botanical species, all organically grown. The garden houses conferences and events directly connected with green, native species and medieval culture.


Borgo Medievale | Viale Virgilio 106, Torino