Valentino Park

Viale Mattioli 39 (Turin)

B 24 °

The Valentino Park (On-site dël Valentin, or simply ël Valentin, in Piedmontese) is a famous public park of Turin, located along the banks of the Po River.
The origin of the name is uncertain, but was already in early Roman settlements; from 13th century documents, it seems there was an ancient chapel titled St. Valentine (176-273), saving a portion of the relics of the patron saint of lovers taken directly from Terni. It is not clear whether the chapel then fell into disrepair and was destroyed, but the relics were brought to the nearby church of San Vito, in the hills beyond the river. The Valentino area instead, was first inhabited by Birago, who built a villa; then, Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy acquired the whole area around the middle of the 16th century.

Besides the medieval village, the Parco del Valentino in Turin hosts other artistic works, including:

  • Strains Fountain (1898), better known as the "Twelve Months", an impressive monument of Charles Strains comprised a large tub in Rococo surrounded by twelve statues representing the twelve months of the year.
  • Valentine's arch or the Gunner (popularly known as the Arc de Triomphe, due to the resemblance, in compact form, that of Paris), large masonry monument placed at the northern entrance, at the beginning of corso v. Emanuele II/Umberto I bridge, built in 1930 and dedicated to artillery Weapon, designed by Pietro Canonica
  • equestrian statue placed on the entrance square floral path next to Turin, Exhibitions dedicated to Amedeo (1845-1890), first Duke of Savoy-Aosta, Davide Calandra opera monument (1902).
  • Statue of Massimo d'Azeglio, by Alfonso Balzico of 1873, on the eponymous course/course corner v.Emanuele II

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