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 on the treasure hunt or visiting the Carriage Museum, the Tower of the Winds, the Elf Garden and other spaces designed with them in mind.
The Masino Castle and Park is open to the public at the following times:
• Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00
Free, unsupervised visitor parking is available within the grounds, with access for cars via the main entranceway to the grounds and pedestrian access to the village (except during special events and programmes).
The parking facilities are closed on weekdays in March, November and December; it is possible to use a smaller car park, reserved for private and evening events, adjacent to the main entranceway to the castle.
The ticket includes the visit on your own of the Castle interiors and of the external area.
FAI members: free admission
Full price: € 11
Reduced (6-18 years): € 5
Children up to 5 years: free admission
Students up to 25 years and Carta museums: € 7.50
National Trust members *, Bienfaiteurs Amis du Louvre members, disabled persons and accompanying person: free entry.
Family: € 27.
In addition to entering the majestic Park and the “FairPlayFamily route” (a special map for children), it allows entry to the Castle with reduced rates for family of 2 adults and 2 or more children 6 - 18 years).
In case of events, the price may change.
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Discover the Castello di Masino with exclusive visits to the hidden and secret places: the servants' passages, the cellars where the wine was produced, the private apartments of the Valperga family and much more. For more information write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disabled visitors can access free-of-charge those FAI properties that are open to the public by showing their ANMIC (Associazione Nazionale Mutilati e Invalidi Civili) card.
The property is accessible by those with learning difficulties. To find out more, please visit www.benefaipertutti.it
Please note that due to the historic nature of the site and the various levels within the castle (including numerous staircases, steep slopes and external cobblestones), access for those with reduced mobility is challenging.
To request assistance and to make use of the most appropriate visitor route based on your requirements – and also to organise car access with specific opening of the pedestrian gates and access right up to the main entrance to the castle – please call (+39) 0125 778100.
During major events in the grounds, it is not advisable to visit the castle due to safety concerns and problems accessing the main entranceway by car (difficulty of opening gates and driving across the pedestrian area).
Events in the grounds are always accessible (the limited number of parking spaces within the grounds are on the flat, and the ticket desk, bar and toilets are specially sited in the grounds for the events).
Purchases from the bookshop make a tangible contribution to supporting the work of FAI.
Caffè Masino is open from March to December. Special menu available for children.
In March, November and December the café is open only on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
Free wi-fi is available at Masino Castle.
Dogs permitted only in the grounds. They must always be kept on the leash.
Comfortable shoes are recommended.
A special celebration, a film, a dinner, a concert, a show, an exhibition...there are numerous events that can be successfully staged at Masino Castle – a sophisticated venue for private events, a stunning historic backdrop for film shoots and a prestigious setting for company meetings and receptions.
A unique location for an unforgettable moment
Masino Castle offers a wide array of spaces, allowing it to serve as a venue for private events of all types: conferences, business meetings, ceremonies, receptions, banquets and shows. You can choose between the rich, elegant furnishings of the castles large rooms and the more austere – although still light-filled and very generously proportioned – spaces of the nearby Palazzo delle Carrozze.
The extensive green terraces afford breathtaking panoramic views and the immense grounds serve as evocative natural surroundings for the shows and concerts held in the central clearing. Alongside the richly decorated interiors, the ancient route of the strada dei 22 giri (“road of 22 bends”) and the intricate maze of hedges are perfect sets for use in adverts and films. Indeed, it was in the rooms of the castle and in the grounds that director Stefano Alleva shot La figlia di Elisa, ritorno a Rivombrosa, the third series of the hit TV programme that tells the story of the passionate but forbidden love between Agnese and Andrea, at the time when Piedmont was occupied by the French, led by Napoleon.
Moreover, the castle offers an unforgettable setting for weddings, with a delightful church in the proximity, which is available for use in religious ceremonies.
What can you do at Masino Castle?
Wedding receptions, exclusive lunches and dinners, catwalk events and concerts, book presentations and product launches
Corporate away days
“Out of hours” guided tours led by experts just for you, meetings, conferences, team-building activities and corporate volunteering projects.
Visits and workshops associated with the local area
Food and drink: tastings of local wines and products
Culture: guided tours
Nature: natural history-themed visits to explore the morainic sierra of the Serra di Ivrea
Sports: cycling, mountain biking, trekking, balloon flights
Volunteering and team-building events
Maintenance of the castle: conservation of the furnishings, paintings and perimeter walls.
Maintenance of the grounds, the maze and the strada dei 22 giri
Reserved parking for guests near the castle
Church opposite the castle.
Tel. (+39) 0125778100
Lunches/Dinners: 120 people
Buffets/Conferences: 140 people
Dimensions: 120 m2
Lunches/Dinners: 80 people
Buffets/Conferences: 100 people
Dimensions: 108 m2
Conferences: 100 people
Dimensions: 140 m2
Lunches/Dinners: 150 people
Buffets/Conferences: 180 people
Dimensions: 200 m2
Lunches/Dinners: 300 people
Buffets: 500 people
Dimensions: 1,600 m2
Shows: 8,000 people
Dimensions: 15,000 m2
Civil ceremonies: 150 people
Aperitifs: 150 people
Dimensions: 1,500 m2
Lunches/Dinners/Buffets/Conferences: 40 people
Dimensions: 56 m2