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A day trip to Parco Regionale La Mandria might feel like a trip back in time, and you’ll likely want to spend more than a day taking in the historical park just outside the city. This area of small lakes and pastures also features some notable attractions including several royal residents, ancient churches and other historical buildings. Nestled in the olden forest this is home to a variety of Italian wildlife too, and thus is the location of several hunting lodges dating back to the days of Italian unification in the 1860s.
Among the most impressive structures is the Cascina Rubbianetta, which was built in 1863 and then added onto over the years. It was one of the summer residences for King Victor Emmanuelle II, and was originally constructed for horse breeding. It is near the older Cascina Vittoria, which today offers visitors a look at the various horse breeds. The nearby Borgo Castello, an 18th century castle and palace, includes guided tours of the royal apartments.And while you might think of a log cabin type structure when thinking of a hunting lodge, La Bizzarria might change your mind. Constructed after the unification of Italy, and completed in 1862 this building as actually a gift from King Victor Emmanuelle II to his wife. The ornate structure looks like a fine Victorian era country estate but was actually used as a hunting-lodge! It is the site of a future museum.