I must admit to being candidly awestruck by the ingenuity of the Borgo Medievale, a make-believe historical reconstruction of a Piedmontese medieval village, carefully set up in 1884 for the Exhibition of Turin. It encapsulates all the characteristics of a miniature medieval city but consciously including the metaphors of fairy-tales and of story-telling. The visitor is simply carried away by the elaborate reproduction of medieval life, helped by the ambience of the antique souvenir shops selling old books to hand crafted artefacts in keeping with the age of the rise of the cities. It couldn’t serve as a better set for the making of a film based in that romantic epoch, I couldn’t help thinking of Romeo and Juliet All this could be enjoyed after a walk by the waterside of the Po leading first to Parco Valentino and then to the pleasant discovery of the Borgo, which keeps a humble low profile on the banks of the river and the wooded landscape. One would certainly enjoy bringing the kids here as much as the locals enjoy it for memorable photo-shoots like wedding albums.
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