Territory and Art
Il Vecchio Mulino is located in Bairo, a small town in the Canavese area that lies on the slopes of the morainic amphitheater of Ivrea. Important center for equestrian disciplines has 4 riding stables, in each of which it is possible to practice a different discipline. The Canavese is a territory to be discovered, far from the invasions of mass tourism but rich in artistic beauty and green corners still uncontaminated. In the immediate vicinity of the Mill are the municipalities of Torre Canavese, Agliè and Castellamonte.
Torre Canavese can now boast the title of "country of art". Against the background of an ancient castle paintings by local artists and works from all over the world are visible on the facades of buildings. A perennial open-air museum, the works tell stories of distant places. The Pinacoteca dedicated to Raissa Gorbaciova hosts a permanent exhibition of high-level paintings. Currently it is also possible to visit an exhibition dedicated to Federico Fellini. The most evocative sets of the great Italian director alternate for the ancient "Viassa" creating a dreamlike and surreal atmosphere.
Agliè is now known as the village of "Elisa di Rivombrosa": among its streets and in its castle many scenes of television fiction were shot.With its immense ducal castle and wonderful park, its splendid baroque churches and the medieval village Agliè is a village suspended between past and present. Agliè was also the birthplace of Guido Gozzano, a twilight poet. A few steps from the city center you can visit his home "il Meleto". Castellamonte develops in a semicircle around the hill on which the castle of the Counts of San Martino is located. The solitary Romanesque bell tower of the eleventh century opens the imposing circle of walls of the Rotonda Antonelliana begun in 1842 by Alessandro Antonelli. Castellamonte is nationally recognized among the 36 cities of ceramics. In September, every year, the Ceramics Exhibition takes place: the best of local craft and artistic productions are presented to the general public. Interesting are the craft shops, open all year round, producers of the famous Castellamonte stoves and tableware.
The most important center of the Canavese, 15 km away, is Ivrea, known throughout the world for the Historical Carnival and its famous Battle of the Oranges. Guests who wish, upon advance request, can become protagonists for a day of Carnival and experience the thrill of "pulling" oranges, both on the wagon and on foot; we have our own wagon and welcome some teams on foot.
The historic center of Ivrea climbs up a hill that leads to the Castle and the Duomo. Also celebrated by Carducci (...."Ivrea the beautiful that the red towers mirrors dreaming of the cerulean Dora) the castle of the three towers is the emblem of the city, built by AmedeoVI of Savoy in 1357, today it is occasionally home to exhibitions and events. The name of Ivrea is also linked to Olivetti, which had its headquarters in the city. Just walk through the streets of the city to discover what the Olivetti-Ivrea binomial was, see the buildings recognized worldwide as masterpieces of modern rationalist architecture and now included in the candidacy for UNESCO World Heritage Site "Ivrea industrial city of the twentieth century".
In Canavese the artistic and architectural testimonies are certainly not lacking but it is above all the Circuit of the Castles to characterize the territory; ancient manors now used as museums, private residences, accommodation facilities or public offices. The best known are the Castle of Masino, the Castle of Ivrea, the Castle of Mazzè, the Castle of San Giorgio, the Castle of Montalto, the Castle of Pavone and the Ducal Castle of Agliè; the latter is part of the Royal Residences of Piedmont, as well as the Reggia di Venaria which is 30 km from our hotel. At the same distance also begin the Castles of Val d 'Aosta with their dedicated itinerary.