If you're in Piemonte, more precisely the outskirts of Torino, you should go and see one of the many castles that used to be the residences of the Savoy family. The Racconigi Castle in Racconigi is no exception. Expect to wait about 30 minutes in the line. The castle hosted the last queen of Italy. The last king of Italy, Umberto 2, was born here in 1904.
If you are interested in Italian history or want to know more about the Savoy family, a visit to this castle would be worth while. English speaking guides might not be available, but make sure to get a brochure in English and then just tag along and see if you can understand a little bit of what the guides say. The castle was built around the year 1000.
Entry price for adults will be 5 euro. If you are a student and under 18, admission will be free.
After a good walk inside the castle, why not enjoy a large cup of Hot Chocolate in the Caffeteria Café Carlo Alberto just beside the castle? It's quite good and not so pricy. There is a larger dining room in the back with a very nice decorated wall.
The Centre is at Racconigi, between Torino and Cuneo, near the Castello Reale, the magnificent historical residence of the Savoy dynasty.
The LIPU Stork Centre at Racconigi is within a huge reconstructed farmstead. There are several aviaries, a nursery for newly hatched birds, as well as an area of small ponds with many species of ducks. There is a visitor centre, a nature walk and hides from where White-headed Ducks and other migrating birds can be observed.