Il Torrione is a country estate that is the quintessential expression of Piedmont understatement: with a considerable variety of planted species, landscaped views and spaces, it confidently and charmingly affords sweeping views on the surrounding cultivated areas.

Although funded in the Middle Ages, the current appearance of this complex dates to the first half of the 19th century and is attributed to the Counts Canera di Salasco, who in 1859 sold it to the current owners, the Marquises Doria Lamba. The about 20-hectar park stretches south, creating a green frame around a vast lawn expanse that includes a sinuous lake with a central islet. The project for the park is dated 28 March 1835 and is signed by Xavier Kurten, who at the time was director of the Royal Park of Racconigi. At the southern end of the property are the most distinctive garden features: the remains of a Celtic temple that had been designed in 1832 by Xavier’s brother Ernest, located by the small lake cascade, the gamekeeper’s house and the saut de loup or ha-ha ditch that by making defence walls unnecessary allows sweeping views of the countryside towards Chisone beyond a false perspective traced by poplars. The Torrione botanical highlights include a varied collection of hydrangeas, among which most notable are the “Annabelle” and “ Emile Mouillière”, a group of unusual bottlebrush buckeye (Aesculus parviflora), imposing libocedrons, cryptomerias, magnolias, oaks, liriodendrons, and specimens of Gingko biloba. The production-oriented vocation of the estate is suggested by the “bigattiera” (or “bigataia”), a building for the breeding of silkworms, now converted into an elegant accommodation facility.