We were a group of cousins of all ages, who live in Ireland and Germany, gathering to spend Easter with each other and with another cousin and his family who live in Turin. Staying in the castle is a wonderful experience. The garden is spectacular and huge. The celebrated Russell Page part, with mountains in the distance, is of course beautiful, but we actually loved the less formal, larger part of the garden even more. There are massive trees, flowering dogwood, weeping beech, spirea, lots of peonies, irises, and masses of fragrant lilies of the valley and columbine. The beauty of the garden is that it is not too manicured. Every morning I could not wait to take my breakfast outside to my favourite little courtyard where lemon and mandarin orange trees are growing in pots. The garden is full of birdsong. The children loved the treehouse, zip line, and swings. We were there in April, but I can imagine that the castle would be a relief on hot sumer days. There are actually five bedrooms, so we had plenty of room. The living room has a functioning fireplace, and there was a large pile of firewood and kindling by the front door. We walked to Moncalieri one day; it is an easy walk of about fifteen minutes, and you can use a little path for part of it instead of going on the road. Moncalieri itself has a charming historic centre. We bought some supplies in a small, good shop with excellent fresh produce. Raimonda pointed out some excellent restaurants and a gelateria; we ended up cooking for ourselves and staying at the castle most of the time except for some excursions with a local cousin, but these are good resources to know about. Raimonda and Emanuelle are lovely, interesting people and were, at every turn, available to help.