Parco del Valentino
Parco del Valentino (also known as Valentino Park) is a popular public park in Turin, Italy. It is located along the west bank of the Po river. It covers an area of 500,000m², which makes it Turin's second largest park (Turin's largest park, the 840,000m² Pellerina Park, is Italy's most extended urban green area).
The Parco del Valentino was opened by the city of Turin in 1856, and was Italy’s first public garden.
Several now defunct paved street circuits held races in the park between 1935 and 1954. Some of the notable races on these were as follows:
|Race Title||Race Winner||Circuit Length||Notes|
|1935 Gran Premio del Valentino||Tazio Nuvolari||4.09 km||The main straight was actually outside the park.|
|1937 Gran Premio del Valentino||Antonio Brivio||2.92 km|
|1946 Gran Premio del Valentino||Piero Dusio||4.8 km|
|1948 Italian Grand Prix||Jean-Pierre Wimille||4.8 km|
|1952 Gran Premio del Valentino||Luigi Villoresi||4.2 km|
|1955 Gran Premio del Valentino||Alberto Ascari||4.4 km|
Buildings within the park include:
- The Botanical Gardens
- The Baroque Castle (Castello del Valentino)
- Medieval Castle and Village
- The Torino Esposizioni and Underground Pavilion Complex
- Società Promotrice delle Belle Arti
- Villa Glicini
- Enzo Ferrari's special bench
Statue of Cesare Battisti in Valentino Park.
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- Diepraam, Mattijs (8 June 2009). "My racy Valentine". Retrieved 9 December 2011.
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- "Parco del Valentino - Years of Operation". autoracingrecords.com. Retrieved 6 August 2015.