Parco del Valentino

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Parco del Valentino (also known as Valentino Park) is a popular public park[1] 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).[1]

History[edit]

The Parco del Valentino was opened by the city of Turin in 1856,[2] and was Italy’s first public garden.

Racing circuit[edit]

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:[3]

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

Except for the 1948 Italian Grand Prix, the official title for these races was the Gran Premio del Valentino.[2] [4] [5]

Park contents[edit]

Buildings within the park include:[1]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The Valentino Park". www.comune.torino.it. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Diepraam, Mattijs (8 June 2009). "My racy Valentine". Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Parco del Valentino". www.autoracingrecords.com. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Valentino Park - Grand Prix Circuit (1952)". theracingline.net. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Parco del Valentino - Years of Operation". autoracingrecords.com. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 

Coordinates: 45°03′14″N 7°41′10″E / 45.054°N 7.686°E / 45.054; 7.686