WELCOME TO CAVOUR CASTLE
IN SANTENA

The residence of Camillo Cavour, the statesman who made Italy

Cultural events

17 March,
Day celebrating National Unity,
the Constitution, the Anthem and the Flag

On 17 March 1861 King Vittorio Emanuele II took on the title of King of Italy for himself and for his descendants. Every year on 17 March – the day celebrating National Unity, the Constitution, the Anthem and the Flag – Santena Council, Fondazione Camillo Cavour and Associazione “Amici della Fondazione Cavour” celebrate the importance of that date.

6 June,
Anniversary of the death
of Camillo Cavour

On 6 June 1861 Camillo Benso di Cavour, the first Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Italy, died in Torino. On this date, every year Fondazione Camillo Cavour and Associazione “Amici della Fondazione Cavour” commemorate the philosophy and work of this celebrated statesman.

20 September,
Camillo Cavour Prize

On 20 September 1870 the Italian army entered Rome ending the Pope’s temporal power. Every year since 2007, on this date, Fondazione Camillo Cavour and Associazione “Amici della Fondazione Cavour” award the Camillo Cavour Prize.

Camillo Cavour

Cavour and Santena: an indissoluble bond

6 June 1886. Sunday. On that day, celebrating the Albertine Statute – as the Constitution of the Kingdom of Italy was known – the Gazzetta Piemontese newspaper published an article on its front page simply and concisely titled: CAVOUR. Exactly 25 years had gone by since the statesman’s death, and that anniversary marked a victory for the Piedmontese paper: as for the other fathers of the homeland, Vittorio Emanuele II, Garibaldi and Mazzini, every year celebrations were organized with popular pilgrimages to their tombs (the Pantheon in Rome, Caprera in Sardinia and Staglieno in Genoa respectively), so the Turin-based paper had managed to raise public awareness among politicians and the general public so that on that special day, June 6th, Cavour would also be remembered with a solemn ceremony held in Santena, the Count’s last place of residence.
Camillo Cavour’s grandparents:

Marquess Giuseppe Filippo and Filippina de Sales of Savoy
Camillo Cavour’s parents:

Marquess Michele and Adele de Sellon of Geneva

Cavour and his family

When Camillo Cavour was born in Turin on 10 August 1810 in his family’s 18th century palace, the French ruled Piedmont. It was the peak of Napoleon’s empire, and his supremacy extended over most of Europe. After little more than a decade History had changed its course, both on a large scale, and on a small one. Let’s take a step back , because it is important to understand its dynamics, in order to best place in time an event as important as the Count’s birth.

At the end of the 18th century the French nation born of the Revolution, which had taken down the Bastille and beheaded Luigi XVI, had started a continental war to export, on the tip of a bayonet, its principles of freedom, equality and brotherhood, and to defend itself from the reaction of the powers that felt threatened by them, like Austria, Russia, and England, horrified by the Phrygian hat, the ominous symbol of that chaos. Many monarchies had fallen to the sound of the Marseillaise; many trees of freedom had been raised on public squares to represent the end of tyranny.

Archive and library

The library is an important testament over the centuries of this family’s high cultural level, and its archive also includes the history of the great families of Piedmont such as the Carron of San Tommaso, the Lascaris of Ventimiglia, the Alfieri and Visconti Venosta.

Cavour tours

The Cavour Centre is part of an integrated international network of tours, an organic system of museums including other historic European seats of power, part of Cavour’s family and intellectual homeland, as well as historically important places of the Risorgimento.

Films and TV

There are not many films, TV series or TV programs dedicated to this famous Piedmontese statesman. This section will include all the video material regarding Camillo Cavour, his family, and the places where he spent his life.

Contacts

Fondazione Camillo Cavour Santena

Santena Cavour Castle

Santena Cavour Park