The Cavour Memorial in Santena - the house-museum that the Camillo Cavour Foundation reopened last spring after four years of recovery and restoration work - opens to the public with a special display that will take visitors back in time, to the era in which the Piedmontese statesman grew up, trained and worked for the Unification of Italia.
No electricity and only candles will be used to recreate both the 19th-century atmosphere of the Count of Cavour and the more ancient atmosphere of the Benso family, who owned the Castle since 1200. Thanks to a special set-up, designed to obscure any form of lighting other than the original one, visitors will be able to discover what the stately halls and more intimate rooms were like in the centuries when the residence was a private country villa.
The tour takes in the various rooms on the “piano nobile”, the mezzanines and also four rooms excluded from the usual tour: a rare opportunity - repeated every third Saturday of the month - to discover the habits and daily life of an upper middle-class family and its servants before the advent of electric lighting.
Tours start at different times: with an aperitif in the Diplomatic Room at 6, 6.30 and 7pm; visit only at 8.45 and 9.15pm. Reservations must be made on (+39) 011.597373 or by writing to email@example.com.
So when in February? On Saturday 19, cun i candèile!