Rivoli, Province of Torino, Piedmont
- Altitude: 390 m a.s.l
- Population: about 50,000 inhabitants
- Zip/postal code: 10098
- Dialing Area Code: +39 011
- Patron Saint: Madonna della Stella, celebrated on the 3rd Monday in September
- Frazioni & Localities: Bruere, Cascine Vica, Tetti Neirotti.
Provinces of Piedmont
History - Antiquity
History - the Middle Ages
In 1247 the center came under the control of the Savoy family, who surrounded the town with walls and developed the surrounding countryside with farming, cereals and vineyards, which were greatly helped by the excavation of the canal called Bealera di Rivoli in 1310. Amedeo VI Savoy (1334-1383), called the "Green Count", stayed for long periods in the castle of Rivoli.
History - Modern Times
In the 18th century Rivoli was directly connected to Turin with the construction of the Via di Francia, and in 1871 a railway track, the Ferrovia Economica Colli, was established. In the 20th century there was a massive increase in the population also with great number of immigrants from other Italian regions.
What to see
- The old Medieval Center, with the 14th century Casa del Conte Verde with a red brick facade and the ancient townhall.
- The Castle of Rivoli, originally built in the 11th century them in the 16th transformed by the Savoy into majestic countryside residence. Famous architects worked to the project, among the Francesco Paciotto, Ascanio Vitozzi, Carlo and Amedeo Castellamonte. In recent times the castle was renovated again and presently hosts the Museo dell'Arte Contemporanea.