The castle is named after the nets used to catch small birds called roccoli. In 1831 it was bought by the Marquis Roberto Tapparelli d’Azeglio, who rebuilt it in the neo-Gothic style favoured by the Savoy court and in fashion at the time around Saluzzo.
A chapel was built near the residential quarters, finished in 1842, while the monumental Serre conservatory was built in the section of the park opposite the castle between 1846 and 1850 and recently restored. Over the years the castle has hosted illustrious figures such as Silvio Pellico, King Umberto I and Queen Margherita.
The castle’s exterior is a harmonious blend of Moorish arches, swallowtail merlons, rose windows and floral decorations. Around the castle is the marvellous park, covering 500,000 square metres, designed in Romantic style and including work by noted landscape designer Xavier Kurten. It features many paths, grottoes, statues, hidden corners and viewpoints.
The tour begins with the main building, taking in the façade, the towers, the north wing, the main hall, the dining hall and the loggia. Visitors then continue on to the chapel, which features beautiful furnishings and decorations, then the monumental conservatories, the enormous park and the delightful small lake.
Event rental and receptions with conference room, educational events.
Local sight: Santissima Trinità church, Santissima Annunziata church, Maria Vergine Assunta parish church, San Sebastiano chapel, Santo Stefano chapel, San Martino chapel
In the area: village of Costigliole Saluzzo, Maira valley
Typical products: wine from Quagliano grapes, micca (traditional bread) from Busca, “baci di Busca” sweets and “baci di Melania” named after Roberto Tapparelli d’Azeglio’s daughter
Events: “Carlevè d Busca” (February), patron saint’s day dedicated to San Luigi (first Sunday in July), patron saint’s day dedicated to the Madonnina (first Sunday in August), “Il Roccolo della Poesia” (May-June and September-October)