The Cosso Foundation was born in 2008 in Pinerolo and aims at developing culture and art, scientific and humanistic research and at promoting the territory in Piedmont.
Most of the projects such as exhibitions, performances, concerts, educational trainings and social activities are held in the areas that are in under repair in Miradolo Castle. The Foundation tries to offer a new reality to those who wish to join its projects bringing out the potential of the territory and increasing the value of its assets by diversifying its lines of action.
Miradolo castle is a building located at the beginning of the Chisone’s Valley, made up by two parts: a noble residence and a rustic part dated between the 17th and 18th century. Miradolo Castle was a property of the family Massel and Cacherano di Bricherasio.
The park of the Castle spreads over six hectares and still shows the planning choices made at the end of the 18th century and the ones applied for its extension during the 19th century. The park is based on the informal English garden and has an oval shape embellished with gorgeous vegetation around a large central lawn giving the landscape a romantic look.
At the entrance, visitors can admire spectacular Taxodiums. The central lawn is enclosed in a hedge of boxwood embracing the guests, who can quietly stroll along the path and admire the old Taxus, the high Sequoia, the vast Bamboo wood and the historical Ginkgo Biloba. Many waterways and a favourable climate make it an area of interest with ecological relevance as the park is the ideal habitat for many animal and vegetal species.
Following major refurbishment projects, since 2007 the Park hosts again some important botanical Collections. Countess Sofia of Bricherasio, last descendant of the Counts of Bricherasio was a great expert of arts and nature. She chose for the park romantic ancient Roses, rare Hydrangeas and elegant Camellias.
The Greenhouse is located on the southwest side of the Castle. The structure of the Greenhouse has an harmonious and well balanced design typical of the 18th century Castle.
An extraordinary area is now available thanks to the restructuring of the original volumes and materials where the neogothical arches and the large windows let the light in. The Greenhouse is now an area of the Castle hosting concerts, conferences, workshops and various kind of performances.