Arizona September 24, 2019
Tovrea Castle In Arizona Is Finally Open For Public Tours
If you’ve spent any amount of time in Phoenix, you’ve likely seen a rather eclectic building looming in the distance. That would be Tovrea Castle, a historic structure that’s been around for nearly 100 years – and it’s open to the public for tours.
Constructed in 1929, this three-tiered historic landmark has been dubbed "The Wedding Cake" due to its strong resemblance to a towering dessert.
Upon arrival, visitors traverse a winding interpretive trail that features over 5,000 cacti of 100 differet varieties. It sets the scene for, but is only a small fraction of, the overwhelming elegance to come.
Officially called Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights, the structure is named after both of its former owners.
Alessio Carraro oversaw the construction process, envisioning a grand hotel with equally opulent surroundings. His dream was short-lived, as the castle was purchased by E.A. and Della Tovrea in 1931.
Today, you can experience one of Arizona's most prominent landmarks firsthand on a 90-minute tour that includes the cactus gardens, main floor, basement, and gift shop.
European influences can be found in every room, from architecture to wall art.
It only further enhances the already abundant magic that becomes more prevalent with each step you take.
It's a well-known fact that the basement is the high point of the tour, due to its incredibly unique ceiling.
Guests have differing opinions as to what it looks like: popcorn and mashed potatoes are two of the most common suggestions.
One of the best things about Tovrea Castle (and a major reason why it's so famous) is the breathtakingly panoramic view.
Majestic mountain silhouettes rise in the distance and the entire city is spread out for all to see.
Tours are held at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until the end of September, then pushed back to 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. from October to December.
Address: 5025 East Van Buren Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008
Visit the castle’s
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