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Tovrea Castle At Carraro Heights

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Taraannbella wrote a review Dec 2020
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We had looked forward to attending our tour. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, our April tour was canceled. We reschedule to the latest date we could. Flash forward to December and things went from getting better to worse than before. Arizona is spreading the virus faster than the rest of the nation. Yet this company has decided that the health of its medically fragile guests is of little importance. Instead they want to force visitors to sign a waiver that protects only them and can cause legal issues for others. I reached out to the company to try and find another way for us not to lose our tickets,which took years to acquire in the first place. But was told that I had no options and my tickets had been canceled. Not even giving me the option to keep them or let the one person in our group who could safely go attend. I had wanted to see the castle since I was a young girl. It is to bad that it is run by terrible people.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Response from TovreaCarraroSociety, Manager at Tovrea Castle At Carraro Heights
Responded 25 Dec 2020
Sorry, Tara-Ann, that you are disappointed. We are people just like you and want everyone to be safe and healthy during this time. We are sorry we were unable to make an exchange of your tickets for a second time, as you requested. As you recall, we asked you if you wanted a refund, we did not just cancel your tickets and did suggest that you might give them to friends, instead. You chose to have the tickets refunded. We do hope that you will get a chance to visit the Castle one day when it is safe for you to do so.
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Piper T wrote a review Dec 2019
Phoenix, Arizona168 contributions36 helpful votes
I love Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights with it's fascinating history of early Arizona and the dreams of an Italian immigrant to create a beautiful resort in a dusty Arizona desert town... and the intriguing story of his neighbor (Tovrea) who sank Carraro's dream by setting up his cattle feed lot right next door (moo and pew - stinky!!!). Tovrea Castle is a must-visit for those who are fascinated by early AZ history, not those who want a Disneyland experience (only ride is in the tram that drives you around the property and up to the castle on top of the hill). The greatest challenge is snagging a couple of the elusive tickets. BEWARE: You need to watch the site for the next time tickets go on sale (minimally 6 months before tour dates), decide if the tour dates will work for you and be ready to be online at 6:00 AM Phoenix-time when the tickets go on sale, to jump in and buy a ticket or two. It is December 2nd now, and I just snagged 2 tickets for next June 5th's Twilight Tour. There were 8 available tours with 25 tickets available each, for a total of 200 tickets being sold this morning. They were all SOLD OUT by 6:02AM! So, you really have to want to go and be prepared. It is worth it for those fascinated by Arizona History.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from TovreaCarraroSociety, Manager at Tovrea Castle At Carraro Heights
Responded 25 Dec 2020
WE are now using a Lottery System for ticket selection and purchasing...not everyone will win, but feedback from Guests has been positive and it is a less stressful way to enter the dates of the tours that you are interested in.
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Taylor B wrote a review Nov 2019
Chicago, Illinois6,644 contributions5,570 helpful votes
Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights in Phoenix, Arizona, is a historic structure and landmark that was constructed in a unique three-tier fashion bearing a strong resemblance to a traditional wedding cake. Hence, it was tagged with the nickname, "The Wedding Cake." It reminds me of Longwood plantation in Natchez, Tennessee, the largest octagonal building in the world. Located at 5025 East Van Buren Street, it was built between 1929 and 1931 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. It is named in honor of the original builder, Alessio Carraro, and its second owners, E.A. and Della Tovrea. Built of pine wood and stucco, the castle features historically eclectic and romanticized European architectural influences, including parapets surrounding the roofline of each tier. Originally, it was intended as the centerpiece for a resort and later a private residence. Today, it has become one of Phoenix's most popular tourist attractions. Tickets for guided tours of the grounds, the first floor and basement are in demand. The grounds include the gardens, a greenhouse and many desert species, including 352 saguaro cacti and wildflowers. Currently, the property boasts over 5,000 individual cacti in over 100 different varieties. Start at the visitor's center, where you will learn of the history of the castle. At night, it is lit by LED and incandescent light bulbs distributed along the roofs and fences, making the structure highly visible from surrounding areas, including drivers along the nearby highway.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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jfd wrote a review Jun 2019
Scottsdale, Arizona1,481 contributions433 helpful votes
we booked this 6 months in advance so expectations were high. The castle is best seen from the outside, the grounds are desert landscaping and the history is worthwhile but the interior is a letdown. Although it has been restored, it is basically and empty shell. The lighting at night is very festive. This attraction is not a must see for the area as there are better sights around.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Response from TovreaCarraroSociety, Owner at Tovrea Castle At Carraro Heights
Responded 3 Jun 2019
Thanks for your insights into the Twilight Tour. It is a lovely place in the evening, all lit up with the desert smelling fresh and the Coyote pups and Cottontails out playing in the night sky. You are correct that the interior is not furnished, and so may appear a 'shell' but in reality this allows for the highlighting of the original Art Nouveau/Art Deco - stencilling, plastering, lighting fixtures, 100+ year-old maple floors, the Dancing Girl above the faux fireplace, mahogany cabinets reworked from Bank Teller Cages and so much more - and that's just on the First Floor. The original Castle was completely wired for electricity, radio in every room, indoor plumbing and an annunciator (still in place) to summon the staff when Guests required service. The Basement is full of displays and memorabilia from the refurbishment process, as well as the tunnels leading out to the grounds.
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Clifford K wrote a review Mar 2019
Fountain Hills, Arizona497 contributions150 helpful votes
Tickets are near impossible to get but the tour is well worth it. A slice of Arizona and Phoenix history.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Responded 25 Mar 2019
Thanks, 83cliffk. We are glad you enjoyed your time at the Castle.
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