The Royal Residences: World Heritage Sites

Agliè - Bra - Garessio - Govone - Moncalieri - Nichelino - Racconigi - Rivoli - Torino - Venaria Reale

Torino (To)

Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi
Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi

In the beginning of the 18th century, Torino’s town planning was a reflection of the politics of a dynasty whose goal was to create a physical-territorial order that exalted Power. The Savoy, along with an intense programme of reconstruction of ancient castles, planned and designed, upon the model of European royal residences, opulent architectural complexes to host their court while away on holiday or hunting. Majestic works result from the labours of some of the greatest architects of the time: Juvarra, Guarini, Pelagi, Castellamonte. Omitting the residences included in the metropolitan area - Palazzo Reale, Palazzo Madama, Palazzo Carignano, the Castello del Valentino, Palazzo Chiablese and Villa della Regina, recently returned to the public – we begin the journey into life at court of the Savoy at Venaria Reale. The Reggia della Venaria offers its visitors the experience of an environmental and architectural unicum of extraordinary appeal, where history converses with nature. Besides the imposing Baroque palace with its gardens, the Borgo antico, the Parco della Mandria and the Castello as well as the Centro Internazionale del Cavallo (International Equestrian Centre) can also be toured at Venaria. Not far from Torino is the Castello di Rivoli, one of Europe’s main contemporary art museums. The Palazzina di Caccia (hunting lodge) at Stupinigi and the Castello di Moncalieri are also a part of this complex symmetry of panoramas.
The itinerary continues on to Racconigi, with the Castello Reale converted by Carlo Alberto into the residence of the “Royal holidays”. But this “crown of delights” – as architect Amedeo di Castellamone defined it in 1674 – includes the Castello di Pollenzo (now the location of the University of Gastronomic Sciences promoted by Slow Food and the Piemonte region); the Castello Ducale di Agliè with Italian and French style gardens where “Elisa di Rivombrosa”, one of Italy’s most successful television mini-series, was filmed; the Castello di Govone with its elaborate wooden decorations. The southernmost residence of the Savoy circuit, an integral part of the tourist area that connects the Pamparato and Mondovi valleys to the thermal stations of Lurisia and Vinadio, is the Castello Reale di Casotto. At the end of this tour of grand halls, sumptuous galleries, historic gardens and secular parks, the traveller will forever carry the memory of that sensation of having witnessed life at court during the Savoy reign and having experienced the splendour and customs of life at the European royal court. 

 

CROWN OF DELIGHTS

  • The Royal Residences of Torino and Piemonte
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Date of last update: 04/02/2014

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