The Regge Sabaude

In ad­di­tion to of­fer­ing an over­view of olden- day court life, the Regge Sabaude tes­tify to the mod­ern his­tory of Pied­mont and Italy.


The royal res­i­dences are eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble by bus or car from Turin, and are among some of the best­p­re­served ex­am­ples of 17th and 18th cen­tury Euro­pean ar­chi­tec­ture. They are a liv­ing tes­ti­mony to the pres­tige of the lo­cal monar­chy, the Savoy fam­ily, the first kings of uni­fied Italy. In ad­di­tion to Castello del Valentino and Villa della Regina ( see Top in Town), the favourite city-based res­i­dences of duchesses and princesses, and the fortress of Castello di Mon­calieri, the Regge Sabaude com­plex, listed as a UNESCO World

Her­itage site in 1997, in­cludes hunt­ing lodges and coun­try res­i­dences, em­bel­lished with gar­dens that re­flect the so­phis­ti­ca­tion of courtly life.


Lo­cated in­side the in the his­toric cen­tre of the town of Venaria, the Reggia di Venaria Reale is a Baroque-style com­plex built in the mid-17th cen­tury as a glo­ri­fied hunt­ing lodge for Carlo Emanuele II. Its present- day ap­pear­ance is the re­sult of work by sev­eral prom­i­nent ar­chi­tects of the era, in­clud­ing Amedeo di Castel­la­m­onte, Michelan­gelo Garove and lastly Filippo Ju­varra, who de­signed many of its most beau­ti­ful and widely pho­tographed spa­ces, in­clud­ing the Grand Gallery, the Chapel of Saint Hu­bert and the im­pos­ing 18th- cen­tury com­plexes of the Ju­varra Sta­bles and the

Citron­iera (Orangerie), now used to host ex­hi­bi­tions and events.

In­side the Reggia di Venaria Reale, mul­ti­me­dia in­stal­la­tions en­able vis­i­tors to re­con­struct the his­tory of court life, while the apart­ments of King Vit­to­rio Emanuele II of Savoy and his wife Rosa Ver­cel­lana, re­mod­elled in the ad­ja­cent Castello della Man­dria, are open for pub­lic view­ing, as is the room host­ing the col­lec­tion of royal jew­els. On the last floor of the palace, above the mon­u­men­tal cor­ri­dor known as the Gal­le­ria di Diana, dis­cern­ing din­ers can en­joy a de­light­ful meal at the

Dolce Stil Novo alla Reggia, the Reggia's Miche­lin-starred restau­rant. www.lave­


Stupinigi was built in Baroque style in 1729, and is only 10km as the crow flies from

Pi­azza Castello. In ad­di­tion to be­ing used for long hunt­ing ex­pe­di­tions in the com­pany of mem­bers of the lo­cal aris­toc­racy, Stupinigi was of­ten cho­sen by mem­bers of the Savoy house­hold for cel­e­bra­tions and dy­nas­tic wed­dings.

At the be­gin­ning of the 20th cen­tury, Queen Margherita of Savoy took up per­ma­nent res­i­dence here. In 1919, Stupinigi be­came the head­quar­ters of the Fur­ni­ture

Mu­seum, and a space for events and con­certs.

In ad­di­tion to its orig­i­nal fur­nish­ings and paint­ings, the mu­seum hosts sev­eral mas­ter­pieces of cab­i­netry.

The lodge's beau­ti­fully man­i­cured French gar­dens and in­ter­nal spa­ces are open for pub­lic view­ing, while its his­toric park, a part of the hunt­ing re­serve, is closed to the pub­lic. www.or­dine­mau­r­


Es­tab­lished as a mil­i­tary fortress in 1247, the Rivoli Cas­tle was the first res­i­dence of the Savoy duchy.

Dur­ing the 17th cen­tury, it was con­verted

into an aris­to­cratic res­i­dence, and en­larged with the ad­di­tion of a wing known as the Man­ica Lunga, with the du­cal

pic­ture gallery. Its im­pos­ing spa­ces are now the head­quar­ters of a Mu­seum of

Con­tem­po­rary Art, which also hosts tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tions.

The court­yard of the cas­tle is also home to Com­bal.Zero, a con­tem­po­rary starred restau­rant whose panoramic glass walls of­fer glo­ri­ous views across the coun­try­side as well as the sur­round­ing cas­tle. www.castel­

Reggia di Venaria Reale

Reggia di Venaria Reale Chapel of Saint Hu­bert

Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi

Castello di Rivoli

Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi

Castello di Rivoli (Man­ica Lunga)

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