Royal residences, Torino
It was the House of Savoy Royal Palace of and is located in the Castillo square at the center of Turin
The facade of the palace is sober, but the interior is decorated very luxurious and s well preserved . It had the participation of the most famous names of the time
Vases, tapestries, ornaments ... make it worth visiting
The scissors ladder (scala of forbishe) connecting the first floor with the second it is said that is a master piece but we could not see it even if we that we tried to see in a couple of times
Era el palacio real de la Casa de Saboya y está situado en el en la Plaza del Castillo que está en el centro de Turín
La fachada del palacio es sobria , pero el interior tiene una decoración digamos que muy lujosa y bien conservada en la que participaron los nombres más famosos de la época
Jarrones , tapices , adornos ... lo hacen digno de visitarlo
La escalera de tijera ( scala de forbishe) que une el primer piso con el segundo y que dicen que es una obra de arte no la pudimos ver a oesar de que lo intentamos un par de veces
After the capital city of the Savoia Duchy was established in Torino, Emanuele Filiberto organized a contest in 1583 to plan a new Ducal residence. Many famous architects took part in it and the winner was Ascanio Vittozzi from Orvieto who worked for the Savoia until his death in 1615 and contributed a lot to transforming the urban asset of the city.
The fa?ade of the new Palazzo Ducale was built in 1586 with a large gallery connecting the courtyard to the castle. Architects Carlo di Castellamonte and Carlo Morello succeeded Vittozzi in the construction of the palace.
Many artists and craftsmen were called in the 17th century to decorate the palace. Among the painters who worked there are worth mentioning Flemish Jan Miel and French Charles-Claude Dauphin. In the Salone degli Svizzeri ("Swiss' room"), brothers Fea's frescoes depicts the legendary origins of the Savoia family. Guarino Guarini built the chapel of the Holy Shroud in 1667-8; it was directly connectedto the left wing of the palace. Around 1690, viennese painter Daniel Seyter celebrated Vittorio Amedeo II in allegoric frescoes located in the galleria del Daniel.
Palazzo Ducale became Palazzo Reale in 1713, when Vittorio Amedeo II was crowned King of Sicilia. Later, also Filippo Juvarra and othe architects worked at the palace. When the Italian capital city moved from Torino to Firenze, the palace lost its function of royal residence and become a cultural centre, which it is still today.
You can visit the inside of Palazzo Reale Tuesday to Sunday from 8.30 to 19.30. Unfortunately, it is not allowed to photograph in the rooms. I took the two photos of the inside just at the entrance of the palace, before paying the ticket.
I recommend you'd visit Palazzo Reale, if possible with a guide (I don't know if there are tours in English): you'll learn many curious facts and anecdotes.
Follow the loop, you will reach this big hall at last.. many gorgeous statues.. and a perspective dome.. it's not truely double layers but just painted as that.. walk around, look at the dome from different angle.. exactly the same view.. well done isn't it?
*The Palazzo Madama is situated in the centre of Piazza Castello, with its facade facing Via Garibaldi. It takes its name from the two Royal Dames who lived here, Maria Cristina and Giovanna Battista. During past centuries it was the habitation of the Savoy family, site of the signing of important treaties, and the Italian Senate took its seat here when Turin was the capital. Today it houses the Antica museum of art. It's historical date is somewhat difficult to determine because it is the result of continual restructuring. The oldest part is the Roman Porta Pretoria. The back of the building dates back to a thirteenth century castle which can still be seen in the two towers situated at the corners. The typically baroque facade was built in the seventeeth century by the architect Filippo Juvarra. The internal staircase is also attributed to him and is one of the best examples of the Piedmontese baroque style.* -- copied from http://www.77turin.com/
At the entrance, there was a big screen showing the history of Palazzo Madama... in Italian though.. You will step on the glass floor, admire the original foundation and basement underneath.
Visiting Castello di Rivoli was always one of my favorite activities when I lived in Torino. Every time there was a new exhibit I hauled my lazy butt all the way to Rivoli... and I was never disappointed!
Castello di Rivoli is located in Rivoli, about ten kilometers outside Torino. It is one of the Savoy's former royal residences and is perched on top of a hill with beautiful views of the Alps. The castle itself wouldn't be spectacular were it not for the recent renovations which have seen it blend the classic architectural styles with modern influences, such as the glass viewing box and the large, iron squares hanging in the courtyard. Today it is home to one of the best, most dynamic contemporary art museums in Italy (and the world?) and a Michelin-starred restaurant called Combal.Zero.
In addition to a great permanent exhibit (featuring works by my personal favorite, Maurizio Cattelan, as well as international artists like Vanessa Beecroft), the Castello also brings in amazing temporary exhibits like the recent Volti nella Folla (Faces in the Crowd) and The Pantagruel Syndrome, which was the most recent Torino Trieniele and focused on human excesses.
Tuesday to Thursday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Friday to Sunday 10 a.m.- 9 p.m
Regular admission to permanent exhibits is EUR 6.50. Entrance to temporary exhibits is optional, and a combined ticket usually runs about EUR 8.
* The castle and museum participate in the Abbonamente Piemonte Museum Program *
Located just south of Torino, Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi (aka Stupinigi) is a delightful sight! Topped with a giant deer statue, it is the former hunting residence of the Savoy family. This means beautiful grounds with lots of nicely decorated rooms, and lots of Italians getting their wedding photos taken. Stupinigi frequently hosts art exhibits, and the castle is not always open for exploration, so check with Tourist Information before you go!
Getting to Stupinigi is easy. Take the number four tram and then transfer to the number 41 bus. On the way home, get on the number 41 bus in the SAME direction at the SAME stop, and tell the driver you want the stop for Torino. He will let you off the bus in a few minutes and you then have to transfer to the number 41 in the opposite direction.
Stupinigi palace was one of the hunting lodges built for the leisure of the House of Savoy, and part of the network of residences scattered around Torino. Other than the Royal rooms, gardens and woods, the complex also included farms and warehouses still existing today despite their scope had changed through the years.
The somptuous entrance behind an elaborate iron fencing and gate is watched by a large elk statue perched atop the building.
- Excerpt from UNESCO document -
When Emmanuel-Philibert, Duke of Savoy, moved his capital to Turin in 1562, he began a vast series of building projects (continued by his successors) to demonstrate the power of the ruling house. This outstanding complex of buildings, designed and embellished by the leading architects and artists of the time, radiates out into the surrounding countryside from the Royal Palace in the 'Command Area' of Turin to include many country residences and hunting lodges.
The Residences of the Royal House of Savoy in and around Turin represent a comprehensive overview of European monumental architecture in the 17th and 18th centuries, using style, dimensions, and space to illustrate in an exceptional way the prevailing doctrine of absolute monarchy in material terms.
Palazzo Reale - Piazza Castello, Turin
Palazzo Chiablese - Piazza Reale, Turin
Royal Armory - Royal Library - Piazza Castello 191, Turin
Palazzo della Prefettura (former State Secretariats) - Piazza Castello, Turin
State Archives (former Court Archives) Via Verdi / Via Luzio , Turin
Former Military Academy - Via G. Verdi 6, Turin
Riding school and stables - Via G. Verdi 10, Turin
Mint [Regia Zecca] - Via G. Verdi 14, Turin
Façade of the Royal Theatre - Piazza Castello, Turin
Palazzo Madama - Piazza Castello, Turin
Palazzo Carignano - Via Accademia delle Scienze 5, Turin
Castello del Valentino - Viale Mattioli 39, Turin
Villa della Regina - Strada S. Margherita 40, Turin
Castello di Rivoli - Piazza Mafalda di Savoia, Rivoli (TO)
Castello di Moncalieri - Piazza Baden Baden, Moncalieri (TO)
Castello di Venaria - Piazza della Repubblica 4, Venaria Reale (TO)
Castello della Mandria - Via Carlo Emanuele II 256, Venaria Reale (TO)
Palazzina di Stupinigi - Piazza Principe Amedeo 7, Stupinigi (TO)
Castello di Agliè - Piazza Castello 2, Agliè (TO)
Castello di Racconigi - Piazza Carlo Alberto, Racconigi (TO)
Pollenzo Estate - Piazza della Chiesa, Pollenzo (CN)
Castello di Govone - Piazza Roma 1, Govone (CN)
The Royal Palace was built in 1646, when the Royal Lady Maria Cristina, wife of Vittorio Amedeo I, decided to replace the old Bishop's Palace, where Emanuele Filiberto had lived when he moved the capital of its state from Chambéry to Turin (1562), with a new building.
The façade of the new palace was built by Carlo Morello according to a design by Amedeo di Castellamonte in 1658. The hall leads on the right to the monumental main stairs.
The Royal Palace of Turin can be considered a mixture of different and subsequent buildings, all of them internally conneted and where the most important artists worked according to the styles of the seventeenth century, the rococo up to the Neoclassic trends.
The Palace houses the Royal Library and the Royal Armoury, whose entrance is under the arcades of the Prefecture (Piazza Castello 191). Both of them were created by Carlo Alberto and contain extraordinary collections.
This beautiful palace, constructed by the architect Guarino Guarino (1679-1684), is easy to find in the historical centre of Torino. The baroque facade is elaborated and worth studying closely. In this building Carlo Alberto and Vittore Emmanuele II was born, as the memory shield in front of the building tells.
Today Palazzo Carignano houses "Il museo Nazionale del Risorgimento Italiano."
Previously on display at Stupinigi was Il Male, an art exhibit covering all things bad. From portraits of evil popes to pictures painted from real human blood, it is creepy, icky and utterly fascinating. Never before have I seen so many pictures of Battista's head! Note the hanging children outside the palace!
See my other tip on Stupinigi for bus directions.
Regular admission was a bit steep at €9 (but worth it), this museum participates in the Abbondamente Piedmonte Museum Card program.
Turin, being the capital of Piedmont, houses the royal residence of the House of Savoys of the Kingdom of Sardenia until the unification of Italy in 1860's. The Palazzo Real is but, nowadays, a showcase of the richness and grandeur of the Savoys. The collections are quite impressive, all originals in display.
The first and second floors houses the rooms of the nobles while the grand floor, the king and queen's apartments are found.
First Floor of the Nobles: €6.50
Second Floor of the Nobles: €4.00
Queen's Apartment: €4.00
King's Apartment: €4.00
Persons below 18 and over 65 years old, entrance is free. Reduced prices are also available for students between 18-25 years old. Valid IDs are necessary.
The Palazzo Reale was the seat of the Savoy royal family from 1660 until the unification of Italy in 1861. Behind the austere facade, designed by Amedeo di Castel-lamonte, lie richly decorated state apartments; the ceilings were painted by Morello, Miel and Seyter in the 17th century. The many splendid furnishings, tapestries and ornaments date from the 17th to 19th centuries; they include the elaborate Chinese Cabinet, the Alcove Room, the lavishly decorated Throne Room and the innovative Scala delle Forbici or Scissor Stairs, created by Juvarra in 1720. Behind the palace lie extensive gardens which extend northwards.
The only way to see the palace is via a tour guide (which is included in the admission price) but there's either no or very few English speaking guides so you have the read the information of each room on boards which distract you from seeing the full splender of the palace. Shame really....
In 1729-30 the architect Filippo Juvarra designed this magnificent hunting lodge - known as the Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi at a beautiful location 9km (5 miles) southwest of Turin. It was created for Vittorio Amedeo II and is one of the very finest hunting lodges, built on an impressive scale, reminiscent of the palace of Versailles in France.
The dynamic and complex plan incorporates semicircles and an octagon, with the main block consisting of a dome rising above a circular building from which wings jut out, not unlike the arms of a windmill.
The huge interior includes rooms sumptuously decorated with "trompe I'oeil" paintings and frescoes on a hunting theme. About 40 of those rooms house the interesting Museo d'Arte e di Ammobiliamento, a museum specialising in 17th and 18th century furniture. Many of the ornate items on display in these rooms were originally kept in other former royal residences.
A few years ago this gorgeous space was at long last closed to traffic. Before 1842 it was simply the garden of Palazzo Carignano and was reserved for private use of the princes. In 1842 the park was opened to the public, and in 1859 it was transformed into a piazza. At the center of space stands the monument to Carlo Alberto designed by Carlo Marocchetti in 1861. The two long sides of the piazza are occupied by the rear of Palazzo Carignano and by the former stables which are now the Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria (the National University Library). Via Po is only a few steps away.