The Venaria Reale or Royal Palace of Venaria it is one of the must-see places if you visit Turin. Located in the province, exactly in the town of Venaria Reale, the Palace was declared a Unesco heritage site in 1997, and represents one of the highest expressions of the Italian Baroque.
It was designed by the architect Amedeo di Castellamonte on commission of the Duce Carlo Emanuele II, who intended to make it the basis for hunting trips: the very choice of the site where it was built was favored by the proximity of large woods rich in game.
Here is some information on how to get there, costs and timetables.
- Where is it and how to get there
- Working Time
- Cost of tickets and reductions
- Tours, guided tours and tickets online
- What to see and how to visit the Venaria Reale
- Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
- User questions and comments
Where is it and how to get there
- by car: it is about 10 km away from Turin, 22 minutes by car. Near the Palace there is a mega parking, free during the low season, and alternatively other small parking lots in the town but all with blue stripes.
- By bus: GTT Venaria Express dedicated line, shuttle that connects the center of Turin and the Porta Susa station with the Reggia di Venaria and the La Mandria Park. € 1,70 per trip on weekdays - € 7,00 for the whole day on Saturdays and Sundays. GTT bus - lines 72, 11, VE1 CitySightseeing Turin, Line C, every day from 29 March to 4 November. Departures from the terminus in Piazza Castello, Turin at 9: 45,11: 45, 13:45, 15:45 (arrival at stop 4 - La Venaria Reale after about 30 minutes)
- By train: Turin Dora-Ceres line (Venaria stop, viale Roma), Metropolitan Railway Service
- Palace and Exhibitions: ticket offices and entrances close 1 hour earlier than the indicated times. Closed on Monday (except for any holidays). Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 to 17:00, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9:00 to 18:30.
- The gardens: ticket offices and entrances close 1 hour earlier than the indicated times. Closed on Monday. Tuesday to Sunday and holidays from 9am to 00pm.
- Castle of the Herd: ticket offices and entrances close 30 minutes earlier than the times indicated below. Closed on Monday. Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 16:00, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10:00 to 16:30.
- Water Theater of the Fontana del Cervo: from Tuesday to Sunday and holidays at 12:00. Exhibition of the Water Games, Sundays and holidays at 18:30 (for about 30 minutes). Visiting times vary throughout the year, so we recommend taking a look at the official website for more information.
- Best time to avoid queues: before 10:00
Cost of tickets and reductions
- All in a Palace: includes a visit to the Royal Palace, the Gardens and the current exhibitions.
€ 25,00 full price (Buy online) - € 14,00 for Torino Piemonte Card holders - € 20,00 for groups of 12 to 29 people.
- Reggia-Giardini-Castello della Mandria: includes a visit to the Royal Palace, the Gardens and the Castello della Mandria.
€ 16,00 full price - € 14,00 for groups of at least 12 people and over 65s - € 10,00 for under 21 and university students under 26 - € 5,00 per student for classes of at least 12 students. Free for children under 6.
- Royal Palace and Juvarriana Stable: includes a visit to the Royal Palace, the Gardens and "La Regia Scuderia".
€ 20,00 full price - € 18,00 for groups of at least 12 people and over 65s - € 12,00 for under 21s. Free for children under 6.
- Other tickets: The Gondola on the Peschiera, € 2,00 - Diana's arrow (train) full € 4,00, free up to 3 years - Horse carriage full € 4,00, free up to 3 years - Gardens € 5,00 .
Tours, guided tours and tickets online
What to see and how to visit the Venaria Reale
The Court of Honor
The visit to the Royal Palace begins with the Court of Honor, which contains the wonderful Water Theater of the Fontana del Cervo. With its 100 water nozzles with jets reaching up to 12 meters, colored ducts and plays of light, it is among the most suggestive fountains in the world.
Royal Apartments and Corridor
Entering the ground floor it is possible to visit the premises, reconstructed faithfully evoking the living atmosphere of the Court of Savoy.
Going up to the famous "noble floor" you have access to the royal apartments, the Hall of Diana, which houses ten paintings by Jan Miel, and to the entire ceremonial path, which passes through the Galleria Grande, the Rondò Alfieriano and ends in the Chapel of Sant'Umberto.
Strolling through the corridor of the Palace it is possible to admire more than 500 works including paintings, sculptures, tapestries etc ...
Inside the Princess Ludovica apartment, always on the same floor, it is possible to admire a permanent exhibition of seventeenth-century canvases by great authors, including Guercino, Guido Reni and Rubens.
The Regia Scuderia or Scuderia Juvarriana
Inside the Regia Scuderia, on the other hand, a Bucintoro is on display: the transport ark of the Doges of Venice.
Along with it, other gala carriages used in the nineteenth century by the Savoy family are preserved inside the stable.
The visit of the permanent exhibition of Bucintoro and Carrozze it is an extraordinary journey not only for the beauty of the masterpieces, but also for the scenographic set-up with history, music, reconstructions and films.
The Gardens of Venaria Reale should not be overlooked, returned to their ancient beauty after a very long restoration. A long canal that marks the border divides them into Parco Alto and Parco Basso. The former can be explored with a horse-drawn carriage, and the canal can be navigated with the gondolas of Hercules and Diana.
In the lower part of the park there is the Potager Royal, a vegetable garden and an orchard of ten hectares, whose products are sold in the various refreshment points. This part of the park can be visited aboard a small train.
The Castle of the Herd
Castello della Mandria represents the last part of the visit.
Located within the La Mandria natural park it was a Savoy residence starting from the 60s, when Vittorio Emanuele II decided to settle here, due to the proximity to the city of Turin, the first capital of Italy, and to be able to devote himself to hunting, his great passion.
Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Get up early: the ideal would be to reach the entrance before opening hours
- Keep an eye on the site: in the case of special events or newspapers, times and rates may vary, so always check the official website of the Reggia di Venaria
- Priority ticket: if you want to skip the line, buy the ticket online and save on the price
- Watch out for restrictions: Venaria Reale also applies restrictions similar to those valid for concerts or theater performances on the occasion of events involving a significant influx of people. For example, it is not allowed to introduce dangerous or potentially blunt objects and products such as backpacks, bags, suitcases, trolleys, spray cans (anti-mosquitoes, deodorants and sun creams), stadium horns, weapons, explosive material, pointed or cutting objects etc. ...
- Minimum time: we advise you to consider at least 5 hours, although the ideal would be to dedicate a whole day to it
Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
The Venaria Reale was designed by the architect Amedeo di Castellamonte, by the will of Duke Carlo Emanuele II, who wanted to make it his hunting lodge. Built from 1658 to 1679, the complex of which the palace is part consists of about 80.000 square meters of walkable land, includes the park and the historic village of Venaria. The village was subsequently joined by other houses and palaces of ordinary citizens who wanted to live in the surroundings of the Royal Palace, until Venaria Reale became an independent municipality in the province of Turin.
The gardens of the palace were transformed by the French under Napoleon in a parade ground and, only after renovations, were they returned to their former glory. The works were completed in 2007 and, to date, the gardens of the palace complex of Venaria represent the flagship of the whole structure.
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