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Private Venaria Reale Tour

La Venaria Reale - View from the park
La Venaria Reale - FountainLa Venaria Reale - Diana's GalleryLa Venaria Reale - Church of St. Hubertus

From: $94.80

tour duration

4 Hours

start time

10:00 AM –

02:00 pm

Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, sun

meeting point

pick-up at your hotel, more details at booking

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TOUR ITINERARY

Your private driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Turin to take you on a lovely 4 hour Private Venaria Reale Tour.

During the short drive from Turin to Venaria Reale enjoy the enchanting views from the car!

Upon your arrival you will meet our local guide that will help you to discover the gorgeous former Hunting Palace of the Royal House of Savoy. The complex is part of the UNESCO Heritage List since 1997.

Visiting the Palace of Venaria you will immediately enter in the Honor Court where once was located the gorgeous Fountain of the Stag. The main facade is decorated with cornucopias and fruits following the style of the 17th century. The two beautiful towers covered in ceramic’s tiles were added by Michelangelo Garove at the beginning of the 18th century. The towers are connected by a gallery called the Galleria di Diana built by Javarra together with the lovely Church of St. Hubertus. It was impossible to build a dome for the Church so the architect ordered to frescoes one in trompe-l’oeil.

Unfortunately during the Napoleonic Dominion the stunning gardens of the Palace were completely destroyed; however today you will visit a beautiful park with modern art pieces by Giuseppe Pennone. Where once stood the Fountain of the Stag, with its marble statues of hunters and hounds and a bronze stag, you will admire a beautiful 120 meters wide elliptical fountain:  the Water Theatre  will enchant you with its 100 water jets, color light projectors and steam pipes!

At the end of your tour meet your driver again to return to your accommodations in Turin.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Round trip transportation with private car

– Expert English speaking driver

– Expert English speaking local guide ( 2 1/2 hours)

– Visit of La Venaria Reale

– Venaria Reale entrance fee

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– La Venaria Reale

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
– Confirmation will be received at time of booking

– Voucher and detailed operator information, including local emergency numbers will be received three weeks before the date of your tour.

– The dress code for men and women is strictly enforced in churches. No shorts, bare shoulders or miniskirts. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements.

– Adult pricing applies to all travellers.

Departure point:

Pick-up at your accommodation

Duration:
4 hours

Return details:
Drop-off at your accommodation

La Venaria Reale

La Venaria Reale - Fountain
La Venaria Reale - View from the parkLa Venaria Reale - Diana's GalleryLa Venaria Reale - Church of St. Hubertus

The Palace of Venaria was the “hunting palace” of the Royal House of Savoy; it is located right outside Turin where the Savoy lived.

It was built at the end of the 17th century by Amedeo di Castellamonte; the name of the palace in latin means Royal Hunt.

Only few years after the Palace was erected a French invasion and the Siege of Turin heavily damaged the structure. When the Savoy regained their power the famous architect Filippo Juvarra was hired to restore it.

After Queen Elisabeth Therese died here in 1741 giving birth to a son the Palace was hardly used.

Under the Napoleonic dominion the Venaria became an army’s dormitory and its beautiful gardens were transformed into a training ground. The former Royal Palace was used also by the Italian Army until the end of the 20th century. Only in 1978 in fact it was bought by the Ministry of Culture and restored. It took 30 years but today it is finally possible to admire its splendor again; in 1997 the UNESCO included the Venaria Reale in the Heritage List.

Things to see

Visiting the Palace of Venaria you will immediately enter in the Honor Court where once was located a gorgeous fountain. The main facade is decorated with cornucopias and fruits following the style of the 17th century. The two beautiful towers covered in ceramic’s tiles were added by Michelangelo Garove at the beginning of the 18th century. The towers are connected by a gallery called the Galleria di Diana built by Javarra together with the lovely Church of St. Hubertus. It was impossible to build a dome for the Church so the architect ordered to frescoes one in trompe-l’oeil.

Nothing remains of the original gardens except for few drawings. Today is it possible to admire a beautiful park with modern art pieces by Giuseppe Pennone.