Among the wondrous leisurely residences, where His Royal Highness the Duke of Savoy retreats to find some rest, the most important, the one truly deserving a visit, is the one known as Venaria Reale, three miles out of Turin. It was Duke Carlo Emanuele II who gave it this name, in the firm belief that this estate would make a hunting ground suitable to a sovereign.
This is the incipit of Theatrum Sabaudiae, a monumental collection of 142 engravings intended to celebrate the splendor of the Savoy domains and residences. The tone of this propaganda was intended to create a theatrical effect to surprise Europe's powerful rulers and to bear witness to the glory of a dynasty rising from Ducal to Royal status.
La Venaria Reale is one of the finest examples of the majesty of 17th and 18th century architecture.
The monumental palace, that covers an overall surface of over 80,000 square meters, is a celebration of universal baroque: the enchanting scenario of the Hall of Diana designed by Amedeo di Castellamonte, the solemnity of the Great Gallery and the Church of St. Hubert, the grandiose complex of the Juvarra Stables designed by Filippo Juvarra in the 18th century, the sumptuous decorations and the imaginative installations by Peter Greenaway on life at court are the ideal setting for the Theatre of History and Magnificence, the permanent display devoted to the House of Savoy that takes our visitors on a tour that extends over almost 2 km, from the underground level to the piano nobile of the Reggia.
The entire Royal Palace is suitable for disabled visitors.
Bookshop, bars, picnic area (in the Garden) and restaurants.
24 MArch: Passio Christi, religious reflections with the Archbishop Nosiglia. Unveiling "Crucifixion-Deposition" by sculptor Augusto Perez in Saint Uberto Chapel.
13 May: Castelli Aperti, opening 9.00-18.30.
19-20 May: Roses Festival.
25 May: Giro d'Italia, the great bicycle competition.
9 June - 11 July: Festival La Milanesiana.
16-17 June: 5th International Competition for Traditional Carriages. Fairytale carriages and horses at La Venaria Reale.
16 June: Special guided tour with actors and tasting of local products.
29 June - 25 August: Summer Nights.
16 September: Nature in motion, international dance, theater and performance festival that puts on stage thematic shows and animations.
13-14 October: The Royal Run.
4 November: Feast of Saint Uberto.
10 November: The Grand Ball of the Venaria Reale.
17 March - 15 July: "Genius and Skill. Furniture and Cabinet - makers at the Court of Savoy in the 1700s – 1800s"
22 March - 16 September: "Sebastião Salgado. Genesis".
28 March - 16 September: "The fragility of beauty. Tiziano, Van Dyck, Twombly and other 200 restored masterpiece".
6 April - 20 May: "Architectures and perspectives. Massimo Listri".
19 May - 30 September: "Precious instruments, distinguished figures. Music and luthiery between the 17th and 20th centuries in Europe"
18 July 2018 - 24 February 2019: "Easy Rider. The myth of the motorbike as art"
13 September 2018 - 10 March 2019: "Hercules and his myth".
20 October 2018 - 10 February 2019: "Dogs in pose".
6 March - February 2019: Thursday-Sunday.
Open on holidays: Easter; 2 and 25 April; 1 May; 2 June; 15 August; 1 November; 8 and 26 December; 1 January 2019 (opening 11.00); 6 January 2019.
Royal Palace and Exhibitions: Tuesday-Friday 9.00-17.00, Saturday, Sunday and holidays 9.00-18.30.
Gardens: 6-31 March: Tuesday-Friday 9.00-17.00, Saturday, Sunday and holidays 9.00-18.30;
April-27 August: Tuesday-Sunday and holidays 9.00-18.30;
29 August - 8 October: Tuesday-Friday 10.00-18.00, Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10.00-19.30;
10-31 October: Tuesday-Friday 9.00-17.00, Saturday and Sunday 9.00-18.30;
November 2018 - February 2019: Tuesday-Sunday and holidays 9.00-16.00.
Last admittance one hour before closing.
Open by appointment for groups (min. 12 people).
Guided tours in foreign languages by appointment.
Royal Palace and Gardens: adult € 16; Senior (over 65), reductions and groups (min. 12 people) € 14; students (age 6-21 anni, university students under 26) € 10;
free for childre under 6 and discounts.
Gardens: adult € 5; Senior (over 65) and groups (min. 12 people) € 4; students (age 6-21 anni, university students under 26); free for children under 6.
For the complete list of reductions and discounts: http://www.lavenaria.it/en/visit/free-and-reduced-tickets/reductions
In case of temporary exhibitions and special events tickets may be subject to alteration.