Castello della Mandria

Venaria Reale, Italy

Surrounded by the lush greenery of the Park of La Mandria, the royal apartments of the Borgo Castello provide a fascinating connection between the natural environment and the Reggia.

The existence of a building in the wood is documented since the 18th century, when Victor Amadeus II of Savoy built here the stables of the nearby Royal Palace, within a royal hunting reserve active since the 16th century. Filippo Juvarra worked at the castle in the 1720s. In 1860 Victor Emmanuel ordered the enlargement of the village, turning it into a castle with a surface of 35,000 m2. The new structure had a rectangular shape measuring 280 x 100 m with three internal courtyards. The king wanted here a private residence (not belonging to the royal estates) to live with his morganatic wife, Rosa Vercellana. An apartment was built for her family by Domenico Ferri. In 1861 the structure was expanded with the 'Villa of the Lakes', a neo-Gothic wing and a fountain of a sea horse fighting a triton by Vincenzo Vela. All the edifices, similarly to the Palazzo Carignano in Turin, are in brickwork.

The apartments consist of 20 rooms that offer insights into the choices and the tastes of the king. Now open to the public, they paint an intriguing portrait of this charismatic figure of the Italian Risorgimento.

The Royal Apartments are fully furbished and contain precious objects, artworks, textiles, furniture and furnishings from ancient Savoy collections that allow visitors to appreciate the taste of the first king of Italy.

In 1997, the castle was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list along with 13 other residences of the House of Savoy.



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Founded: 1720s
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Italy

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Consuelo Adajar (2 years ago)
This place is the best Museum I visited here in Turin...
Frank (2 years ago)
Visits have to be booked in advance online, which wouldn't be a big issue if it was actually possible to book a ticket as a foreigner. International debet or credit cards are not accepted. So ZERO points for customer service, ZERO points for hospitality, ZERO points for wasting my time, ZERO points for your online banking app.
P E Boioli (2 years ago)
An amazing hidden gem right in the heart of the park of La Mandria! Just a shot away from Venaria Reale, it's totally worth visiting in combination with the reggia. The park itself is massive and you can rent bikes or have a pic-nic. The story about the castle is extremely interesting and even though unfortunately no guided tours are allowed at the moment due to Covid restrictions, if you ask the people at the desk they will be more than happy to tell you more about the caste and the bella Rosina! Lovely place!
festim brimi (3 years ago)
The famous castle of Emanuele Vittorio II where he used to rest and have fun. Full of amazing stories and objects of the Savoia time.
Tijmen Van Grootheest (3 years ago)
Beautiful park. Interesting architecture.
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