Castello Ducale

Agliè, Italy

Agliè's main attraction is its Castello Ducale, one of the Residences of the Royal House of Savoy, listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Dating from the 12th century, it was originally a possession of the counts of San Martino. In the 17th century, it was turned into a rich residence by count Filippo d'Agliè, but was ravaged during the French invasion of 1706.

In 1765 it was acquired by Charles Emmanuel III of Savoy and sold to his son Benedetto of Savoy who had it radically renewed ten years later, under design by Ignazio Birago di Bòrgaro. Thenceforth it was a summer residence for the Kings of Sardinia. It was sold to the Italian state in 1939.

It has a monumental façade with two stairs and a fountain; the interior includes 300 rooms, mostly provided with contemporary furniture. The castle is surrounded by large English- and Italian-style gardens. It was used as the location for the Italian series Elisa di Rivombrosa as Rivombrosa.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Italy

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monilollyna (3 months ago)
Amazing Castle to visit, our guide Rosanna was amazing, she explained really well every room in the Castle. Gardens are beautiful and magical. it’s better to call and book the time for the visit. loved it!
Glen Francis (6 months ago)
A very nice unesco site to visit
Gustavo (2 years ago)
Beautiful and calm place to visit. Gorgeous garden and forest.
Corinna (2 years ago)
Nice guided tour of part of the castle. Worth a visit. You must write to book a tour ahead of time. Guide was very nice and knowledgeable.
Lorenzo F (2 years ago)
The castle is pretty good , the visit is quite cheap. I would suggest a visit in spring, because there is no heating system in there and it was freezing inside. Another thing, do not expect to visit the whole castle... Many parts of it are not available to visit
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