Sarre Royal Castle

Sarre, Italy

Sarre Royal Castle stands on a promontory in Lalex, which overlooks the Aosta flatland above the national road for Mont Blanc. It was built in 1710 on the ruins of a fortress mentioned in 1242. The property was purchased by the King of Italy Victor Emanuel II, who renovated it and used it during hunting expeditions in Val d’Aosta. The royal castle of Sarre, after becoming the private property of the King, was used as his headquarters for expeditions in the valleys of Cogne, Rhêmes and Valsavarenche. 

Several modifications were made to the residence, in order to welcome the first king of Italy, including raising of the tower and construction of new stables. Inside, the rooms were completely reconstructed and modernised. The curator of the Royal Palace in Milan was charged with furnishing the residence, for which he transferred furniture from other royal residences. Victor Emmanuel’s successor, Umberto I (1844-1900) also destined the alpine castle for hunting activities. 

In the final years of his reign, Umberto I took a particular interest in the Sarre residence and commissioned the renovation of its interior. At that time, works included important decorations in monumental rooms, garnished with ibex and chamois trophies. Queen Maria José also spent her holidays in the castle, even in the years following the monarchy. In 1989 the Val d´Aosta regional authority purchased the estate to restore it. The castle has a longitudinal body with a square tower in the centre, and is a museum of the presence of the Savoy in Valle d’Aosta.

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Frazione Lalex 86, Sarre, Italy
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Founded: 13th century / 1710
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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bart keune (20 months ago)
Great castle to visit (it is rather small) but it has a great view over the small houses and valley. The entrance is 5 euro regular and reduced 3.5 euro (students and so on) you have to take a guided tour to see the inside of the castle. The downside is that the guide only speaks France/Italian. So it won't be particularly informative if you don't speak either of those languages. But I would recommend anyone looking for some royal family history to come here.
Diana Ombelli (2 years ago)
Beautiful hunting residence of the Royal family
fergus grant (2 years ago)
Well worth a visit, just off motorway near Aosta.
Ori Voll (3 years ago)
Great view of Aosta Valley. Relaxing path around the castle, there is even Wifi.
Luuk Vermei (4 years ago)
Nice castle but only accesible with a guided tour in Italian. We were allowed to visit the ground floor for free though (nice). All plates explaining stuff were in Italian. Cost: €5 for an adult.
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