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.



Your name


Frazione Lalex 86, Sarre, Italy
See all sites in Sarre


Founded: 13th century / 1710
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

More Information


4.4/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

fabia sarno (2 years ago)
Beautifully decorated interiors, royal hunting residence
Simone Bova (3 years ago)
One of the most beautiful castles in the valley, would definitely recommend. Our guide was brilliant and it felt like additional value to the experience. You will not see the 100% original furniture disposition of the time since most has been replaced/restored/moved but they have done a great job with that indeed. You won't regret visiting it. I don't know about english guided tours however, but I doubt they don't offer them
nicholas delcorso (3 years ago)
The visit was quite fast but I truly loved the place and it's sourrinding views.
hike&bike Italy (3 years ago)
This incredible place tells the Story of the Savoia family, the kings of Italy now exiled after the referendum of the 2nd of June 1946. The building is well kept and every room is furnisced and decorated with original objects and paintings. The Sala dei trofei, trophy room is quite controversial. It is "decorated" with thousands of skulls and horns and heads of hibex and chamoix who have been hunted and killed. You should be horrified but..unespectedly the room has a pleasant, romantic, welcoming aspect... It is worth a visit. Only guided tours
Pablo Contreras (4 years ago)
Guide with limited English did her best to give us her insight but it wasn't necessary. Guided tour is compulsory. The castle is beautifully maintained and you are walked through in a chronological order giving you an idea of who lived there and when.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Kristiansten Fortress

Kristiansten Fortress was built to protect the city against attack from the east. Construction was finished in 1685. General Johan Caspar von Cicignon, who was chief inspector of kuks fortifications, was responsible for the new town plan of Trondheim after the great fire of 18 April 1681. He also made the plans for the construction of Kristiansten Fortress.

The fortress was built during the period from 1682 to 1684 and strengthened to a complete defence fortification in 1691 by building an advanced post Kristiandsands bastion in the east and in 1695 with the now vanished Møllenberg skanse by the river Nidelven. These fortifications were encircled by a continuous palisade and thereby connected to the fortified city. In 1750 the fortress was modernized with new bastions and casemates to protect against mortar artillery.