Built between 1899 and 1904, Savoia Castle in Gressonay-St-Jean was where Queen Margherita, widow of King Umberto I, lived for many summers up to 1925, the year before she died. It was designed by Stramucci, who also designed the Neo-Baroque decor in the Royal Palace in Turin, and the Quirinale in Rome. Externally covered in grey stone from the quarries in Gressoney, Gaby and Vert, Savoy Castle is split over 3 floors comprised of living quarters, royal apartments and gentlemen’s rooms. The original kitchens were separate and connected by an underground railway. A few pieces of original furniture and some tapestries remain, as well as ornamental paintings by Cussetti and other furniture by Dellera. The foot of the manor hosts a rocky garden full of Alpine botanical species.

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Founded: 1899-1904
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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xiaokera kera (2 years ago)
Very nice to visit, one of the few castels that conserve it's original construction as well as decorations, there are not many furnitures. A magnificent parorama, through the windows, the garden (even though a little dry when I visited today), the glacier and green trees.
Maurizio Muratore (2 years ago)
The castle was built by will of Queen Margherita of Savoy in August 1899 and the works lasted until 1904. It stands in a place with an incredible view of the valley and the Lyskamm glacier. The residence hosted the Queen during her summer stays until 1925, a year before her death. After that the castle was not used for several years. It was sold in 1936 to the Milanese businessman Moretti and then sold again to the Valle d'Aosta Autonomous Region in 1981. I suggest to book your tickets online since visits are only with a guide and run every hour.
Sergiu Ciprian Ungureanu (3 years ago)
Small castle from the end of the 19th century, located in a very beautiful place. The guided visit is slightly too long for what's to see there, but nice nonetheless.
P Ca (4 years ago)
Excellent experience. Very interesting castle and history wonderfully narrated by our guide Graziano. Highly recommended and very affordable
Nirit GREEN (4 years ago)
Nice castle in the middle of the mountain
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