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“Splendid position, in the middle of a poetic gardens: a dream come true”
Review of Villa della Regina

Villa della Regina
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US$14.36*
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Turin City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Ranked #30 of 419 things to do in Turin
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The complex of vineyard and gardens was built at the beginning of the seventeenth century, on the model of the Roman villas, by Prince Cardinal Maurizio di Savoia. After his death (1657) there followed decoration campaigns for the wife Ludovica and, at the end of the century, for Anna d'Orleans, the wife of Vittorio Amedeo II, Duke of Savoy. The apartments and gardens of the Villa, referred to as those "of the Queen" after the Duke of Savoy took the royal title in 1713, were modernised by Filippo Juvarra for Carlo Emanuele III. In the middle of the eighteenth century stables and service buildings were put up. In 1865 Vittorio Emanuele II gave the residence to a female school (Istituto Nazionale per le Figlie dei Militari Italiani), which was active until 1975. Since 1994 restoration work have been carried out on behalf of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage. The Villa has been open to the public since 2006.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 5 May 2012

Inspired by Roman villas (Villa d'Este among others), this magnificent villa is set on a hill that overlooks Turin and the Alps.
Despite having being bombed in WWII, the villa has been recently restored and regained part of its past glory. The extraordinary main hall with its trompe l'oeil frescoes gives an excellent idea of what a XVIIth century villa looked like. Few rooms are displaying wonderful baroque settings and the views on the gardens are just magnificent. The garden itself is small and like an amphitheater arround the villa, punctuate by 3 "follies" i.e small pavillons in the Renaissance/Baroque taste.
I believe it would be a pity to spend time in Turin without visiting this unique place.

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