"Stupinigi" Royal residences Tip by Willettsworld
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In 1729-30 the architect Filippo Juvarra designed this magnificent hunting lodge - known as the Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi at a beautiful location 9km (5 miles) southwest of Turin. It was created for Vittorio Amedeo II and is one of the very finest hunting lodges, built on an impressive scale, reminiscent of the palace of Versailles in France.
The dynamic and complex plan incorporates semicircles and an octagon, with the main block consisting of a dome rising above a circular building from which wings jut out, not unlike the arms of a windmill.
The huge interior includes rooms sumptuously decorated with "trompe I'oeil" paintings and frescoes on a hunting theme. About 40 of those rooms house the interesting Museo d'Arte e di Ammobiliamento, a museum specialising in 17th and 18th century furniture. Many of the ornate items on display in these rooms were originally kept in other former royal residences.
Address: Piazza Principe Amedeo 7, Stupinigi
Directions: Open 10am - 5pm Tue-Sun (Nov-Mar: 9.30am - 4pm). Closed Monday.
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