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"Palazzo Reale" Royal residences Tip by Willettsworld

Royal residences, Torino: 28 reviews and 48 photos


The Palazzo Reale was the seat of the Savoy royal family from 1660 until the unification of Italy in 1861. Behind the austere facade, designed by Amedeo di Castel-lamonte, lie richly decorated state apartments; the ceilings were painted by Morello, Miel and Seyter in the 17th century. The many splendid furnishings, tapestries and ornaments date from the 17th to 19th centuries; they include the elaborate Chinese Cabinet, the Alcove Room, the lavishly decorated Throne Room and the innovative Scala delle Forbici or Scissor Stairs, created by Juvarra in 1720. Behind the palace lie extensive gardens which extend northwards.

The only way to see the palace is via a tour guide (which is included in the admission price) but there's either no or very few English speaking guides so you have the read the information of each room on boards which distract you from seeing the full splender of the palace. Shame really....

Address: Piazzetta Reale
Directions: Open 8:30am - 6:30pm Tue-Sun. Closed Monday.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 17, 2005
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