Villa della Regina, Turin

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The Villa della Regina is a palace in the city of Turin, Italy. It was originally built by the House of Savoy in the 17th century.HistoryThe original structure was designed in early 1615 by the Italian soldier, architect and military engineer, Ascanio Vitozzi. He died in 1615 and the project was passed over to his collaborators, father and son Carlo and Amedeo di Castellamonte. The original building was built for the Prince-Cardinal Maurice of Savoy during the reign of his brother Victor Amadeus I, Duke of Savoy. The property was built as a private villa with its own vineyard, hence its alternative name of Vigna di Madama. In 1637 Cardinal Maurice lost his brother and his sister in law Christine Marie of France became Regent of Savoy for her young son.Prince Maurice of Savoy and his brother Thomas Francis, Prince of Carignano opposed the Regency and fled to Spain. Following his return to Turin, Maurice died at the Villa in 1657 and willed it to his wife Louise Christine of Savoy who also died there in 1692. At the death of Louise Christine, it passed to Anne Marie d'Orléans, niece of Louis XIV of France wife Victor Amadeus II, Duke of Savoy in 1684.
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  • August 18, 2017
    We were visiting the Villa della Regina during the week in the afternoon. This attraction is located on the hills of Turin along the way Santa Margherita, near the Monte dei Cappuccini, behind the great mother. Is just 3/5 minutes drive to Piazza Vittorio Veneto. Modest side parking entrance (located in Bend between the various hairpin bends). Opening hours on weekdays, is from 10.00 to 17.00. The entrance fee is €5 (whole) cash only (payment with pos is being approved and therefore not yet in operation). The tour is unescorted; There is still a path to follow via signs. In the building you can take pictures without flash. The tour begins with the vision of a video that tells, in 18-20 minutes, the history and peculiarities of the Villa della Regina in past centuries to our days. Climbing a stone staircase, we arrive to the apartments of the King and Queen (with time then converted to female Institute) where you can admire beautiful frescoes, decorations, mirrors, furniture and a taste of panoramic views of the city of Turin. Exiting the rear of the building you will arrive in the gardens, built on several levels, accessible by stone steps and paths through the vegetation. Fountains in the middle and statues in niches, panoramic terraces and ultimate peace of mind. Just a pity that there is scarcity of garden maintenance. Coming down sideways over the complex, you can admire the private vineyards of the Villa della Regina. Attention to the paths sometimes kinda rough terrain/steep. The path ends in front of the building, where you can still go down one level and get to the only working fountain adorned with statues and vegetation. Visiting the Park is ideal for those sunny days: you can admire a fantastic panorama of the hills and the city of Turin, the suggestive Mole and our impressive Alps make it from the seabed. If you want to spend a couple of hours immersed in the history and tranquillity, a visit to Villa Regina is ideal, I would definitely recommend.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Yes and a really nice place to witness the tastes of the nobles of the past that they chose for the construction of the villa. It is one of the places where the Turinese Hills offers the best while being close to the city, not to be missed.
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  • August 15, 2017
    The villa is lovely, you can take pictures without flash. The Park is really nice, from where you can see a magnificent view of Turin. Also it's 2 steps from MONTE DEI CAPPUCCINI, magical place by definition, from where you can make unique photos with background the Mole.
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  • Amazing collection of art and antiques inside, nice gardens and absolutely stunning view of Turin city from there.
  • Don't miss out here if you're a art enthusiast. Many of pictures are collected inside the villa. The exhibits look gorgeous. And you can see the Torino Mole Antonelliana very clearly from the viewpoint which behind the villa.
  • Absolutely stunnig place with amazing view on Turin. Entrance ticket is cheap
  • Amazing! Awesome! A must see in Turin. Not only the place is awesome but also the view of the city is great
  • A nice villa on the hill with a great view on the river, on the city and on the Alps. The villa has nice gardens on different levels and fountains but everything need more cares. The interior is nice but unfortunatelly after the transfer of the Capital to Rome some of the furniture were transfered to Rome too, as the library, a very masterpiece built by Piffetti.

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