The Reggia della Venaria Reale is a former royal residence located in Venaria Reale, near Turin, in Piedmont, northern Italy.
It is one of the Residences of the Royal House of Savoy, included in the UNESCO list of heritage as” humanity in 1997, and is one of the largest royal residences in the world, comparable in size and structures to those of Versailles and Caserta. A unique heritage.
The Reggia della Venaria Reale, also called “La Reggia” was designed and built in 1675 by Amedeo di Castellamonte, and commissioned by Duke Carlo Emanuele II, who needed a base for his hunting trips.
Photo gallery: Venaria Reale and its gardens
The name “Venaria” derives from the Latin “venatio” which means “hunt”.
During the Napoleonic domination, the complex of the Reggia della Venaria Reale was turned into barracks and were gardens destroyed to create a training ground for the artillery, something really gross but its true.
Fortunately, after years of waiting, the restoration work has been undertaken, and most of the Reggia della Venaria Reale was finally opened to tourism in 2007. The complex is really great and really worth a visit, it is almost always hosting some temporary exhibitions that accompany the visit to Reggia della Venaria Reale and its gardens.
I was really lucky, I visited the Reggia della Venaria Reale, early one morning with an incredible light and with very few visitors around. The photos are great, in my opinion, I took pictures inside of Venaria Reale, the flowers, the permanent exhibition of land art dedicated to the works of Giuseppe Penone, and I also stopped some perspective and geometry of the immense gardens.
The opportunities for the very interesting photos really are not lacking, especially with the right light and a few people introns, so I highly recommend visiting the Reggia della Venaria Reale during the week.