A tour focused on the most enchanting royal residences and charming castles existing in Turin and Aosta Valley.
Let’s starts from the famous “ Reggia di Venaria”, just few minutes far from Turin. Known for many years as the ‘Versailles of Savoy’, it is a wonderful and huge complex consisting of a monumental palace and well maintained French formal gardens. The surrounding park of La Mandria with its 30 kilometers of wall is Europe’s biggest fenced park. The Royal Palace is a perfect example of Baroque style.
Take a walk through the elegant center of Turin with its most famous sights, including the Mole Antonelliana, the historical monument and architectural symbol of the town. Thanks to an innovative panoramic elevator You will reach the top of the Mole to enjoy a breathtaking view of the city and the surrounding mountains. You will also visit the Museum of Cinema hosted inside the Mole. Enter the symbolic place of power for the Savoys in Turin’s core, the Royal Palace, with its 16th-Century facade and its richly-decorated interiors, was projected by Amedeo di Castellamonte. Also the Egyptian Museum, the second largest in the world after Cairo’s in Egypt, is worth a visit for its outstanding collection of Egyptian artifacts. At the end of the visit take your time and enjoy a coffee break in one of the historical cafes of the town.
The route goes across some of the fantastic castles of Aosta Valley, including the impressive Sacra di San Michele. Perched on the peak of Monte Pirchiriano, the Romanesque abbey, dating back to the 11th century, is visible for miles around. Feel the emotion of following what remains of the ancient pilgrims path to reach the church that inspired Umberto Eco for his novel “The name of the rose”. Let’s continue this amazing journey with the visit of Susa, located west of Turin, in the centre of a valley that boasts important roman monuments such as Arco di Augusto.
This trip amongst the marvelous manors of Aosta Valley had to include a tour of the Savoy Castle near Gressoney-Saint-Jean, which was the chosen residence of Margaret of Savoy. You will also explore the Royal Sarre Castle which dominates the entrance to the Valley and became the summer residence of the House of Savoy. Then the Aymavilles Castle which was erected around the 12th century and later transformed into an elegant residence, as it was given that unique appearance that anticipated the rococò style in the Valley.
Take a walking tour around the streets of the old city of Aosta, the valley’s largest town, to admire its many Roman and Medieval monuments. At the end of the tour, a quick stop at the majestic Cly Castle in Saint-Denis, which rises on a rocky promontory to strategically control the territory below, not to be missed.
Arrival at Turin Airport, head towards the wonderful “ Reggia di Venaria”, located in the outskirts of Turin. Enter the Royal Palace and its garden. Later transfer to Turin. Time at leisure to relax and discover the city on your own. Check in and overnight in Your 4* selected hotel centrally located.
After breakfast full day city tour. Visit the Mole Antonelliana. Thanks to an innovative panoramic elevator You will reach the top of the Mole to enjoy a breathtaking view of the city. Enter the Museum of Cinema hosted inside the Mole. Then visit of Palazzo Reale and its royal apartments. Before returning to the hotel, stop in one of the historical cafés and taste of the famous “Bicerin”.
After breakfast visit of the impressive Sacra di San Michele. In the afternoon explore Susa, located west of Turin, in the centre of a valley that boasts important roman monuments such as Arco di Augusto. Return back to the hotel.
After breakfast visit of the Egyptian Museum. Head towards the Savoy Castle near Gressoney-Saint-Jean, which was the chosen residence of Margaret of Savoy. Later transfer to Aosta Valley. Check in and overnight in Your 4* selected hotel in Aosta.
After breakfast depart on an excursion to both the Royal Sarre Castle and the Aymavilles Castle. Return back to Aosta for a panoramic city tour.
After breakfast transfer to Turin Caselle. Quick stop at the majestic Cly Castle in Saint-Denis. Then reach Turin Airport.
Turin is a city and an important business and cultural centre in northern Italy, capital of the Piedmont region. Rich of elegant squares, baroque buildings, historic cafes and renowned museums like the Egyptian and the cinema museums. The Mole Antonelliana, symbol of Turin, is an impressive architectural example of great charm.
The Reggia of Venaria is the Savoy’s hunting estate dedicated to the goddess Diana and commissioned by Carlo Emanuele II in the mid 17th century. Today it’s a huge complex consisting of a monumental palace, well maintained French formal gardens and the La Mandria park that covers 6 000 hectares of land and with 30 km of wall it is the biggest Europe fenced park. The Reggia dazzles with splendor and glamour. It’s a perfect example of Baroque style, rich of decorations like frescoes, stuccos and extraordinary details.
Mole Antonelliana was begun in 1862 by Alessandro Antonelli as a Jewish temple; after a period of stop, the works began again in 1878 with the construction over the vault of a granite room, on which a lantern made of two floors and then a high cone which transforms the square plan into a circle plan are based. The museum is unique in Italy and among the most important in the world for the richness of its collections
The panoramic lift – A bird’s–eye view of Torino. In 1961, on the occasion of the celebrations honoring the 100th anniversary of the Unity of Italy, a panoramic lift was installed. The lift was renovated in 1999 and now takes visitors up to the “small temple” and the extraordinary 360° view from its balcony over the city and the amphitheatre of the Alps. The ride in the transparent crystal cabin lasts 59 seconds as it ascends through the center of the cupola. There are no intermediate floors between the lift’s departure point at the 10 meter level and its arrival point, 85 meters higher up.
The Turin Royal Palace was the official residence of the Savoy Family until 1865, and was later transformed by architect Ascanio Vitozzi (1584) by order of I Charles Emmanuel. Later, the building was expanded and renovated by the Piedmont’s best architects and artists of the 18th and 19thcentury.
SAINT MICHAEL’S ABBEY
Perched on the peak of Monte Pirchiriano, the Romanesque abbey (11th century) is visible for miles around. Saint Michael’s Abbey is a working monastery and a tourist attraction. The building itself is spectacular and the sweeping views of the Susa Valley are breathtaking. Feel the emotion of following what remains of the ancient pilgrims path to reach the church that inspired Umberto Eco for his novel “The name of the rose”.
The Susa Valley is the longest valley in Italy, stretching just over 100 km (60 miles) from the western edge of Turin all the way to the border with France. Forested hills lead to high snow-capped mountains as you travel along the valley floor toward the border. This passage has served as a main route through the mountains since Roman times, therefore has a very checkered history. All through the valley, You can see abandoned military fortifications, left over from various struggles for ownership. Its bounty of beautiful villages, museums, natural areas and ski resorts makes it a fabulous sightseeing destination. Below are a few of the many things to see and do while visiting Susa Valley.
AOSTA VALLEY’S CASTLES
Visit of the impressive Savoy castle near Gressoney-Saint-Jean. Chosen as residence by Margaret of Savoy, built between 1899 and 1904 at the foot of Ranzola hill in the town called Belvedere which dominates the valley up to the Lyskamm glacier, the building has 5 different little cuspidate towers and a luxuriant rock garden home to botanical species that are typical amongst the alpine flora, as well as rare, scented herbs.
Dominating the entrance to the Valley the Royal Sarre Castle is located in Lalex on a hillock in the Aosta basin. Built in 1710 on the ruins of an even older settlement (12th century), after various owners, the building became the summer residence of the House of Savoy. It is currently the museum for the presence of the House of Savoy in the Aosta Valley. Make sure to visit the Royal Flat, with the Gran Sala del Gioco games room, the Galleria dei Trofei Venatori hunting trophies room and the rooms on the second floor, which related to the history of the Savoy dynasty in the 20th century.
The Aymavilles Castle was erected around the 12th century on a low hill descending towards the Dora River. It was rebuilt between the 14th and 15th centuries and equipped with 4 powerful cylindrical corner towers. In the early 1800’s, the old defensive structures were knocked down and the manor was transformed into an elegant residence, as it was given that unique appearance that anticipated the rococò style in the Valley.
The city Aosta (Augusta Praetoria) was founded by the Romans and is known as “the Rome of the North” due to the great number of Roman as well as Medieval remains found in the city centre. Walking tour around the city streets of the old town to admire the many Roman and Medieval monuments. Visit of the Ancient Roman bridge over the Buthier river.