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Residences of the Royal House of Savoy

Listed under Castles & Palaces in Turin, Italy.

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Over twenty different buildings, including many Palazzos, a riding school, and a former military academy, make up this UNESCO heritage site. Once home to the rulers of the Kingdom of Italy, now the Residences of the Royal House of Savoy stand as reminders of a fallen monarchy and the rich history of Northern Italy. Often bypassed on the autostrada and overshadowed by the other great Italian cities, the historic centre of Turin is worth detouring for, wherever you are headed. The food here too is amongst some of the best you will find in Italy.

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Residences of the Royal House of Savoy

When Emmanuel-Philibert, Duke of Savoy, moved his capital to Turin in 1562, he began a vast series of building projects (continued by his successors) to demonstrate the power of the ruling house. This outstanding complex of buildings, designed and embellished by the leading architects and artists of the time, radiates out into the surrounding countryside from the Royal Palace in the 'Command Area' of Turin to include many country residences and hunting lodges.

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