After many years disrepair, Venaria Reale, one of the main residences of Italy’s Savoy royal family, was declared by Unesco World Heritage Site and following massive restoration, Europe’s biggest cultural restoration project, the palace built by Vittorio Amedeo II was brought back to its original splendour.
The complex includes the old town, which represents a treasure trove of historic events, the imposing Baroque royal palace with its vast gardens, an important example of the 17th and 18th century art and architecture, and La Mandria natural park, home to a variety of wild and domestic animals and rich in historical and architectural treasures. Some figures can give you an idea of the massive restoration that was carried out:
80.000 sqm: area of the residence including La Citroniera (orangerie) and the former stables
145.000 sqm: coatings and plasters in the royal palace
35.000 sqm: façade
3.000 tons: stone paving in the royal palace
8.000 sqm: the former stables occupied by the Conservation and restoration centre, one of the world’s greatest restoration sites.
1.000 sqm: frescoes in the royal palace
11 km: decorative frames in the royal palace
80 ha: gardens
40.000: new plants in the gardens
11 mio liters: water in the 250 m long and 50 m large fishery in the gardens