Yet another Savoy family home is found at Stupinigi, just a few miles southwest from Turin. More great work commissioned in 1729 from the architect Filippo Juvarra resulted in a sumptuous, frothily decorated hunting lodge surrounded by royal forests still in existence today. Built on a humungous scale, the palace’s wings fan out from the main house, topped by a domed pavilion on which a large bronze stag is featured. Every bit as lavish as the apartments in the Savoys’ city residence, Palazzo Reale, the ornate interior is stuffed with furniture, paintings, and bric-à-brac assembled from their myriad residences, forming the Museo d’Arte e Ammobiliamento (Museum of Art and Furniture). Wander through the acres of excessively ornate apartments to understand why Napoleon chose this for his brief sojourn in Piedmont in 1805 while on his way to Milan to be crowned emperor. Outstanding among the many, many frescoes are the scenes of a deer hunt in the King’s Apartment and the triumph of Diana in the grand salon. The elegant gardens and surrounding forests provide lovely terrain for a jaunt.
Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi
Piazza Principe Amedeo, 7, Stupingi, Nichelino
Our Rating Hours Open Tues–Fri 10am–5:30pm (last entry at 5), Sat 10am–6:30pm (last entry at 6) Phone 011-620-0634 Prices Admission 12€, seniors 8€, children 6–14 5€ Web site Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi Other 8.5km (5 1/4 miles) southwest of the city center
MapPiazza Principe Amedeo, 7, Stupingi, Nichelino Turin
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