Saturday 2 April 2016

Reggia di Venaria Reale, near Turin, Italy

An aerial view of the Reggia di Venaria Reale, a 17th century palace in Piedmont, northern Italy. It is one of the Residences of the Royal House of Savoy listed by Unesco as a World Heritage Site. Unesco says: "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."