Villa della Regina

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Villa della Regina
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Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings
10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 18:00
Thursday
10:00 - 18:00
Friday
10:00 - 18:00
Saturday
10:00 - 18:00
Sunday
10:00 - 18:00
About
The complex of vineyard and gardens was built at the beginning of the seventeenth century, on the model of the Roman villas, by Prince Cardinal Maurizio di Savoia. After his death (1657) there followed decoration campaigns for the wife Ludovica and, at the end of the century, for Anna d'Orleans, the wife of Vittorio Amedeo II, Duke of Savoy. The apartments and gardens of the Villa, referred to as those "of the Queen" after the Duke of Savoy took the royal title in 1713, were modernised by Filippo Juvarra for Carlo Emanuele III. In the middle of the eighteenth century stables and service buildings were put up. In 1865 Vittorio Emanuele II gave the residence to a female school (Istituto Nazionale per le Figlie dei Militari Italiani), which was active until 1975. Since 1994 restoration work have been carried out on behalf of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage. The Villa has been open to the public since 2006.
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Ortwin
Breda, The Netherlands892 contributions
Should improve when restoration is finalized and a cafeteria is added
Sep 2021
This villa is somewhat outside the city centre and uphill. Even after the bus stop, you still need to climb a bit. Views over the city and the Alps are okay from the top gardens but the area itself needs still some restoration. Half of the garden is not accessible due to possible hazards. And the gardens themselves are not so inspiring - at least in late summer - mainly plain grass parts with some neo-classical structures and simple fountains.
The villa itself has certainly some nice elements. for instance the main hall with a full trompe-l'oeuil setting. Furniture and decoration gives you a good idea of how people lived in these days. But still parts of ceilings, tapestry and ornaments require restoration after the WWI bombing or the years before when it was a army school. Pity that this upgrading is still ongoing.
As some reviewers indicate, it lacks sufficient spaces to sit, especially in the garden. They have a vineyard and sell wine and other grape things but you wonder why they don't have a cafe. Also: the access to the toilets is at the start of the tour through the villa and garden. We had to ask to be allowed in again to use them after we had wandered around.
This villa is at this stage certainly not the best Turin has to offer.
Written 10 September 2021
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Elenariel
Province of Pisa, Italy191 contributions
Foggy days give it a suggestive atmosphere, but try to plan a visit in spring for enjoying this villa at its best.
Dec 2019
You can reach it via bus n.56 that leaves you at mid hill, so you have to walk about 500m uphill: could be a little difficult for children and seniors.
If it's a sunny day, you'll be immediately gratified by the view.
The villa is beautiful by itself, but you can also admire Torino's panorama.
The interiors are interesting and there are very beautiful details, unfortunatley, most of its original furnishing were robbed or transferred in other palaces (mostly in Rome), but try to get one of the staff tell you some of the stories about Villa Regina reincarnations.
I hope they'll be able to fund restaurations of the Solingo padillion too.
The day was foggy and humid, no flowers to enjoy in the garden, but I had my fun walking through a mattress of fallen leaves!

There are no bars nor shops inside or in the vicinity, so take some
food and water with you if you want to enjoy the gardens at lunch.
The ticket is only 5€, entrance is free on some days, and with Torino Piemonte card.
Written 5 February 2020
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ghazalefb
Ratingen, Germany375 contributions
Nice place
Jan 2020 • Friends
I was there woth my friends. We found the place very beatiful and we took many pictures and enjoyed.
Written 1 January 2020
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John Owens
7 contributions
Disappointing
Oct 2019 • Solo
No where to sit and contemplate the nature or view. No real café with real coffee to enjoy a book. No entry to garden without going through vila which I've seen and am sure hasn't changed. Por existence! However, glad I didn't pay as have museum card. Why come again?
Written 12 October 2019
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mechelaar
Mechelen, Belgium399 contributions
Nice view on the city and mountains by very clear weather only
Oct 2019 • Solo
Nice view on the city and mountains by very clear weather only. The interiors are very interesting as is also the exposition on the nearby vineyards. Gardens a little bit deserted but still worth the visit.
Written 3 October 2019
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Diane149
Cheshunt, UK51 contributions
A lovely afternoon spent here
Sep 2019 • Couples
My husband and I were keen to visit because of "The Italian Job" connection. To see the steps where the main character stood was a great moment.
The palace itself is a little gem, perfectly preserved rooms and decorations. The information was in English as well as Italian and the staff were very helpful and friendly.
We particularly loved the gardens and the viewing area at the top (with a bench provided!).
A small area with snacks, hot and cold drinks provided a welcome relief on a warm day.
Only one disappointment, we couldn't buy a bottle of the wine from the estate as we were told it was only sold on a Sunday. The woman in reception did give us a list of places to buy it from in the city but we weren't lucky enough to find a bottle.
This place is well worth a couple of hours visit. Beautiful.
Written 3 October 2019
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Emily B
Brisbane, Australia4 contributions
Top Views to over Turin, to Mole
Aug 2019 • Friends
Underrated. Well worth the 5€ (it was only 2€ for 18-25 year olds). MUCH better than going to the Mole itself. Views we lovely and architecture was beautiful. We walked up hill from the town and the walk was not too difficult, although on a hot day it might have been better to drive if possible. The gardens need attention and the bathrooms left a bit to be desired. The staff were friendly and helpful. Would definitely come back and would highly recommend.
Written 25 August 2019
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Patricia W
16 contributions
A Delightful Villa - Well Worth Visiting
May 2019
This residence in Turin is certainly worth visiting. It sits up on a hill overlooking the city and can be reached by bus 56 (direction Cap Tabacchi) which you can pick up at various stops, including Piazza Castello and Porta Susa train station. Get off at Villa Regina Ouest stop and walk up the final short stretch of the hill to the villa - there are signs indicating the route.

The villa contains two delightfully decorated apartments, each with painted ceilings, silk wallpaper and an impressive collection of furniture and paintings - all this despite having suffered serious damage during World War 2, neglect, thefts and having been used as a school for girls. Each room has its own concise explanation in Italian and English. There is also a film about the villa in Italian at the start of the visit.

The gardens, although not extensive, have various classical 'temples', water features, shell grottos, classical statues etc. Repair/conservation work is currently being undertaken on some of these garden buildings.

The villa is situated beside its own small vineyard - Balbiano - which is twinned with the small Paris vineyard in Montmartre (Clos Montmartre). Bottles of the Balbiano wine and their version of 'grappa' are on sale in Villa Regina.

Another reason to visit is that unlike Venaria Reale this small villa is not heaving with large numbers of tourists/school parties/bus tour groups. So you can really enjoy the place at your own pace and, more importantly, in peace!

Written 25 May 2019
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jerseyjazz
New Jersey705 contributions
excellent views, disappointing grounds
Jul 2018 • Friends
The stately home is interesting if you are enthusiastic about royalty. The grounds and gardens are clearly in need of more care and tending. We did enjoy climbing to the top of the belvedere for the views. The parking lot is very small; if we had not arrived early on a Sunday, I'm not sure where we could have parked.
Written 11 August 2018
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Niamh M
12 contributions
Great
Jul 2018 • Friends
Nice afternoon out, the building itself had nice artwork but the gardens and view over the city were what made it. Entrance is cheap too
Written 18 July 2018
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