Palazzo Reale

Palazzo Reale

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

As you may have guessed even if you know no Italian that this is the Royal Palace. I’ve visited two fantastic residences of the Torino royalty, There is Stupinigi (you can see more here) which was “just” a hunting lodge then the most magnificent of all Reggia di Venaria (more info here) and finally I visited the Palazzo Reale in the very heart of Torino. June 24 is the saint’s day in Torino in this case San Giovanni Battista and the museums were free so Laura suggested a visit to the Palazzo Reale.

Palazzo Reale in Torino

Seems pretty impressive with a grand piazza at the entrance. I was a bit disappointed although I found a lot of things interesting inside. First of all there is a magnificent courtyard paved as a mosaic.

The courtyard of the Palazzo seen from a window

The next spectacular thing was the chapel (Cappella della Sacra Sindone) inside that is actually a part of the palace but also adjoins a church. In 1997 there was a fire in this chapel that did tremendous damage. The restoration was long and difficult and costly ever undertaken.

The reconstructed ceiling of the chapel that was devastated by fire.

Then there were a series of rooms which in general were not as magnificent as in the other royal residences even though they are quite impressive although I found them to be rather dark, dark walls, lots of heavy tapestries but perhaps because I had seen the Veneria, as I said I was a bit disappointed.

One of many large, ornate and relatively dark rooms
The throne room
The ball room
The major dining room

The ceilings as is often the case were quite spectacular

Ah but then came the armory. Maybe it’s just that I’m a guy but armaments always are fascinating. There was lots of armor, swords, daggers, bludgeons and then firearms (which at that point made most of the armor obsolete).

Ah, the armory !!!
Armor for dandies
Lots of ways to kill your enemies – stab them
Whack them with swords or axes
And later as technology developed you can shoot them. They even had a Winchester rifle, old west kind of thing in the later displays.

It is definitely worth a visit if you find yourself in Torino.

2 Responses to “Palazzo Reale”

  1. Joy O'Neal Says:

    Joe, I hope that you and Laura danced in the ballroom!

  2. Joe Says:

    Sorry about the VERY late response. A great idea but they yell at you if you step off of the narrow pathway provided for visitors.


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