THE VENARIA REALE COMPLEX
complex of parklands and buildings, with its numerous annexes (church, stables,
park and gardens) is the largest restoration project currently in progress in
restoration project. On
The next decisive step was when the European Union approved the feasibility study in 1999 and authorised the call for tenders to carry out the work involved in the project, to the value of 61,975,000 Euros, which, coupled with a supplementary sum and added to funding from the Ministry of Culture and other bodies, brought the total to 196,254,000 Euros.
restoration and promotion of the Venaria complex is one of the main strategies
set out in the Agreement for the Outline Programme regarding culture in
The work, which has been divided into 9 different projects, includes:
v The restoration of the Mandria Castle, which will feature a hotel, visitor centre, centre for temporary exhibitions, library, conference hall, areas for seminars, a restaurant and a shopping area in the service courtyard, while the existing Royal apartments will function as a museum. This is a new type of museum in a space of over 4 thousand square metres, which combines spectacular green areas with the latest technologies, landscapes dedicated to exploring man’s relationship with nature.
v The restoration of the Venaria Reale park, recreating its walkways, viewpoints, wooded areas and meadows, preserving the original layout of the parklands. The park will host recreational activities and shows linked to the history and natural characteristics of the setting: flower shows, games and sports, shows and music, as well as contemporary art exhibitions.
v The restoration of the Palace, which will feature a tour of the Royal apartments, the basement and the Juvarra-designed Lemon-house and main stables, giving visitors an insight into the way of life of the court which commissioned and used the hunting residence. The area of Venaria Reale with the stables and riding school has been converted into a “Conservation and Restoration Centre”: a university institute of restoration and a vocational school, linked by the riding school, which will host the workshops.
restoration of Rubbianetta farmhouse, which lies
to the west of the
The full annual running costs for the Venaria Palace Complex are estimated to be around 15 million Euros, with an estimated 200 members of staff.
Information file prepared by the Piedmont Cultural Observatory