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Royal Gardens (Giardini Reali)

Lying behind the Royal Palace of Turin, these geometrically patterned gardens were designed by André le Nôtre, the mastermind behind the gardens at Versailles.

A grand representation of European wealth and opulence, the Royal Gardens are centrally located in Turin and symbolic of the power the royal House of Savoy once held in this city. Carlo Emmanuelle II, who also built the Baroque Royal Palace behind the gardens, commissioned celebrated garden designer André le Nôtre to create his vision.

Go for a walk to see the result of his dedicated work. The gardens have been well maintained and are in a condition today similar to that of the 17th century. The grounds are divided into upper and lower sections. Le Nôtre’s design is a testament to the power of symmetry, creating a more vast overall perspective. If you’re pressed for time, start with the upper section, which is generally considered more appealing.

The lower section was the site of much degradation and ruin following the Napoleonic period, when the gardens and palace were ransacked and raided. The gardens today have le Nôtre’s traditional French influences and designs mixed with modern refurbishments and statues. Lush and green in the summer months, the gardens come alive when the weather is warm; however, they are still worth a visit in the winter.

Be sure to find Simone Martinez’s Fountain of Tritons sculptural piece in the garden’s man-made lake, which provides a beautiful setting for a photograph. The fountain depicts a complex design of tritons rising from the depths of the sea, watched by a sea nymph whose chariot is led by swans.

The site was a beautiful gift to the citizens of Turin, a buffer between the vastly different worlds of the modern city and the traditional monarchy represented by the Royal Palace which stands behind the gardens. You can come here any day to join the locals during cultural festivals, picnics and amateur games of soccer.

Turin’s Royal Gardens are located next to Piazza Castello and are free to enter and wander through every day of the week. Take caution when venturing in the park at night.


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