Villa della Regina – The Queen’s Villa
Yesterday I took a walk in one of my favorites sites in Torino, Villa Della Regina
UNESCO Heritage since 1997, this is one of the many Residences of the Royal House of Savoy; built in the XVII century for the behalf of prince Maurizio of Savoy, it soon became the residence of the Queens of the Royal House of Savoy. That’s the reason why it is known today as The Queen’s Villa.
A really enjoyable walk in the late morning breeze will lead you across the path that, starting from the Gran Madre Church in one of the main squares of the city, brings you up on the hill until you reach the Grand Rondeau, a double stair with a central, elegant fountain of 20 meters of diameter where you can see the pale reflex of the cloudy sky. But be careful, in the middle of this spectral image you will soon notice the statue which represents Neptune, sitting and looking at the horizon while at the fountain borderline circle eleven fluvial divinities are pictured in the same amount of petrified portraits.
The Villa rises in the center of a quite and delicate Italian garden crossed by little paths from where you can see the magnificence of the building and what surrounds it, included a breathtaking view of Turin landscape.
If you look carefully you can see the brown roofs of the city center, the soaring white and green mountains, and, of course, you will be able to see the Mole Antonelliana, a great symbol of my city where also my favorite museum is settled, the Cinema Museum.
Looking at all these things among which I’m used to live from this prospective always gives me a great sense of harmony and peace.
It makes me appreciate these old walls I’m used to walk by without even give a glance to them; certainly, surrounded by all this beauty, I’m not surprised that a queen, long time ago, would have chosen this place as her residency and I find myself thinking about what she was seeing while staring at the same city I am today.
Surely, if I want to remind myself or show to some foreign visitor the best side of this wonderful city, that’s a good start. That’s why I chose it as the first article’s subject. This is just a start.
Turin is amazing.
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