Who says that staying in the city over summer is boring? In Turin, as the sun sets, one can take advantage of the cooler temperatures to visit the Venaria Reale. Dusk and the hours that follow are probably the most evocative time of day to visit the historic residence, with the magic increased by the rich programme of performances and extraordinary openings of the Summer nights at the Reggia event.
Every Friday and Saturday, until 25 August, the splendid former residence of the Savoys has extended opening times into the night so that visitors may admire under a different light the Royal Stables with the fairytale Bucentaur of Savoy, the extensive Gardens, the permanent exhibition The Fine Arts and the exhibition Modern Sculpture at the Venaria Reale, with famous Italian and international artists of the 20th century.
During the evening openings, the entrance ticket is also valid for Lighting Baroque, a spectacular videomapping show projected onto the façade of the Great Gallery, and enthralling musical choreographies at the Water Theatre of the Fountain of the Stag, in the Court of Honour. And also theatre, concerts and entertainment in the Gardens.
Other events at the Venaria, include the traditional Ferragosto Celebration on Tuesday 14, and the circus event Famille Choisie: from 13 to 16 September, as part of the European project Bruxelles en Piste, Carré Curieux, the company from Belgium, presents a wonderful show of juggling, soap bubbles, kites, unicycles and acrobatics.
Lighting Baroque, a spectacular videomapping show projected onto the façade of the Great Gallery at the Venaria Reale
Also, by buying the relevant tickets, visitors can admire the current exhibitions : Sebastião Salgado. Genesis and The Fragility of Beauty (both until 16 September), Precious Instruments, Distinguished Figures (until 30 September) and Easy Rider (until 24 February).
With the Garden Train, visitors can enjoy a fun tour of the Lower Park and they can also take a ride on the Reggia Gondola Peschiera pond. Aperitif is served at the Caffè degli argenti with its panoramic terrace, before moving to the Patio dei Giardini for a perfectly relaxing dinner with organic ingredients grown in the Royal Potager. For an evening fit for a king!
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