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A DEEP SENSE OF WONDER
Churches and monuments of the Age of the Baroque in Turin • 3 days tour for group • January – December
366 giorni (365 notti)
Turin is a true jewel of the Baroque, which marked the city’s cultural flourishing.
The talented Baroque architect and theologian Guarini planned the Church of S. Lorenzo, symbolised by its soaring dome which describes an eight point star within a perfect octagon. Guarino Guarini’s architectural daring must be seen in relation to the virtuoso use of structural techniques common to the century, aimed at “stupefying” (the stunned marvelling of the faithful), almost to make manifest the miracle of divine logic through the human technical “miracle”.
The architect Juvarra was behind the styling of the Church of S. Filippo Neri, Turin’s largest. Then there are two churches with twinned frontages – S. Carlo and S. Cristina – forming the backdrop to Piazza S. Carlo, one the finest squares in Europe, on account of its grandeur, its size and the symmetry of its buildings. The Our Lady of Consolation Shrine displays votive offerings donated by the faithful in thanks for miracles performed. Taking the quaint rack-tramway you reach one of the most important places of worship in Turin: the Basilica of Superga. This sumptuous church, from which a unique view of Turin and the Alps can be enjoyed, is one of Juvarra’s greatest masterpieces.
The Baroque also characterizes the 15 Royal Residences in and around Turin – such as the Royal Palace of Venaria Reale, Racconigi Royal Castle, Stupinigi Royal Hunting Palace – that bear witness to the Savoy monarchy and constitute a unique treasure declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Turin is a city that was born in the Baroque style of architecture and at grew to become a city of sensational architectural monuments. Explore the
spiritual and royal history of Turin with a tour of some of its most significant churches and palaces.
UNESCO World Heritage Site: Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
- Departure information:
Check in: 8:45 am
Departure: 9:00 am (Return: 5 pm)
From: Turin, Piazza Carlo Felice 63, in front of the pharmacy
- The Royal Church of St. Lawrence
It is one of the most important and evocative works of the Baroque. The architecture of this church was designed and built by Guarino Guarini during 1668-1687. Guarino Guarini’s architectural daring must be seen in relation to the virtuoso use of structural techniques common to the century, aimed at “stupefying” (the stunned marvelling of the faithful), almost to make manifest the miracle of divine logic through the human technical “miracle”.
- The Madama Palace
The palace embraces the entire history of the city of Turin: created as a Roman gate, it became a fortress in the Middle Ages and subsequently the castle of the Princes of Acaia. Between the Seventeenth and Eighteenth centuries, it was selected as the residence of the royal dowagers of the Savoy family and, in the Nineteenth century, King Charles Albert chose it as the seat of the first Senate of the Kingdom of Italy.
- Carignano Palace
Built by the will of Prince Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia Carignano, designed by renowned architect (and father Theatine) Guarino Guarini. The construction began in 1679 and was completed two years after the architect died in 1685. This is one of the most important Italian Baroque architectures: the facade of bricks, which respond to the performance of the curvilinear symmetrical ramps of stairs inside, was inspired both by Bernini’s projects for the Louvre as by the works of Borromini. The rear wing was built after 1861 to house the hall of the first Italian Parliament, but in 1848 the main hall of the seventeenth century building had been transformed to accommodate the members of the Subalpine Parliament. In fact, the new hall was never used, due to the transfer of capital to Florence, which took place in 1865. The lounges of the Royal floor houses the National Museum of the Italian Risorgimento.
- St. Charles Borromeo Church
The church dedicated to St. Charles Borromeo (1538-1584), a leading reformer in the Roman Catholic Church, contains two paintings depicting the saint and is located in the square of St. Charles, one the finest square in Europe, on account of its grandeur, its size and the symmetry of its buildings.
The twin churches of San Carlo (St. Charles) and Santa Cristina (St .Christine) were built under the wishes of Marie Christine of France, in 1639, and were given by the queen to the discalced Augustinian friars and to the discalced Carmelite nuns respectively.
Royal Palace of Venaria Reale
The Palace was designed and built between 1658 and 1679 on the plans of architect Amedeo di Castellamonte, commissioned by duke Charles Emmanuel II, who needed a base for his hunting expeditions in the heathy hill country north of Turin. The name itself derives from Latin, Venatio Regia meaning “Royal Hunt”. The size of the complex structure is 80,000 m2, including the park and the historic village of Venaria.The Palace later underwent numerous modifications that led it to its present appearance. The Galleria Grande, the Chapel of Sant’Uberto and the Citroniera are masterpieces, designed in the first half of the eighteenth century by the brilliance of Filippo Juvarra.
The Basilica of Superga
It was built from 1717 to 1731 for Victor Amadeus II of Savoy, designed by Filippo Juvarra, at the top of the hill of Superga. This fulfilled a vow the duke (and future King of Sardinia) had made during the Battle of Turin (1706), after defeating the besieging French army. Below the church is the Royal Crypt, with the tombs of many of the princes and kings of the House of Savoy who were buried here. This church by Juvarra is considered late Baroque-Classicism.
- Stupinigi Royal Hunting Palace
A hunting lodge, this was the favourite spot of the Savoy family for spectacular parties and solemn marriages, as well as being the residence of Napoleon in the early 19th century.
Filippo Juvarra designed the exceptional architecture for the sovereign, styled on the model of contemporary Central European Residences. For completing the project, also Benedetto Alfieri and other architects of the 1700s lent a hand, while cabinetmakers and carvers, stucco decorators and gilders helped to achieve the final decorative display.
Home to the Furniture Museum since 1919, it holds precious items of furniture, chinoiseries and masterpieces by cabinetmakers and craftsmen coming also from other Savoy Residences.
- Racconigi Royal Castle
It was originally a fortress, then it became a hunting residence of the Savoy family. of the Savoy family. The luxurious apartments are testimony of the most significant stages of transformation that the castle was in the seventeenth century until the beginning of XX: stucco, affreschi and furniture are an important view of the changing taste of the court in the course of about four hundred years. The gardens and park remain as an intact nineteenth-century structure, characterized by a romantic array system with streams, lakes, caves and monuments.
- Quota di partecipazione:
€ Group rates available on request
- Partenza da:
Entro il 31 Dicembre 2016 o oltre, fino ad esaurimento posti
LA QUOTA COMPRENDE: What is included in the tour cost
All on-tour transportation with new air-conditioned deluxe vehicles • Transport to and from start/end points of walks • 2 nights in a 3/4* hotel or in a church operated hotel in twin rooms with private bath/shower • Meals as indicated (B-breakfast; L-lunch; D-dinner) on the tour itinerary • Entrance fees and sightseeing as shown in the itinerary • Tour Director and local guides throughout the tour • All taxes
The Royal Church of St. Lawrence (Turin) • The Madama Palazzo (Turin) • The Carignano Palace (Turin) • St. Charles Borromeo Church (Turin) • The Royal Palace of Venaria Reale • The Basilica of Superga • The Stupinigi Royal Hunting Palace • The Racconigi Royal Castle
Tour conducted in English. Available in German, French, Spanish, Russian. Multilingual local guides
LA QUOTA NON COMPRENDE: What is not included in the tour cost
Beverages (wine, beer, bottled water or soft drinks) • Passport fees, visas, and visa photos as required • Other items not specifically mentioned as included • Optional Travelers’ Protection Plan (unexpected events before or during a trip may leave you with cancelled plans, lost luggage, or unforeseen medical expenses) • Guide and Driver tips are left to your discretion