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Turin's baroque Venaria Reale reopening to public

Palace opens March 8 with exhibit dedicated to Este dynasty

20 February, 16:25
Turin's baroque Venaria Reale reopening to public (ANSA) - Turin, February 20 - The Royal Venaria palace, dubbed 'Turin's equivalent to Versailles' near Paris, reopens to the public for its 2014 season on March 8. Visitors to the Baroque residence conceived by Duke Carlo Emanuele II of Savoy as a vast pleasure estate in the mid-17th century can enjoy a programme of exhibitions, concerts and other events lasting through summer and beyond.

The programme opens with an exhibition dedicated to the House of Este through its collections and patronage, organised in conjunction with cultural authorities in Modena and Ferrara. Artists whose works are on display include Titian, Tintoretto, Guercino, Velàzquez, Correggio and other masters. Other events to watch for include the gastronomic festival 'Orti Reali Fest' (May 30-June 2), a two-day international competition featuring horse-drawn carriages (July 5-6), an 18th-century costume party on October 4 and a Viennese-style ball on November 15. Once considered a lesser cultural site in Italy, the Venaria Reale is becoming better known, thanks partly to a major renovation completed in 2007 - held up as an example across Europe - and its inscription on UNESCO's World Heritage list as one of the residences of the Royal House of Savoy. According to a recent survey by research institute Ispo, 36% of Italians are now aware of the Reggia compared to 23% six years ago.