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The works for the realization of the basilica started on the 20th of July 1717 on the project of the architect Filippo Juvarra. The Basilica di Superga was commissioned by the prince Vittorio Amedeo II di Savoia and by the Viennese Eugenio di Savoia after the vow to Our Lady of Graces for the liberation of Turin from the sieges of the Spanish-French army. It was inaugurated on the 5th of November 1731 by Carlo Emanuele III. This great temple presents a circular plan, preceded by an imposing pronaos, and is supported by 8 Corinthian columns. Before the entrance there is a regal stairway. Inside the basilica you can find precious chapels, which are enriched with stuccos, marbles, sculptures and paintings. The bas-relief by Bernardino Cametti representing the blessed Amedeo di Savoia and the fight of Turin of 1706 is very impressive. Do not forget to visit the undergrounds, where there is a historical mausoleum that keeps the tombs of the kings of the house of Savoia, from Vittorio Amedeo II to Carlo Alberto, and of other 50 princes and princesses. To enjoy an amazing satellite view, you should come up to the tambour external balcony of the high dome, which is reachable throughout an internal spiral staircase. This hill is famous also for a tragic event. Here, on the 4th of May 1949, the plane that transported the football team of “Gran Torino Calcio”, probably due to the atmospherical conditions, smashed against the base of the posterior wall of the basilca’s complex. In this crash 31 people died: the team, the managers and the equipe. In memory of this horrible event there is a tombstone, which is destination of many fans and tourists.
Stupinigi is a small outlying suburb hamlet of Nichelino with about 200 inhabitants. It is famous for the Hunting Lodge of Filippo Juvarra and for its natural park. The small building was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It was built in 1729 following the project of Filippo Juvarra for the will of Vittorio Amedeo II. The building, thought as integral feature of the surrounding territory and symbol of the talent, brilliance and ability of the architect; is a palace for the hunting. The wonderful main saloon, center of the articulated system of rooms and halls, is enriched by large windows, decorated with recalls of the goddess Diana and representations about the hunting. The interior is in the typical Italian Rococò style and is decorated with precious materials like lacquers, porcelains, golden stuccos and mirrors. Even if the complex was an idea of Juvarra, at the death of the architect the works were committed to Benedetto Alfieri, to whom there was an elevation of the saloon’s ceiling and the projection of two new lateral wings. You can reach the building through a large street, realized in 1754, that allows the connection between the city, the building and the surrounding landscape. The small palace is known for having hosted Napoleon Bonaparte from the 5th to the 16th of May 1805 during his journey to Milan in order to encircle the Corona Ferrea; but also for being the place where, on the 12th of April 1842, the wedding between Vittorio Emanuele II, the future first Italian king, and Maria Adelaide d’ Asburgo-Lorena, was celebrated. Today the building is owned by the Order of St Maurice and is the seat of the Museum of Art and furnished.
Venaria Reale is the only City of Piedmont that can boast of two residences of the Savoia family in its territory: Reggia di Venaria Reale of the Seventeenth-Eighteenth century and the royal apartments Borgo Castello of the Nineteenth century, which are located inside the regional park La Mandria. Reggia Venaria Reale covers a surface of 80.000 squared meters and is one of the largest Savoy residences in Piedmont. It was built between 1658 and 1679 on the project of the architect Amedeo di Castellamonte and Michelangelo Garove, for the will of the duke Carlo Emanuele II, who wanted it to be his base for the hunts. The complex was renovated several times, above all starting from 1978 when, after being used for militar aims, was given to the Superintendency for the renovation works. Moreover, the Reggia is famous for hosting some of the greatest expressions of the European Baroque: the wonderful Saloon of Diana, projected by Amedeo di Castellamonte; the Galleria Grande and the Cappella of Sant’ Umberto with the high complex of Stables of Juvarra; Teatro di storia e Magnificenza, enriched with decorations and with a suggestive staging of the life in the Court, realized by Peter Greenaway; the expositive journey dedicated to the Savoia, which accompanies the visitor along 2 kilometers. You should not miss the gardens, which were completely destroyed when the French of Napoleon made it become a place for the weapons, but today they are the result of the union between the new and the old.
Ivrea is located in the area of Canavese, at the borderline with the Gran Paradiso Park, and is characterized by five lakes (Lago San Michele, Lago Cascinetto, Lago Montalto, Lago Nero, Lago Sirio) and by the Dora Baltea river, that goes though the city creating romantic and wonderful views. The historic center, famous for being the field of the battle of the oranges during the homonymous Carnival day, hosts amazing interesting historical and artistic sites, like Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral, built in the IV century AD; Piazza Castello, once the seat of the monastery of Santa Chiara; the Teatro Giacosa of 1834; and the Palazzo Civico, the seat of Ivrea City hall since 1758, with its curious representation of the hemp on the central tower. Passing over the historic center, the Neoclassical style of the buildings is replaced by factories as the factory of the red bricks, seat till the 90s of the first national typewriters factory: the Olivetti.
HISTORICAL IVREA CARNIVAL
The historical Ivrea Carnival is a unique event that has attracted thousands tourists every year since 1808. Visiting the city during this celebration is like coming back to the era of battles.The manifestation, rich of history, tradition and spectacle, provides the parade of a folkloristic ceremonial complex; the coloured battle of the oranges and the obligation of wearing the Phrygian cap, a sock-shaped hat, symbol of adhesion to the uprising. The historical carnival was born from the recalling of an episode of rebellion from a tyranny, dated back to the Middle Age: a baron who impoverished the city was expelled from the city after a popular uprising, sparked by the rebellion of the daughter of a miller who could not accept the jus primae noctis. The protagonist of the celebration is in fact the miller’s daughter and the General, who has had the duty to guarantee the correct development of the manifestation since the beginning of the Nineteenth century, together with his Stato Maggiore Napoleonico, made up by officers riding horses. There are also the Assistant Grand Chancellor, the Magnificent Podesta, warranter of the city’s freedom, and the procession with flags of the districts. The most awaited moment is surely the battle of the Oranges. In this battle the population, represented by the “arancieri”, attacks with the oranges the armies of the feudatory, protected by carriages and horses. At the end of the battle, a jury gives a prize to the “arancieri” and to the feudatory’s armies that differed for tenacity, ability and loyalty.
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