The king’s last present to his wife, Castel Savoia is a turreted mansion surrounded by a vast park featuring an Alpine garden.

Set in the vast park annexed to Villa Savoia, this small 1,000 square-metre Alpine garden (1350 m) has a prevalently decorative function and offers a splendid variety of Alpine and mountain flora. Founded in 1990 and property of the local municipality, it stands apart from other Alpine gardens of the region since it is home to autochthonous plants (some from the Monte Rosa Massif that has been explored since this royal residence was built), as well as to exotic and hybrid species and cultivars selected for their ornamental function. The most fascinating element of this context is the visual and functional interaction with the so-called Castel Savoia, the eclectic villa located in Belvedere, designed by architect Emilio Stramucci. Today property of the Region, its erection started in 1899 to provide a Gressoney accommodation to Queen Margherita who prior to the construction of this mansion used to be guest at Baron Beck-Peccoz’s house. The local stone covering of the villa sourced from the Chiappey, Gaby and Vert quarries, blends with the landscape while also providing a natural support in the basement section to some lichens and small climbing plants typical of the flora valley creating a perfectly balanced dialogue between nature and architecture.