Nestling in a hilly basin on the far side of the Po, on what is known as Turin’s “Montagna”, this villa was the Royal Madames’ much-loved holiday resort. The garden’s imposing, newly-restored amphitheatre and its clearly cadenced spaces were inspired by the glorious template of the Tuscolana country residences.

The “Vigna” of Cardinal Maurice of Savoy was built in 1615 based on a design by architect Ascanio Vitozzi, deliberately referencing, albeit on a smaller scale, Villa Aldobrandini in Frascati. Although the main body of the villa was enlarged and the garden enriched, this architecture still indelibly reflects its original phase, from which the current semi-circular layout of the garden derives. Overlooking Turin from the hilly slopes surrounding it, Villa della Regina constitutes an exceptional belvedere on the capital of the State of Savoy, being a courtly variant of an architectural typology of aristocratic holiday residence, the so-called “vigna” defining those villas around Turin with rustic outbuildings and dedicated to wine production. The garden, designed by Filippo Juvarra with its Belvedere at the top of the central axis and two terraces at the ends of the transversal axis, with the Padiglione dei Solinghi to the south, is a perfect example of an “Italian-style” formal garden integral to the House of Savoy’s residences, adorned with geometrically pruned yews and boxwoods. Architectural features, such as staircases, grottoes, fountains, the large hemicycle and the sculpted cascade are key elements of this complex. The building, enlarged by Filippo Juvarra from the 1720s onwards, boasts refined interior decorations in rooms overlooking the garden and affording views on the surrounding landscape. The complex that was restored to fix the damage caused by the war and by a long period of neglect, was reopened to the public in 2006. The long-disappeared vineyard mentioned in 19th-century maps was also reinstated.