Considering the dire conditions of the Gardens of Venaria in the late 1990s – when not a trace remained of the original 17th-18th century layout - the result that you see today is prodigious: the complex restoration project has led to an unprecedented reconstruction of the landscape with its historical marks, with an eye towards modern aesthetics and practical considerations.
The Gardens of the Reggia bring together an ancient and modern charm. Here the extraordinary balance between the archeological remains and the contemporary artworks is set in a boundless scenery that remains unparalleled among Italian gardens for the majesty and the vastness of the natural landscape that extends from the thick forests of the Park of La Mandria to the mountain peaks of the Alps.
The young Gardens of Venaria were inaugurated in 2007. Like teenagers entering a crucial phase of life, their distinctive features are starting to burgeon and their characteristic layout is becoming more evident: the process of natural evolution provides a unique experience that knows no parallel among the great historical gardens in Europe. A tour of the Gardens is always full of surprises, no matter how many times you have been to the estate.
In addition to a stroll or a guided tour with didactic activities, the trackless train Diana’s Arrow, the gondolas Diana and Hercules, and the Horse Carriage provide delightful alternatives to explore the Gardens.