The historic park Stupinigi is just a few kilometers from Turin and occupies an area of 1732 hectares.
The protected area includes the park and agricultural land around the Savoy Royal Palace of Stupinigi, an extraordinary baroque masterpiece built in 1729, considered Unesco world heritage .
The park is composed of long tree-lined streets that cross the vast meadows, the Forest consists of dense forests of kernels, oak, beech and poplar trees.
The forest is a refuge and a living environment for many species of wildlife including: Hares, red and grey squirrels, dormice, foxes and roe deer (not to mention the numerous wild boar).
There are countless nesting species both resident and migrants: the Heron, the Hawk, the kestrel, the woodpecker, the Water Pipit.
This paradise of woods, huge fields and avenues symmetrically perfect, it is available to anyone, in any season, want to give him a half a day by exploring with the mountain bike.
The Royal Palace.The Royal hunting lodge of Stupinigi.
A long, stately driveway, lined with farms and stables, leading from Turin to the Hunting Palace of Stupinigi, topped by the statue of the "Deer" by Francesco Ladatte (1766), now replaced by a copy, surrounded by a park of over 150,000 square meters .
Already in the Middle Ages was in the location a small castle. The properties varied over the centuries, but returned in 1564, the Savoy that they ran through the Mauritian Order, whose Grand Master was the Duke himself. It was mainly for Vittorio Amedeo II if the Stupinigi Palace became one of the jewels of the Residences of the time.
Construction began in 1729 and designed by Filippo Juvarra, continued by Benedetto Alfieri, John Thomas and Louis Prunotto Bo. The first hunt in the woods around Stupinigi took place in 1731, and again in the eighteenth century, the complex was expanded with the addition of stables and agricultural buildings. Even Napoleon stayed there in May 1805, before traveling to Milan to be crowned emperor. In 1832 the Building again became the property of the royal family, then briefly the Italian State Property, to be returned, in 1925, with neighboring estates Order of St. Maurice.
The heart of the residence is the large oval room equipped with balconies trending "concave / convex" strongly suggestive. From the main hall depart four lower arms to form a cross of St. Andrew, where are the real and apartments for guests.
The themes of the decoration of the rooms are a hymn to the practice of hunting and the sumptuousness of the details, the rich testimonies of Italian Rococo style furniture, precious materials are evidence of the splendor and sophistication of the court.
The Royal Hunting Palace of Stupinigi (Piedmont)
Getting There & Map.
Take the E70 (ring road south) of Turin, exit Stupinigi.
The Turin Street will takes you right in front of the Royal Palace. Continue along the ringroad of the Palace (highway 23),
at the output for Vinovo, immediately turn right, where you find parking.
Visualizza Stupinigi Park in una mappa di dimensioni maggiori
Distance: 10.02 km -Altitude (height max-min): 0 m
Difference in altitude (up): 0 m - Vertical drop (fall): 0 m
Average gradient: 0% - Max gradient: 2%
Track density: 4.9 points / km - Type: bicycle
Bottom: gravel - Difficulty: easy
Lifetime (at 15 Km / h): 40 minutes
Crossing a Bridge
The best times to visit the park is early in the morning, at sunrise and late afternoon just before dark, it is in these moments that the greater the possibility of encountering wild animals. During the rest of the day, they remain mostly hidden because disturbed by tourists.
In spring, many trails and also some avenues are rendered inaccessible by trees and broken branches during the course of the winter. Usually, between April and May, is made to the maintenance of the entire park and the area is clear.
Personally, my preferred path always takes place from east to west.
I reach the end of the long avenue from the parking lot and I forwarded the north, so I reach one of the most picturesque of the park, the leghetto with the small temple in summer and spring is populated by ducks and geese with their young.
The long avenues are intertwined in continuation with stretches of connection between them. The channels of water flow, are oltrepassabili small and picturesque wooden bridges and concrete.
You may sometimes go out on a long road, with north-east, clearly visible at the bottom of the Royal Palace, the road was closed to traffic and is accessible only by bicycle or on foot.
My advice is to try to stay in the forest, at most you may well find some group riding.
In large pastures and meadows of the park are often present herds of sheep, goats and donkeys in the company of the inevitable sheepdogs.
These dogs are very gentle, it is sufficient that do not approach the sheep.
Try to avoid the tourist areas with benches and tables are always packed with people (especially on Sundays) intent to cook meat on the grill and make a terrible noise.
When to BikeAll the year.
External LinksTurin Museums
Ordine Mauriziano Stupinigi