Castel Savoia

Castel Savoia, Gressoney Saint Jean: Hours, Address, Castel Savoia Reviews: 4.5/5

Castel Savoia
4.5
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
With its pointed turrets standing out from the surrounding woods, the castle of Queen Margarita of Savoy looks straight out of a fairy tale. Though it was built on models of the late Middle Ages, it dates from the early Twentieth century. It was then equipped with the latest technical equipment of that time, and it is surrounded by a large park with all the dependencies and a rocky Alpine garden with many botanical species. The interior still shows part of the original furnishings: paintings, stained glass, wood panelling, coffered ceilings and furniture made according to the taste of the Queen, she is evoked in all its parts by the flower bearing her name. The tour includes the ground and the first floor, connected by a spectacular wooden staircase with griffins and eagles.
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Pantagraal
Bristol, UK56 contributions
Apr 2017 • Friends
Regina Margherita of Italy is famous in the whole world. Many people don’t realise this. Pizza Margherita is named after her; allegedly she didn’t like anchovies - these were dutifully removed from Pizza Napoletana when she lived with the Prince Consort in Naples and Pizza Margherita was born. Next time you are thankful that this triumph of culinary simplicity keeps the children happy make a mental note to visit.

If you ever pass by the Val del Lys or fancy a detour from the most expensive motorway in Italy ( the one in Val d’Aosta) come to this spot. This is the castle where she spent many Summers having had it built herself. From here she could look at her beloved Lyskamm and the Monte Rosa glacier and enjoy mountain vacations when she would rest from her charitable and political activities.

Her husband King Umberto I never enjoyed it as he was assassinated while it was built.

Apart from Leonardo Da Vinci nobody as famous and enterprising has shown such an interest in this valley.

The building is more of a large villa but is reminiscent of a miniature but square set Neuschweinstein with a number of turrets (one octagonal) but without the planning folly that plagued Prince Ludwig of Bavaria. It is not as grand and not in an imposing position; in fact if you don’t know it is there you may miss it altogether.

The architecture is thoughtful focusing on practical internal solutions that maximise the comfort and views of its inhabitants (including a railway to connect the kitchens that were in a different building - now the ticket office).

The interiors are interesting but quite Spartan- don’t expect a Versailles but, whatever one’s political view, the building helps to understand her character- energetic, no nonsense, dedicated to building a positive image of the monarchy (in spite of her husband’s indiscretions), intellectually active, a people’s queen but nevertheless convinced that an old fashioned ‘paternalistic’ approach was the best way towards the wellbeing of the people.

Understanding the history of her times will give you insights into the early years of Italian unification and into the fear and horror that the 1917 Russian revolution engendered in the rulers of Western Europe.

Consistent with her live if mountains she was also responsible for supporting the construction of and then inaugurating the rifugio Margherita up the valley and close to the peaks. There still is no building which is as high in Europe and it was used to understand altitude physiology for many years.

Enjoy.
Written March 4, 2018
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Rosalind M
Morpeth, UK15 contributions
Mar 2014 • Couples
A 20 minute walk from the centre of Gressonney St Jean, which is worth a visit (delightful coffee and light lunch at the Cafe Pinter), the Castel Savoia is an impressive grey-stone, many-turretted 19th century castle built as a summer residence for Queen Margaret of Savoy. We chose to go on a Thursday, the day we found that it closes but it was still worth a visit, even though the snow was so deep we could not walk all the way round. If you walk on a little further, you get to the small Weissmatten ski area. If you have a ski pass, make sure you get the free bus there and back - on others you have to pay!
Written May 4, 2014
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Fantasia95
Rome, Italy363 contributions
Nov 2018 • Business
beautiful vintage location, very well kept both in the outside of the gardens and in the interior. the windows and the wooden staircase overlooking the valley, really impressive!
Written November 20, 2018
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H B
Narbonne, France377 contributions
Feb 2018 • Friends
Beautiful Savoy family summer castle, where Queen Margarita of Italy spent 15 years of holidays. The royal atmosphere remains hanging in the enthusiast story telling guide, the castle itself and the whole of the valley air. We love coming to this area for our ski holidays.
Written February 2, 2018
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H B
Narbonne, France377 contributions
Feb 2015
Went on a visiting tour, I happened to be the only guest and was taken around privately. A very interesting castle to visit knowing that the last queen Margarita of Italy reigned for 26 days before a referendum declared Italy a republic. She choose this place as her holidays residance and her presence can still be seen and felt when one looks close enough aroind this valley. Very special and authentic indeed. The owner of the castle kept everything, except for some furniture, original to pay respect to her. An amazing story indeed.
Written February 25, 2015
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Passport46091636115
1 contribution
Oct 2018 • Business
You can only enter in guided tours. We arrived half an hour before the tour and the ticket office recommended that we wait for the tour. They said there was no other way to get in and the tour is going to be in English. When we entered en half an hour latter, we realized that the entire tour was in Italian and that there was not a single word in English. We asked the young lady (the same woman who sold us the tickets) at least to try to explain shortly in English , she firmly refused and said we had received brochures in English and we can read. We asked to leave because it was a waste of time to stay if we did not understand anything, she refused to let us out and we had to stay 40 minutes until the end of the tour.
Even without understanding the explanation and after seeing all the rooms in the palace, this is a very small palace and really unimpressive. I saw that the Italian speakers next to us were not impressed either.
Even the outside is not as beautiful as it looks in the pictures.
In conclusion, it is not worth the trouble to get there
And if you pass there you can only look from the outside and continue to many charming places in the area
Written November 4, 2018
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G_Stockholm
Malmö, Sweden46 contributions
Feb 2014 • Family
Good guide, despite limited English. On the other hand, he spoke better English than I speak Italian.
Written February 21, 2014
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Profilist
433 contributions
Nov 2017 • Friends
Seeing the shooting of a movie in these places can make your mind come back to daydreaming. What you see and what surrounds it can stimulate the imagination and tell stories of the regime but also of characters from the fantastic woods.
Written December 29, 2017
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Jackie L
London, UK22 contributions
Oct 2017
I have seen this castle in winter with snow on its turrets and thoroughly enjoyed seeing it again in a different season - we returned in Autumn as the trees were changing. If you want to make more of your visit, why not walk to the castle on the picturesque Passegiata della Regina, a magical walk through forest and boulders. You can even join up the Passegiata as a circular walk with the path along the River Lys. And if you want to know a bit more about the colourful life of the bad boys of the Savoia family - check them out on Wikipedia. You won't be disappointed!
Written November 9, 2017
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NOSIMZabbar_malta
ZABBAR,MALTA13 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
If you are visiting make sure to go to Gressonay which is a lovely village half an hour away. The castle is beautiful and definitely worth a visit. However my only complaint is that since the visit is guided one doesn't have the time to appreciate all the detail . The woodwork, for one ,is simply fantastic and one should have the time to absorb some of the detail
Written August 24, 2017
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