Turin, Ducal Garden and Grove of the Royal Museums reopen. Rich program of summer events planned

The Royal Museums of Turin reopens the Ducal Garden and the Grove to the public with a full program of summer events.

In Turin, the Royal Museums will reopen the Ducal Garden and the Grove to the public, offering a full calendar of events.

On Saturday, June 27, from 7:30 p.m. to 00:30 a.m., aspecial opening with free admission will allow visitors to walk through the Court of Honor and admire the renovated Ducal Garden, which, from 10 p.m., will be embellished with dramatic evening lighting. Then, from Sunday, June 28, the Boschetto, restored in 2017 thanks to the joint intervention of MiBACT and the Consulta per la Valorizzazione dei Beni Artistici e Culturali di Torino with partner Reale Mutua, will also become accessible again. On the opening day, a rich program of performances and live music will be presented, created with young participants in the Talents for Fundraising project of the CRT Foundation and with the collaboration of Piatino Pianoforti dal 1910. Special tours led by CoopCulture guides are also scheduled at 10:30 am, 4 pm and 5:30 pm.

Thanks to theconservation work funded by the Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation with a contribution of 2 million euros, suspended in March due to the health emergency, the oldest portion of the Royal Gardens located north of the Palace, the Ducal Garden, takes on a new splendor.

“The Gardens are a central part of the Royal Museums’ agenda,” commented director Enrica Pagella. “On April 24, 2016, they were reopened to the public after a closure of nearly a decade, and since then construction has never stopped. Between 2017 and 2018, thanks also to the collaboration with the Turin Council and its partner Reale Mutua, the Boschetto area was re-functionalized, enriched by the monumental insert Pietre preziose by Giulio Paolini. Subsequently, with the support of the Compagnia di San Paolo, work was dedicated to the Duke’s Garden, and the work in the eastern part will also be completed shortly, with the return of the 18th-century Fountain of the Tritons. Attention to the historical roots of this large green space has gone hand in hand with care for all aspects related to accessibility and comfort, in the belief that the Royal Palace Gardens are a natural extension of the museum space and an unparalleled resource of well-being for the lives of citizens, in an ancient and modern landscape together, at the meeting of nature and culture.”

The Royal Gardens will host many events to celebrate its reopening to the public. It starts on Sunday, June 28, with Welcome green, a guided observation to discover flower species. Tours will continue on weekends throughout July. On Sunday, July 12 and 26, at 5 p.m., sight, touch, hearing and smell will be involved in the unprecedented Sensory Gardens experience to learn about plants and materials that make up the green areas of the Royal Museums up close. Young and old fans of freehand drawing will be involved in MRT Garden Drawing 2020 on Saturday, July 18: joined by the young artists and masters of the Pinacoteca Albertina, participants will try their hand at drawing from life, taking inspiration from nature and the architectural landscape that frames the Gardens (exclusive, limited admission, at a cost of 2 euros).

Beginning July 3, every Wednesday and Friday at 5 p.m. thematic insights return in presence with the program From the Virtual to the Real. Curators and technicians from the Royal Museums lead visitors to discover lesser-known works and places, revealing previously unseen curiosities.

Two special meetings, titled Coffee with the Restorer, will be dedicated to learning about the work of restorers. On Thursday, July 9, at 10 a.m., Alessandra Curti will present the in-depth discussion Santi cavalieri: La spada di San Maurizio e l’armatura nel Medioevo, while on Thursday, August 6, at the same time, Elisabetta Andrina’s talk will focus on Pareti tessuti: gli arazzi a Palazzo Reale, addressing the technical and executive aspects of precious textiles.

Special tours will also be scheduled. On Thursday, July 16, at 4 p.m., There’s Something New in the Armory: the Beaumont Gallery showcases are enriched with captions designed for children. Families are invited to discover this novelty with curators Giorgio Careddu and Giorgia Corso. Reservations required and cost included in the entrance fee, free for under 18s. On Friday, July 17, at 6 p.m., the public will have the opportunity to access the Apartment of Queen Elena and the Royal Kitchens. By reservation only.

Throughout the month of July, every Saturday and Sunday, guided tours by the Volunteers of the “Friends of the Royal Palace” Association continue in the Apartment of the Princes of Piedmont, on the second floor of the Royal Palace, with the striking view of the panoramic terrace. The one-hour tour can be visited at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. and can be purchased at the ticket office.

Turin, Ducal Garden and Grove of the Royal Museums reopen. Rich program of summer events planned
Turin, Ducal Garden and Grove of the Royal Museums reopen. Rich program of summer events planned

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