Exterior

With its unusual structure standing out on the moraine hill forming an amphitheatre overlooking Rivoli and Avigliana, the Castello di Rivoli is one of the most important symbols of the Savoy dynasty and an integral part of a design that since the late 16th century had led to the realisation of the so-called Corona di Delizie (‘Crown of Delights’), constituting symbols and celebrations of absolute power. The complex comprises two structures: the Castello with its present 18th-century appearance, and the Manica Lunga opposite, built in the 17th century and planned as the paintings gallery of Duke Charles Emmanuel I. The two buildings are separated by the atrium, an open-air space dominated by the unfinished walls of the Castello and of the Manica Lunga. In the middle  there are the colums and pillars of the imposing Juvarra’s project.  The two buildings from two different periods  have been restored stressing their different nature. 

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