The Armeria Reale on the Royal Armoury of Turin might not seem like it’s up everyone’s alley at first, but cast those preconceived notions about violence for this one and come take a quick looksee. Chances are, you’ll probably be here for a while. Formed by the Savoy Family, the armoury is not a part of the UNESCO World Heritage site - the Polo Reale, consisting of the Royal Palace, the Sabauda Gallery, the Archaeological Museum, the Royal Library and the Armoury.
With weaponry from the 19th century exhibited in all its fierce glory, this museum takes a little longer to go through than you’d think for there is always something catching your eye. Ready-for-battle structures of horses, armours set off with characteristic Italian flair and an assortment of guns on display will fascinate you and also leave you very aware of the terrible and magnificent extent of human wrath and tolerance for violence.
There are arms, flags and other objects of the kingdom of Sardinia after the 18th century, the swordused by Napoleon during his Egypt campaign, and arms belongingand to the Savoy family, the kings of Italypost-unification in 1861. The sword of San Maurizio is one of the most significant relics owned by the Savoy family, made in the 13th century and still preserved with its 15th-century impressed, gilded and painted leather case.European and American swords, guns and rifles are exhibited next to oriental arms and armour acquired by or gifted to the kings, today all a part of a bloody and terribly impressive history.
Armeria Reale Travel Tips
- Armeria Reale adjoins the first floor of the Royal Palace.
- Don’t miss the musical fountain display at noon.
- Free guided tours are available for Italian schools or for groups by appointment at +39 011 543889.
How to Reach Armeria Reale
- “Venaria Express” shuttle bus operated by GTT.
- Bus: Lines 11, 72 and VE1 from Turin.
- Caffe Reale
- Focacceria Riviera Ligure Snc Di Cotugno Alessandro
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50.93% of people who visit Turin include Armeria Reale in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
23.27% of people start their Armeria Reale visit around 3 PM - 4 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Armeria Reale
75.74% of people prefer walking in order to reach Armeria Reale
Armeria Reale Reviews & Ratings
Beautiful the sense of history and the look at past military warfare style is brilliant
Astounding collection. I didn't even notice the second floor filled with spears (couldn't go up there) and such. Weapons through the edges. And the horses are disconcertingly lifelike.
Amazing collection and very nice showcases. Really deserves a visit. Will not post photos since there are already so many.
It's great if you are into these kinds of things... It's part of the actual royal palace, including entrance ticket.
A lot of old weaponry like swords, body Armour, muscets etc but very limited info available in English.