After 13 years, and a full restoration, the queen’s chambers opens up once again at the Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi (The Stupinigi hunting lodge)…
This early Rococo’ palace was designed by Savoy royalty favorite Filippo Juvarra in the first half of the 18th century. Not far from downtown Torino and the year-round residences and palaces of the Savoy royal family, what’s incredible is that Stupinigi was used for a couple of days a few times per year at most. This certainly didn’t keep them from holding back on the decor of the palazzo, as you’ll notice immediately upon entering the main hall, referred to as the Padiglione Centrale (central pavillion) in keeping with the ‘hunting lodge” theme.
Stupinigi has been open to the public for years, and now the extra area of the queen’s chambers can be visited as well, starting with the antechamber as well as the hallway.
As for the bed, we’re not quite sure what happened to it, but her water closet is still there.
As is the grottesco-styled painted woodwork throughout the room.
Certainly the main attraction of the room however is Van Loo’s now fully restored ceiling fresco, “Diana resting among the Nymphs,” no doubt a fitting theme for royal eyes to gaze upon and fall asleep to.
(More information on the Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi available here.)