Savoia Castle Gressoney-Saint-Jean
Historical and architectural information: The Castle of Queen Margaret of Savoy, Umberto I’s wife and queen of Italy, rises at the feet of Colle Ranzola; the first stone was laid down in 1899. The castle is made up of a central rectangular-shaped nub with five cusp towers on its sides. The outer side is covered with grey flagstones from Gressoney, Gaby and Vert. Carlo Cussetti, painter and restorer, realized the ornamental paintings, while panelled ceilings, woodworks and furniture, inspired by the Middle Ages, were created by Michele Dellera, woodcarver from Turin.
The tour is divided into two parts: the ground floor and the main floor. The first one has a main entrance leading to a large hall, with recreation rooms and sitting rooms on one side. On the opposite side is the dining room, richly decorated. The main floor opens up with a wooden staircase bearing griffins and eagles and leading to royal apartments, preceded by a hall. The queen’s apartment undoubtedly occupies the most privileged position; from the windows one can see Mount Rosa and the whole valley in all their splendour. The nearby apartment was hereditary prince Umberto’s, and on the other side of the hall is the King’s apartment, together with the Queen and the King’s lady companion’s rooms.
Information for visits:
OPENING TIMES: From March 1st to May 31st: 9.30 to 12 a.m. and 1.30 to 5 p.m. (weekdays), 9.30 to 12 a.m. and 1.30 to 6 p.m. (Sundays and holy-days), closed on Thursdays;
From June 1st to September 30th: 9 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.;
From October 1st to February 28th: 10 to 12 a.m. and 1.30 to 4.30 p.m. (weekdays), 10 to 12 a.m. and 1.30 to 5.30 p.m. (Sundays and holy-days), closed on Thursdays.