Agliè

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Agliè
Comune
Comune di Agliè
The Castle of Agliè is one of the residences of the Royal House of Savoy.
The Castle of Agliè is one of the residences of the Royal House of Savoy.
Coat of arms of Agliè
Coat of arms
Agliè is located in Italy
Agliè
Agliè
Location of Agliè in Italy
Coordinates: 45°22′N 7°46′E / 45.367°N 7.767°E / 45.367; 7.767
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Province Turin (TO)
Frazioni Madonna delle Grazie, Santa Maria, San Grato
Government
 • Mayor Edi Franca Maria Gianotti
Area
 • Total 13.3 km2 (5.1 sq mi)
Elevation 315 m (1,033 ft)
Population (31 December 2010)[1]
 • Total 2,591
 • Density 190/km2 (500/sq mi)
Demonym Alladiesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 10011
Dialing code 0124
Patron saint St. Massimo of Riez
Saint day First Sunday in July
Website Official website

Agliè is a comune (municipality) in the province of Turin in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 35 kilometres (22 mi) north of Turin.

Agliè borders the following municipalities: San Martino Canavese, Torre Canavese, Bairo, Vialfrè, Cuceglio, San Giorgio Canavese, and Ozegna.

Tourist Attractions[edit]

Agliè's main attraction is its Castello Ducale, one of the Residences of the Royal House of Savoy, listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. Dating from the 12th century, originally a possession of the counts of San Martino. In the 17th century it was turned into a rich residence by count Filippo d'Agliè, but was ravaged during the French invasion of 1706.

In 1765 it was acquired by Charles Emmanuel III of Savoy and sold it to his son Benedetto of Savoy who had it radically renewed ten years later, under design by Ignazio Birago di Bòrgaro. Thenceforth it was a summer residence for the Kings of Sardinia. It was sold to the Italian state in 1939.

It has a monumental façade with two stairs and a fountain; the interior includes 300 rooms, mostly provided with contemporary furniture. The castle is surrounded by large English- and Italian-style gardens. It was used as the location for the Italian series Elisa di Rivombrosa as Rivombrosa.

Other sights include:

  • Church of Santa Marta, a notable example of Baroque architecture by Costanzo Michela
  • Parrocchiale di San Massimo, annexed to the castle
  • Villa Meleto, a 19th-century countryside residence used by poet Guido Gozzano
  • Church of San Gaudenzio, where Gozzano is buried.

References[edit]

  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.

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