The Royal Palaces of Italy

Most countries in Europe have a Royal Palace that is a must-see when traveling. But in Italy, you should definitely see the Royal Palace, the trick will be deciding which of the many Royal Palaces you’ll put on your list. Of course, there is always the option to just see them all.

Palazzo Reale, Piazza Castello
In Turin you’ll find the Palazzo Reale, Piazza Castello. This is the 17th- and 18th-century home of the Savoys. The Savoys were Italy’s longest ruling dynasty. Among the less grand of the palaces in Italy, the Palazzo Reale is still worth a side trip as you can view an usual Chinese room and a Leonardo da Vinci self portrait. If you’d like to visit the palace, however, plan your trip to fall between the hours of 9-12:30 and 3-5:30 on Tuesdays through Sunday.

Castello di Miramare
Overlooking the bay, the magnificent Castello di Miramare is a testament to the late Hapsburg Archduke Maximilian. The unfortunate Maximilian build the beautiful palace in Trieste where he lived in bliss with his beloved Carlotta for only three years. Shortly after its completion, he was appointed Emperor of Mexico. Maximilian left his home only to be assassinated by the Republican army.

The palace is a beautiful white building surrounding by dark green forests and the blue sea. The scenery is striking and the palace still contains all of the original furniture. It is open daily and reached by bus or taxi.

Castello Estense. Largo Castello

In Ferrara, the Este family ruled a portion of Italy for over three hundred years. Castello Estense was the family stronghold and is still imposing today. The family might not be an imperial dynasty, but they lived as though they were. The castle is open from 9-1 and 2:30-6:30, Tuesday through Saturday and Sunday from 10-6.

Palazzo Quirinale

Palazzo Quirinale in Rome is off-limits to visitors as it is still the home of Italy’s President. The huge palace was the home of popes for centuries, but you can still witness the changing of the guard outside of the immense structure.

Vatican City

In Rome, Vatican City is for the most part, off limits, but you can take a guided tour that is extremely interesting and informative. The tour leaves at 10 in the morning and must be booked in advance. The tours are available every day by Sunday and Wednesday.