La Venaria Reale Project, promoted by the European Union and coordinated by the Ministry for the Cultural Heritage and Regione Piemonte, was the largest restoration project in Europe concerning a cultural asset. It aimed to revive the baroque splendour that inspired Duke Carlo Emanuele II of Savoy who, in the mid-17th century, conceived the plan for the Reggia di Venaria, that is now once again a symbol of modernity and culture. Since its opening in 2007, La Venaria Reale has become one of Italy’s five most visited cultural sites. The Reggia comprises the Juvarra Stables, the Conservation and Restoration Centre, the Old Town Centre, the Borgo Castello and the Cascina Rubbianetta. The monumental palace, that extends over 80,000 square metres of floor space, is home to some of the finest examples of European baroque.