With its unusual structure standing out on the moraine hill forming an amphitheatre overlooking Rivoli and Avigliana, the Castello di Rivoli is one of the most important symbols of the Savoy dynasty and an integral part of a design that since the late 16th century had led to the realisation of the so-called Corona di Delizie (‘Crown of Delights’), constituting symbols and celebrations of absolute power. The complex comprises two structures: the Castello with its present 18th-century appearance, and the Manica Lunga opposite, built in the 17th century and planned as the paintings gallery of Duke Charles Emmanuel I. The two buildings are separated by the atrium, an open-air space dominated by the unfinished walls of the Castello and of the Manica Lunga. In the middle, there are the columns and pillars of the imposing Juvarra’s project.  The two buildings from two different periods have been restored stressing their different nature.

The hall is the direct witness of the works situation of the Juvarra period at the moment of its interruption.  The architect Andrea Bruno, knowing the plan, thanks to the painting made by  Marco Ricci and  Massimo Teodoro Michela, decided not to complete it.  At the north side of the Castle there are the strong pillars wanted by Juvarra, while on the porphyry pavement, the marble and stone slates draw the positions of the supports and the directions of the bays, never realized. The imposing wall of the Castle shows its supports and decorations never made, the niches for the statues and the big closed holes that remember the great spaces projected by the Sicilian architect. In the higher part, there is the sticking out panorama, made of crystal and steel, a contemporary insertion by Andrea Bruno. At the other side there is the Manica Lunga, the Castellamonte’s building born to host the gallery of the Duke  Carlo Emanuele I, that, following the Juvarra projects had to be destroyed, it has been the centre of the restoration campaign started in 1986 as it is possible to read on the date put on the wall. The building today has great windows opened by Andrea Bruno where there was the big hole left by the interrupted demolition.