Basking in Baroque Styled Splendor in Venaria, Italy
When you slip through the heavy brocade curtains that guard the entrance to the Galleria di Diana in the Palace of Veneria, be ready to blink a few times: the sunshine pouring in through the 20-foot windows reflects off every polished white marble surface all at once. Crane your neck upwards and listen to your footsteps echo off the checkered floor. The architects of this pleasure palace were aiming to make an impression, and they got the job done: light, geometry, and flawless baroque detailing create a surreal elegance—you’ll wish you’d brought your ball gown. Wander through the immaculate gardens that stretch towards the Alps, and stick around after sunset, when the courtyard fountain morphs into a full on concert of synchronized water, music, and colored lights.