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Valentino Castle

Valentino Castle

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Discovering Torino means exploring twenty centuries of history. Walking along its streets is like visiting an open-air museum. Palazzo Carignano, designed by Guarini, was home to the first Italian Parliament. Today it houses the Museum of the Risorgimento. Also by Guarini in the Baroque Piazza Carignano is the Galleria Sabauda and the Egyptian Museum, which, founded in 1824, is the world's oldest and the second most important. It houses more than 30,000 items, including the black granite statue of Ramses II, the tomb of the architect Kha and a large collection of papyruses and objects.

In Piazza Castello, Palazzo Madama houses the Art Museum, currently being restored. Opposite is the church of San Lorenzo, and to the right the Royal Palace. Alongside the cathedral is the chapel of the Holy Shroud with the Dome by Guarini. The Holy Shroud has been conserved and periodically displayed here since 1864: an object of pilgrimage revered as Christ's funeral shroud, but also an object of historical and scientific interest. Following the new wing of the Royal Palace, one reaches the Palatine Gates, the entrance to Roman Torino. To the right are the Museum of Antiquity and the Royal Gardens. Going back towards Piazza Castello is the Royal Armoury, with one of the world's most important collections of arms. Behind the State Archive and the Teatro Regio is the area of the Cavallerizza, and in the same direction one can admire the Mole Antonelliana, the symbol of the city.

Turin's historical heritage includes the Savoy Residences; buildings of outstanding historical and architectonic interest, some of which offer an unusually lively range of cultural activities and exhibitions, whose interest is not only local.

The Savoy residences include all the palaces of Piedmont's royal family, the Savoy dynasty, as well as the castles of the nobility in the countryside around Turin and their town houses in the city centre.

Since 1997, this large collection of historic buildings has been recognised as a world Heritage by UNESCO. The buildings in Turin include the Royal Palace, Palazzo Chiablese, the Royal Armoury, the oyal Library, Palazzo Madama, Palazzo Carignano, Villa della Regina and the Valentino Castle. Outside the city there are the castles at Rivoli, Moncalieri, Venaria, Govone, Agliè, Racconigi, the Royal Hunting Lodge at Stupinigi and the country house at Pollenzo. All these residences are open to the public and are home to a variety of cultural events.

Some of the buildings are due for radical restoration work; in particular, the Venaria Royal Palace, in which visitors can already see the splendid and recently restored Galleria di Diana (Gallery of the Huntress Diana), will be the object of further renovation work that will restore the whole complex of buildings to its original splendour and allow it to be used as a museum.

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Fondazione Camillo Cavour

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Castello Reggia di Venaria Reale

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Galleria Sabauda

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Inside the Museo Egizio building, a monumental staircase leads up to the Galleria Sabauda, the picture gallery of the Royal House of Savoy, enriched by subsequent acquisitions and passed over the Italian State in 1860. The important collection is one of the largest in Italy and includes, besides the works of art by Piedmontese and Italian masters (Fra Angelico, Guercino and Paolo Veronese, Andrea Mantegna, Filippo Lippi, Antonio and Pietro Pollaiolo, among others), Italy's most important collection of Flemish and Dutch paintings that includes works by Van Eyck, Memling, Rembrandt more..

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Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea

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Among the Savoy Residences, Rivoli Castle, already part of a grand project started in 1718 by Filippo Juvarra, on behalf of King Vittorio Amedeo II has been, since 1984, home to the Contemporary Art Museum of the same name. The Museum represents one of the cultural "excellences" present in the Turin territory: the majestically restored rooms host many exhibitions of international repute, and are home to a permanent collection of works by Italian and foreign artists, from the 50s to the present day.

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Museo Egizio

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In 1824, King Carlo Felice of Savoy purchased the collection of Egyptian antiquities accumulated by Bernardino Drovetti, and thus gave life to the Egyptian Museum, that today is surpassed in importance only by the Museum in Cairo. Twelwe rooms, that are arranged on three floors, house over 30,000 exhibits in a collection that has grown in size and significance over the years. Among the most celebrated exhibits, are the famous black granite statue of Ramses II, which has become the symbol of the museum, the tomb of the architect Kha and his wife Merits, complete with its more..

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Museo Nazionale del Cinema

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The Turin museum experience, already rich and stimulating as it is, has been completed by a new and important museum: in september 1999, the National Museum of the Cinema has opened in premises worthy of its importance, in the comprehensively restored Mole Antonelliana, that is one of the city's best-known symbols. The museum itself has been divided into three sections: the first devoted to the forerunners of the cinema - the magic lantetrn and the earliest experiments in moving pictures; the second portrays the development of the cinema and its emergence as a world-wide more..

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Piazza Castello and Royal Palace (Palazzo Reale)

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The porticoes of piazza Castello lead to the Royal palace, the official residence of the Savoy dynasty until 1865. Here visitors can view the Throne Room, the royal apartments and the splendidly architectural Royal Gardens. One wing of the Palace houses the Royal Armoury, set up by King Carlo Alberto of Savoy, that is today one of the most important and comprehensive ollections of weapons in the world. At the centre of Piazza Castello, the unmistakable form of Palazzo Madama stand out, in which the splendid rooms that host the Civic Museum of Antique Art are being restored.

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Borgo e Rocca Medioevale

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Castello Ducale di Agliè

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Castello di Racconigi

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Civic Gallery of Modern Art

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In the area of the great tree-lined avenues of Turin the Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art (Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea GAM) can be found. This is, for the importance and prestige of its collections, the second museum of modern art in Italy, after the National Gallery of Rome. Re-opened in 1993, after being radically restructured, and endowed with an enriched artistic heritage, the Gallery has 5,000 paintings and 400 sculptures as well as a collection of etchings, engravings and drawings from the 18th century to the present day. Its most important more..

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Palazzo Falletti di Barolo Appartamenti Storici

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Museo di Antichità

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Palazzo Bricherasio

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The third centre of the Turin museum system dedicated to contemporary art is the Bricherasio foundation, housed in the building of the same name that has been recently restored, which plays a vital role in the organisation of exhibitions and cultural events of international significance.

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Giardino Botanico (Botanical Gardens)

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The botanical gardens were founded in 1792 as the outcome of a Decree by Vittorio Emanuele II, which transformed the teaching of botanical matters already present at Turin since 1560 into a regular professorship for teaching Botany at the University. Ever since their inception, the Botanical Gardens were where medicinal plants were grown and whose use was finalised to presenting vegetal for the course on Medical Matters. Later on, the gardens also contained spontaneous plants collected in Piedmont and cultivated species obtained through exchanges with similar institutions more..

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Palazzo Cavour

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Palazzo Cisterna

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Museo Civico Pietro Micca e dell'Assedio di Torino del 1706

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The Museum of Pietro Micca and the Siege of Turin in 1706, from which it is possible to gain access to the underground tunnels of the ancient Citadel, is also of rgeat interest. For the lovers of art and sculpture, it is worth a visit to the Accademia Albertina Picture Gallery, that is home to an important collection of works from between the 13th and 18th centuries.

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Museo Nazionale del Risorgimento Italiano

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Inside the Palazzo Carignano, on the square of the same name, is the appropriately sited National Museum of Risorgimento. This magnificent Baroque palace designed by Guarini in 1679, was first the residence of the Savoy-Carignano royal family,that later became the home of the Subalpine Parliament: thirty rooms on the first floor house a collection illustrating the history of Italy from 1706, the year of Turin's victory over the French army, to 1946. Thanks to a recent restoration project, visitors can now complete their tour of the building in the splendid hall that housed more..

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Museo Martini di Storia dell'Enologia

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