Travel and Culture in Piedmont
Turin is rich in monuments of great beauty and historical interest, beginning from Castello Square, that is the real centre of the town.
The square was planned in 1584 by Vitozzi and it contains Madama Palace, a medieval castle that was obtained from the old Roman doors and then was restored with an imposing 1700 front, realized by Juvarra.
Some other important palaces open onto the square, as: the Royal Palace, the Regio Theatre, the Royal Library, the State Archives and others.
One of the town’s symbols is the splendid Antonelliana Mole, which is today the seat of the Cinema National Museum, planned by Antonelli in 1863.
Moreover, the Superga Basilica stands on the homonymous hill of Turin; it was realized by Juvarra but commissioned by Duke Vittorio Amedeo II of Savoy in 1731.
We also recommend you to visit St Giovanni Battista Cathedral, that was built between 1491 and 1498 for Cardinal Bishop Della Rovere, and that preserves the silver shrine with the Holy Shroud, the relic which is thought to be the shroud that wrapped Christ’s body.
We absolutely suggest you to visit the Stupinigi Royal Hunting Palace, wished by Vittorio Amedeo II and realized by Juvarra in 1792, that had the function to give hospitality to the court during the hunting season.
We also suggest you to visit the famous Museum of the Egyptian Antiquities that gathers finds and documents of extraordinary value and that is the second most important Egyptian museum, only after the Cairo Egyptian Museum.