Musei Reali

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A Savoy res­i­dence un­til 1865, Turin’s Royal Mu­se­ums are one of the largest and most di­verse mu­seum com­plexes in Europe. The sheer size of the com­plex and col­lec­tions housed therein eas­ily ri­val those of other ma­jor Euro­pean royal res­i­dences. A unique tour de­voted to his­tory, art and na­ture, com­pris­ing a 3km route of exhibition spa­ces and seven hectares of gar­dens.

ARME­RIA REALE - More than 5,000 ob­jects dat­ing from the Pre­his­toric era to the 20th cen­tury, one of whose most im­por­tant sec­tions com­prises an im­pres­sive col­lec­tion of 16th cen­tury arms and amour. BI­B­LIOTECA REALE – One of the city’s most im­por­tant cul­tural in­sti­tu­tions, it houses over 200,000 books, an­tique maps, en­grav­ings and draw­ings, in­clud­ing Leonardo da Vinci’s fa­mous ‘Self Por­trait’. CAP­PELLA DELLA SIN­DONE – Re­cently re-opened af­ter a long and com­plex restora­tion, un­til the 1990s, the chapel, a Baroque mas­ter­piece, housed the Sin­done, now pre­served in the Cathe­dral of Turin. GAL­LE­RIA SABAUDA - Spread over four lev­els of exhibition space, the gallery show­cases ap­prox­i­mately 500 mas­ter­pieces by Ital­ian, Dutch, Flem­ish and Euro­pean artists dis­played in chrono­log­i­cal or­der from the 14th to 20th cen­turies.

GIARDINI REALI - Ex­tend­ing over ap­prox­i­mately seven hectares of land, and lo­cated in the cen­tre of the city, these beau­ti­ful gar­dens tes­tify to the city’s his­tory and for­mer op­u­lent splen­dour. Due to ongoing ren­o­va­tions, today only a por­tion of the gar­den are open for pub­lic view­ing. MUSEO DI ANTICHITÀ - The most im­por­tant ar­chae­o­log­i­cal finds un­earthed in the city and through­out Pied­mont are housed in the new un­der­ground space ly­ing ad­ja­cent to the ru­ins of the Ro­man Theatre. PALAZZO REALE - Ma­jes­tic stair­cases, lav­ishly dec­o­rated rooms, carved ceil­ings, stuc­coes, del­i­cately gilded fur­ni­ture and fres­coes. An im­pres­sive feat of sig­nif­i­cant artis­tic and ar­chi­tec­tural value, and the of­fi­cial res­i­dence of the Savoy fam­ily un­til 1865, the Royal Palace was ex­panded and changed thanks to the work of sev­eral of Turin’s most il­lus­tri­ous ar­chi­tects and artists be­tween the 18th and 19th cen­turies. PALAZZO CHI­ABLESE - The rooms on the ground floor of Palazzo Chi­ablese, an 18th cen­tury build­ing that, over the cen­turies, was used as a res­i­dence for mem­bers of the Savoy fam­ily, house the tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tions of the Royal Mu­se­ums.

Have you heard of Jean- François Cham­pol­lion? A French ar­chae­ol­o­gist and Egyp­tol­o­gist and the di­rec­tor of the Egyp­tian sec­tor of the Lou­vre in Paris, he is the man who de­ci­phered the mys­tery of hi­ero­glyph­ics through the Rosetta Stone in 1822. It is also thanks to Cham­pol­lion's ex­per­tise that we owe the defin­ing state­ment: “The road to Mem­phis and Thebes passes through Turin.” When men­tion­ing Turin, he was re­fer­ring to its unique and ex­tra­or­di­nary Egyp­tian Mu­seum, the world's first Egyp­tian mu­seum founded in 1824, the se­cond in terms of the value and num­ber of ar­ti­facts (around 40,000) out­side of Cairo, and the eighth most widely vis­ited mu­seum in Italy. The Bri­tish news­pa­per “The Times” listed it as one of the 50 best mu­se­ums on the planet. De­spite its long­stand­ing his­tory and his­toric

im­mer­sive vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence.

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