Located right in the center of Turin, Palazzo Madama is one of the city’s most important sights, which attracts tourists firstly with its outside splendor. The façade was realized in baroque style by the famous architect Filippo Juvarra, who also designed the Royal Palace in Madrid. You will realize the inside beauty of the palace at first glance, once you enter and see the sumptuous interior staircase made by the same architect.
A palace or a castle? Discover Palazzo Madama’s history
The palace, which initially was a castle belonging to the House of Savoy (one of the oldest royal families in the world) was founded in 1003. Years later it was commissioned by the regent Marie Jeanne of Savoy to be redesigned into a palace. Unfortunately, the work was cancelled so since then the front part looks like a baroque style palace, while the back part has retained the appearance of the 15th-century castle.
Explore the inside treasures of Palazzo Madama
After admiring the façade of the palace, it’s time to enter and feel amazed by its interiors. The richness and beauty of the inside of Palazzo Madama will overwhelm you, giving you the chance to go back in time and, for a second, imagine yourself being the king or queen who lives in such a mesmerizing place. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the sight of these beautifully decorated walls with paintings by famous artists and gaze at the ceiling frescos.
Lure yourself into the world of art of Palazzo Madama
The palace houses the Turin City Museum of Ancient Art, which displays about 70,000 works, dating from the Medieval Ages to the Baroque. The collection includes paintings, sculptures, manuscripts, ceramics and porcelain, gold and silver, furniture and textiles, which are the evidence of reach and diversity of the Italian and European arts at that period of time.
A ticket for the permanent collections at the museum costs 10 EUR (approximately 11 USD), while the reduced ticket costs 8 EUR (approximately 9 USD). In case you want to dive more deeply into the stories of the art pieces, you can take an audio-guide, which costs 3.50 EUR (approximately 4 USD). Keep in mind that the museum of the palace is closed on Tuesday.
Don’t miss the chance to take photos in one of the most magical rooms of the palace!
If you wish to have unique photos in a magical place and you’re eager to take a photoshoot with an impressive background behind you and a splendid window-view of the city’s royal square, here’s the best option. The room itself is a true masterpiece. It’s a place where the regent Marie Jeanne of Savoy loved to have tea in the company of her suite and it is a truly delightful room to have a rest and take some gorgeous photos, which is totally allowed.
Admire the breathtaking view from the top of the palace
And last but not least: admire the beautiful view from the observation deck of the palace. I promise, that the breathtaking view will impress you, and you’ll have a full 360 degree view of the city from the tower, which is very easy to access by elevator.
If you decide to stay in Turin from 1 to 5 days you can take the Torino + Piemonte Card, which offers free admission to the most important museums and exhibitions in Turin (including the Palazzo Madama museum), travel for free on all urban and suburban public transport in Turin, discounted tickets to cultural sites all over Piemonte, reduced tickets on the main tourist services of the city and discounts on prominent cultural events, outdoor activities, adventure parks, and guided tours in the region.
Palazzo Madama is certainly one of the main destinations to visit in Turin. It will not only charm you with its splendor, but also help you to get closer to the city’s artistic and cultural heritage!
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