Palazzo Madama summarizes the vicissitudes of Turin: from its original function as entrance gate, it becomes a fortress during the Middle Age, and a castle in the XV century, owned by the Acaja family, with four towers on the corners. During the reign of the Savoy family it is used as residence by the Royal Madams Cristina di Francia and Maria Giovanna Battista di Savoia Nemours, assuming the aspect of a baroque Reggia. In the XIX century the palace finally takes the name of Palazzo Madama, and according to the will of king Carlo Alberto, it becomes the seat of the Royal Art Gallery and the first Senate of the reign.
Since 1934 the palace has been hosting the Civil Museum.
The restoration works which took place between 1997 and 2005 brought back to life the very long history of the building.
The Museum of Ancient Art is completely renovated, with works ranging from the Middle Age to baroque. The most valuable works, like Antonello da Messin’s Ritratto d'uomo di Antonello da Messina, are exhibited in the 15th century tower (Torre Tesori).
Piazza Castello, 10122 Torino - Italy Tel. +39 011 4433501
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What to see in Turin
» Superga Basilica
» Rivalta Castle
» Cortile del Maglio - ex Arsenale Militare (The coolest and most avant-guard night clubs in Turin)
» Galleria Sabauda - Savoy Gallery
» Mole Antonelliana
» Museo Egizio - Egyptian museum
» Museo dell'automobile - Car museum
» Museo della Sacra Sindone - Museum of Shroud
» Orto Botanico - Botanical Garden
» Palazzo Madama
» The Royal Palace - Palazzo Reale
» Palaisozaki & Punti di Vista
» Archaeological park in the "Quadrilatero"
» Turin platform and the Red Arch (La "Passerella" e l'Arco Rosso)
» Piazza Vittorio
» Dora district: Dora Park; Media Village; Environment Park; Chiesa del Santo Volto
» The Spina Centrale: the fountains-Igloo by Mario Merz; Opera per Torino by Per Kirkeby; Albero Giardino by Giuseppe Pennone
Main Attractions in the surroundings of Turin