Palazzo Carignano - Appartamento dei Principi di Carignano
Savoy Royal Residences, located in Torino and its surroundings, are a journey along monumental architecture styles between XVII and XVIII century, and an expression of monarchy ideology..
Added to UNESCO world heritage list since 1997
Palazzo Carignano, one of the most original baroque constructions, stands out for its undulating façade in terracotta and for its atrium with the double staircase.
In 1679 Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia-Carignano gave the commission to build the Palazzo to Guarino Guarini, who drew inspiration from Bernini’s drawings for the Louvre.
The layout of the original construction was in the form of a C, opening onto the gardens and stables. In the 19th century a second block was added to house the Italian Parliament, with a new frontage facing the current Piazza Carlo Alberto.
With its present day square structure, Palazzo Carignano is a symbolic place of the history of the Savoy dynasty and the Italian “Risorgimento”. In the palace were born Carlo Alberto and Vittorio Emanuele II, and it was the seat of the Subalpine Parliament and the first Parliament of the newly unified Italia.
Since 1938, the piano nobile floor has housed the National Museum of the Risorgimento: www.museorisorgimentotorino.it
Since 2011, thanks to the sponsorship of Compagnia di San Paolo, a regular tour of the rooms of the Appartamento dei Principi o di Mezzogiorno has been available: www.polomusealepiemonte.beniculturali.it