Palazzo Carignano, Turin

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The Palazzo Carignano is a historical building in the centre of Turin, Italy, which houses the Museum of the Risorgimento. It was a private residence of the Princes of Carignano, after whom it is named. Its rounded façade is different from other façades of the same structure. It is located on the Via Accademia delle Scienze.HistoryThe construction of the Palazzo Carignano was ordered by Prince Emmanuel Philibert, son of Thomas Francis, Prince of Carignano and his French wife Marie de Bourbon. The Prince commissioned architect Guarino Guarini to design a suitable residence for his home and the cadet house of the reigning House of Savoy.Guarini designed the structure in the shape of a square, with a straight and restrained east façade and an elliptical façade on the west. Guarini also added a forecourt at the center of the palace. Construction began in 1679, when the Prince was 51 years old.The decorations over the windows of the piano nobile recall the campaign of the Carignano family with Carignan-Salières Regiment against the Iroquois in 1667. The interior has always been described as lavish and has splendid frescoes and stucco decorations.Among the frescoes are some by Stefano Legnani, called il Legnanino. The main stairwell is decorated with busts by Pietro Somazzi.
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  • Palazzo Carignano is a spectacle, we are very fond of him. A façade overlooking piazza Carignano, the other on piazza Carlo Alberto. Inside a small courtyard with a contemporary work of art. In the building there is the Museum of the Italian Risorgimento (really nice with busts, information material, paintings ...), but that it is also possible to visit the interiors with the help of a guide explaining very precisely the history of those who lived and walls (the two views are separated and have two different cards).
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  • An architectural masterpiece, but undervalued. The rooms are few and guise, but worth a look. The visit is certainly enhanced by the guide very prepared.
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  • Beautiful building site in piazza Carignano in Turin. I was there at the opening fee on the first Sunday of August. The staff is very friendly, unlike other places of art in Turin where I could see little garbo. The very nice Palace. Only negative, at least with the free opening, there are few rooms open to visitors so you can fully appreciate this gem in the city.
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  • This was a very interesting visit. A look back in history before, during and after the reunification of Italy in 1861 (Risorgimento). At that time Turin was the first capital of modern Italy. I studied this at evening classes in Leicester with my wonderful teacher Enzo Carletti.
  • Historic museum with amazing relics from the last centuries. Unfortunately the most important room is visible only through a window, but it is worth it.
  • The old parliament is really nice.
  • A beautiful place with stunning rooms and a great story to tell on Italian unification and so on. Reason for three stars 1- the layout is a little unclear and you feel like you are getting lost. 2- a language problem, for info in each room in languages other than Italian, you have to find a card in the room...why not have a translation on the label like in countless other museums. The cards were at times missing and other times in tatters. Worth a wander around though
  • Beautiful location! Always new awesome installations here!

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