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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  • The guided tour unfortunately only covers part of the building, but the rooms and furnishings are really ... princely. Don't miss it.
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  • The visit to Palazzo Carignano, the palace and the museum of the Risorgimento set up in a section of the same, in the center of Turin, was simply exciting: a dive into the history of my beloved Italy.
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  • The Palazzo Carignano houses the Museum of the Risorgimento but it's possible to visit separately the royal apartments, including the ballroom that briefly became the seat of the first Italian parliament after unification. The guided tour, which takes place every half hour, is free. The guide did not speak English (he spoke slowly in Italian for my benefit) but there are descriptions in each room in English as well as Italian. However, the guide told several anecdotes about the building and its royal inhabitants that non-Italian speakers would miss out on.
  • the first king of the Unified Kingdom of Italy. It also housed the House of Deputies of the Subalpine Parliament in the mid 1800s. Today it houses the Museo del Resurgimento, as well as the National heritage Authority.Very interesting to see inside, but we were placed in an Italian only tour with no offer of an English one ? Entry is very cheap at only 5 Euros and is worth seeing.
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