Piazza Castello and Palazzo Reale
Piazza Castello (Castle quare)
With its 40.000 square meters Piazza Castello is the second biggest plaza of Turin. Designed by the architect Ascanio Vitozzi, it rises in the very center of the magical Piedmont capital.
Piazza Castello, just like during the Savoy kingdom, is still considered as the beating heart of Turin.
The square is surrounded by the characteristic colonnades under which the large number of shops have made it one of the coolest and more beautiful places for shopping in Turin.
4 big ways branch out from Piazza Castello: Via Po, Via Pietro Micca, Via Roma and Via Garibaldi, which is one of the largest pedestrian promenades in Europe.
Some among the most important Turin attractions give onto Piazza Castello. Palazzo Reale, in the center of the plaza, is one of the most beautiful and charming palaces to visit.
But also the Regio theatre, among the most important Italian opera houses , the Palazzo Madama (Madama Palace), which used to be the house of the subalpine senate, and the Royal Church of Saint Laurence, which hosted the Holy Shroud for a short period in the past.
Today you will find in it the copy of the Holy Shroud, to watch it when no ostension of the original one is scheduled.
Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace)
Five centuries of history together with the work of the Italian Baroque’s greatest architects, made of the Royal Palace, recognized as UNESCO world heritage since 1997, one of the most luxurious and charming historic residences of all times.
The Royal Palace, wonderful and majestic space representing the historical power of the Savoy dynasty proposes different itineraries of visit through which you can lose yourselves in history and get to know the amazing treasures guarded inside the royal residence.
Designed at the end of the 4th Century from Ascanio Vittozzi, ducal architect at Carlo Emanuele I’s court, the Royal Palace offers many visual emotions thanks to the rich baroque roofs in graved and gilded wood, to the luxurious garnitures, the tapestries, the allegoric paintings, the portraits, the antique oriental porcelains and a precious collection of watches. Every single object tells the centuries-old story of this palace.