Palazzo Madama of Turin tickets and tours
The Palazzo Madama of Turin (Palazzo Madama di Torino) is a Baroque-style palace located in the region of Piedmont, in northern Italy. Dating back to ...In the top 5 attractions for Turin
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The Palazzo Madama of Turin (Palazzo Madama di Torino) is a Baroque-style palace located in the region of Piedmont, in northern Italy. Dating back to the 13th century, the palace has been used as a former residency for royalty and has been home to the Civic Museum of Ancient Arts since 1934. The palace was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 and got its name from the two queens (Madame), from the House of Savoy, who resided there.
The original palace was turned into a castle in the early 14th century after it became in the possession of Savoia-Acaja. A century later, the castle was remodelled and used as a residence for the guests of the House of Savoy. During the 17th century, regent Christine of France had the courtyard covered and turned into a large assembly room. The second regent, Marie-Jeanne-Baptiste of Savoy-Nemours, also known as Madame Reale, died before her extensive renovations were completed: only the splendid Baroque façade, a newly designed interior, and the monumental staircase were finished. Many of these renovations to the palace can still be seen today. Since then, the palace was then used in various ways prior to becoming a museum.