This square is the true fulcrum of Turin, it is here that the life of the city has developed, from the Roman era to the Risorgimento.
Piazza Castello as it appears today, was designed by the architect Ascanio Vitozzi in 1584 at the behest of Duke Carlo Emanuele I.
The square, surrounded on three sides by elegant arcades built in different periods, is the setting for important city palaces to be seen: the austere Royal Palace, residence of the king of Sardinia until 1659, and then by Vittorio Emanuele II King of Italy, until 1865; the Teatro Regio; the Palazzo della Giunta Regionale; the Palazzo del Governo (now the seat of the Prefecture); of the Secretariats; the Armory and the Royal Library, containing the famous sanguine self-portrait by Leonardo da Vinci.
The heart of the square is the imposing Palazzo Madama, the ancient castle from which it takes its name, surrounded by three monuments; the sculpture dedicated to the Bishop of the Sardinian Army, the equestrian monument that celebrates the Knights of Italy and the statue of Emanuele Filiberto, Duke of Savoy.
Piazza Castello is also the point where the four major arteries of Turin converge: Via Roma, Via Pietro Micca, Via Po and Via Garibaldi, one of the longest pedestrian streets in Europe.
Opening hours: open air
How to reach: Tram 4, 7, 13, 15, Bus 11, 13N, 19, 27, 50, 51, 55, 56, 57, 92, 3904, 3991, N04, N10, S04, W01, W15, W60
Address: Piazza Castello
Born in Riccione, a seaside town on the Italian coast of the Adriatic Sea. Of Italian father and a Russian mother, I always define myself a crossroads of cultures, in fact I never identified with a nationality, considering myself a real world citizen.
From the early years of life I've traveled, living periods of time abroad, experiences that have further increased my openness towards the new and the different, and the ability to think outside the box.
I'm graduated Expert for Tourism, and continued hmy studies with a Masters Degree in Economics and Management. During and after the studies, I had a multitude of different jobs, mostly oriented towards tourism (my true passion, together with art and opera). Since 2008 I lives in Milan, working in the finance department of an Italian multinational company.
My passion for culture, led me to found in 2013, Kitabu, a publishing house specializing in the publication of books in electronic format, with which in 2015 I launched various projects regarding web-based magazines about different cultural and leisure themes, on of wich is TravelTv.
Despite the many commitments, however, I've never stopped traveling extensively the world, trying in every place to identify myself with the local population.