Palazzo Madama today is the seat of the Civic Museum of Ancient Art but this wonderful building built on the ruins of an ancient Roman gate was a fortress, a castle (as evidenced by the rear facade with medieval towers) and residence of two "Madame Reali", Maria Cristina of France and Jeanne of Savoy-Nemours, under whose regency the building was enlarged and embellished.
In particular, in 1718 Filippo Juvarra, architect of the House of Savoy, designed and built the great western façade and the imposing staircase of honor, undisputed Baroque masterpiece.
To see the thousands of pieces, preserved in the splendid setting of the Palace that testify the ten centuries of history of Italian and European artistic production (from the Middle Ages to the Baroque).
Museum's consists of four floors: in the moat floor there is the Medieval Lapidarium with stone sculptures and goldsmiths (XII-XIII century); the ground floor houses Gothic sculptures, paintings and precious objects (13th-16th centuries); the first floor is dedicated to the arts of the Sixth and Eighteenth centuries with the picture gallery, the furnishings and the sumptuous decorations of the rooms; the second floor, dedicated to the decorative arts of all ages, houses ceramics, ivories, fabrics and glass.
Among the Museum's masterpieces not to be missed is the "Portrait of a Man" by Antonello da Messina, kept in the Torre dei Tesori and the Heures de Turin-Milan, the only codex in the world illuminated by the Flemish artist Jan van Eyck.
Opening hours: Mon - Sun (10.00 AM - 06.00 PM); Tue closed
Admission: €10 adults, €8 reduced
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.