April 17 – Palazzo Madama

The Palazzo Madama was the first Senate of the Kingdom of Italy, and takes its name from the embellishments it received under two queens (madama) of the House of Savoy.

Inside is the Turin City Museum of Ancient Art, which is really a large collection of paintings, statues, church ornaments, porcelain, and decorative art, mostly from the late Middle Ages to the 18th century.

There are a number of floors – the first contains information about the history of the palace. You walk on a glass floor with ruins underneath; that’s the first set of photos and videos.

Then there are all the sculptures,  artworks and decorated rooms. 

The third set of videos is of the views of Turin from top of one of the old towers (see it in the photo, on the right). A fabulous place which takes a good day to explore.