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Piazza Castello

Piazza Castello is right in the centre of Turin and the point where Via Po, Via Roma and Via Garibaldi converge.

Piazza Castello is considered to be the heart of Turin

Comissioned by Carlo Emmanuele I and first designed by Ascanio Vitozzi in the 16th century, Piazza Castello was the power base of the Dukes of Savoy and today consists of a broad square in which pedestrians, cars, buses and trams all vie for priority.

Palazzo Madama in the centre of Piazza Castello in Turin

In the centre of the piazza is Palazzo Madama (above), a fusion of a Roman gate, mediaeval castle and baroque facade, while the square is surrounded by buildings such as the Palazzo Reale, the Armeria Reale, the Teatro Regio and the Royal Library.

The latter contains works by da Vinci, while the nearby Piazzetta Mollino houses the State Archives. Also close by is the Church of San Lorenzo.

Trams in Piazza Castello, Turin

Palazzo Madama is interesting for another reason, as it is where the father of Carlo Emmanuele I, Duke Emanuele Filiberto, was supposed to have indulged in alchemy.

The arcades surrounding the square offer good shelter from the sun in the summer, behind which you can find a variety of shops and cafés and in the winter the square is equipped with an ice rink.

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