Palazzo Carignano (Palass Carignan in Piedmontese), full name Palazzo dei Principi di Carignano, is a historic building in the city center of Turin, a fine example of Piedmontese Baroque architecture.
Together with Palazzo Reale and Palazzo Madama it is part of the most important historical buildings of the city and, like these, it is part of the UNESCO Residenze Sabaude serial site.
Palazzo Carignano was built at the behest of Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia-Carignano, based on a project by the Theatine father Guarino Guarini who began construction in 1679. It is one of the most impressive and impressive buildings of the Italian seventeenth century, with a sinuous facade and simple cladding. brick, preciously and originally worked.
The building was built in the area used as stables by Prince Tommaso, progenitor of the Savoy-Carignano cadet branch, and originally had a C-shaped plan open onto the gardens; the current quadrangular structure is due to the addition of the nineteenth-century building built to house the Italian Parliament, and completed in 1871, after the capital was moved to Rome. The elliptical central hall located in the seventeenth-century part, already used for celebrations, had been transformed in 1848 into the hall of the First Subalpine Parliament. The Palazzo houses the National Museum of the Italian Risorgimento in the rooms on the main floor and on the ground floor the offices of the Polo Museale del Piemonte, as well as some offices of the Superintendence of Archeology, Fine Arts and Landscape of the Metropolitan City of Turin.
Reopened to the public, thanks to the support of the Compagnia di San Paolo, in 2011 with an exhibition dedicated to Stefano Maria Legnani known as Legnanino, the talented painter who decorated the interiors between the end of the seventeenth and the beginning of the eighteenth century, after half a century it is currently available with a stable tour of the Mezzogiorno apartment, also known as the Principi's. It is a path conceived 'in the making', that is, destined to expand and enrich as the investigations launched will increase the level of knowledge on the building, on the events and on the characters who have inhabited it.
The National Museum of the Italian Risorgimento is housed on the main floor.