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King Vittorio Emanuele II gentleman on display until 13 March 2011 | Traveling Easy
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King Vittorio Emanuele II gentleman on display until 13 March 2011 | Traveling Easy

Written by Michela | 22 October, 2010 9:00

The Albertine Statute of 4 March 1848, valued at over 2 million euro, forerunner of the Republican Constitution, transported to the nearby Royal Palace of Turin State Archives with a lot of armed escort. The original uniform Vittorio Emanuele II wore during the famous Battle of Solferino, the bedroom and the private study of Vittorio Emanuele II, the first ever open to the public. These are just some of the ideas offered by the first major event for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy, an exhibition on "Vittorio Emanuele II, The Gentleman Bug ", conceived and organized by the Foundation DNArt (, held in Turin until 13 March 2011.

L’esposizione, under the patronage of the President of the Republic, is produced in collaboration with the Ministry of Heritage and Culture, the Regional Directorate of Cultural Heritage of the City of Turin and Piedmont, under the auspices of the Ministry of Defence, Province of Turin, Committee of United Italy 150 and the support of Regione Piemonte and the Chamber of Commerce of Torino.

This is an exhibition that runs in the symbols of the life of Vittorio Emanuele II, a Turin at the Royal Palace and the Castle of Racconigi. A path memory in a crucial historical moment for our country, that provides a particular contribution to knowledge through the exploration and documentation of the life and events of the main protagonists of the Risorgimento, in the public sphere, as in the private sphere.

"The project – says Dr. Elena Fontanella, President of the Foundation of the scientific project coordinator DNArt (together with the 'arch. Daniela Biancolini, Director of the Royal Palace of Turin and the Dr.. Renato Balestrino, Director of Castle Racconigi) – developed through courses contextualized within landmarks in the history of the Risorgimento, will be able to approach a wider audience to the conscious use of the excellence of our heritage and to offer the visitor a new model of experience cultural: educational and enjoyable at the same time ".

The profile of Victor Emmanuel II will be retracing the path milestones of his life, from childhood to marriage to Mary Adelaide, the relationship with their children, passions for food and hunting, to get to focus attention on institutional relationships, Sovereign of the political and military.

The materials exhibited will mainly unpublished photographs, documents (The Statuto Albertino, the first photojournalistic reportage of war, that of Crimea), photos (those made by Francesco Hayez to Vittorio Emanuele II and Massimo D'Azeglio), Uniform (one worn by the King in the Crimean War), furniture, Kits, clothes, jewelry, personal items (Sovereign of the pipe) and preparation of the tables Savoy, large and spectacular examples of court ceremonial.

The exhibition is divided into three main sections. At Castle Racconigi one dedicated "to children and families" by Vittorio Emanuele: Castle, by richly decorated rooms, at that time was the residence of the father, Carlo Alberto, place where the relationship developed with his brother Ferdinand and hosted weddings with the Archduchess Maria Adelaide of Habsburg-Lorraine.

Al Palazzo Reale "The history of the Sovereign and public and institutional life of the Court". Here are some apartments just opened in preview restored, the bedroom and other private rooms of the sovereign. In the Gallery of the Shroud of the Royal Palace are set up dioramas of battles Highlights of the Risorgimento (Goito, Solferino and Custoza, Garibaldi's departure from Fourth, the opening of the breach of Porta Pia), together with famous painting and military models.

The synergy and collaboration between central and local, Foundations and private - Says Mario Resca, Director General for the Promotion of MiBAC (Ministry of Culture) – is essential to enable the implementation of cultural projects such challenging and important. so many thanks to the Ministry of Heritage and Culture, Region Piedmont, the City of Turin, the Province of Turin, Chamber of Commerce Torino, The Ministry of Defence, the Chamber of Deputies, Committee Interministerial to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy and Foundation DNArt, who have worked together, at this great cultural event, example of a successful strategy to make optimum use service of our priceless heritage, able to speak to everyone with a readable yet full of all that is precious and secret has managed to preserve our glorious past ". "The city of Turin - Says Fiorenzo Alfieri, Head of Culture for the City of Turin – is proud to host the exhibition dedicated to Vittorio Emanuele II, one of protagonists of the events that have marked the path towards the unification of Italy. The exhibition is not only an original exhibition project and articulate that will offer a look at an entire era, but also an opportunity to enhance the historical and architectural heritage of our area. Therefore, the City pleasure working with the implementation of this initiative, which will open the doors to the packed schedule of events planned for the celebration of Sesquicentennial of a united ".

It 's a great pride for the Piedmont Region - said the Councillor for Culture of the Piedmont Region, Michael Coppola - host an exhibition of Vittorio Emanuele II: a sort of anticipation of the celebration of National 150° dell’Unità d’Italia. I would like to thank the Ministry of Heritage and Activities Culture for choosing Turin as the venue to celebrate the first King of Italy in the city that he was a protagonist. The exhibition is an important opportunity to promote the cultural heritage of the Piedmont: an invitation to know the places where it was built in Italy and return 2011 For celebrations planned”.


lun. Closed Tue-Sun: 9.00 – 19.30 last admission 18.30


CUMULATIVE (Show Residences)

whole 15 €

reduced 13 €

Special reduced price € 10

Reduced schools 8 €


12 €

reduced 10 €

reduced speciale7 €

School reductions € 5

Castle Racconigi

whole 6 €

reduced 5 €

Special reduced 4 €

reduced school 3 €


(2 Adult + children)

For information:

Infopoint: 011.4369213 – Palazzo Chiablese, Piazzetta Reale - Torino

Foundation DNArt: 02.29010404 –