The UNESCO Heritage in Torino

The Royal Residences of Torino and Piemonte have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.

Taken together, they offer an extraordinary fresco of the history of Piemonte and Italia, with particular reference to the events that led up to national unity: a unique cultural, historical, architectural and environmental circuit, accessible and open to visitors, with an exceptional universal value.


In Torino

In Torino, the Musei Reali  (the Royal Palace, the Royal Library, the Royal Armory, the Royal Gardens, Chiablese Palace), Valentino Castle, Carignano Palace, Madama Palace, Villa della Regina, the State Archives, the Palace of the Prefecture, the Cavallerizza Reale, the Military Academy, the Royal State Mint, the facade of the Regio Theatre are part of the World Heritage Site.

Do not forget the Po Hill Biosphere Reserve, an area far from the stereotype of the classical natural area but with a rich environment and an extraordinary landscape that few large urban centers boast.
Torino has also fully conquered the image of an innovative, dynamic and constantly evolving city, with new spaces and large boulevards built from scratch or reclaimed from industrial areas thanks to world-renowned architects: places that have contributed to conferring the recognition of a Unesco Creative City for Design.


Residenze Reali Sabaude

The Residenze Reali Sabaude in Piedmont have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.

Architectural jewels that embody the elegance and relevance of Torino's imprint as a royal city, they are located partly in the city, others in the province.

In Torino you can visit:

  • Musei Reali (Palazzo Reale, Biblioteca Reale, Armeria Reale, Giardini Reali, Palazzo Chiablese)
  • Castello del Valentino
  • Palazzo Carignano
  • Palazzo Madama
  • Villa della Regina

Not far from the city, the "corona di delizie" continues with:

  • Reggia di Venaria Reale: often referred to as the 'Versailles' of the Savoia family, renowned for its Baroque architecture and extensive gardens.
  • Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi: designed by Filippo Juvarra, renowned for its artistic beauty.
  • Castello di Rivoli: originally a military stronghold, today it houses the Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • Castello di Racconigi: castle with a history stretching back thousands of years, former holiday residence for the Savoia family 
  • Castello di Agliè, romantic triumph of elegance
  • Castello La Mandria, ancient hunting (and love) residence

Visit the Residenze Reali Sabaude (and more) with the Royal Pass!


Ivrea and Olivetti

In 2018, UNESCO added Ivrea to its World Heritage List, recognising its importance as an exceptionally well-preserved 20th-century industrial city.

Ivrea is an example of a city that has managed to combine industrialisation, urban development and respect for the environment. It celebrates the pioneering vision of entrepreneur Adriano Olivetti, who between 1930 and 1960 offered an alternative vision to the national and international experiments of the 20th century. It became the birthplace of an emblematic Italian industry: Olivetti. Olivetti's philosophy was deeply rooted in quality design, research, development and the well-being of its workforce.


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