Royal Library of Turin

Royal Library of Turin Tour & Tickets

Tickets: Royal Library of Turin Ticket (18-25 Years)- €2.00 The normal rate for Royal Library of Turin Tickets - is €15.00Please Note: Royal Library of Turin Tickets are Free for visitors under the age of 18 and the visitors with disabilities and accompanying caregivers, for teachers with school groups – Tour guides with groups, and for the Staff of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage – owners of an Abbonamento MuseiTours:Turin eBike TourOpt for this Famous Turin eBike Tour to explore the city's adventures and discover the best sights.Price: $115.37GAM - Modern Art Gallery Guided TourGlide through Italy's original Modern and Contemporary Art galleries from the 1990s.Price: $8.53Royal Palace of Venaria Reale Tour + Hop-on Hop-off BusGrab a seat and get complete access to the City Sightseeing Torino lines and enlighten yourself with the facts with audio narration on the bus.Price: $47.15MAO Museo di Arte Orientale TourYet another great place to visit, the most iconic Oriental exhibitions in Italy and see sculptures, paintings, and engravings and witness the history of the Oriental populationPrice: $15.5The National Museum of Cinema Tour + Hop-on Hop-off BusVisit the spectacular history of Italian cinema at the National Cinema Museum and spot the progress of cinema across different segments.Price: $39.13National Automobile Museum Tour + Hop-on Hop-off Bus TurinConsidered to be one of the best tours to explore around Turin in the pack of 24-48 hours.Price: $35.11

Introduction To Royal Library of Turin

The Royal Library of Turin is founded by Carlo Alberto and is located in the heart of The Palace of Turin, which itself is a World Heritage Site and the most important cultural institution in Turin, Italy. The Royal library contains around 200,000 print volumes, 3,055 drawings, 4,500 manuscripts, 187 incunabula predating from the year 1501, 20,987 pamphlets, 5,019 sixteenth-century books, 1,500 works on parchment, approximately 1,112 periodicals, and more than 400 photo albums, maps and engravings. The Royal Library is an epic of the Italian culture, art & history from the Romans to the unification of Italy. The library is the part of Royal Palace of Turin, which was turned into a museum in the year 1946 and was considered in the other House of Savoy in 1977 by UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 1998, to safeguard the display collection to the public an underground exhibition room was crafted with advanced and top-notch museum technologies.

Collections Of Royal Library of Turin

By Carlo Alberto di Savoia-Carignano

In the year 1831, King Charles Albert di Savoia – Carignano embraced the library with countless print volumes, manuscripts, books, maps, engravings, and periodicals from antique dealers throughout Europe and his collection. To embark on the establishment of the library, a group of collaborators was hired by the king, who used to take up several research trips abroad, to give them an understanding of the progress of literature, science, and the arts. Documents on the history of the dominions of the House of Savoy were collected and today, the library is enhanced with ancient books, illuminated manuscripts, and precious volumes.

By Carlo Alberto

In 1839 the royal library was enhanced by a collection of drawings from the collector Giovanni Volpato dating from the 15th to 18th centuries by great Italian and foreign masters, including Raphael, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and the great Leonardo da Vinci. This also includes the thirteen autograph sheets by Leonardo da Vinci which were purchased by Charles Albert, and the well-known “Codex on the Flight of Birds” which was donated by Theodor Sabachnikov to King Humbert I in the year 1893.

History Of Royal Library of Turin

The king, Charles Albert has always given notable attention cultural standing of the nation, from the time he has been throned to the Kingdom of Sardinia in the year 1831. He has established several institutions. The Royal Library of Turin was also one such institution, which aims to safeguard and group the manuscripts which were collected by the House of Savoy. With the increasing interest of people in the library, Pelagio Palagi, the court architect was delegated to design the new library and also designed the furnishing including the shelves arranged on two levels. The Russian collector Theodore Sabachnikoff enhanced the collection of art in the library by donating Leonardo da Vinci's Codex on the Flight of Birds as a gift to the king. Along with the self–portrait of Leonardo, he also bestowed the library with some of his works like his study for the angel in his Virgin of the Rocks, and his study for the angel in Verrocchio's The Baptism of Christ.

Plan Your Visit

Opening Hours & Location
How To Reach
Useful Tips
Facilities For Visitors
  • The Royal Gardens are open from Tuesday to Sunday from 8:30 am to 6:45 PM
  • The Royal Library is open from Monday to Friday from 8:30 AM to 3:15 PM
  • Please Note: The Museum Complex is accessible to visitors from Tuesday to Sunday: 9 AM to 7:00 pm

Location: The Royal Library is located in the Royal Palace of Turin on the ground floor.Address: Castello, 191, 10122 Torino TO, Italy

By Car: If you are traveling by car, The Royal Library/Museum is located in the central ZTL, you can take the highway exit and follow the ring road signs to the city center.

Please Note: Cars are not allowed via XX Settembre and Via Pietro Micca, and then as the area is allotted for public transportation and Via Po, Piazza Castello, and Viale dei Partigiani between 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

By Train: The nearest station is Porta Nuova station, which is a 15-minute walk. Cross the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and continue via Roma to Piazza Castello

By Trams and Bus: Some of the Trams/Bus stops are - Stop 472 Castello in Piazza Castello, stop 204 XI Febbraio in Corso XI Febbraio, and Stop 423 Duomo – Musei Reali in Via XX Settembre.

  • The average time to visit the Museums in the Palace is about 2 hours
  • It is always recommended to purchase the Royal Library of Turin tickets in advance of the closing time
  • Have a quick look at the map of spaces available, to have a better & organized trip to Royal Library & Museums.
  • Please avoid touching any of the collections of the Royal Museums
  • Eatables and drinks are not allowed in the exhibition halls.
  • Please click photographs and videos without using Flash and tripods
  • Animals/Pets are not allowed in the Museums.
  • Dogs can only be taken to the garden only if muzzled and on a leash or accompanying people with special abilities
  • No Vehicle is allowed within the Court of Honour and the Royal Gardens.
  • Visitors can take a bike rack near the ticket office
  • To provide a comfortable and pleasant experience, the Palace holds creatin Facilities like-
  • Cafeteria: offers the visitors a moment of refreshment in an elegant and unique setting
  • Museum Shops & Lockers: Lockers are available for free storage of personal items
  • Toilets And Changing Facilities: All floors of the Royal Museums are equipped with toilets
  • Deckchairs And Stools: Deck chairs are available for a quick break while your visit
  • Wi-Fi: The visitors can access the free Wi-Fi only in the library

Visitors can take the main floor of the Palace, which is accessible directly from the ticket office via elevator. (Ticket Office Staff can assist). The Sabauda Gallery and the collections of the Museum of Antiquities are fully accessible via elevators. The kitchens and the King’s Apartment and Queen Helena’s Apartment on the ground floor are not currently wheelchair friendly. The exhibition rooms in the Royal Library’s Caveau are accessible to all via freight elevators (Staff Assistance required) Chiablese Hall is fully accessible.Toilets are located on all the routes, which are accessible to all.


Why is the Royal Library of Turin famous?

The Royal Library of Turin holds iconic collections of manuscripts, drawings, and engravings acquired by Carlo Alberto. The iconic library holds the famous self-portrait of Leonardo da Vinci along with several prints and arts which reflect the rich history of the city, making it a must-visit place for generations

Is the Royal Library of Turin worth visiting?

The library is worth visiting! One can have a glance at the historic exhibits and all the old book covers.

What is the best time to visit the Royal Library of Turin?

September and October are the best time to visit Turin. As the weather is pleasant and the city is filled with autumnal colours.

Do you need to book in advance to visit the Royal Library of Turin?

Visitors are advised to book tickets to museums and palaces well in advance, to pick the exact time for the visit.

What's the best way to see the Royal Library of Turin?

Visitors can go to the ticket office of the Piazza Castello and get a ticket for the entrance to the library and royal armory, or you can purchase an inclusive ticket that covers the entire royal campus which includes the royal library, palace, and armory.

Where can I book online tickets for the Royal Library of Turin?

You can book your royal library of turin online tickets from our website.


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