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

Carlo Alberto di Savoia-Carignano
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.

Carlo Alberto
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.

Royal Library of Turin
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.

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  • 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


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    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

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