LAST SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, at 6.00 p.m. , at the end of the restoration works, the Loggia of Carlo Alberto at the Armeria Reale was opened in the presence of Mario Turetta, Direttore Regionale Beni Culturali e Paesaggistici del Piemonte (Regional Director of the Cultural Heritage of Piedmont), Lodovico Passerin d'Entrèves, Presidente Consulta per la Valorizzazione dei Beni Artistici e Culturali di Torino (President of the Association for the Enhancement of the Cultural Heritage of Turin), Edith Gabrielli Soprintendente Beni Storico, Artistici ed entoantropologici del Piemonte (Head of Fine Arts Regional Board for Piedmont) and the Consulta Members.
A real gem in our Town, the Loggia has now been restored and reopened to public. Despite its small size, this place played a significant role in history as it was used by the Royal Family to appear on the occasion of important events or parades held in the square in front of it. From here, on March 22nd, 1848, King Carlo Alberto announced the beginning of the First War of Italian Independence, thus starting the complex historical process which eventually led to the birth of the new Kingdom of Italy. The intervention by the Consulta is within the frame of the Celebration for the 150 years of the Unity of Italy and follows the previous two interventions of Palazzo Madama (the setting of the Museo Torino) and Palazzo Carignano (the audio- and video-guide systems for the refurbished Museo Nazionale del Risorgimento Italiano - National Museum of the Italian Unity), financed by the Consulta last March. On September 24th, the exhibition The Loggia of Carlo Alberto in the Royal Armoury. Art, history and restoration of a rediscovered monument of Turin, was opened. The Exhibition is curated by Edith Gabrielli and Massimiliano Caldera, and will be open until next November 24. The exhibition is meant at celebrating the King both from a political and cultural point of view through a selection of works from the Galleria Sabauda and the Armeria Reale.