Return of Turin and Piedmont to the center of international diplomacy
THE MEETING OF FOREIGN MINISTERS OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE WAS HELD AT THE REGGIA DI VENARIA (PALACE OF VENARIA) IN TURIN
TURIN, Italy, May 23, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Città di Torino, Regione Piemonte e Visitpiemonte: Turin and Piedmont continue to play a leading role in major international events, and it is highly symbolic that this region and cradle cultural heritage was chosen to adopt a Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the role of culture, cultural heritage and landscape in helping to meet global challenges. On 19 and 20 May, the city hosted the meeting of foreign ministers from the 46 member states of the Council of Europe. The event was an opportunity to recall the long diplomatic tradition of Turin and Piedmont, which has achieved an important international role since the 1800s. Italy’s first capital, Turin, is a Baroque jewel on the banks of the Po with a history of two thousand years. UNESCO Creative City for Design, with more than 50 museums and symbols of Made in Italy recognized around the world, such as vermouth and the famous chocolate Gianduja, Turin is a metropolis of sparkling vitality, futuristic ingenuity and world-class culture, ranging from music to contemporary art.
Foreign Ministers of Council of Europe member states visited some historic buildings in Turin: the National Museum of the Risorgimento Italiano (Italian Unification); the first Chamber of Deputies of the Subalpine Parliament of 1848, where the process of building the Italian state began; the Palazzo Madama which, in itself, sums up the whole history of the city of Turin: once a Roman gate, in the Middle Ages, it was transformed into a fortress and then into a castle of the princes of Acaja. Since 1934, the palace has housed the collections of ancient art in the Civic Museum, with more than 60,000 works of painting, sculpture and decorative arts ranging from the Byzantine period to the 19th century.
The meeting took place in the Reggia di Venaria (Palace of Venaria). An architectural and landscape masterpiece of Piedmont, it is among the most visited museums in Italy, after the completion of the 8-year restoration work promoted by the European Union and supervised by the Ministry of Culture and Piedmont region.
The Reggia is part of the circuit of the Savoyard Royal Residences of Piedmont, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The palace was designed by the greatest architects of the Baroque period. Today, it offers an extensive tour itinerary that includes the charming Diana Room, the solemn Grand Gallery, the Saint-Hubert Chapel, the huge complex of Juvarra stables, temporary exhibition spaces and remarkable works of art. contemporary art. The palace also opens onto the splendid royal gardens, which won the title of “Most beautiful park in Italy” in 2019. For more information on tourism in Piedmont: visitpiemonte.info and www.turismotorino.org
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