THE EGYPTIAN MUSEUM OF TURIN
One of the most beautiful place I’ve visit in Italy is The Egyptian Museum of Turin (Museo Egizio), was an amazing experience and I’ll be back there some day. Surrounded by mummies, papyri, stone statues, sphinxes, tombs dating over 4000 years was a magic experience that I will never forget. Is not necessary to be a lover of ancient Egypt or an archaeologist to admire every each room of the Museum, because is nothing there inside insignificant.
The Egyptian Museum of Turin is the most important in the world after Cairo Museum dedicated exclusively to Egyptian art and culture and was founded in 1824 by Carlo Felice di Savoia who bought the collection of Bernardino Drovetti, French Consul in Egypt. . Museum importance was confirmed also by Jean-François Champollion who wrote the famous note: “The road to Memphis and Thebes passes through Turin”.
The museum’s exhibits are the most impressive in all of Europe, displaying renowned artifacts and sculptures from Egyptian royalty including Princess Redit, King Thutmosi III and King Ramses II, sandstone sphinxes dating back to the 12th century BC, incredibly well-preserved mummies from as far back as
2400 BC, and the reconstructed tomb of Kha, which includes sarcophagi, statues, clothing, and furniture from 3500 BC.
There are no words to describe such a beautiful place, to understand that you must spend few hours trough the ancient Egypt pages in the “Museo Egizio”. In “Porta Nuova” train station you can find a good touristic info point which you’ll found maps, touristic guides, metro tickets, public transport information and a professional staff at your disposition to make your visit much comfortable. Also you can visit the official website of the Museum for more details (www.museoegizio.it). By R.I.