Places to eat
A few steps away the Museum:
Ristorante La Granbaita – Via Cuneo, 25 – Phone: 0172 -712060
Seats: 250. Closed: never
Pizzeria Albachiara – Via Moreno, 9 – Phone. 0172 33757
Seats: N/A Closed: Monday
Self-service Sale e Pepe – Via Metalmeccanici – Phone: 0172 711445
Antica osteria dell’Orsa – Piazza Cesare Battisti – Phone: 0172 711763
Seats: 40 Closed: Tuesdays
L’Ostu d’na volta – Via Muratori – Phone: 0172 31617
Seats: 40 Closed: Monday, Saturday lunch, Sunday evening
Taverna del Teatro – Via del Teatro, 7 – Phone: 0172 31088
Seats: 60 Closed: monday
Locanda trattoria degli Artisti di OPA snc – Via Frutteri, 11 – Phone: 329 1970251
Closed: Monday, Thursday
L’Officina del gusto – C.so Roma 55 – Tel. 0172 370365
The full list of hotels and restaurants can be found on the City of Savigliano official website
The other city museums
Museo Civico “A. Olmo”/Gipsoteca “Davide Calandra”
Opened in 1913, the time has changed from a local museum to museum of regional interest, thanks to major donations of art that they received, first of all, the collection of plaster casts by the Italian sculptor Davide Calandra. It is located in the former convent of St. Francis, in the heart of the downtown. This is an eighteenth century building that encloses a harmonious cloister, whose frescoed lunettes recount episodes in the history of the Franciscan Order.
Collections – Ground floor: lapidary, furniture from the ancient hospital pharmacy, Gipsoteca Davide Calandra.
First Floor: Works by Defendente Ferrari, sculptures and paintings XVI-XVII century, sacred art XVII – XIX century, Piedmontese painting in the nineteenth and twentieth century. For information: (+39) 0172-712982
Historical Archive of the City of Savigliano
Among the most valuable and complete in the Piedmont, it has a documentary heritage totaling more than 500 linear meters. Next to the relatively recent material, and of great interest to the modern and contemporary history, there are very ancient and valuable document , as the act of dedication to the City by the inhabitants of Manta di Saluzzo, dated 1227.
There are guided tours and educational activities. Reservations recommended.
For informations: (+39) 0172 711240 – e-mail:archivio.st.savigliano@
Library “Luigi Baccolo”
Established in 1881 with a collection of books from the libraries of suppressed convents, it was enriched later with donations, bequests (funds Taparelli D’Azeglio, Casalis, Turletti, Musante) and purchases (Bookshop “Franchino”). It has the nature of general education, but it also it has a significant segment of Local Documentation and a wide Youth Section. The library also mantains the Santorre di Santa Rosa’s library, now property of the National University Library of Turin.
Routes between the colors of art
Like on a palette, Savigliano can be unveiled through the colors and the nuances of its heritage.
“Rosso Mattone” and the medieval Piazza Santa Rosa
Across the St. John Gate, you will reach after a few meters in Santa Rosa square (formerly Piazza del Presidio), among the best preserved medieval marquee squares in Italy. Its shape dates back to the twelfth century. and it was modified over time with the late Gothic arcades, the elegant tower houses and the rich decorations in fired brick that still characterize the appearance of the square. Noteworthy are the thirteenth century Torre Civica and the Renaissance Triumphal Arch, built in honor of the Savoy Family.
“Giallo Piemonte” along the Contrada Maestra
Passed the Triumphal Arch you enter in the Quarter of Nobles. Along Via Sant’Andrea (formerly Contrada Maestra) yellow Piedmont characterizes many of the Renaissance and Baroque buildings built by the wealthy nobility. It is worth getting lost in the courts and in the aristocratic halls, visit the church of St. Andrew, with the great fourteenth century chapel of St. Nicholas, or get to the church of Santa Maria della Pieve.
Turquoise: preciousness of Baroque
In front of the church of Sant’Andrea you can admire the impressive Baroque architecture of the Taffini d’Acceglio Palace. In the courtyard you can relive the splendor of the Savoy court, further celebrated in the great cycle of frescoes in the hall of honor, considered among the most interesting of northern Italy.
Walking along the Contrada delle Beccherie one is struck by the elegant Villa Palace and especially the wealth of the late-Renaissance Muratori Cravetta Palace, unique example in Piedmont for decorative richness and creativity. Inside it, you can visit the room where died King Charles Emmanuel I, characterized by the striking coffered ceiling, decorated with 188 painted tiles.
Red velvet at the Milanollo theatre
Along via Cravetta (formerly Contrada dei Nobili) you can see many mansions, until you get to the elegant neoclassical facade of the Milanollo City Theatre. Its interior is a real gem, designed by Maurizio Eula (1834-36). The red velvets and rich golden decorations frame the enormous painted curtain, dedicated to Apollo and Parnassus. The excellent acoustics makes it ideal for high-level performances.
Purple in the Religious Quarter
Leaving behind the Teatro Milanollo, you enter the Religious Quarter. Along Via Garibaldi is the imposing seventeenth-century convent of St. Monica (now university). Not far you can visit the Benedictine Abbey of St. Peter, a true treasure trove of artwork. The remarkable Renaissance altarpiece (1510) by Gandolfino d’Asti, the frescoes of the Martyrdom of SS. Peter and Paul, the work of Molineri, and the beautiful carved wooden choir by Bartolomeo Termine. A stop in the Renaissance cloister is a must.
Back toward Piazza Santa Rosa we recommend a visit of the two fraternities, Assumption and Mercy, that during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries vied for accumulating exceptional artworks. Today, the two churches are considered among the finest examples of Baroque in Piedmont.
For more information on how to visit the places described: Tourist Office IAT Savigliano – phone (+39) 0172710247