Palazzo Alfieri. Multifaceted treasure and place of emotions

Palazzo Alfieri is one of the most important sites in the cultural context of the city. The palace, which saw the birth of the great poet, provides an itinerary rich in content and suggestions including history, architecture, art, literature and theatre.

The Alfieri Museum is dedicated to the memory of the illustrious poet and is housed in a building of medieval origin, which became the property of Alfieri family in the middle of the seventeenth century. The current museum layout combines modern technology with paintings, sculptures, relics, documents, furniture and stage costumes.   In the entrance hall the bronze bust of Alfieri welcomes the visitor; historical documents introduce the eighteenth-century events of the palace. In the antechamber you can see the precious portrait of Vittorio Alfieri made by François Xavier Fabre in 1797; there are also some paintings depicting Louise de Stolberg, the Countess of Albany, his beloved companion. After the living room you reach the birth chamber, which is the heart of the historical apartment. Here you can admire the refined four-poster bed in which the poet was born. The environment sees the presence of antique furniture and family portraits depicting the maternal grandparents, his mother and sister. The room has been the object of visits and “worship” since 1827, when the poet’s grandson, Vittorio Amedeo Colli di Felizzano, opened it to the public.   Passing through the gallery relating to the houses of poets and writers, you come to the room dedicated to iconography, which displays busts, engravings and a large plaster medallion taken from the poet’s funerary monument. Continuing through the medieval tower, you enter the Gallery of Life, which features the biography and works of Vittorio Alfieri. The exhibition follows the four periods in which the Life, his autobiographical masterpiece, is divided; childhood, adolescence, youth and virility are described by documents, furniture, paintings, relics and scenic allusions. The itinerary ends with the Podium Hall and the following room, where Alfieri’s theatrical production and fortune are illustrated, also through stage clothes and sketches of sets.The discovery of Palazzo Alfieri arouses in the visitor the desire to return there, to deepen the contents and enjoy an atmosphere full of charm.