Discover the elegant center of Turin, with this walking tour, See the most important buildings: Palazzo Madama, the Church of San Lorenzo, the Royal Palace and its armory, the Cathedral and the Roman Quadrilateral. Stroll under the elegant arcades full of antique shops and fine cafes. Your tour then continues in the Egyptian Museum, the second largest in the world (after Cairo’s in Egypt) for its outstanding collection of mummies, statues, artifacts, and exhibits.
The Most Important Items: The Drovetti Collection, which forms the original nucleus of the Egyptian Museum, gathers 98 statues, as well as an extraordinary collection of papyri which can be considered as the most important set of Egyptian written documents in the world.
Highlights of the collection include: The Royal Papyrus, also known as the Papyrus of Turin, with the list of all the kings from 3,000 to 1,600 BC. The extraordinarily rich linen cloth, discovered in 1930 in a prehistorical and unplundered tomb at Gebelein. The linen pieces are the most ancient painted in the world (between 4,300 and 3,500 BC). They depict boats, hunting scenes, and ritual dances.
The Ellesija Temple from Nubia dates back to more than 3,500 years ago, and was presented by the Egyptian government to Italy following the works carried out by the Italian mission in removing monuments and temples from the area of the Assuan Dike. In order to be transported to Italy, it was extracted and then reconstructed in the museum.
The Tomb of Kha, discovered in 1906 during the excavation campaign carried out by the Italian archaeological mission in Deir-el-Medina, is the most impressive and remarkable ensemble of the whole museum. Dating back to 3,500 BC, it houses sarcophagi and statues, as well as furniture, garments and grooming items.