PALAZZO TAFFINI D'ACCEGLIO
The residence of the marquises Taffini d'Acceglio, a great military family that served the House of Savoy, is the most important edifice in Savigliano. It was built around 1620 on plots of land purchased by the Taffini family starting in 1603 and bequeathed by Colonel Camillo Taffini (d. 1629) to his eldest son, Giusto Aurelio.
The work has traditionally been attributed to the military engineer and architect Ercole Negri of Sanfront (1622). The austere façade along Via Sant'Andrea is countered by two extremely elegant interior fronts overlooking the courtyard: they form an arcade surmounted by two airy galleries sustained by twin Doric columns made of warm, sunny sandstone. The entire structure vaunts sober grandeur.
The staircase of honour leads to the frescoed hall dating to the first half of the seventeenth century, boasting six battles (for the independence of Montferrat) waged between 1617 and 1636 by Victor Amadeus I, who was married to Christine of France and died in 1637. The work, a great tribute to the duke, has been attributed to the circle of Giovanni Antonio Molineri (1577-1631), and particularly to the Flemish painter Jean Claret and Giovenale Boetto.
From the time it was finished, the hall hosted solemn ceremonies, welcoming dukes, princes and kings. Next to it there are three beautiful eighteenth-century rooms exquisitely decorated in a Rococo style (c.1760-71), whose low stucco vaults, added later, conceal a series of frescoes by Molineri's school and precious coffered ceilings, which were rediscovered in 1978.
Between 1726 and 1731 the palace was the home of
Princess Isabella of Savoy-Carignan. From 1898 until the mid-1960s
it housed the Istituto delle Rosine.
The building is now owned by the Cassa di Risparmio di Savigliano bank.