Piazza San Carlo - Wikipedia

Piazza San Carlo

Piazza San Carlo is one of the main city squares in Turin, Italy.

Piazza San Carlo

It was laid out in the 16th and 17th century and is an example of Baroque style. Its current name is an hommage to Charles Borromeo while the square was previously known as Piazza Reale, Piazza d'Armi, and Place Napoleon.

The Caval 'd brons (piedmontese for bronze horse), equestrian statue of Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy, by Carlo Marochetti (1838), is located at the center of the square, that is surrounded by porticos designed by Carlo di Castellamonte around 1638. The twin churches of Santa Cristina and San Carlo Borromeo close the southern edge of the square.


The square has become a normal stage of different historical and social events, including election rallies, concerts, events, live TV (like the 2006 Winter Olympics and Juventus matches).[1]

On 3 June 2017, a robbery attempt followed by a loud bang caused panic, and a subsequent stampede during a screening of the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final in Turin, killed three people,[2][3][4] and at least 1,672 people were injured.[5][6] On 14 May 2019, the victims of the tragedy were commemorated with a plaque in the piazza.[7]


  1. ^ Bruno Gambarotta (2005). Omaggio a Torino. Fratelli Alinari. pp. 36–37. ISBN 88-7292-452-9.
  2. ^ La Stampa, ed. (15 June 2017). "Morta la donna travolta in piazza San Carlo" (in Italian). Retrieved 15 June 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Torino, muore la donna rimasta tetraplegica travolta dalla folla in piazza San Carlo. La figlia: "E' stata dura"" (in Italian). repubblica.it. 25 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Tragedia di piazza San Carlo, morto un altro dei feriti: è il terzo" (in Italian). lastampa.it. 18 February 2020.
  5. ^ "Piazza San Carlo: 4 condanne per omicidio preterintezionale a banda spray" (in Italian). ansa.it. 17 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Panic erupts during Champions League viewing in Italy, injuring 1,000". BNO News. June 4, 2017. Archived from the original on June 3, 2017. Retrieved June 4, 2017.
  7. ^ "Torino, targa per vittime Piazza S.Carlo" (in Italian). ansa.it. 14 May 2019.

Coordinates: 45°04′04″N 7°40′57″E / 45.06773°N 7.68259°E / 45.06773; 7.68259