Turin has a longstanding experience of managing its rich cultural heritage which spans from its foundation in 940 to the current development of digital and immersive forms of engagement. Complementing its beautiful baroque architecture, the city hosts the Museo Egizio, one of the most important Egyptian museums in the world; the Museo del Cinema, a leading institution in film heritage; the Castello di Rivoli, a prominent contemporary art museum; as well as several art museums, galleries, parks and gardens.
Turin has a rich history of conservation of historical sites and residences such as the Reggia di Venaria Reale, Stupinigi, and other Savoy residences in the region, as well as castles, monasteries and churches including a well-known bird-nest dome built by the renewed baroque architect Guarini when he was only 28 years old.
Turin also has a long tradition of Opera and Film Production and hosts one of the most important National Theatres in the country. In the last three decades Turin has completed its shift from industrial town, home to the FIAT car manufacturing company, to new media and digital technology centre, hosting the ICT Cluster that promotes high-tech research projects within the regional industrial sector and the Italian Institute for the Artificial Intelligence (I3A).
The University of Turin (UniTo) has had for many years very strong collaborations with these organisations as well as other cultural providers in the city such as the Accademia di Belle Arti and the Conservatorio Musicale. UniTo has heavily invested in the cultural heritage sector and in digital and immersive media by developing academic programs, research projects and collaborations, scholarships and PhD programs devoted to the interplay between cultural heritage, museums, media, performance and the arts. For Higher Education, for example, UniTO has developed an undergraduate program in Cultural Heritage and Creativity for Tourism and Territorial Development; a post graduate program in Language Technologies and Digital Humanities; and a PhD program on Cultural Heritage Smart Technologies for Industry and Business.
UniTo can also count on two research centres with an history of almost two decades: CIRMA (Interdepartmental Centre for Research on Multimedia and Audiovideo) and DISH (Digital Scholarship for the Humanities), covering an area that spans from Digital Humanities to Digital Heritage and Digital Creativity.
All the rooms are equipped with audio/video devices and assistance is available.