The Italian Almanac

Carignao theatre

Stage Weddings

Starting next Valentine's Day, couples in Turin will be able to get married in a theatre, the Teatro Cargignano, thanks to a resolution passed by the city council. Couples will be allowed to tie the knot in the Baroque jewel on Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings.

The proposal to allow civil weddings in the 300-year-old theatre came from the councilor for civil services, Michele Del'Utri, and was supported by the Teatro Stabile Foundation, which operates the Carignano and other leading theatres in Turin. The idea behind the initiative was to link an important symbol of the city with an important event in the lives of its citizens. Turin's Palazzo Madama, which houses the civic Museum of Ancient Art, and the city's landmark Mole Antonelliana, which hosts the Museum of Cinema, are already venues for these special weddings.

The Teatro Carignano, which served as the city's main opera house from 1936-73 while the Teatro Regio was rebuilt after a fire, was reopened a year ago following an 18-month restoration to return it to its Baroque splendor.