The Reale Società Ginnastica di Torino in Turin (via Magenta, 11) is by far the oldest gymnastic society in Italy and one of the oldest in Europe. It was founded in 1844 by the Swiss gymnast Rodolfo Obermann. Its gymnasium, still in use, dates back to 1866. The connection of the Society with medical history is mainly due to Italian Physiologist Angelo Mosso who was its President for almost fifteen years, from 1896 to 1910. Mosso was deeply concerned with physical education as an important instrument for preserving and restoring health.
For more informations see the Society's official website (in Italian).
- Images of the exterior from Google Street Viewer. Photos of the interior by Luca Borghi ti.supmacinu|ihgrob.l#| (June 2010), courtesy of Nadia Rizzo, member of the Directive Board of the Society.
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- Renzo Gilodi, La Società Ginnastica di Torino. Sport e cultura nel tempo, Edizione S.G.T., Torino s.d (1978?), pp. 92 + CXXXII