History, architecture and the Arts are woven throughout the city. With less fanfare than the better-known Italian cities, Turin has a huge number of impressive palazzos, piazzas, museums and galleries. Here you can sample great Italian style and Arts, without the crowds!
As the capital of the Piedmont region, Turin has a legacy of slow food, of world class produce (including the Nutella hazelnuts), and of dishes inspired by the traditions of the Alps. All washed down with superior coffee, excellent wines such as Barolo and Barbaresco, and the trendy local soft drink Mole Cola. Buon appetito!
Mole Antonelliana. This is Torino’s landmark building. It was a synagogue but now contains one of the best museums of cinema in Europe. You can take the lift to the top for approx €7, which is worth doing on a clear day.
Cathedral of Superga. On the top of the hill on the edge of Turin, the building is interesting to visit but also to see the view over the whole of the city of Torino with the magnificent Alps in the background. To make the trip even more interesting you can take the funicular up the hill to the cathedral, take a look this Wiki page with information about the funicular and links to the timetable etc.
Palazzo Madama, Piazza Castello. The palace was recently refurbished, it is a large and very beautiful building with an excellent art collection and interesting exhibitions that change frequently. Palazzo website.
The National Cinema Museum is an excellent collection which immerses you in the world of cinema with charm and style. It covers 3,200 square meters and spans five floors, which is a lot but the exhibits are arranged so well that you can absorb it all in a very relaxed way. There are lots of original costumes and outfits, posters, and the brilliant Great Temple where you can recline in soft red chairs and watch classic Italian films. What’s not to love? Cinema Museum website.
Torino’s Car Musuem (Museo dell’Automobile) houses over 170 vehicles, from 18th-century carriages to Formula 1 racers. The quality of the cars that you see is incredible. Located on the edge of Parco Valentino you can also have a nice walk along the river before/ after your visit. Car Museum website.Outside of Egypt, Torino’s Egyptian Museum has the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts. Which is quite impressive. A huge renovation was recently completed meaning the actual building is worth a visit alone. The collection walks you through the history and civilisation of Egypt with lots of different objets d’art. Egyptian Museum website.
The Modern & Contemporary Art Gallery, GAM, has over 40,000 works including paintings, sculptures, photographs, decorative arts, works on paper, films and videos. (That’s a lot). The exhibitions change frequently and the gallery itself is a beautiful space. Gallery website.Armeria Reale, Torino’s Royal Armoury contains one of the best exhibits of arms in Europe, dating back to the 16th century. Armoury website.
Parco Valentino is the biggest park in the centre of Torino. This park is situated along the Po river and alongside open spaces there’s also a childrens playground, outdoor gym, duck pond, the Valentino Castle and the Medieval Village (Borgo Medievale). Throughout the park you can find little bars to take a coffee or snack.
Via Garibaldi is a pedestrian-only shopping zone between Piazza Castello and Piazza Statuto. If you like shopping or the buzz of shoppers then this is the place for you. In winter months you can pick up a packet of freshly roasted chestnuts. In summer enjoy an ice cream.
Porta Palazzo market is one of the biggest, cheapest and most diverse markets in Europe. While there are many markets throughout Torino this is the most extensive and generally makes an impression with the intensity of people, aromas, noise and overall confusion!
Football! Torino has two football teams: Torino proper and Juventus. There is much rivalry between them, and between them and other European clubs. You can find a list of upcoming games and available tickets here.