We put together for you a list of the things you must see in Turin as well as the best museums in town.
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Turin’s central square is lined with museums, theatres and cafes. Between Palazzo Reale and Palazzo Madame is the heart of the historic centre and it was designed by Ascanio Vittozzi in the 1584. From here you can basically reach all the main attractions of Turin in less than 10-15 minutes walking.
Piazza San Carlo
Piazza San Carlo is one of the main city squares in Turin, named “lounge” of Turin is harmonious and elegant. Two twin churches – Chiesa San Carlo and Chiesa Santa Cristina – stand at the south end while in the centre is the famous Caval d’Brons, a monument in honour of Emmanuel Philibert.
Under the arcades two historical cafés – the San Carlo and Caffè Torino.
Piazza Vittorio Veneto
Piazza Vittorio Veneto is the largest square in Turin, located in the historic center, it takes its name from the Battle of Vittorio Veneto in 1918. The particularity of this square is the ground which is not level but it flows down toward the river.
Via Po is a historical street of Turin and it connects piazza castello to piazza vittorio. The left side is entirely under the arcades by a specific order of King Victor Emmanuel I, who did not want to get wet in the rainy days.
Via Garibaldi is a walking by foot street that connects piazza statuto with piazza castello. The oldest street in Turin, the Contrada Dora Grossa, was renamed Via Garibaldi in honor of Giuseppe Garibaldi in 1882.
Via Roma is one of the main streets of the historical center of Turin, it connets Piazza castello to Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and Porta Nuova Station with Piazza Castello. With his The great names of fashion, cultural and gastronomy are to be found along its Baroque arcades.
Via Lagrange & Via Carlo Alberto
These parallel and elegant streets are mainly dedicated to shopping. In the 80′ it was a busy and chaotic street but recently it has become a pedestrian street.
Piazza Carignano & Piazza Carlo Aberto & Galleria Subalpina
Piazza Carignano is one of the historic squares of the city of Turin and it’s one of the major symbols of the Italian Risorgimento. Piazza Carlo Alberto is a historical, pedestrian square, located behind Piazza Carignano, It takes its name from the King of Sardinia Carlo Alberto di Savoia. In 1861 Carlo Marochetti placed, in front of the facade of Palazzo Carignano, the great equestrian statue of Carlo Alberto, the sovereign looks towards the entrance of the palace. Galleria Subalpina is a historical building of Turin that hosts many commercial places. It is located in the area between Piazza Castello and Piazza Carlo Alberto and is one of the three historical commercial galleries of the Piedmontese capital.
Galleria San Federico
Galleria Natta was replaced in 1933 by a luxurious gallery: Galleria San Federico. There are 2 underground levels and four levels above ground; the gallery has a shape of a T so it has three entrances topped by glass domes and a large central dome. There is situated the large Lux cinema which contained 1500 places was recently change into three rooms.
Gran madre, Via Monferrato & Ponte Vittorio Emanuele I
The church of Gran Madre di Dio is a church located in front of Piazza Vittorio Veneto, at the western side of the bridge dedicated to Vittorio Emanuele I. It is one of the most important Catholic places and it is full of white magic in Turin.
Near to Gran Madre there is Via Monferrato which is one of the most photographed street in Turin, this pedestrian street has been filled with umbrellas. This street is full of history, restaurants and boutique.
Ponte Vittorio Emanuele I is a bridge that crosses the river Po, it connets an important part of the historical center – Piazza Vittorio Veneto – with Piazzetta Gran Madre. Po river.
The Porta Palatina was Porta Principalis Dextera which allowed access from the north to the Augusta Taurinorum, it is the main archaeological evidence of the Roman era of the city.
Mercato Porta Palazzo
Mercato Porta Palazzo is the largest open-air market in Europe. It is not only the heart of commercial activity in Turin but also a tourist destination. This open air market is situade in Piazza della Repubblica in one of the most historic neighborhood Borgo Dora.
Here was located the historic core of Turin, the colony that was called Julia Augusta in honor of Giulio Cesare and Augusto. This area has been redeveloped with local shops and pedestrian areas but you can also see monuments and historic artworks.
Duomo and Sacra Sindone
It is the only Renaissance church in the Piedmontese capital. During the seventeenth century the Duomo was enlarged to allow to better preserve the Sacra Sindone which was brought to Turin by the Savoia family. The Sindone of Turin is a linen sheet where is visible the image of a tortured man that remembers the passion of Jesus.
Piazza Palazzo Città
During the domination of the princes d’Acacia (1295-1418) the square was the center of handmade and commercial activity. In Corpus domini square at the height of the fourth floor, you will notice a “piercing” that made that building known to the people as”Palazzo with the Piercing”.
Museum Pietro Micca
This museum was established in 1961 and it is dedicated to the Siege of Turin in 1706. During this battle the French did not win thanks to the heroic gesture of Pietro Micca to whom the museum is dedicated. Micca sacrificed her life to blow up a mine in a tunnel that blocked the french siege. Learn more here: https://www.aroundturin.com/micca/
It is a post-industrial park and with its 358,000 square meters one of the largest green areas of the city. The park consists of five lots that of these retain the name: Vitali, Ingest, Valdocco (corrisponding to the three lots of Fiat), Michelin and Mortara.
Museo del Cinema + Mole Antonelliana
The National Museum of Cinema
Where: Via Montebello 20, Torino
In order to avoid queue it is strongly advised to pre-purchased tickets online.
The National Museum of Cinema is hosted by the Mole Antonelliana, this “temple of cinema” spirals upwards through several exhibition levels, creating a spectacular display of its extraordinary collections and retracing the history of cinema from its origins to the present time, in an evocative interactive itinerary.
The museum keeps a huge and growing collection of film posters, stocks, and a library: at present it includes 20,000 devices, paintings and printed artworks, more than 80,000 pictures, over 300,000 film posters, 12,000 movie reels and 26,000 books.
A movie screen located in the Massimo multiplex, near to the museum, is reserved to retrospectives and other museum initiatives. The museum hosts several film festivals, the major and most prestigious of them being the Torino Film Festival.
Inside the museum there is also a panoramic elevator (opened in 2000) with transparent glass walls which gives a 360 degrees panoramic view of the city. It is the museum with the biggest vertical extension of the world.
The panoramic lift was inaugurated in 1961 and it was renovated in 1999. Today it still allows visitors to go up to the panoramic terrace which is 85 metres high and take in the amazing views of the city and the surrounding Alps.
The Mole Antonelliana is a major landmark building in Turin, Italy, named by its architect, Alessandro Antonelli. Construction began in 1863 and was completed in 1889, after the architect’s death. Originally it was a synagogue but now it is the National Museum of Cinema’ house, and is believed to be the tallest museum in the world. The Mole is over 525 ft high and a panoramic elevator provides access to the tempietto, where visitors can admire the panoramic view of the city and surrounding areas.
Museo Egizio – Egyptian Museum
Opening hours: Monday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday – Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Where: Via Accademia delle Scienze 6, 10123 Torino
The Museo Egizio is an archaeological museum in Turin and it is the world’s oldest Egyptian museum. Here you can find one of the largest collections of Egyptian antiquities, with more than 30,000 artefacts.
There are more than 37,000 items in the museum, covering a period from the Paleolithic to the Coptic era.
Monday: 10 am to 2 pm
Friday / Sunday: 10 am to 7 pm
The ticket office closes an hour earlier
Where: Corso Unità d’Italia 40, 10126 Torino
The MAUTO – Museo dell’Automobile of Turin boasts one of the rarest and most interesting collections of its kind, with over 200 original cars of 80 brands from all over the world.
The National Car Museum was founded in 1932 by two pioneers of Italian motoring, Cesare Goria Gatti and Roberto Biscaretti di Ruffia (first President of the Automobile Club of Turin and one of the founders of Fiat)
An emotional journey among vintage and dream cars, important prototypes and iconic models, while in the background can be heard songs from the Sixties and the roar of Formula One engines.
The museum has a collection of almost 200 cars among eighty automobile brands representing eight countries (Italy, France, Great Britain, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, United States of America, Poland).
The museum is situated in a building dating from 1960, and it has three floors.
Opening hours: every day from 10 am to 6 pm. Closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Where: Via Bologna 32/a, 10152 Torino Italia
The Lavazza Museum in Turin is an immersive experience into coffee culture and its rituals, a multi-sensory journey that retraces the history of the company and the coffee supply chain.
The Lavazza Museum celebrates the birth of Italian espresso, which took place in Turin in 1884
Five themed areas defined by sounds, images and aromas: Casa Lavazza, The Fabbrica, The Piazza, The Atelier, The Universo.
Palazzo Reale e Giardini Reali
Opening hours: every day 8:30 am to 7 pm, closed on Monday
Where: Piazzetta Reale, 1, 10122 Torino TO
The Royal Palace of Turin (Palazzo Reale di Torino) is a historic palace of the House of Savoy, It was originally built in the 16th century and was later modernized by Christine Marie of France in the 17th century, with designs by the Baroque architect Filippo Juvarra.
In 1946, the building became the property of the state and was turned into a museum. In 1997, it was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.
Visitors can tour the first-floor royal apartments, ballroom, throne hall, gallery, and Royal Library, which displays a self-portrait of Leonardo da Vinci. The adjacent Royal Armory features one of the world’s largest collections of weapons.
Parco del Valentino
Parco del Valentino is a popular public park in Turin, Italy. It is located along the west bank of the Po river. It covers an area of 500,000m², which makes it Turin’s second largest park (Turin’s largest park, the 840,000m² Pellerina Park)
The Parco del Valentino was opened by the city of Turin in 1856 and was Italy’s first public garden. It’s a perfect place for a Sunday morning run or walk!
Things to see within the park:
- The Botanical Gardens
- The Baroque Castle
- Medieval Castle and Village, a small recreated 15th-century village that was built for the 1884 Turin Expo. You can also visit the beautiful castle! http://www.borgomedievaletorino.it/documenti/inglese.pdf.
The Basilica of Superga is a church that was built by Duke Victor Amadeus II in 1706, it was completed in 1731 and inaugurated in the presence of King Charles Emmanuel III. Before the decisive battle, the Duke climbed the hill to see the rival’s army and while he’s praying he promised to erect a church if he were victorious dedicated to Virgin Mary. The church was situated on a hill called Superga from which there is a great panoramic view of the city and the Alps. The church is 75 meters high and, together with the height of the hill (672 meters), it is visible from all over Turin. In the twentieth century, the church sadly became known for the “Tragedy of Superga.” On May 4 1949, an airplane returning from Lisbon, bearing the whole Torino football team crashed into the back of the Basilica of Superga. There were 31 casualties.
That wall remains unrestored in memory of the tragedy and there i salso a memorial plate to “Grande Torino”, as the team is known among its supporters. It was called “Grande Torino” also because the team was the Italian champion for five consecutive seasons and no other team could beat it.
“Only fate could beat them”
Monte dei Cappuccini
The Church of Santa Maria al Monte dei Cappuccini is a late-Renaissance-style church on a hill overlooking the River Po near the bridge of Piazza Vittorio Veneto in Turin, Italy. It was built for the Capuchin Order; construction began in 1583, and was completed in 1656. From here, the view of Turin and the Alps is just sensational!
Reggia di Venaria
Where: Piazza della Repubblica, 4, 10078 Venaria Reale TO
Opening Hours: everyday from 11 am to 6 pm. Closed on Monday.
Is a former royal residence and gardens located in Venaria Reale, near Turin. It is one the largest palaces in the world with 80,000m² in palace area and over 950.000m² in premises. It is one of the Residences of the Royal House of Savoy, included in the UNESCO Heritage List in 1997.
The Palace was designed and built from 1675 by Amedeo di Castellamonte, commissioned by duke Charles Emmanuel II, who needed a base for his hunting expeditions. The name itself derives from Latin, Venatio Regia meaning “Royal Hunt”.
The palace complex became a masterpiece of Baroque architecture, and was filled with decoration and artwork.
It opened to the public on October 13, 2007, and it has since become a major tourist attraction and exhibition space.
It is noted for its monumental architecture and Baroque interiors by Filippo Juvarra, including the Galleria Grande and its marble decorations, the chapel of St. Uberto, and its extensive gardens. It received 1,048,857 visitors in 2017, making it the sixth most visited museum in Italy.
Opening hours: every day from 10 am to 6 pm, closed on Monday
Where: Piazza Castello, 10122 Torino TO
Palazzo Madama was the first Senate of the Italian Kingdom, and takes its traditional name from the embellishments it received under two queens (madama) of the House of Savoy. The Palazzo Madama houses the Turin City Museum of Ancient Art. Despite its name, it is a large collection of paintings, statues, church ornaments, porcelain, and decorative art, mostly from the late Middle Ages to the 18th century.