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Visit Turin: what to do and see in Turin?

For this new article, I suggest a short getaway to Italy. To be more precise, I take you to visit Turin. Located in the extreme north-west of Italy, Turin is close to the French border but also to the Alps. Throughout this article, we are going to see together all the things to do and see in Turin, but also some places to visit around Turin and finally, our practical advice that will help you prepare your stay in the city of Turin.

Capital of Piedmont, Turin knows how to seduce its visitors with its architectural and cultural richness. Olympic city in 2006, Turin then revealed itself to the world and took the opportunity to permanently shed its industrial image. Between museums and royal residences, squares and arcades, magnificent views of the Alps and Italian charm, Turin invites you for a memorable stay. We take you to discover Turin and present the main museums, buildings and districts to visit in this city in the immediate vicinity of France.

Visit Turin: what to do?

With various museums and the royal residences of the Savoy family, Turin offers many unmissable visits. To guide you in organizing the program of your next stay, we have selected the main museums and monuments to discover in Turin. Note that the national museums and many buildings are free on the first Sunday of each month, a good plan to take into account if your trip is at the beginning of the month. We also advise you to take time to stroll through the streets of the historic center, discover the magnificent squares of the city, have an aperitivo or even enjoy Italian gastronomy.

The Mole Antonelliana

Symbol of Turin, the Mole Antonelliana is the tallest building in the city with its 167 meters in height and one of the tallest masonry buildings in Europe. Its platform offers an exceptional panoramic view of Turin and its surroundings. An elevator with transparent walls allows you to reach the top of the Mole to enjoy the view. To avoid very long hours of waiting in one of the main attractions of the city, we strongly advise you to book your ride in advance and not to miss your time slot.

The National Cinema Museum

La Mole is home to the National Cinema Museum, which is none other than the most important museum in Europe dedicated to the 7th art. In this city which was the cradle of Italian cinema, this museum retraces the history of Italian and international cinema and is one of our favorite museums in Turin with its five floors laid out in the heart of this superb building. Thanks to numerous objects, accessories or even costumes and interactive activities, you can discover in the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions many filming secrets and relive the whole epic of cinema. Note that you can choose to visit the Cinema Museum without going up to the Mole Antonelliana, to see the panoramic view without visiting the museum or to buy a combined ticket to do both activities.

The Egizio Museum

We then suggest a visit to the Museo Egizio, which is one of the largest museums in the city. If you are passionate about history, ancient Egypt or simply curious, this museum is the second largest in the world dedicated to Egypt, just behind that of Cairo. Mummies, sarcophagi or temple reproductions, you will therefore have the opportunity to visit one of the most important collections of Egyptian antiquities in the world spread over four floors. A word of advice, as this museum is particularly popular in Turin, we strongly recommend that you book your entry in advance.

The Royal Palace

The Royal Palace, or Palazzo Reale in Italian, is one of the must-sees to visit during a stay in Turin. Residence of the royal family of Savoy since the 16th century when Turin became the capital of the States of Savoy, the Royal Palace was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. In this palace located in the heart of the historic center of Turin on the piazza Castello, you will discover luxuriously decorated apartments and galleries, the armory, the chapel of the Holy Shroud, the Gallery of Savoy, the royal library as well as the royal gardens. Note that the royal gardens, designed by the famous André Le Nôtre are accessible free of charge if you do not wish to visit the entire Royal Palace.

The Carignan Palace

Another palace in Turin with the Royal Palace and the Madame Palace, the Carignan Palace houses the Museum of the Italian Risorgimento. In this museum, you can discover the whole unification of the States of Italy thanks to numerous documents. A visit that we recommend to all history enthusiasts.

The medieval town of Turin

In Valentino Park, the medieval town is a historical reconstruction with typical architecture of medieval Piedmont which includes, among other things, a fortress, craftsmen’s workshops, a drawbridge and a chapel. Walking through this village, you can immerse yourself in the atmosphere of a small town in Piedmont in the 15th century. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Rocca, a typical stately fortress between dining room, underground and arms room. During your walk in the pleasant Valentino Park, we therefore strongly recommend a trip back in time to the medieval village.

The Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin

The Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, also called the Dome, is the must-see church in Turin. Dating from the Renaissance, it is famous for housing the Holy Shroud, although its authenticity remains disputed. Originality of the building, the campanile is built with red bricks while the main building is in white marble.

The automobile museum

Turin can also be considered the capital of the automobile in Italy since it is home to the headquarters of the legendary manufacturer Fiat. A visit to the automobile museum where you will discover one of the most beautiful collections of vehicles in the world is therefore essential. Indeed, the museum presents the history of the FIAT linked to the city and also exhibits many models of cars from the oldest to the most recent to immerse you in the epic of the international automobile. For Formula 1 enthusiasts, you will also have the chance to see the models of the Ferrari team.

The Palatine Gate

The Palatine Gate is one of the oldest vestiges of Turin with a part dating from Roman times and the other from medieval times. This gate was one of the four access gates to the Roman city Augusta Taurinorum. The building includes a central door which offers two accesses to pedestrians and two accesses to tanks as well as two crenellated towers added in the Middle Ages. Nearby, the Palazzo Gate Market takes place in Republic Square. With around 1000 traders, this market is the largest open-air market in Europe.

The Royal Palace of Venaria

If you liked the great royal residences, we give you an appointment north of Turin to visit the Royal Palace of Venaria. Former residence of the royal family of Savoy, the Royal Palace of Venaria is quite simply one of the largest palaces in the world. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has unique architecture and superb modern gardens that will seduce you.

Zoom Torino Zoo

During your visit to Turin, you can also visit the Zoom Torino zoo. On more than 180,000 square meters, this zoo has the particularity of leaving the animals free in areas that reproduce their natural environments in Asia or Africa. A park that promises you a unique interactive experience in Italy.

The Sacra di San Michele

Finally, we recommend one of our favorite visits outside Turin, the Sacra di San Michele. Located about 30 kilometers west of the city, the Sacra di San Michele is an abbey with sublime architecture. Symbolic monument of the Piedmont region, it is located at the top of Mount Pirchiriano at 962 meters above sea level and on the historic pilgrimage route to Rome.

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