Piazza San Carlo Tours

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Of Turin’s many baroque squares, Piazza San Carlo is a standout. Lined with porticoed palaces housing historic cafés, and the twin churches of Santa Cristina and San Carlo Borromeo, this square on Via Roma between Piazza Castello and Piazza Carlo Felice is one of the liveliest in the city.
 
The Basics
Piazza San Carlo is often called “Turin’s parlor,” as it has been a popular gathering spot for locals since it was built in the 17th century. Its peripheral arcades are filled with busy restaurant and cafe tables, and the center of the square is full couples relaxing on the benches, children playing around the base of the statue of Duke Emmanuel Philibert, and tourists strolling through to reach the nearby Egyptian Museum. The square also hosts important public events, including New Year’s Eve celebrations and live streams of the city’s beloved Juventus soccer (football) matches.
 
Piazza San Carlo is a highlight of many private and small-group Turin walking tours or hop-on hop-off bus tours that visit the city’s top attractions. Other sights may include the Duomo, the Royal Palace, and Mole Antonelliana.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Most Turin tours of the city center and Piazza San Carlo are on foot, so wear comfortable shoes and a sun hat.
  • The square is an excellent spot for a snack or coffee break at one of the sidewalk cafés that are tucked under the porticoes.
  • With its wide, traffic-free spaces and street performers, Piazza San Carlo is a fun stop for kids.
  • The open-air public square and its porticoed walkways are accessible to wheelchairs or strollers.
 
How to Get There
Piazza San Carlo is set along the main Via Roma thoroughfare in the heart of Turin, a short walk from the Porta Nuova train station and many of the city’s main attractions. Turin is a popular day trip destination from Milan; a direct train runs nonstop between these two cities.
 
When to Get There
The square is especially fun to visit during a Juventus championship game, when the space is crowded with local soccer (football) fans cheering on their home team.
 
Turin’s Café Culture
Turin has been famous for its literary cafés for centuries, and Piazza San Carlo has long been the center of the city’s café culture. The square is home to two of the most important and historic cafés in the city: Caffé San Carlo and Caffé Torino. Writers, intellectuals, and aristocrats gather here in the evenings to discuss politics, philosophy, and literature.
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Address: Turin, Italy
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Highlights of Turin Small-Group Walking Tour

Sightsee with a local guide in Turin, and discover the city’s charms on a 2-hour walking tour. With a small group of just 15 people, you’ll explore the Roman Quadrilateral and Piazza Castello on foot, and check out landmarks such as the food stalls of Porta Palazzo, the history-rich arcades of Via Po, and the Mole Antonelliana building.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Turin City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Discover the charming Italian city of Turin on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour on a distinctive double-decker bus. From a panoramic top-deck vantage point, see all of Turin’s spectacular sights while listening to informative audio-commentary. Cruise past landmarks like Parco del Valentino and Museo Scienze Natural and disembark whenever an attraction captures your attention. Enjoy a 24-hour or 48-hour validity period of your ticket and hop-on or hop-off the bus at numerous conveniently located stops.
  • Duration: 2 days
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Gourmet holidays on Piedmont hills

Discover the tasty treats of Italy’s Piedmont region on a 6-day wine and food experience. Embark on delicious experiences such as truffle hunting, cheese making, wine tasting, and hazelnut harvesting as you visit Turin, Barolo, Alba, Barbaresco, and other towns. Explore the grandiose palaces of the Savoia Royal family and admire the beautiful scenery of the Italian countryside.
  • Duration: 6 days
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