The capital of Italy’s Piedmont region, Turin has a reputation for elegance. From its beautiful architecture and internationally renowned museums to its culinary scene, the northern Italy city is a showstopper on many fronts. Covering sightseeing, food tasting, and everything in between, here’s how to spend two days in Turin.
Day 1: Sightseeing in Style
Morning: Start with an overview of Turin on a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Keep your eyes peeled for top-drawer attractions like the Mole Antonelliana, the Palazzo Castello, the Villa della Regina, and more.
Afternoon: Turin is a city that takes its culture seriously, and its diverse museums number among its top attractions. The Museo Egizio (Egyptian Museum) is a dream destination for would-be egyptologists, while the National Automobile Museum should appeal to anyone with a need for speed. And if you count yourself as a cinephile, make way to the National Museum of Cinema.
Evening: Though it’s always enchanting, Turin takes on a rare magic after the sun sets, thanks to its golden-lit squares and illuminated palaces. An evening walking tour lets you see the city’s romantic, after-dark persona.
Day 2: Italian Indulgence
Morning: One of Europe’s top chocolate-making cities, Turin has crafted prized sweets for centuries (gianduja—a chocolate-hazelnut treat—was even invented here). Discover the city’s sweet side on a chocolate-themed walking tour. Don’t forget to order a bicerin: an irresistible chocolate and espresso drink.
Afternoon: Use the rest of your day to explore more of Turin’s gastronomic highlights. Book a cooking class with a local chef and learn how to make pasta, risotto, and other local specialities. Alternatively, go on a culinary-focused walking tour to visit the city’s bustling markets and tempting eateries (and do plenty of sampling along the way).
Evening: The Piedmont region produces some of the world’s most coveted wines—including Barolo, Barbera, and Barbaresco—and a trip to Turin is the perfect excuse to do some tasting. Book a tasting tour of the city that emphasizes its vinous bounty. Alternatively, go on a vermouth tour to discover one of Turin’s other preferred beverages.