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Welcome to Turin

A hidden Piedmont gem in Italy’s northwest, Turin has many identities—the country's former capital, and the royal family's continued home. The sophisticated Baroque atmosphere of “The Little Paris” has the added charm of Alpine views and the river Po. Turin’s many attractions include the Holy Shroud (Cappella della Sacra Sindone) at the Turin Cathedral (Cathedral Church of San Giovanni Battista), where a replica of a cloth believed to have been laid over the body of Jesus is usually on display. To dig into another era, the Egyptian Museum holds one of the most precious ancient collections in the world, with 30,000 artifacts telling the tale of the civilization over time; guided or skip-the-line tours offer an insider view. To appreciate Turin's architecture, head to the striking Mole Antonelliana and its imposing tower—an old synagogue now functioning as an exceptional cinema museum; Palazzo Madama, which houses the Civic Museum of Ancient Art; and Palazzo Carignano, which is home to the Museum of the Risorgimento—both are old Savoy residences full of opulent rooms and art worthy of a royal palace. Walking, biking, or hop-on hop-off bus tours of Turin take visitors around the epicenter of Piazza Castello to Piazza San Carlo and along the river, all the while admiring the grandeur of wide boulevards and regal mansions. A half- or full-day trip to the adjacent Piedmont wine region gives travelers the chance to visit wine cellars and vineyards, and the opportunity to taste Barolo and other regional wines.

Top 10 attractions in Turin

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Holy Shroud of Turin (Sacra Sindone)

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Behind the high altar in the Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista, also known as the Duomo di Torino is the Chapel of the Holy Shroud, containing one of most famous and controversial religious relics in world history. The Shroud of Turin, as the Holy Shroud is popularly known, or Sacra Sindone, is a piece of linen cloth said to have been laid over the body of Jesus Christ following his crucifixion. It bears the faded image of a bearded, longhaired man who appears to have wounds consistent with Bibilical traditions of those suffered by Christ at his execution. Whatever the shroud's authenticity, it is certainly old, and its existence has inspired and renewed the faith of innumerable Christians throughout history. Given its importance, the Church has gone to great lengths to preserve it; currently, it is housed in a climate-controlled case filled with a special atmosphere comprised of argon and a little bit of oxygen, and it is rarely displayed.More
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Egyptian Museum (Museo Egizio)

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With over 26,000 ancient Egyptian artifacts gathered between the 18th and 20th century, Turin's Egyptian Museum (Museo Egizio) houses one of the largest collections of Egyptian antiquities in the world. The galleries were extensively enlarged, renovated, and reorganized, reopening in 2015, and the result is both spectacular and engaging.More
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Royal Palace of Turin (Palazzo Reale di Torino)

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The Palazzo di Reale, or Royal Palace of Turin, was originally the Bishops Palace in old Turin, when the city became the capital of Savoy. It was taken over by Duke Emmanuel Philbert and became his residence until his death in 1580, at which point his son, Charles Emmanuel I moved in. Though already large and opulent, the Palace grew in magnificence following the marriage of Charles Emmanuel's son, Victor Amadeus, to French Princess Christine Marie. She is responsible for modernizing the palace to 17th century standards, employing renowned architect Filippo Juvarra. The most famous of his additions is Scala delle Forbici, a magnificient staircase. Christine Marie eventually moved into a different palace, la Palazza Madama, also rebuilt by Juvarra. Today, the palace is a premier example of classic European aristocracy. It houses a museum dedicated to the House of Savoy, and its armory is a point of interest, as it contains a wide variety of historical arms and armor.More
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Piazza Castello

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To stroll through Turin’s Piazza Castello is to walk through the city’s history, as this vast square is home to sumptuous buildings like the Savoy Royal Palace and Palazzo Madama, the first seat of the Italian parliament. Lined with elegant porticoes, shops, and cafés, the square is a highlight of this vibrant city.More
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Piazza San Carlo

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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.More
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Mole Antonelliana

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Most cities have iconic buildings that serve as the symbol of the city – the Eiffel Tower, for instance, suggests Paris to even those who have never been there. The city of Turin in northern Italy has such a symbol, but both Turin and its iconic building are just enough off the tourist radar that they aren't quite world famous. This, of course, means you'll be one of the rare people “in the know” when you visit Turin and see the Mole Antonelliana. The Mole Antonelliana looks a bit like the top of a tower that's missing most of the actual tower. The dome isn't round, but instead the four sides of the dome curve upward toward a spire that shoots up to a height of 550 feet. Turin's low skyline makes the Mole Antonelliana stand out for its height, but the shape of the building and its tall spire would make it noticeable almost anywhere. The building was built in the late 1800s, and is named for the architect Antonelli.More
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National Museum of the Automobile (Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile)

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Turin is home to legendary car makers Fiat and Alfa Romeo, so it's only fitting that it's also home to Italy's National Museum of the Automobile. The Museum of the Automobile (Museo dell'Automobile) was founded in 1932, making it one of the oldest automobile museums in the world. It officially opened in 1960, in the building it still occupies, which was designed specifically for the museum. It was extensively renovated and expanded in 2011. The collection contains nearly 200 cars, including some of the first cars made in Italy – an 1896 Bernardi and an 1899 Fiat – as well as racing cars made by Ferrari and Alfa Romeo. There are cars from eight different countries on display, plus an extensive library on automotive history.More
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Piazza Statuto

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Ringed by neoclassical buildings, flanked by busy roads, and crowned with a statue that commemorates the workers who built the trans-Alpine Fréjus Rail Tunnel, the Piazza Statuto is one of Turin’s most prominent public squares. Completed in 1865, it was built while Turin was the newly formed Kingdom of Italy’s first capital city.More
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National Cinema Museum (Museo Nazionale del Cinema)

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Turin's iconic Mole Antonelliana building is more than just its most recognizable landmark—it's also home to one of the city's top museums. Italy's National Cinema Museum was founded in 1953 with a private collection of film memorabilia. In 2000, the museum was moved to the Mole Antonelliana tower, giving it the title of “tallest museum in the world.” Pieces in the museum's collection include Darth Vader's mask from “The Empire Strikes Back,” the alien costume from “Aliens,” and a mask from Fellini's “Satyricon.” There are vintage movie posters, film screening rooms, and items collected from movie sets. The museum's library includes more than 12,000 movie reels, 300,000 film posters, 80,000 pictures, and 26,000 books.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Turin

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This was an amazing tour with an...
drallah, Jun 2017
Highlights of Turin Small-Group Walking Tour
He was patient, spoke English fluently and knew the city like the back of his hand.
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Guide was great! Very knowledgeable...
Alla B, Apr 2018
Highlights of Turin Small-Group Walking Tour
Very knowledgeable, fluent English, passionate about Turin and Italy, personal with tourists.
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Well worth the money to get out and...
Teresa P, Jul 2017
Turin City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Absolutely loved this city and our visit and the Hop On Hop Off Tour allowed us to see areas we wouldn't normally have been able to see!
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Absolutely amazing, Even though we...
enciucristinacardio, Jul 2016
Magic Turin Evening Tour
Absolutely amazing, Even though we were only 5 people speaking english in an italian group we had our own guide.
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This gave us the opportunity to see...
A M K, Nov 2015
Turin City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
This gave us the opportunity to see some of the sights of Turin that were less central and allowed us to travel out of the rain.
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We were the only two...
Courtney C, Aug 2015
Magic Turin Evening Tour
We were the only two English-speaking tourists in the group and had the pleasure of our own private guide.
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An excellent local guide
cmarkcapistrano, Feb 2020
Turin,Explore the city in a Walking guided tour.
She is very comprehensive and showed me all the must see places and even pointed to the important sights to visit that we were not able to go to because our time ran out.
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Great Pasta and Foccacia making lesson with Rosanna
Maryecwatson, Oct 2019
Private pasta-making class at a Cesarina's home with tasting in Turin
I spent several hours at Rosanna's flat with her and her partner who had very good English.
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Great way to see Turin
clarelfr, May 2019
3-hour Turin Chocolate Tasting Walking Tour
The guides were knowledgeable and friendly, and spoke excellent English.
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Fantastic
Relax54632293309, May 2019
Unusual tour of Turin for curious people
Her English was very good.
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Aperitivo Tour and Tasting
mmarten2018, Oct 2018
Private aperitivo tour and tasting in downtown Turin
I would definitely recommend this tour if you want to see typical food and drinks of the people of Turin.
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Our guide Guilia was a very pleasant...
mason a, May 2017
Turin Food and Wine Tour including the Farmers Market
Apart from an extensive tour of the market with tastings we also got to see Turin Cathederal and a most interesting church off the usaual tourist track, Lunch was of local delecacies at a small workers cfe and whilst authentic was very tasty, Other v
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This tour was a fantastic idea and...
Katherine R, Sep 2013
Turin City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
It gave a very good knowledge of where everything was so you could choose where you wanted to visit.
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We really enjoyed our tour with...
Tina P, Oct 2017
Highlights of Turin Small-Group Walking Tour
It was not crowded with tourists and there are many interesting things to see there.
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Would recommend tour to anybody...
Vlynna, Oct 2016
Turin City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Would recommend tour to anybody traveling to Turin you get to see all the relevant site.

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