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Things to do in Turin

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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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Mole Antonelliana

Mole Antonelliana

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Turin’s most recognizable landmark—and home to the National Museum of Cinema—the Mole Antonelliana dates to 1889. This soaring tower, with its pyramidal dome and 551-foot (168-meter) spire rises above the Turin skyline, and its viewing platform offers top-notch city vistas.More
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Holy Shroud of Turin (Sacra Sindone)

Holy Shroud of Turin (Sacra Sindone)

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In Turin’s Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista, the faithful and curious from across the globe gather to view the Holy Shroud of Turin (Sacra Sindone), one of most famous and controversial religious relics in Italy. This linen cloth is said to have been laid over Jesus’ body after his crucifixion, though its authenticity remains debated.More
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Egyptian Museum (Museo Egizio)

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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National Museum of the Automobile (Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile)

National Museum of the Automobile (Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile)

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Turin is headquarters to Fiat and Alfa Romeo, so it's only fitting that the city is home to the National Museum of the Automobile (Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile), as well. With one of the largest collections of cars on display in Europe, this museum is a mecca for antique car enthusiasts as well as those interested in prototypes for cars of the future.More
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Royal Palace of Turin (Palazzo Reale di Torino)

Royal Palace of Turin (Palazzo Reale di Torino)

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Elegant Turin, which was the seat of the Duchy of Savoy before briefly becoming the first capital of unified Italy, is home to a number of sumptuous historic palaces and castles. The Royal Palace of Turin (Palazzo Reale di Torino) is among the most opulent, and today it houses the Royal Museums, with an extensive art collection, armory, and gardens.More
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Piazza Castello

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

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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Basilica of Superga (Basilica di Superga)

Basilica of Superga (Basilica di Superga)

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The monumental Basilica of Superga (Basilica di Superga), built in 1731, is one of the most unique churches in Turin and an excellent example of the baroque classical style. A must for architecture aficionados, the basilica is also fascinating for history buffs, as its Royal Crypt holds the tombs of the House of Savoy.More
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National Cinema Museum (Museo Nazionale del Cinema)

National Cinema Museum (Museo Nazionale del Cinema)

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The soaring square dome and spire of the Mole Antonelliana is Turin’s most recognizable landmark and home to the National Cinema Museum, where the vast collection of silver-screen memorabilia draws film buffs from around the world. Take the glass elevator to the top of the dome for sweeping views across the city.More
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Piazza Statuto

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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How to Get Off the Beaten Path in Turin

How to Get Off the Beaten Path in Turin

Ways to Experience Black and White Magic in Turin

Ways to Experience Black and White Magic in Turin

Top activities in Turin

Magic Turin Evening Tour

Magic Turin Evening Tour

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Turin Gourmet Food Tour - Do Eat Better Experience
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Turin City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Turin City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Turin Egyptian Museum Entry Ticket Including Special Exhibits
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Chocolate and Sweets Tour Turin

Chocolate and Sweets Tour Turin

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Turin: Egyptian Museum 2-hour monolingual guided experience in small group
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Private cooking class at a local's home with lunch or dinner in Turin
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Turin private guided tour, the royal Castle, the Mole tower, the City of Magic

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Recent reviews from experiences in Turin

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Professional and lovely guide
Clarian, Jul 2021
2-hour tour of Turin's past and present beauty
She also gave us recommodations of restaurants and places to visit which was a great help for our trip in Turino.
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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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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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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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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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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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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 viits included a historical coffee housewith tasting and speciality chocolate and ice cream makers,|All on all this tour is a must if you want to see more of the real Turin rather than just the main tourist sites.
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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.

All about Turin

When to visit

Though spring and fall are winning bets, Turin really comes to life during its dry winters, when seasonal markets and opportunities for Alpine skiing are rife. In spring, Turin’s bookworms rejoice at the International Book Fair—one of Europe’s largest—while the turn of summer sees the annual feast of San Giovanni, which celebrates the city’s patron saint and chocolatiers.

A local’s pocket guide to Turin

Serena Viscovo

Born in Turin, Serena loves getting around by bike in this city where everything from markets and museums to cafés and shops is within easy reach.

The first thing you should do in Turin is...

walk through the city center to discover the beautiful architecture and royal buildings of Italy’s very first capital city, birthplace of the Savoy Dynasty.

A perfect Saturday in Turin...

involves a walk along the river (through Valentino or Michelotti Park) and an exhibition (check out Camera), then lunch, a visit to an independent bookshop, and an aperitivo in San Salvario or Vanchiglia.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

the Egyptian Museum. The display has been recently renewed and the visit is a truly nice journey across ancient Egypt.

To discover the "real" Turin...

go to Porta Palazzo and discover Turinese diversity at one of Europe’s biggest open markets. Get great deals on all sorts of groceries or treat yourself to local delicacies in the stylish farmers’ area.

For the best view of the city...

head to Superga on the funicular tramway, still operating with trains from 1934. If Superga seems too far away, climb Capuchins Hill (Monte dei Cappuccini) instead.

One thing people get wrong...

is thinking about Turin as a post-industrial, boring, and gray place. It only takes a few hours in the city to change their mind.

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