Turin ranks among northern Italy’s most destination-worthy cities, thanks to its opulent palaces, wealth of museums, and many gourmet restaurants. The city is also ideal terrain for oenophiles, as the Barolo wine region is just a quick jaunt away. Three days in town is enough time for a full immersion—here’s how to plan your Turin stay.
Day 1: Sightseeing and History
Once home to the Royal House of Savoy, stately Turin still has a regal feel, thanks to its elegant palaces, its grandiose public squares, and its opulent architecture. Set off on a walking tour on your first day in town to learn more about Turin’s history, and to discover some of the city’s most beautiful corners up close. Visit the sprawling Piazza Castello, admire the distinctive facade of the Palazzo Carignano, gaze upwards at the Mole Antonelliana, venture into the old Roman Quadrilateral, and more. For a speedier way to explore, hop on an electric bike and zoom past Roman ruins, follow along the River Po, and catch your breath at the verdant Parco del Valentino. Alternatively, hop-on hop-off bus tours let you kick back and relax as you travel across the city. After your busy day of sightseeing, unwind with an aperitivo like a true Turinese.
Day 2: Culture and Entertainment
Turin certainly doesn’t lack in cultural offerings, and your second day in town is the perfect time to explore its many museums. The city’s most celebrated cultural institution is the Museo Egizio (Egyptian Museum). It’s home to one of the world’s largest collections of ancient Egyptian artifacts, and a must-see for history buffs and would-be archaeologists. Explore its galleries in the company of an expert egyptologist to learn even more about Egyptian history and traditions. The National Museum of Cinema, housed in the Mole Antonelliana, is another Turin highlight. If you’ve got a sporty streak, venture to the Juventus Stadium and Museum, or explore the National Automobile Museum, where visitors can glimpse rare Ferraris and other supercars on display. Finish your cultural day out on an indulgent note with a gourmet meal or a roving food tour.
Day 3: A Piedmont Wine Tour
Piedmont makes some of the world’s most celebrated wines, which means you can use Turin as a jumping-off point for various vinous adventures. Book a private driving tour for a seamless way to explore the scenic (and UNESCO-listed) Barolo wine region. Visit numerous wineries, tour vineyards and cellars, and taste Barolo, widely considered to be one of Italy’s best wines. You’ll also want to sample other regional wines, including Barbaresco, Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto. Alternatively, see another perspective on the Barolo region with a hot-air balloon tour. Admire castles, wineries, and the Turin cityscape as you go (you’ll even soar by the Alps, located just northwest of the city).