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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Pietro Micca Museum (Museo Pietro Micca)

Pietro Micca Museum (Museo Pietro Micca)

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In a country as storied as Italy, it comes as no surprise that there are important historic sites buried beneath its modern metropolises. Almost every major Italian city has hidden underground attractions; Turin’s is the Pietro Micca Museum (Museo Pietro Micca), with a network of tunnels that ultimately saved the city from the French in 1706.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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Valentine Park (Parco del Valentino)

Valentine Park (Parco del Valentino)

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Turin’s oldest public park, theValentine Park (Parco del Valentino) is also one of the city’s prettiest green spaces. Measuring nearly 125 acres (50.5 hectares), the landmark made its debut in 1852 and hugs the River Po. In addition to prime picnicking turf, the park also contains attractions ranging from a replica medieval village to the grand Castello del Valentino.More

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Top activities in Turin

Magic Turin Evening Tour
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Magic Turin Evening Tour

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Turin: Egyptian Museum 2-hour monolingual guided experience in small group
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Turin Gourmet Food Tour - Do Eat Better Experience
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Underground Turin walking tour
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Skip the line Turin Royal Palace Tour with Holy Shroud Chapel, Armoury & Gardens
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Highlights of Turin Private Walking Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Turin

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Great tour
Neil_O, Apr 2022
Street Food Tour D'Luxe | Tastes of Turin - I Eat Food Tours & Events
Great way to see Turin good food and wine .
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Professional and lovely guide
Clara_B, Jul 2021
UNUSUAL tour of Turin for curious people
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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Guide was great! Very knowledgeable...
Alla B, Apr 2018
Highlights of Turin Private Walking Tour
Very knowledgeable, fluent English, passionate about Turin and Italy, personal with tourists.
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This was an amazing tour with an...
drallah, Jun 2017
Highlights of Turin Private Walking Tour
He was patient, spoke English fluently and knew the city like the back of his hand.
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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...
Cristina_E, 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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Aperitivo Tour and Tasting
Mary_M, 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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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 Private 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...
Veralynn_A, 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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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.

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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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