Turin (Italian: Torino, Piedmontese: Turin), a large city of about one million inhabitants, is set in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean sea. It's famous for being the home of Italy's royal family. Today, Turin, with its fine, aristocratic atmosphere, old world sophisticated shops, grand boulevards and palaces, leafy parks, and several art galleries, is an increasingly popular tourist resort. The 2006 Winter Olympics, and its status the same year as World Book Capital, have prompted tourists to visit this beautiful and underestimated Italian city, which has a longstanding cultural and artistic history.
Turin was the first capital of modern Italy, and was the host of the 2006 Winter Olympic Games. While it's not a famous tourist destination like Florence or Rome, the setting is pleasant, with the Po River flowing through the city, the genteel hills overlooking the city and scattered with pleasant villas and surrounded by the Italian Alps off in the distance. This is why the famous architect Le Corbusier defined Turin as "the city with the most beautiful natural location in the world".
In the 18th century Savoy, newly proclaimed a kingdom, embarked on an urban design project for its capital Turin. At this time many public squares, grand boulevards and royal palaces were built in order to make the city fit for a capital. After 1801 when Napoleon conquered the city, he created more large avenues in order to allow his troops easier movement, further altering the city's layout.
Turin is an important city of technology and industry, and the FIAT automobile company is based here. (The 'T' in the name stands for Torino; FIAT = Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino, which translates as: Italian Automobile Factory Turin.) It was also the birthplace to many important cultural and political movements in Italy.
Turin inhabitants are well known across Italy for their understatement and composure and the city reflects this attitude.
Many people consider Turin to be the European capital of Baroque: many palaces and churches were built in this style during the kingdom of the Savoia. It isn't the typical Italian city, with red and yellow buildings: is a bit more French, so much that is also called "the little Paris"; wide boulevards with white buildings make the city center more similar to Paris. Around the city, a crown of churches and castles, some up on a hilltop, some lost in a park, provide plenty of interesting views. Turin also has an aristocratic atmosphere - the centre is filled with posh 19th century cafes, regal-like arcaded mansions, debonair glittering restaurants, and grand churches.
Turin is home to the famous Shroud of Turin. It has become the home of the Slow Food Movement.
1 Turin Airport (TRN IATA) (15 km (9.3 mi) north of the city). is named after Italy's former President Sandro Pertini. It is located in the town of Caselle, connected to Turin city by a convenient motorway.
The main carriers to reach Turin from abroad are Lufthansa, Air France, British Airways and Alitalia if flying from Rome or Naples, Italy's flagship airline, which operates flights from some European and Italian cities. Caselle is also a destination for some low fares airlines, such as Ryanair and Easyjet. The airport is connected to the city by train (to the station of Dora GTT, which is useless; arriving at the Dora GTT really is like arriving in the middle of nowhere), bus (with a regional bus service, which is long) and taxi (€30 one way to city centre at December 2010). Private cars are in the €75 range.
The SADEM bus service runs every 30-40 minutes from the airport to Torino's Porta Susa and Porta Nuova train stations. If you buy a ticket at a ticket kiosk inside the airport terminal, it will cost €6.50. If you buy it on the bus, it's €7. If you bought the Turin + Piemonte Card, the ride is only €5. The trip from the airport to the center of the city takes approximately 40 minutes.
The Terravision bus service has stops in the city as Lingotto station and Torino Esposizioni. One-way ticket: €5.50, return: €9.50.
Turin is also reached from Malpensa airport, which may be cheaper to fly to. There is a bus service running ten times daily between the city and the airport, managed by SADEM. The ride lasts 2 hours and costs €22 (as of Feb 2017). Tickets to/from Malpensa airport can be purchased in advance on SADEM website (English instructions available) or at several kiosks in the Malpensa arrival hall. In theory, it is even possible to buy tickets from the driver, though most drivers will (reluctantly) only sell those tickets if enough seats are still available. Also, take care when boarding a bus at Malpensa airport: there are numbered bus stations in front of the arrivals hall, along with a monitor showing which bus is supposed to stop at which station - the bus drivers do not care though.
Generally speaking, Porta Nuova and Porta Susa are stations dedicated to mid-range and long-range trains. Porta Susa (under renovation) serves trains to all northern regions of Italy (Milan, Venice, Aosta, and also Paris), while Porta Nuova serves especially trains to the south (Genoa, Florence, Rome, Bologna). You'd better check in advance where you need to go. Many trains also stop at both stations. All trains coming from/going to the south of Turin, depart from Porta Nuova via Lingotto FS.
All stations are managed by Trenitalia, the Italian state railways.
- A4. From Milan and Venice (six-lane toll motorway).
- A5. From Ivrea and Aosta (four-lane toll motorway).
- A6. From Fossano, Ceva, and Savona (four-lane toll motorway).
- A21. From Asti, Alessandria, Genoa, and Piacenza (four-lane toll motorway).
- A32. From Frejus and France (four-lane toll motorway).
- A55. From Pinerolo (four-lane toll motorway).
By public transportation
Turin has an efficient system of city connections with buses and trams managed by GTT. The first driverless, ultra-modern underground metro line was opened for the Olympics in 2006. The urban and suburban areas are served by an efficient network. Buses and trams cross the city from morning to late at night.
You must buy your ticket before you get on the bus. All tabaccherie (tobacconists) sell bus tickets as do some bars and various ticket offices at stations.
There's possibly a bewildering array of tickets from singles to annual season tickets. Generally the longer the ticket the greater the saving but for many season tickets of one week or more you'll need a separate card with photo ID which costs very little and can usually be issued on the spot by the ticket issuer. It's not necessary for single tickets or, in Turin, weekly town tickets.
You may run into ticket inspectors any time, everywhere, even on night buses, but they are most of the time easily recognizable. Most of them do not speak English and some of them may behave rudely. Keep your ticket/pass on you and validate it before the first stop after you get on the bus. If you are caught, you may pay a fine of €25 right on the bus. If you pay later, this amount may increase to €36. If you forgot to take your pass/valid ticket with you, you may tell the inspectors your situation and get a fine ticket of €10. Then you go the GTT office with your fine ticket and your pass/valid ticket and pay. Some say that if you are not Italian, the fee will not reach you.
A network map is available at the GTT website. The map shows all the bus and tram lines and the metro line. On 5T website it's also possible to check real-time transits for every stops of GTT network and plan your routes using public transportation.
You're pretty safe in Turin with every bus or tram. The stops are clearly marked with yellow signs and maps of the city and public lines. If it seems a very long list your stop will be highlighted in grey and buses go from the bottom to top direction. If it seems a rather short list with just the highlights you probably see an arrow pointing down on the left of the sign, showing stops go from top to bottom. It takes a bit of getting used to! Some of the more modern and popular trams and buses have onboard indicators and announcements of the forthcoming stops. But don't bank on it.
All buses are divided into urban and suburban. In Turin the urban tickets allow you to hop on and off of as many town buses as you like within 90 minutes of validating your ticket (fare is €1.50 in 2017). Suburban tickets cost a little more and can get you anywhere up to 20 km on some routes (€1.70 in 2017). They are also valid for trains within the same area. There's a bit of confusing overlap with some areas appearing to be both urban and suburban. If in doubt buy the suburban ticket, it's a lot cheaper than a fine.
You can also buy your tickets in a 'blocchetto' of 5 or 15, which works out a reasonable amount cheaper. There are daily (or 2-day or 3-day) tickets for town travel €5, €7.50, or €10), and various weekly and monthly combinations. Passes are valid in all the urban network and all means of transport.
Standard bus services run from around 06:00-00:30. From 00:30 (first departure from suburbs) to 05:00 (last departure from city centre), on Friday and Saturday night, starts night bus service managed by GTT (called GTT Nightbuster) with 10 bus lines connecting piazza Vittorio Veneto, in the city centre, to Turin's suburbs and vice-versa. All night buses run at 1 hour frequency.
Things get a little more complicated when you need to go further afield on the bus. Each town, district or region seems to have its own bus service. Generally in Turin there is a healthy selection of blue buses run by SADEM and other companies which tend to go further afield.
If possible still try to buy your ticket before you get on the bus, although vendors are not as numerous. Generally look around for the nearest tobacconist, cafe or news stand.
It should also be possible to buy your ticket on the bus, but this will cost up to 60 cents more and you may get a certain amount of abuse from driver who plainly is not on a percentage.
This also applies to the blue buses between Porta Nuova and Turin airport. There's a kiosk and two vending machines (usually out of action) at the airport and cafes near the terminal in Turin where you can buy tickets for €5. In theory the bus driver should be able to sell you a ticket but don't bank on it.
The City of Turin has a network of bicycle paths throughout the city. However, a lot still has to be done, and cycling outside the paths (and sometimes even on them) can be quite tricky.
Pay attention while travelling by bike, while the local population is not used to cyclists on the road - travels are done mainly by car.
A bike-sharing service provided by a company named ToBike is all across the city center. It's very difficult to find a ticket if you are not resident. It is possible to buy a ticket at:
- the Tobike shop located in Via Santa Chiara 26/F
- TURISMO TORINO in Piazza Castello
After the purchase of the ticket (that ranges from 5€ for 1 day to 25€ for one year) you don't pay if you do trips shorter than 30 minutes.
Also, in late 2017 was introduced a service of free-floating bike sharing owned by GoBee; it is sufficent to use their Android/iPhone application to register (15€ refundable deposit + 5€ credit). (The first) 30 minutes of each trip costs 0.5€.
Driving around the town is fun but not for the faint hearted, although not as challenging as in other Italian cities. Note that some drivers regard red lights as advisory and speed limits tend also to be a guideline.
Car rentals If you would like to rent a car, you can find all the main car hire companies at Turin Airport. Car rental companies are grouped together immediately in front of the Domestic Arrivals, Ground Floor-Level Zero. Hertz also operates from just outside Porta Susa train station.
Taxis in Torino start the meter the moment your call is received. It is not customary to hail a taxi on the street.
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- Main Railway station - Torino Porta Nuova, ☎ .
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On the streets there are taxi parking. You can get one there.
Turin's main attractions include important baroque palaces and churches, a regular and attractive street grid, an extensive network of arcades, famous coffee shops and a number of world-renowned museums. Five palaces in Turin itself and nine more in the region served as residences for the Savoy royalty and are now inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
The Torino and Piemonte Card is worth its money if you plan to visit most places in the "See" section. The pass provides free access to all the museums and other attractions of the city listed below. You also can use free the Venaria Reale bus service, which is operated by GTT, to travel to Venaria and see the restored palace. The entry to the palace is also covered by the pass. Also don't miss the opportunity to use the Navebus service and take a boat tour in the river Po. This service is also operated by GGT and is included in your pass. The card entitles you with free travel from Dora Station to Torino International Airport, service operated by GTT. Trip with chain train to Superga is also included with the small fee to reach the top of the church and a guided visit to the tombs of the Savoy Royal family. 1-day card €23, 2 days €35, 3 days €42, 5 days €51 (Feb 2017). You can add free travel on the public transport for 1 day €3, 2 days, €4.50, or 3 days €6.
- 1 Moncalieri Castle (Castello di Moncalieri), Piazza Baden Baden 4 Moncalieri TO, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com.
- 2 Palazzo Carignano (Carignano Palace), Via Accademia delle Scienze 5 (close to Piazza Castello), ☎ .
- 3 Palazzina di caccia di Stupinigi (The hunting residence of Stupinigi), Piazza Principe Amedeo 7 Nichelino TO, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tu-F 10:00-17:30; Sa Su 10:00-18:30. €12; EU university students, visitors with disabilities and 65+ €8.
- 4 Palazzo Barolo, Via delle Orfane 7, ☎ , , e-mail: email@example.com. Tu-F 10:00-12:30 and 15:00-17:30; Sa 15:00-17:30; Su 15:00-18:30. Adults €5; reduced €3.
- 5 La Venaria Reale, Piazza della Repubblica 4, Venaria Reale TO. Outside the town of Venaria, 10 km north east of Turin. Restored to the baroque magnificence that inspired it when it was built in the mid 17th century for Duke Carlo Emanuele II di Savoia, the Reggia of Venaria Reale was inaugurated in October 2007, after two centuries of abandon and decay, and eight years of intense restoration. In the first year since it opened to the public, Venaria Reale has welcomed approximately 1,000,000 visitors becoming one of the most popular spot in Italy. The enormous palace, which has a surface area of over 80,000 m², contains some of the most outstanding examples of European baroque architecture: the enchanting Salone di Diana, designed by Amedeo di Castellamonte, the solemnity of the Galleria Grande and the chapel of Sant’Uberto, and the immense complex of the Scuderie, designed by the 17th-century genius, Filippo Juvarra. The Gardens now represent a close combination of ancient and modern. Venaria Reale, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is at the centre of the circuit of Royal Residences in Piedmont. To get there: Venaria Express shuttle bus operated by GTT (freephone number: +39 800 019152 www.comune.torino.it/gtt Bus: routes 72, 11 (freephone number: +39 800 019152 - www.comune.torino.it/gtt) Train: Turin-Ceres line (freephone number: +39 800 019152 - www.comune.torino.it/gtt) Car: Torino Nord orbital road, Venaria or Savonera/Venaria exit. GTT bus ticket with return €5. Entrance to the Venaria €15. (July 2012)
- 6 Villa della Regina, Strada Comunale Santa Margherita 79, ☎ . Tu-Sa 10:00-17:00; Su 10:00-18:00; last entry 16:00 (Su 17:00). A royal palace and gardens on a hill just outside the city. Relatively small but nice with chinese and baroque style interior design. In 2017 it closed fully for a day when there was a heavy snowstorm and the gardens remained closed afterwards so it might be worth checking if it's open before making the trek over. Adults €5; 18-25 €2.50.
- 7 Armeria Reale (Royal Armoury), Piazza Castello, Turin, Italy, ☎ . 1. Turin's Royal Armoury contains one of the best exhibits of arms in Europe, dating back to the 16th century. The collection was put together in 1833 by Sardinian king Charles Albert.
- 8 CAMERA – Italian Centre for Photography, Via delle Rosine 18, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. W F-M 11:00-19:00; Th 11:00-21:00. Adults €10; 12-26 and 70+ €6.
- 9 Castello di Rivoli, Piazzale Mafalda di Savoia, ☎ . In the small town of Rivoli, east of Turin. Houses one of Europe's most important Contemporary Art Museums. The Castle of Rivoli is an unfinished 18th-century castle that stands on top of Rivoli hills. Corso Francia (France Road) is one of the world's longest streets and was built because of the desire of the House of Savoy to connect Royal Palace in the center of Turin with Rivoli Castle. You can reach it by bus or taxi.
- 10 Egyptian Museum, Via Accademia delle Scienze, 6, ☎ . Daily except Mondays and 25 December. Houses the most important collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts outside Cairo. Founded in 1824 by King Carlo Felice after acquiring archaeologist Drovetti's collection, the museum contains 30,000 exhibits. It documents the history and civilization of Egypt from the palaeolithic to the Coptic era through unique exhibits and collections of objects d'art, articles of daily use and funeral furnishings (including the Altar of Isis, the canvas painted by Gebelein, the intact tombs of Kha and Merit, and the exceptional cliff temple to Ellesjia). It is also intelligently laid out and the exhibits are lovingly preserved; a big renovation took place up to December 2015. €13 (full price ticket).
- 11 Foundation Accorsi-Ometto – Decorative Arts Museum, Via Po 55, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Tu-F 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-18:00; Sa-Su 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-19:00. €10 - €8 (museum + guided tour); €14 - € 12 (museum + exhibition + guided tour); €8 - € 6 (exhibition only): reduced price 12-26 and 65+.
- 12 Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (GAM Torino), Via Magenta 31, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tu-Su 10:00 - 18:00. Adults €10; 65+ and 18-25 €8.
- 13 Juventus Museum (J-Museum), Via Druento 153/42, ☎ 899 999 897 (premium), e-mail: email@example.com. M W-F 10:30-19:00; Sa-Su 10:30-19:30. €15; reduced €12.
- 14 Mole Antonelliana, Via Montebello, 20. Turin's landmark building was completed in 1888 as a synagogue. The 167.5-meter tower is the highest work of masonry in Europe and it now contains one of the finest cinema museums of Europe. A lift is available to reach the top. lift: €7.
- 15 The National Cinema Museum, Via Montebello, 20, ☎ . The museum opened in July 2000 in the Mole Antonelliana, a building that has come to symbolize Turin. The exhibition space covers 3,200 m² and spans five floors. The themes of the floors are the archaeology of cinema, the video camera, a collection of cinema posters, video installations (including a number of small rooms screening clips on themes such as Turin in the movies, love stories and experimental film), and The Great Temple (where you recline in comfortable red chairs and watch classic Italian films projected on giant screens overhead). In a spectacular setting the museum offers artifacts from the collection of the Maria Adrianna Prolo Foundation including magic lanterns, optical illusions, photographs, drawings, models and other curious items. Amongst a fascinating array of other movie memorabilia, be sure to check out the original cape worn by Christopher Reeve in Superman in 1978. If you're a certain age, that's incredibly exciting! €10. Museum and tower: €14.
- 16 Museo dell'Automobile (Also Carlo Biscaretti di Ruffia, Biscaretti for short.), Corso Unità d'Italia, 40, ☎ . The collection houses over 170 vehicles, from 18th-century carriages to Formula 1 racers, and lots of gorgeous red sports cars. A "must-see".
- 17 Museum of Criminal Anthropology – Cesare Lombroso, Via Pietro Giuria 15, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. M-Sa 10:00-18:00. Adults €5; 12-18 and 65+ €3.
- 18 Museo Nazionale della Montagna Duca degli Abruzzi, Piazzale Monte dei Capuccini, 7.
- 19 The Museum of The New Prison (Le Nuove – Museo del Carcere), Via Paolo Borsellino 3 (The museum is located near the city center in Via Paolo Borsellino 3, opposite the Palace of Justice "Bruno Caccia" and skyscraper "San Paolo" 5 minutes from Porta Susa Railway Station. Bus lines 55, 68 - Tram Line 9), ☎ , , e-mail: email@example.com. Museum guided tours: Mo-Sa 15:00; Sunday 15:00 and 17:00; Anti-aircraft shelter guided tours (reservations required) : Sa-Su 17:15;. €6; students and 65+ €4;.
- 20 Museum of Oriental Art (Museo d'Arte Orientale, MAO), via San Domenico 11 (Palazzo Mazzonis) (http://www.maotorino.it/en/visit/getting-here), ☎ , , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tu-F 10:00-18:00; Sa Su 11:00-19:00. Houses collections from Gandhara, India, Southeast Asia, China and Japan. The third floor is devoted to Buddhist and Tibetan culture. The fourth floor contains the collections coming from Islamic countries and the Arabian Peninsula (mainly bronzes, ceramics, tiles). There are also temporary photography exhibitions and conferences. Adult €10; 65+ and 18-25 €8; free of charge for visitors with disabilities and one accompanying person.
- 21 Museum of the Shroud (Museo della Sindone), Via San Domenico 28, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 9:00-12:00 and 15:00-19:00. Adults €6; 65+ and under 24 students €5; 6-12 €3.
- 22 Palazzo Madama, Piazza Castello. This wonderful hybrid of a baroque palace and a medieval castle is attracting many tourists. It was home of the regent queens of Savoy, and is a mix of medieval and baroque rooms. It now houses the City Museum of Ancient Art, which has an eclectic collection of church art, paintings, ancient sculpture, porcelain, ceramics, archaeological artefacts and some fascinating scenes of life in Torino in times gone by. On the second floor there's a room with red sofas to take a rest after the visit, with a magnificent chandelier, and a cafeteria. The moat contains a medieval castle garden, and the tower offers a beautiful view over Turin. €10.
- 23 Pietro Micca Museum (Museo civico Pietro Micca e dell'assedio di Torino del 1706), Via Guicciardini 7a (5 minutes walk from Porta Susa station), ☎ . Tu-Su 10:00-18:00; last entry 17:00. Learn about the days of the Spanish Succession War when Turin was besieged for four months by the French army in 1706. The town was saved by the so-called “war of mines” which was fought across a vast network of tunnels extending under and beyond the external defence works (fourteen kilometres on the whole). At least 9 km of galleries have been entirely preserved throughout the centuries and can still be visited today. €3.
- 24 Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Via Nizza 230/103, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tu-Su 10:00-19:00. €10 and 65+ €8 (permanent collection + exhibition); €8 and 65+ €7 (permanent collection only); free for visitors with disabilities.
- 25 Porta Palatina (Palatine Gate). Roman-Age city gate dating from the first century BC
- 26 The Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist (Duomo di San Giovanni), Piazza San Giovanni, ☎ . The Cathedral's Chapel of the Shroud houses the controversial Shroud of Turin, which is stored in a vault below the Duomo. It is only displayed by papal decree. Information about the shroud, viewings, and reservations can be made at the site. It was last displayed for six weeks in 2010.
- 27 Cathedral of Superga (Superga Basilica), Strada Basilica di Superga, 73, ☎ . On top of the hill near Turin, this cathedral was built in thanksgiving for a victorious battle against French. Today, it houses the tombs of the House of Savoy. In 1949 a plane carrying the entire Turin FC team crashed near the cathedral, killing one of the greatest football teams ever. At the crash site a plate memorializes the dead. The top of the hill offers the best view of Turin, with the magnificent Alps in the background. You can reach the top by car or city bus but also by a little chain-train. Ask for the Trenino per Superga. The train runs once an hour in winter with a return train every half hour. The last train back in winter apart from the christmas season is 15.30 so make sure you don't miss it. Walking up the road is also an option, though the road is very windy and often lacks footpaths so is quite dangerous. It will take about an hour 15 minutes from the Sassi tram stop (bring water in warm weather). Take the staircase inside the church to reach the top (there is a charge to enter). One-way/return train tickets €4/€6 (€6/€9 on Sat and holidays)..
- 28 Chapel of Merchants Church (Cappella dei Mercanti, Negozianti e Banchieri), Via Giuseppe Garibaldi 25, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Sa 15:00-18:00; Su 10:00-12:00. Closed in July and August. A jewel of architecture and sacred art of the Piedmontese Baroque. Here is located the "calendario perpetuo" (perpetual calendar) made by Giovanni Amedeo Plana, a famous astronomer and mathematician, in 1831. This calendar allows precise calculation over a period of 4000 years from the year zero (also moon phases, tides, days of the week and Christian holy days). It is considered to be the first example of a computer in history.
- 29 Santa Maria di Monte dei Cappuccini. 07:00-19:00. A late-Renaissance-style church on a hill overlooking the River Po near the bridge of Piazza Vittorio Veneto in Turin. It was built for the Capuchin Order; construction began in 1583, and was completed in 1656. The design was by Ascanio Vitozzi, but it was completed by the engineer Giacomo Soldati.
Piazzas, parks and streets
There are many piazzas dotted around the city. Some of the more impressive ones are the Piazza Castello, Piazza Carignano, Piazza Carlo Felice, Piazza Carlo Alberto, Piazza Statuto and the Giardino Aiuola Balbo.
- 30 Galleria Subalpina, Piazza Castello 27. A pedestrian passage from Piazza Castello and Piazza Carlo Alberto. One of the most elegant places of the city.
- River Po Park. The Piedmontese part of the longest river of Italy is protected as a natural park. Its benches ar full of interesting and unexpected views onwards the town and the hill and are enriched by the Castle of Valentino, Medieval Burgh and Gran Madre church, which mirror on river Po.
- Piazza Castello. Large glamorous public square which has the Royal Palace to the north, the city cathedral to the northwest, the Chiablese palace to the west, the main shopping street Via Roma to the south, the piazza Madama and a fountain display in the centre and the Via Po to the east, leading to the Piazza Vittorio Veneto and the impressive Gran Madre di Cappucino church.
- 31 Porta Palazzo market. A 5-minute walk from Piazza Castello, at the very beginning of the multi-cultural quarter, is one of the biggest, cheapest and most diverse markets in Europe. Turin has lots of street markets, all around the city, that serve thousands of people every day. Porta Palazzo is the best, especially for foodstuffs, cheap clothes, housewares, ethnic products, handicrafts, craftsmen, and second-hand stuff. The markets are open every weekday morning and all day long on Saturday. On Sunday Porta Palazzo houses a smaller flea market. Take a walk there, keep track of your wallet and pockets, and explore its multicultural, colored humanity.
- Via Garibaldi. Pedestrian-only shopping zone between Piazza Castello and Piazza Statuto.
- Quadrilatero Romano. Full of restaurants, it is the old Roman town, north-west of Piazza Castello.
- 32 Valentino Park (Parco del Valentino). the biggest park in Turin central area. This park is situated along the Po river and in its area you can find the Valentino Castle, and the Medieval Village (Borgo Medievale).
- Via Roma. Very glamourous shopping street, well lit with very beautiful arcades and shops stretching towards Piazza Carlo Felice.
- A trip to Superga by chain train from Sassi to see the magnificent view of Turin from there. Sassi is reached by tram 15.
- A walk on Via Roma from Porta Nuova Station to Piazza Castello through Piazza San Carlo to see how elegant this city can be.
- A walk on Via Po from Piazza Castello to Piazza Vittorio and further to the Gran Madre Church. Stop on the bridge and enjoy the beautiful view of the Po river.
- Have a break in one of the historic cafes located around Piazza Castello, such as Mulassano or Baratti & Milano (established in 1873).
- Play hit ball, a sport born in Turin in 1986 and today the very specialty of the city. Various associations provide free trials.
- Meet new friends in a sporty and funny way by joining Torino Night Run collective workouts troughout the nicest places of the city. Every Tuesday evening at 20:15, Monumental Arch, Parco del Valentino (lat. 45.0584, long. 7.6906)
The 2 University of Turin (Università degli Studi di Torino) main campus is located just off Via Po. Founded in the 16th century and located in Turin, it is a public university with all the major faculties. Also well known is the Politecnico di Torino, the Polytechnic of Engineering and Architecture. This last has multiple campuses, including one in the 'Castello del Valentino' (in the Valentino Park) and two outside the city center, one on Corso Francia while another, dedicated to Automotive Engineering, is located within the 'Lingotto' Complex which used to be the principal Fiat factory.
Turin is not the best Italian city for shopping for fashion brands, although there are plenty of small and expensive shops selling brand-name items. It's a great spot for buying food and wines.
- Bookstores are very popular in Turin, and there are many in the Via Po area. An innovative bookshop is in Via Cesare Battisti, near a lovely square, Piazza Carignano. Together with books you can also sit down and have a cup of coffee, or the famous aperitivo. The Luxembourg International Bookshop is at V. Accademia delle Scienze, 3 (just off Piazza Castello) and it's your best destination for English-language novels, EFL teaching materials and foreign magazines and newspapers.
- Via Roma. from Piazza Castello to the main railway station. Here you can find upscale brands like Hermes and Dolce & Gabbana, as well as cheap chains like H&M, United Colours of Benetton and Zara. In Piazza CLN, behind Piazza San Carlo, there's a good branch of La Feltrinelli, a bookstore chain with shops all over the country. On the Via Roma there is also a branch of FNAC, the French book and multimedia chain, and an Apple Store.
- Via Garibaldi. People in Turin say it's the longest pedestrian shopping street in Europe. There are clothes shops, bars, a Nike store and a new branch of the Japanese store Muji at the beginning of the street near Piazza Castello.
- Via Po. is more alternative, with record shops and strange clothing stores under the arcades. This street goes from Piazza Castello to the Po River (Piazza Vittorio Veneto).
- Via Pietro Micca. Also houses upscale shops, but also one of the three shops of Frav. This 2-storey shop sells trendy clothes and is very popular in the city.
- Via Lagrange (near Via Roma). A pedestrian street that houses the Lagrange 15 shopping centre, with La Rinascente department store.
- Le Gru. A shopping center in Grugliasco, just outside Turin. Easy access TO the center on the #17 bus. Consider timing your return trip to one of the infrequent #66 buses, or take a taxi back. An Ikea store was in this area but now it has moved to Collegno.
- The Quadrilatero Romano. A trendy neighborhood north of Piazza Castello. It is the most ancient part of the city, and once was an unsafe area. But now there are many design shops (Marcopolo, via Sant' Agostino) and independent shops like Autopsie Vestimentaire or Born In Berlin in its pedestrian cobbled streets. Lots of cosy restaurants and outdoor trendy cafes and bars. For dog-lovers there is a dog park inside the fenced area around the Roman ruins.
- Porta Palazzo. In Piazza della Republica (north of the Quadrilatero), it is the largest open air market in Europe, and a spectacle that is well worth the visit (M-F 06:00-13:00, Sa 06:00-19:00 Saturdays). A new building by the famous architect Massimiliano Fuksas remains unused.
- 8 Gallery and Eataly. 8 Gallery is a long corridor with various shops, located in Lingotto area, sharing the same building with Politecnico di Torino Automotive department and Turin University. Renovated by the famous architect Renzo Piano, it can be reached by bus No.1, 35, 18, 17. Or if you are near the Lingotto FS station, you can pass a bridge which directly connect to the 8 Gallery. It is one of the few shopping centers which still open at Sunday. Next to 8 Gallery, Worth visiting for the architecture but the shops are nothing special. Are a few restaurants and fast food outlets too. Across the road, Eataly is the greatest gourmet grocery in Europe: here you can buy, or eat, the best Italian food (guaranteed by Slow movement).
Rich, smooth gianduja chocolate is a local specialty and a popular gift item.
Turin is probably the most free-water town in the world. You can find public fountains (usually in the shape of a green bull, locally called "Turet") really EVERYWHERE, from the center to the suburbs, that provide free public water. And thanks to the proximity of the nearby mountains, Turin public water is really good.
- 1 Lobelix, Piazza Savoia 4, ☎ . This bar serves a nightly 'aperitivo' (aperitif) meaning that, with the purchase of a beverage one receives unlimited access to a food buffet, much the same way as 'tapas' are in Spain. During this aperitivo time, all drinks—from water to cocktails—cost the same price, which is about €8. It begins at around 18:00 and ends when the food runs out, usually at around 21:00.
- 2 Gennaro Esposito, Via Giuseppe Luigi Passalacqua 1/g (near Piazza Statuto), ☎ . For about €15, sit at one of the few tables and one of the best pizzas in Turin.
- 3 Fratelli La Cozza, Corso Regio Parco 39, ☎ . Outside the city center, this large pizzeria is brightly decorated and popular with large groups. If you're a couple, ask for a balcony seat for the best view!
- Exki, Two locations in the center of Turin: Via XX Settembre 12 and Via Pietro Micca near Piazza Castello, ☎ . The healthiest fast-food you'll find in Turin, Exki serves up fresh salads, soups, quiches and health-minded entrees at low prices. You'll also find a selection of fresh juices, organic beers and organic coffees.
- 4 Tre Galli, Via Sant'Agostino 25, ☎ . Nice "Vineria" in the quadrilatero perfect for the aperitivo. Service is good and the ambiance is young and relaxed, not too trendy. Here you can eat or just drink. Typical dishes of Torino reinvented.
- 5 Sfashion Cafè, Via Cesare Battisti 13, ☎ . The owner and the decorations are the same of Fratelli La Cozza: kitsch an funny. Infact the owner is Piero Chiambretti, an Italian actor. Good pizza and southern italy dishes. Perfectly located on the lovely Piazza Carlo Alberto, pedestrianized.
- 6 Pizzeria Gonzales, Via Mollieres, 1, ☎ . M-W F 12:00-15:00, 19:00-23:00; Sa Su 19:00-23:30. Locals' pizzeria, simple but good.
- Il Frutto Permesso, Via del vernè 16 (10060, Bibiana).
- Locanda Belfiore, Siamo in Via Vignassa 21 a (Sant' Antonino di Susa).
- Food for Mood, Via Andrea Doria 3/C, ☎ . 12PM–3:30PM, 7:00PM–11:00PM.. Local, freshly prepared meals. Plenty of burger options, either cooked, or raw featuring salsiccia di Bra (a specialty of the region, recommended).
- 7 Giusti Mauro, via Maria Vittoria 21 (4 blocks east of via Roma), ☎ . Closed 14:00-19:30. Frequented by almost only Italian diners, because it accepts only cash. The menu does not vary between lunch and dinner. No-nonsense, but good basic regional food at reasonable prices. below market.
- 8 Caffè dell Orologio, Via Morgari 16/a, (Zona: San Salvario), ☎ . The place is large and very beautiful: it still possesses its original character, which deeply impresses anyone entering it for the first time. The lovely ambience and great staff make one feel their enthusiasm about everything on the menu.
- 9 L Birichin, Via Vincenzo Monti 16/a,, ☎ . Daily, except 5-31 Aug. $35-45.
- 10 Arcadia, Galleria Subalpina (Piazza Castello), ☎ . beautiful place, sushi bar.
- 11 Trattoria Ala, Via Santa Giulia 24, ☎ . For about 35$ you will get delicious food and wine. Definitely to try Cantucci con vinsanto dessert. Beware that they cook Tuscan food, so if you are looking for local food, you may not be in the very right place.
- 12 Spada Reale, Via Principe Amedeo 53 (near Piazza Vittorio Veneto), ☎ . A classic restaurant with local Piedmontese as well as Tuscan offerings.
- 13 Trattoria Decoratori & Imbianchini, via Lanfranchi 28 (Near the Gran Madre Church), ☎ . fixed menu €24, beverages excluded.
- 14 A Livella, Corso so Belgio 50/A, ☎ . Stylish restaurant with moderate prices.
- 15 Trattoria San Domenico, Strada della Pronda, 15, ☎ . Traditional Italian food.
- 16 Pizzeria Due Torri, Corso Peschiera 309, ☎ . Very good pizza and paste dishes. Friendly efficient staff.
- 17 Il Povero Felice, Via Fidia, 28, ☎ . Good Italian local restaurant.
- 18 Eataly Torino Lingotto, Via Nizza 224, ☎ . High end supermarket with a number of food counters (meat, fish, pasta, ice cream, ..), excellent quality food.
- Antica Bruschetteria Patausso, Piazza Emanuele Filiberto 4. Specialises in local Piedmont dishes, including bagna cauda.
- 19 Ristorante Del Cambio, Piazza Carignano, 2, ☎ . A very posh and exclusive cafe and restaurant. Set in the beautiful Piazza Carignano, Del Cambio serves all of the traditional Piemontese delicacies. Was supposedly a favorite of famous Italian politician Camillio Benso di Cavour.
- 20 Mare Nostrum, Via Matteo Pescatore, 16, ☎ . Excellent southern Italian fish dishes. The starter is a must, just one entry on the menu, you receive a series of small dishes of the day.
Where before there were boatsheds, you will find many modern bars and nightclubs by the river Po at the Murazzi close to the bridge Ponte Vittorio Emanuele. Closer to the historical center, there are many charming old-world cafes.
- 1 Birrificio Torino, Via Parma, 30, ☎ . 20:00-2:00. Brewpub restaurant. Four regular Birrificio beers brewed on premises. Good menu with recommended matched beers. More restaurant than pub. Can be very busy.
- 2 Caffe al Bicerin, Piazza della Consolata, 5, ☎ . Home to the classic Torinese drink, the Bicerin. A mix of coffee, hot chocolate and cream, it is a wonderful treat on a raw winter day. Located in the small but scenic Piazza della Consolata, across the square is the elaborate Baroque church, Chiesa della Consolata.
- 3 Caffè dell'Orologio, Via Morgari 16/a (Zona: San Salvario), ☎ . Lovely ambience and great staff you felt they were excited about everything on the menu.
- 4 Caffe rossini, Corso Regina Margherita, 80 (at the corner to Via Gioacchino), ☎ . Caffe Rossini is a nice caffe/pub with music and young local people.
- 5 Lab, Piazza Vittorio Veneto, 13/E, ☎ . Modern bar with lots of young people and nice music. some place to go out during the week when the city is sleeping.
- 6 Gelateria Pepino, Piazza Carignano, 8, ☎ . An ice-cream parlor founded in 1884. They have a dubious claim to fame as the personal favorite ice-creams of Benito Mussolini, and during his reign Pepino sent daily ice-cream deliveries to the dictator in Rome.
- 7 Sorij Nouveau, Via Matteo Pescatore 10c (close to Piazza Vittorio), ☎ . wine and entries
- 1 Hotel Due Mondi, Via Saluzzo, 3 (Savoyard City). Singles, doubles, and suites. Breakfast included.
- 2 Bed & Breakfast Casa Romar, Corso Chieti, 5, ☎ .
- 3 Hotel Nizza-Turin, Via Nizza, 9, ☎ .
- 4 Hotel Conte Biancamano, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 73, ☎ .
- 5 Hotel Bologna, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 60, ☎ . Right across the street from Porta Nuova station. Single rooms are €50 per night and the staff are sweethearts.
- 6 Doria, Via Academia Albertina, 42 (near to Porta Nuova Train Station, Center), ☎ . TVs and bathrooms in the room, with very friendly staff. Single rooms are €30, doubles €40.
- 7 Bed and Breakfast Let e Colasion, Corso Brunelleschi 46 (near the Metro and the ring road), ☎ . Free parking
- 8 Bed & Breakfast Torino Inn, Via Nizza, 50 (Located 150 meters far from the Subway station 'Nizza'). Private bathroom. Free WiFi.
- 9 Holiday Inn Turin - Corso Francia, Piazza Massaua, 21 (Opposite the Massaua station of the Turin Metro), ☎ . Modern well furnished hotel. Reasonable breakfast buffet. WiFi, but slow. Underground parking.
- 10 Hotel Artua'&Solferino, via Brofferio, 3 (Piazza Solferino), ☎ . Rooms for 1-4 people. Internet access and parking available. €70-180.
- 11 Hotel To, Sesta Strada Interporto Sud Sito, ☎ , fax: . Easily accessible from the Caselle highways and the nearby Caselle international airport, the three star Hotel Interporto is located in the Turin area. Single from €40, double from €47.
- Hotel Savoy Sestriere, Via Fralteve 7 (Sestriere), ☎ , fax: . The Savoy Sestriere is three-star hotel located in the city centre of Sestriere village. A comfortable position to reach the ski slopes and lifts and the swimming centre. This three star hotel of Sestriere offers a large selection of bedrooms divided in single, double, triple, quadruple and suite. All rooms include modern service, as the internet access, and the private bath. The junior suite also boast a small living room and the Jacuzzi bathtub. €65 for a single, and €90 for a double.
- Relais Villa Matilde, Via Marconi 29 (10090 Romano Canavese), ☎ . The Relais Villa Matilde Hotel is located in Romano Canavese, 35 km away from Turin. Romano Canavese is a peaceful ancient town, dominated by a high bell tower and, situated near the boundaries of Valle d'Aosta.
- 13 NH Lingotto, Via Nizza 262, ☎ . Four-star business hotel in a former Fiat Lingotto factory located just outside city center. Large high ceilinged rooms. Tip: ask at reception for key to the roof! $200 and up.
- 14 NH Art + Tech, Via Nizza, 230, ☎ . Also at Lingotto, this hotel has 5 stars and features the architecture of Renzo Piano.
- 15 Hotel Diplomatic, Via Cernaia 42, ☎ .
- 16 Hotel Victoria, Via Nino Costa, 4, ☎ . Three-star. Junior Suites feature two-person jacuzzi bathtubs. Free wireless Internet in most rooms and lobby.
- 17 NH Santo Stefano, Via Porta Palatina, 19, ☎ . Located in the heart of the historical Torino, this hotel has also a beautiful spa. Few steps away from the nightlife of Quadrilatero Romano.
- 18 The Grand Hotel Sitea, Via Carlo Alberto 35, ☎ . Within easy walking distance of the Piazza San Carlo. Decent restaurant, unfailingly polite and helpful staff. Rooms well appointed, and well serviced.
- 19 Golden Palace, Via dell'Arcivescovado, 18, ☎ . A 5-star luxury hotel with charming rooms and impressive halls. Close to Via Roma and Piazza Castello.
- 20 AC Hotel Torino, Via Bisalta, 11, ☎ . Next to Eataly and Lingotto centre this 5-star hotel offer good prices for a quality accommodation. Good sized, well furnished rooms, good breakfast buffet. Parking on premises.
- 21 Boston Art Hotel, Via Andrea Massena, 70, ☎ . Exclusive 4-star design hotel in Turin historical center, near train station.
- 22 Principi di Piemonte, Via Piero Gobetti, 15, ☎ . Another 5-star hotel in the center of the historical district and around the corner from shopping hub and pedestrian street, Via Lagrange.
Generally Turin can be considered a safe city. Be aware that the first three blocks of Via Nizza, on the eastern side of Porta Nuova train station, can be dangerous in the wee hours. San Salvario neighborhood, which lies between Via Nizza and Parco del Valentino today is full of nightclubs, cafes and restaurants aimed to college students who attract small-scale drug dealers. Watch out for pickpockets in the crowd, especially while walking with your luggage and backpacks. Those who are looking for a quiet neighborhood where to stay should avoid San Salvario, especially in summer.
Also the areas between Porta Palazzo square and the Dora River can be dangerous during the night, especially in the smaller streets.
Turin is home to two football clubs, Juventus and Torino, playing both in Serie A. Juventus are the most successful club side in Italian domestic football and have won the UEFA Champions League twice in their history, while Torino also have a proud history. Juventus play at the Juventus Stadium in the north of the city while Torino play at the Olympic Stadium renovated for the 2006 Winter Games. The rivalry between the two clubs is intense, so one would exercise caution when wearing their colours (Juventus wear black and white, Torino a brownish red) when the other side is playing. Wearing the colours of other Italian sides (AC Milan, Internazionale, Lazio, Roma, Fiorentina and Napoli in particular) when they are playing Juventus should also be avoided, especially the colours of the two Milan sides and Fiorentina.
- House of Savoy residences and hunting reserves. The city of Turin is surrounded by magnificent XVI, XVII and XVIII residences, like Royal Palace and Carignano Palace (in the centre of the city), Valentino Castle (inside the city, near the Po river, within Valentino Park), Rivoli Castle (10 km west of the city), Stupinigi Hunting Pavilion (between the town of Orbassano and Nichelino, south of the city), the Racconigi Castle (near border with Cuneo province). The two main Savoy's hunting reserves, La Mandria Park and Stupinigi Park, are now natural reserves.
- The Alps. Turin is a city that feels its mountain legacy and their proximity is why so many inhabitants have second homes in the thousands of little valley villages. During Summer, if you have a day and want to relax, take a trip to Gran Paradiso National Park, or Orsiera Rocciavrè Park, or Val Varaita Park. During Winter, the Alps offer a wide range of ski resorts, from one of the world's greatest, Via Lattea, to a number of small ski areas which are less crowded and cheaper.