Visit Turin: Your travel guide

Once upon a time, the Savoys injected Turin with wealth. A trail of piazzas, lavish porticoed buildings and large-scale cathedrals sprung up in their wake. 2006’s Winter Olympics revitalised the city’s fortunes, and brought visitors en-masse to a place where the air of aristocracy lingers on.

Things to do in Turin

Piazza Castello
Piazza Castello is truly the pulse of Turin. At daybreak, café owners wind down their awnings, line up tables and adorn them with a freshly cut rose. As the morning progresses, regulars flood in for their daily “bicerin” (espresso and milk). Find a plum spot to people-watch, then take a leisurely stroll around the Royal Palace or the baroque San Lorenzo Church.
Piazza Castello - 10122
Museo del Risorgimento
Italy – curated by colour. Artworks from every Italian republic are presented in colour-coded rooms, in this powerhouse of a museum. Each colour depicts the theme – red for revolution, blue for reform, and so on. See the oversized canvas’ of Napoleonic exploits, tune in to the sad timbre in the replica of writer Silvio Pellico’s cell, or watch it all on the big screens.
Via Accademia delle Scienze, 5 - 10123
Open Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-18:00.
Egyptian Museum, Torino
One can get “templed out” in Egypt – there are just so many! Thankfully, this is Turin, an unexpected place for the best curated collection of Egyptian antiquities this side of the Sahara. The stars of the show are its four partially-reconstructed tombs: the Tomb of Kha and of Merit, the Temple of Tuthmosi III, the Mensa Isiaca (The Table of Isis) and the Ellesija Temple.
Via Accademia delle Scienze, 6 -130938
Open Monday 09:00–14:00, Tuesday–Sunday 08:30–19:30.
Cathedral of Turin
After Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, a linen cloth was draped over his body. An effigy mysteriously appeared on the cloth, alleged to be that of Christ himself. Whether it’s real or a forgery, this icon of Christendom draws crowds for its annual display. The Cathedral of Turin is the last remaining Renaissance building left in the city, built and rebuilt since the 15th Century.
Piazza San Giovanni - 10122
Open Monday–Friday 07:00–12:30 and 15:00–19:00, Saturday–Sunday 08:00–12:30 and 15:00–19:00.
Piazza San Carlo
Car-less and fancy-free, this pedestrian-friendly square is invitingly beautiful and unabashedly commercial. The café Torino and confectioner’s Fratelli Stratta are both Turin institutions, despite their high price tags. The "El Caval d'brons" equestrian statue stands centre-square, overlooking the alabaster carapaces of San Carlo and Santa Cristina churches.
Piazza San Carlo - 10121
Mole Antonelliana
A gold statue of an angel once stood watch over Turin from atop this tower. Mere decades after the tower’s inauguration in 1889, the statue tumbled to the ground one night during a nasty storm. Biblical-level “sturm und drang” aside, the angel now holds pride of place inside. Admire it, then zoom up to see the view it once held. Today, it’s the world’s tallest museum.
Via Montebello, 20 - 10124
Open Tuesday–Friday 09:00–19:00, Saturday 09:00–22:00, Sunday 09:00–19:00.
Castello del Valentino
Most people jog around the Parco del Valentino, oblivious to their surroundings. But follow the River Po, and you’ll come to this impressive 17th-century castle, tucked away behind woodland. It was built as a summer residence for Marie Christine, the wife of the King of Savoy. Known as Versailles-lite on account of its lavish artwork, its delights are worth discovering.
Corso Massimo d'Azeglio - 10126
Car Museum
Beep-beep! Or “ahwooga”, if you happen to be hitting the klaxon horn of a 1913 Storero Model A! It’s on display in Turin’s 1,000sq-m Car Museum, which covers three centuries of man’s favourite mode of transportation. Begin your journey in 1769 with Cugnot’s steam-powered car, then "varoom" back to the present to see modern fossil-fuel guzzlers from Abarth’s to Lamborghini’s.
Corso Unità d'Italia, 40 - 10126
Open Monday 10:00–14:00, Tuesday 14:00–19:00, Wednesday–Thursday 10.00–19:00, Friday–Saturday 10.00–21:00, Sunday 10.00–19:00. Check website for details.
Lingotto Fiere
The city’s exclamation point. This massive glass-and-concrete convention centre is a major congregation point for exhibitions, events and festivals. There’s even an ice-skating rink here in the cooler months. The most famous event is the Salone Internazionale del Libro (Turin International Book Fair). It’s Italy's largest annual trade fair for books, held in mid-May.
Via Nizza, 294 - 10126
Check website for details.
Juventus Stadium
The Old Lady’s house. This stadium is home to Juventus FC, known affectionately as “La Vecchia Signora”. This crone’s no pushover though – Juve are Italy’s most successful club by some distance. Their famous black-and-white shirts loom large in footy folklore. On match days, this state-of-the-art stadium fills with 41,000 “tifosi” (fans) who cheer the Old Lady onto glory.
Corso Gaetano Scirea, 50 - 10151

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Traveller's reviews and photos

10
Exceptional
Fantastic architecture, great buzzy streets, lots of uni students added a youthful ambience, lovely porticos, interesting shops, very low key tourism presence. Like a big version of bologna.
Craig
Australia
9 July 2017
10
Exceptional
the architecture of city and museums better than venice. and of coures the weather. and less tourists
talha akkaslar
Turkey
8 July 2017
10
Exceptional
Turin offers a truly italian city experience without the typical tourist crowds... best place to have an aperetivo in peace!
Samuel
Switzerland
10 July 2017
10
Exceptional
We were only there for the night but a brief walk around the town highlighted it is a beautiful place. We will definitely be back for a longer visit.
Scott
United Kingdom
14 July 2017
8
Very good
A beautifully architectural city. Not touristy. Eat at Alla Lettura, fantastic local food and the best pizza.
vanessa
Australia
15 July 2017

Accommodation and hotels in Turin

Principi di Piemonte

9.1 Superb

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TownHouse 70

9.3 Superb

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Grand Hotel Sitea

9.3 Superb

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NH Torino Lingotto Congress

8.8 Fabulous

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NH Collection Torino Piazza Carlina

9.2 Superb

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NH Torino Lingotto Tech

8.8 Fabulous

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NH Torino Santo Stefano

8.9 Fabulous

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Starhotels Majestic

8.8 Fabulous

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Turin Palace Hotel

9.6 Exceptional

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Discover Turin

Popular neighbourhoods in Turin

Centro

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Turin’s historic centre brims with character. See the Royal Palace in Piazza Reale, then stroll over to Piazza Castello. Venture into the splendid Palazzo Madama, with a dizzying array of early Renaissance paintings by da Messina, Jaquerio and others. Afterwards, amble along Via Po, a long street lined with uniform archways and quiet arcades.

Stazione Porta Nuova

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Few would argue that loitering inside Porta Nuova is much fun, but from the outside the station building is a stunner. It’s in close proximity to San Salvario, an area loaded with charming eateries. Weekends are usually jam-packed full of people, especially for the brief window of 23:00-02:00 when the clubs fill Turin's young and fabulous.

Stazione Porta Susa

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This modern station has a caterpillar-like appearance that contrasts with the area’s crumbling beauty. Shop for discounted fashion at the Mon-Sat market in Piazza Benefica. Wander Corso Francia and Via Cibrario to see their Art Nouveau buildings, then venture to the Pietro Micca Museum – it’s underground galleries snake over almost 9-km.

Local tips for Turin

The pierced building
Andrea F. by Andrea F.

Born and bred in Turin, Andrea can proudly claim to be a true Torinese.

Have you ever seen a building with a piercing? It may sound weird, but in Turin we have one just a few steps from Piazza Castello Square, on Via Palazzo di Città. It first appeared in 1996 as a temporary art exhibition called Baci Urbani (Urban Kisses), but it’s still going strong today.

  • Via Palazzo di Città, 19 - 10122
Panoramic views from Santa Maria di Monte dei Cappuccini
Alessandro by Alessandro

Alessandro fell in love with Turin thanks to regular work trips to the city.

The 30-minute walk up to Santa Maria di Monte dei Cappuccini Church is totally worth the effort. Try to make it there just before sunset for amazing panoramic views and the best possible photos. For an energy boost, I’d recommend having an espresso before you set off, like a true Italian!

  • Piazzale Monte dei Cappuccini, 3 - 10131
Books, breakfast and more!
Andrea G. by Andrea G.

Andrea is a total bookworm who’s lucky enough to visit Turin regularly for work.

The Circolo dei Lettori is dedicated entirely to books and book lovers. Surrounded by the works of your favourite writers, you can get your book signed and enjoy some Italian coffee. If you're looking for company, you can join a reading group. If not, just sit, relax and read in peace.

Casa Scaccabarozzi
Sheila by Sheila

Sheila lives just an hour from Turin and tries to visit whenever she can.

It’s not surprising that this yellow, wedge-shaped building is known locally as ‘the slice of polenta’. Incredibly tall and narrow, it tapers away to just 54 cm wide. But don't judge a building by its façade: unlike neighbouring houses, it survived earthquakes and wartime bombs unscathed.

  • Via Giulia di Barolo, 9 - 10124
A magical night tour
Daniele by Daniele

Keen traveller Daniele is always looking for new and unusual ways to explore the city.

This mysterious city is known for being full of secrets, magic and legends. You can discover all these and more on the Torino Magica Tour, which leads you through the city after dark. It starts at 21:00, and on a clear night it’s amazing to see the sights bathed in moonlight.

  • Piazza Statuto, 15 - 10122
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  • Open Thursday 21:00–23:30, Saturday 21:00–23:30.
Colombus will bring you luck
Francesca by Francesca

Francesca loves to take her little girl for a hot chocolate after wandering Turin’s pretty piazzas.

If you want to fit in with the locals, you need to follow their tradition of touching Christopher Columbus's little finger. The bronze sculpture of Italy's most famous explorer can be found under the arches of Piazza Castello: just give his finger a rub and it’s supposed to bring you luck!

  • Piazza Castello - 10124
The Devil's Door
Elfi by Elfi

Passionate about legends and mysteries, Elfi knows all of Turin's hidden secrets.

Look upon the Devil's Door if you dare! The Trucchi di Levaldigi Palace was the scene of two grisly 18th-century murders, neither of which was ever solved. Several figures are carved into the building’s ornate door, while the famous demon’s head doorknocker hangs in the middle.

Porta Palazzo market
Andrea C. by Andrea C.

Andrea has been to Turin several times already and is always planning his next visit.

Europe's largest open-air market, Porta Palazzo boasts 1000 stands selling fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, meat and clothes. It’s held on weekdays and Saturdays until 19:00 in Piazza della Repubblica Square. If you’re there on a Saturday, don’t miss the neighbouring Balon flea market.

The funicular to Basilica of Superga
Guido by Guido

For Guido, Turin is more than just a beautiful city: it’s the home of his beloved Juventus F.C.

I love to escape the city's chaos with a trip to the Basilica of Superga, 600 metres above sea level. It’s just a 15-minute funicular ride from Stazione Sassi, in Piazza Modena Square. The incredible views at the top were praised by the likes of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Pope Pius XII.

The Palace of Venaria
Federico by Federico

Federico feels like he’s stepped back in time every time he’s in Turin's historic city centre.

Turin’s city centre is fascinating, but make sure you don’t miss out on the Piedmontese equivalent of Versailles. The Palace of Venaria is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and former royal residence belonging to the House of Savoy. It’s truly majestic, and well worth the 20 km drive!

  • Piazza della Repubblica, 4 - 10078
  • www.lavenaria.it
  • Open Tuesday–Friday 09:00–17:00, Saturday–Sunday 09:00–19:00.
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Recommendations for Turin

By primarily experiencing street life...Quadrilittero Romano, Then moving on to museums and making sure you don't miss out on the following: the newly opened Egizio,Il Mole and Cinema, Risorgimento, Superga - the views in particular from the Basilica, Chiesa di San Lorenzo, Palazzo Madama, Museo dei Automobili, Parco Valentino...

Turin was really a surprise to us. It is a very nice city with a lot of nice "piazza's" with many historical buildings. There is lot af atmosphere! I will certainly go back to Turin!

Never found the city overly crowded compared to other places. Some queues at tourist attractions so go early to try to avoid these.

Daily fruit and veg street market just off of the Via Garibaldi in Piazza Savoia has a small clothes market attached.

the museums have been reorganized and especially the museums around the royal palace can be visited on one ticket.

It is a wonderful walking city with arcades everywhere. The metro is clean and safe

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Why would you recommend Turin for food?

Absolutely and good value for money too.

Transport

Turin transport

Air - Turin Caselle Airport

Buses connect Turin Airport to Porta Nuova and Porta Susa Train Stations every 15 minutes from around 05:30 until 23:30 (less often on Sundays and holidays). Journey time is about 50 minutes. Tickets are sold in Arrivals and at cafés near the bus station (EUR 6.50), or on the bus (EUR 7.50). Alternatively, a taxi takes 30 minutes and costs around EUR 30. The train is faster and cheaper, but only goes to Dora Train Station, which isn’t well-connected with the city centre.

Train

Trains are used to reach other towns and cities, rather than to move around Turin itself. High-speed services connect directly to Milan, Florence, Rome and Paris. There are 2 main train stations, both a 10-minute walk from the city centre. Porta Nuova Station is served by local trains and high-speed Trenitalia lines, while the underground Porta Susa Station operates local, Trenitalia and Italo services. Tickets can be bought online or from machines in the station.

Bus

Turin has over 80 bus lines, most running from 05:00 to 00:00 and all part of the GTT transport network. A single ticket costs EUR 1.50 and is valid for 90 minutes on bus and tram, or for 1 metro ride. One-day, 2-day and 3-day passes are also available. All tickets are sold in newsagents, while single tickets can be bought from parking meters and on buses for a EUR 1 surcharge. If using a single ticket, make sure to stamp it when getting on: you may be fined if not.

Tram

Eight tram lines run through Turin from around 05:00 to 00:00. As with buses and the metro, trams are part of the GTT transport network. Tickets are sold in newsagents and can be used on all lines. Single tickets (EUR 1.50) need to be stamped the first time you board, and are then valid for 90 minutes on trams and buses, or for 1 metro ride. If you plan to make a lot of journeys, a pack of tickets or a day or multi-day pass may offer better value for money.

Metro

Turin’s metro was the first in Italy to have driverless trains. It runs from 05:30 to 00:00 on weekdays, and later at weekends. There’s only one line, with about 60 seconds between stops. Tickets for the city’s GTT integrated transport network are sold at newsagents and metro stations, and can be used on metro, tram and bus. Single tickets cost EUR 1.50 and are valid for 1 metro ride. One-day, 2-day and 3-day passes are available for EUR 5/EUR 7.50/EUR 10 respectively.

Taxi

Licensed taxis in Turin are usually white, with a white sign on top. You can hail one in the street if its light is on, or head to the taxi stands outside Porta Nuova Train Station or Piazza Bra. Taxi fares are metered, with a starting fee of around EUR 4-5 (EUR 7-8 at night). If you call and book a taxi, you’ll be given the car’s unique code as a reference number. This code appears on the side of the car or on the windscreen, helping you to identify your taxi.

Car

Driving in Turin can be a challenge, with narrow one-way streets and restricted traffic areas (ZTL) where no cars are allowed. ZTL zones are strictly monitored: pay attention to road signs to avoid a large fine. Parking in the centre is also hard to come by. Parking spaces marked in white are free but almost impossible to find, while yellow parking spots are only for residents. Parking within blue lines costs EUR 1–2 per hour, but is free after 20:00 and on Sundays.

Food in Turin

Top restaurants in Turin

Cheap 'n' tasty
Italian
Master Sandwich
  • Via Palazzo Di Città, 6 - 10122
  • Open Monday–Thursday 11:00–21:00, Friday–Saturday 11:00–23:30, Sunday 11:00–18:30
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  • 0039 34 78498137
Good value
Italian
Ristorante Consorzio
  • Via Monte di Pieta', 23 - 10122
  • Open Monday–Friday 12:30–14:30 and 19:30–23:00, Saturday 19:30–23:00
  • 0039 01 12767661
Good value
Local
L'Acino
Good value
Gourmet
Soul Kitchen - Vegan & Raw Food
  • Via Santa Giulia, 2 - 10124
  • Open Tuesday–Saturday 12:30–14:30 and 19:30–22:30
  • 0039 01 1884700
High-end dining
Mediterranean
Fratò
Good value
Mediterranean
Kipling
High-end dining
Local
Osteria Porta di Po
Cheap 'n' tasty
Italian
Rossosapore
Good value
Italian
Porto di Savona
Cheap 'n' tasty
Italian
M** Bun
High-end dining
Italian
Magorabin
Good value
Italian
L'Agrifoglio
Cheap 'n' tasty
Italian
Ristorante Pizzeria Augusto
Cheap 'n' tasty
Bar bites
Zelli Wine Bar
High-end dining
Italian
Ristorante Galante
High-end dining
Japanese
Oinos
Good value
Italian
Ristorante Due Mondi
Cheap 'n' tasty
Bar bites
Enò
Cheap 'n' tasty
Italian
Monegato
  • Piazza Madama Cristina, 5A - 10125
  • Open Monday–Saturday 12:00–14:30 and 19:00–23:30
  • 0039 01 16599986
Good value
Italian
Trattoria La Guarnizione
Cheap 'n' tasty
Italian
Petit Baladin
Good value
Italian
Rosso Piccante In Cucina
Good value
Italian
Baravàn Ristorante
  • Via Principe Tommaso, 16 - 10125
  • Open Tuesday–Saturday 12:30–14:30 and 20:00–23:00, Monday 20:00–23:00
  • 0039 34 29470459
Good value
Italian
Cernaia 31
Good value
Italian
Gennaro Esposito
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