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One Day in Turin

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From its tidy grid of streets (a gift from its ancient Roman founders) to its grand architecture to one of the world's favorite football teams (Juventus), Turin is a fascinating and vibrant city, one as shrouded in mystery, immersed in history, and bursting with flavor (both literally and figuratively). Here, a taste of Turin in one day.

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  • Art and Architecture Lover

13 Places

4 City Tips

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13 Places

Torino Porta Nuova

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Via Roma

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Piazza San Carlo

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Caffe San Carlo

Restaurants

Piazza Castello

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Civic Museum of Ancient Art (Palazzo Madama)

Speciality Museums

Palazzo Reale

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites

Teatro Regio di Torino

Theatres

Real Chiesa di San Lorenzo

Sacred & Religious Sites

Eataly Lingotto

Restaurants

Mole Antonelliana

Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Museo Nazionale del Cinema

Speciality Museums

Quadrilatero Romano

Neighbourhoods

Paola P's City Tips

  • Coffee shops in Piazza San Carlo can be very expensive if you sit down at at table for service; standing at the bar is usually more reasonable.
  • The bull (toro) who is now Turin's symbol has nothing to do with the origins of the city's name. Turin comes from the Taurini people, and "Taur" means "mountains."
  • Getting around the center of Turin is very easy. All attractions in this guide are within walking distance of one another.
  • Bus tickets expire after 90 minutes, and you can ride the metro only once.
  • Torino Porta Nuova
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Paola P Says:

    Built between 1865 and 1868 — and an impressive building in its own right — Porta Nuova railway station is the hub for the city's transport routes, and a great place to start your day in Turin. If you're starting your journey on foot, check out the garden of Piazza Carlo Felice, located in front of the station's main gate, before heading to Via Roma.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There is a large camera shop in the square, in case you have forgotten a spare memory card!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #55 of 422 things to do in Turin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Large train station 07/10/2018
    • Fantastic! 24/09/2018
    • Torino Porta Nuova
    Address:
    Corso Vittorio Emanuele II
    10128 Turin
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 011 665 3098
    Other:
  • Via Roma
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Paola P Says:

    Running between Piazza Castello with Piazza Carlo Felice, Via Roma is where the posh come to play. Formerly a chaotic and dirty intersection, the avenue was completely rebuilt in the 1930s, and today its elegant arcades are lined with shops from Ferragamo to Zara. Even if you're not shopping, the covered porticoes are beautiful (and they offer protection from the rain or the hot sun).

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Don't miss Piazza C.L.N. (located behind San Carlo Church), where you will spot two beautiful fountains representing the allegories of Turin's rivers: the Po and the Dora Riparia.
    • Via Roma is home to a number of elegant cafes, where you can enjoy a traditional Italian breakfast (cappuccino and brioche).
    • If you fancy an ice cream, don’t miss Florio under the arcades of Piazzetta C.L.N.
    • If the high-end brands are too rich for your blood, the Porta Nuova end of the street is home to more modestly priced shops like Zara and Mango.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 422 things to do in Turin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastico! 17/10/2018
    • Turin's main shopping street 11/10/2018
    • Via Roma
    Address:
    Via Roma
    Turin
    Italy
  • Piazza San Carlo
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Paola P Says:

    Considered by many to be Turin's most beautiful and important square, Piazza San Carlo is flanked by the twin churches of San Carlo and Santa Cristina. It was designed by architect Carlo di Castellamonte in the middle of the 17th century, and today retains its historic grandeur, with stately buildings, including the Accademia Filarmonica, surrounding it. In the center is the equestrian statue of Emanuele Filiberto, an icon of the city.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • A cannon ball launched by the 1706 French siege of Turin in 1706 still hang from the Palace of the Philharmonic Academy.
    • In the Piazza you'll find the rampant bull, symbol and emblem of the Savoy City. It's said that stepping on the bull testicles brings good luck — stand there and make a wish!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 422 things to do in Turin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great in evening 16/10/2018
    • Beautiful but quiet in the evening 16/10/2018
    • Piazza San Carlo
    Address:
    Piazza San carlo
    10121 Turin
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 011 813 8511
    Other:
  • Caffe San Carlo
    Restaurants (Italian, Cafe, Mediterranean)
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    Paola P Says:

    The political life of Piedmont always took place in the cafes on Piazza San Carlo. The most famous of these cafes, Caffe San Carlo, was the first public place throughout Italy to have gas lighting, and it was a gathering place for famous scholars engaged in the fight against fascism during the 1920s.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There is a free WiFi hotspot in the area.
    • Caffe San Carlo may seem pricey to some, but it's worth an overpriced coffee to enjoy the historic atmosphere and ornate decor.
    • The cafe is famous for its aperitivo. Try one!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1,111 of 3,244 restaurants in Turin
    • Marocchino! 14/10/2018
    • A classical stop on Piazza San Carlo 11/10/2018
    • Caffe San Carlo
    Address:
    Piazza San Carlo 156
    10123 Turin
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 011 532586
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    08:00 - 23:00
    Fri
    08:00 - 00:00
    Sat - Sun
    09:00 - 01:00
    Other:
  • Piazza Castello
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Paola P Says:

    Piazza Castello is the heart of the city, separated from Piazzetta Reale by an iron gate. As you arrive from Via Roma, you will immediately notice Palazzo Madama, the building that more than any other sums up the ancient history of the city. There three monuments that surround the castle: the one in front is dedicated to the Sardinian Army (by Vincenzo Vela, 1857-1859), the southern monument honors the Knights of Italy (Pietro Canonica, 1923), and the one to the east is to the Duke Emanuele Filiberto Aosta (Eugenio Baroni, 1937).

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • At this point of the itinerary you will have to decide which museums to visit, as you will not have enough time to do them all in a day.
    • All museums are closed on Monday, and they usually close daily at 6pm.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 422 things to do in Turin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent View from the castle tower 16/10/2018
    • Large square in front of the Royal Palace 11/10/2018
    • Piazza Castello
    Address:
    Piazza Castello
    10123 Turin
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 011 436 1455
    Other:
  • Civic Museum of Ancient Art (Palazzo Madama)
    Speciality Museums
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    Paola P Says:

    The facade of the Palazzo Madama is a masterpiece, designed by architect Filippo Juvarra. Inside, the ancient castle's huge hall is lighted by large windows and a majestic staircase. When the royalty would have incredible parties in this stunning palace, the 'common folk' were allowed to watch from outside through the windows. Today, the palace hosts the Civic Museum of Ancient Art.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Some temporary exhibitions can be very popular, so you may have to book a ticket in advance.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 422 things to do in Turin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great visit 28/02/2018
    • Small but Well-focused Museum 22/01/2018
    • Civic Museum of Ancient Art (Palazzo Madama)
    Address:
    Piazza Castello
    10122 Turin
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 011 443 3501
    Price range:
    US$14 - US$14
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 19:00
    Tue - Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Palazzo Reale
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
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    Paola P Says:

    Palazzo Reale's assortment of lavish furnishings and decorations demonstrate the long line of artists — including Francesco Claudio Beaumont, Carlo Dauphin, and Giovanni Miel — who worked in the palace from the time it was built in the 17th century on through the 19th century. A ticket to the palace allows you to visit the first-floor House of Representative, as well as the Royal Armory, the Archaeological Museum, and the Savoy Gallery, which houses the artwork of more than 400 years.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Tour of the Kitchens and Royal Apartment of Madama Felicita are offered Tuesday-Saturday. If you have time, they are fascinating!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 422 things to do in Turin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Huge musetm 16/10/2018
    • Large, but not particularly beautiful 11/10/2018
    • Palazzo Reale
    Address:
    Piazzetta Reale 1
    Piazza Castello
    10122 Turin
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 011 521 1106
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    08:30 - 19:30
    Other:
  • Teatro Regio di Torino
    Theatres
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    Paola P Says:

    The Teatro Regio di Torino is Turin's main opera house and one of my favorite sights in the city. Even if you can't attend an opera, you can tour the foyer, hall, stage, and backstage area.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Visits are by guided tour only, so check the website for visit schedules (as tours are not always available).
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 422 things to do in Turin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • worthwhile 21/12/2017
    • Modern hall 16/10/2017
    • Teatro Regio di Torino
    Address:
    Piazza Castello 215 I
    10124 Turin
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 011 881 5557
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    09:00 - 17:30
    Sat
    09:00 - 13:30
    Other:
  • Real Chiesa di San Lorenzo
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Paola P Says:

    The Real Chiesa di San Lorenzo, a beautiful church by Guarino Guarini, has no fancy facade — from the exterior, only the presence of the dome makes it possible to see that it is a religious building. Inside, however, everything changes. The cover of the dome is illuminated by eight large windows and crossed by a series of ribs forming an eight-pointed star. It's stunning and not to be missed!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • The Real Chiesa di San Lorenzo was the first place to host the Holy Shroud, thought to be the shroud in which Christ was buried.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 422 things to do in Turin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful Baroque church built next to the Royal Palace 11/10/2018
    • Beautiful Baroque Church 07/10/2018
    • Real Chiesa di San Lorenzo
    Address:
    Via Palazzo di Citta' 4
    10122 Turin
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 011 436 1527
    Hours:
    Sun
    09:00 - 13:00
    15:00 - 19:30
    Mon - Sat
    07:30 - 12:00
    16:00 - 19:00
    Other:
  • Eataly Lingotto
    Restaurants (Seafood, Mediterranean, European)
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    Paola P Says:

    Several coffee shops along Via Po offer cold and hot dishes, but Eataly is a great option if you'd like a 'real' lunch. The vast supermarket features all the Italian foods you could possibly want, along with delicious hot dishes.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The restaurant is open daily 12-3pm.
    • There are two Eataly branches. The one at Lagrange is smaller than that at Lingotto, the last metro stop. To find it, go back to Piazza San Carlo and then turn into Via Lagrange.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #527 of 3,244 restaurants in Turin
    • The perfect choice for style and price 14/10/2018
    • Pastalicious! 14/10/2018
    • Eataly Lingotto
    Address:
    Via Nizza 224
    10126 Turin
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 011 1950 6801
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 22:30
    Other:
  • Mole Antonelliana
    Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Paola P Says:

    The Mole Antonelliana, whose construction began in 1863, was named after the architect who built it: Alessandro Antonelli. It towers over the city at 167 meters making it the tallest masonry building in Europe. Between the sixties and the nineties the Mole Antonelliana become a symbol of Turin, and was seen as the 'balcony of the city' thanks to the elevator that leads to the 70 meters of the top of the dome.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • This is one of the best places, on a clear day, to take a photo of Turin from above and get incredible views of the city.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 422 things to do in Turin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A major landmark in search of function 11/10/2018
    • Quite amazing 04/10/2018
    • Mole Antonelliana
    Address:
    Via Montebello 20
    10124 Turin
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 011 813 8511
    Other:
  • Museo Nazionale del Cinema
    Speciality Museums
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    Paola P Says:

    The National Cinema Museum, located inside the Mole, showcases a fantastic journey through the set of classical and more recent movies. It also hosts an impressive collection of magic lanterns, cameras and cinema memorabilia. If you need to rest, you can lie on the red velvet armchairs and enjoy some scenes from old movies projected on large screens. The museum is great for children too.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You can save money by getting a combined ticket for the museum plus the elevator to the dome of the Mole.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 422 things to do in Turin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Impressive and innovative 15/10/2018
    • Average 15/10/2018
    • Museo Nazionale del Cinema
    Address:
    Via Montebello 20
    10124 Turin
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 011 813 8560
    Price range:
    US$14 - US$14
    Hours:
    Sun - Mon
    09:00 - 20:00
    Wed - Fri
    09:00 - 20:00
    Sat
    09:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Quadrilatero Romano
    Neighbourhoods
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    Paola P Says:

    End your day with an 'aperitivo,' (a drink with some snacks) followed by dinner in Quadrilatero Romano. There is a great choice of restaurants in this area of Turin — the historical part of the city between Porte Palatine and Via Garibaldi — and it's easy to explore the options on foot.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    Tips
    • You will find Quadrilatero Romano easily by following the groups of people of all ages, the lights and the sound of the music.
    • There are two kinds of 'aperitivo' in Turin: the light one with snacks and the 'apericena' — this second option is a substitute for dinner.
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 422 things to do in Turin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • not a whole lot but worth seeing while here 27/07/2018
    • ..a must while in Turin.. 29/10/2017
    • Quadrilatero Romano
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