Beginning of main content

Turin

Known for Museums, Cafés and Historical Buildings

Turin delights visitors with a magical mix of history, royalty and architecture. Expect palaces, piazzas and museums that rival the best in the world.

How do you get to Turin?

Nestled in the northern part of Italy under the towering shadows of the European Alps, Turin is often overlooked by the major crowds that move through Rome and Milan. The former home of the Italian royal family,the Savoys, Turin has been left with a legacy of opulence and grandeur thatmakes it the perfect place for a fairytale getaway.

A great way to start any journey to Turin is with the Mole Antonelliana, one of Turin’smost recognized buildings. Climb to the top for a panoramic view of the cityand the Alps to the northwest. The National Cinema Museum is also locatedinside and is worth a visit.

The influence of the Savoys can be seen throughout the city.The Turin Royal Palace holdsthe best examples of their lifestyle; the gallery of arms is one of the best ofits type in Europe. On the other side of the palace you’ll find the Turin Cathedral, home of the Shroudof Turin. Many believe this ancient artifact is the final burial cloth of JesusChrist. If you’re interested in a pleasant walk, head to the Royal Gardens behind the palace and enjoy getting out into the sun. Valentino Parkto the south is another option, with the spectacular Valentino Castle within its boundaries.

Grand piazzas scattered throughout the center of Turin are agreat place to have a meal or a morning cup of espresso. Piazza San Carlo has two of the mostfamous cafés in Turin: Café San Carlo and Café Torino. Piazza Statuto to the northwest is described as the darkmagic center of Turin and is steeped in historical significance.

Another of Turin’s major attractions not to be missed is theEgyptian Museum. The onlymuseum of its kind outside of Cairo, it holds some of the best examples ofancient Egyptian artifacts in the world, including full collections fromindividual tombs and a reconstructed temple within the museum.

Turin is easily reached by air or train. It is less than atwo-hour drive from the Mediterranean Sea or France.

Activities in Turin

One of the tallest buildings of its time, this historic landmark still towers over central Turin, providing visitors with panoramic views of the city.

Cheer on the local team with hordes of passionate fans at a soccer stadium that has decades of history, a museum dedicated to sport and informative tours of the arena. 

This classic aristocratic mansions houses one of the best displays of weaponry and armor from the Savoy’s Italian reign.

The oldest park in Turin is also one of its most beautiful, and is a quiet escape from city noises and life.

Immerse yourself in the history of film at one of Turin’s most popular attractions, a spectacularly well-curated museum set within a unique building.

Walk around the home of the royal family of Turin, the Savoys, and admire the public garden surrounding this French and Italian-style building on the Po River.

Discover tens of thousands of modern and contemporary artworks across all media at this wonderful gallery in the heart of Turin.  

View over 200 different models of vehicles drawn from across the decades and learn about Turin’s car-manufacturing past and present at this engaging museum. 

Tickets & Tours

Stroll through the elegant apartments that once served the House of Savoy on this guided tour of the Royal Palace of Turin. As you explore the UNESCO-listed palace, take a trip back in time and uncover centuries-old court life through captivating stories told by an expert.

Tickets & Tours

Framed by the snow-capped peaks of the Alps and renowned for its stunning architecture, Turin— capital of the Piedmont region—is packed with historical treasures. Explore the city's world-class museums and beautiful monuments on this walking tour led by an expert guide.

Tickets & Tours

Go beneath the surface of the city streets to uncover hidden passageways, tunnels, and cellars. Explore this underground network with an expert guide, who shares the city’s history and secrets as you roam through Turin’s subterranean world.

Tickets & Tours

Discover the authentic tastes of Italy on this tour of the largest Italian marketplace in the world. Join a gourmet guide for a look behind-the-scenes at the first location opened by the international Eataly brand, learning old recipes, ancient legends, and indulging your taste buds along the way.

Tickets & Tours

Immerse yourself in regal splendor with a pass that grants you access to Torino’s elegant royal residences. Take your pick from a list of castles and palaces that the rulers of the House of Savoy have called home, and cruise between destinations on a convenient hop-on hop-off double-decker bus.

Tickets & Tours

Turin has a lot to offer to visitors who decide to stay here for a few days. If you are tight on time, then you should really take advantage of this day tour, with a real local guide! Starting in piazza Castello, you can admire the wonderful façade of Palazzo Madama, the first house of Italian Parliament, from 1861 to 1864, when Turin was the capital.

Best areas to visit in Turin

What other places are like Turin?

Discover similar destinations you might like