What to do in a day in Turin?
Turin, “the first capital of Italy”, a city with an enormous heritage inherited through centuries of history. It has a very rich culture and is the capital of industry, which appears in the midst of Renaissance palaces. A city of many facets, open to the world, the Piedmontese capital offers visitors a combination of: art galleries, museums, squares, monuments, fun and great food. Let’s go to our post of the day: What to do in one day in Turin? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
Turin is considered a “little Paris” because of its streets, squares, historic cafes and so many monuments. After a century of being the automobile capital, it has created a new image for the city, standing out in the production sectors, mainly in companies with a high level of knowledge, research and innovation. Also read Where to sleep on the Wine Route in Piedmont?
The First Capital of Italy
The first capital of Italy, Turin is today one of the largest university, cultural and scientific centers in the country. It is the fourth Italian city in terms of number of inhabitants and third in the ranking of economic movement. Elegant (but never ostentatious), active, cultured and refined. Turin is one of the most versatile and charming Italian cities. It has dozens of museums, historic buildings, great restaurants and coffee shops. It knows how to respect its past, but it invests in the future – as shown by the various contemporary art galleries and the studios of creative young ones.
Even going to the Piedmontese capital several times, there is no shortage of surprises! One day is too little to visit a city, especially a city like Turin. Fortunately, the historic center of Turin is well concentrated and the main attractions are close to each other – this contributes to our challenge to see almost everything in one day (another thing that makes it easier is the possibility to walk, especially when the day is sunny).
1) What to do in one day in Turin? VISIT THE PIAZZA CASTELLO (CASTELLO SQUARE)
Turin has several facets and to understand it you need to know its history, which we can do through its historic buildings. For this, let us start our tour starting from Piazza Castello, which is the heart of the city. From this wonderful square you can see the Royal Palace (the first and most important House of Savoia).
2) What to do in one day in Turin? VISIT MADAMA PALACE
Now we will see the Madama Palace, a building that houses millennia of history. In fact it is quite varied, one side is characterized by a Baroque facade, while on the other side we see the doors Decumana and Palatina, built by the Romans. Also from Praça Castello we can see the Museum of the Royal Arsenal, the church of St Lawrence and the Royal Library, direct witnesses of the history of the city and of the whole country.
3) What to do in one day in Turin? VISIT THE HOLY SHROUD
At this point, we must visit the cathedral, built in 1498 and dedicated to St John the Baptist (the city’s patron saint). The interior of the church consists of three naves in a Latin cross. The cathedral was renovated to join the Chapel of the Holy Shroud. On the altar is the urn that houses the Holy Shroud, the mantle that covered the body of Jesus, on which are imprinted the blood marks. Find out here How to visit the Holy Shroud in Turin?
4) What to do in one day in Turin? VISIT CAFFÈ MULASSANO
It is worth taking a break under the city’s arches on one of the corners of this square, at Caffè Mulassano, which besides being one of the most beautiful cafes in Turin, still invented the tramezzino, nicknamed Gabriele d’Annunzio. This coffee shop has another curiosity: behind the counter there is a strange clock with a single hand and some numbers arranged at random. Next to the coffee shop there is a bell tower connected to a mechanism that also moves the hand in a random way that used (and still works today) to establish, in a group of friends, who should pay the bill (the one who gets the highest number pays the bill). Interesting, right ?!
5) What to do in one day in Turin? VISIT THE MOLE ANTONELLIANA
Well, after being refreshed, we continue with our tour to the symbol of the city of Turin: Mole Antonelliana. Initially designed to host a synagogue, today it is quite different from a church, it is one of the most interesting museums in the city: the National Museum of Cinema. Inside the museum, scenarios of great cinema classics, magic lanterns, costumes, posters and original scripts are exposed. It’s like taking a trip through the history of cinema. The ticket costs € 9, but I recommend buying the combined ticket, which costs € 12, but includes the climb with the panoramic elevator (which lasts fifty-nine seconds to the Mole dome, an unmissable spectacle).
6) What to do in one day in Turin? GET ENCHANTED WITH LOCAL GASTRONOMY
Now, after a morning of culture and history, it’s only fair to take a break for lunch at a typical downtown restaurant. Thus, we savor the intense taste of the traditional dishes of Piedmont and also the enogastronomy of Turin, which is particularly delicious and full of energy. It is a mixture of Piedmontese cuisine and traditional foreign recipes, in addition to the combination of classical and popular cuisine, creating an eccentric and delicious combination. Read our section on Food in Italy.
7) What to do in one day in Turin? VISIT THE EGYPTIAN MUSEUM
After recharging our energies, we continue our tour to visit the famous Egyptian Museum in Turin (one of the most important museums of its kind in Europe), dedicated exclusively to the exhibition of Egyptian art and culture. Thanks to the Egyptian Museum in Turin, we have the rare opportunity to discover a civilization that is very distant, but also very fascinating. The ancient Egyptians continue to arouse a visible interest today, thanks to their advanced knowledge in various areas such as mathematics, astronomy, medicine and even exoterism.
8) What to do in one day in Turin? VISIT PIAZZA VITTORIO (VITTORIO SQUARE)
We continue around the Church of the Great Mother of God, in Piazza Vittorio. Crossing the bridge, at the foot of the hill of Turin, we can see such a church, in neoclassical style, it is also famous for the stories and legends connected to the Magic Turin. Exoteric experts claim that the church is a point where very powerful positive energies are concentrated and that the two statues at the entrance point to the place where the Holy Grail is. Now our visit to Turin is almost over and it is convenient to return to Piazza Castello, crossing Via Po again.
9) What to do in one day in Turin? VISIT THE VIA GARIBALDI
As we get closer to the Church of Saint Lawrence, we arrive at Via Garibaldi, another historic street in Turin, also dedicated to shopping. Strolling down the street, we cross Via della Consolata, going on the right we will fall in Piazza della Consolata (Consolata Square), where there is one of the oldest, most historic and beloved bars in Turin: “Al Bicerin”. Here I suggest taking a drink invented exactly in this coffee shop, which bears the name “Bicerin”. This is sure to invigorate us after a long walk.
Quadrilátero Romano (Roman Quarter)
For those who want to dine, my advice is to stay in this region (known as “Roman quarter”), a very popular place thanks to the wide variety of bars that serve snacks, typical dishes, exotic cuisine and desserts.
How to get to Turin?
Turin is the meeting point for Italy, Europe and the Mediterranean.
1) How to get to Turin? BY TRAIN
Located in the northwest of the country, it is just a few kilometers from Milan, the Ligurian Sea and the French border: this is what makes Turin a “one hour city”, an easy city to access and close to the mountains, lakes, sea and the rest of Italy. Thanks to the high-speed trains, it is possible to come from Milan and Paris. In addition, since December 2009 the Piedmontese capital has been an integral part of the Torino-Milano-Napoli-Salerno high-speed line, making the city even closer to the South.
Did you know that Trenitalia is the main Italian company dedicated to the management of rail transport? Find out here “What is the difference between trains in Italy?“. Buy your ticket online in advance and save a lot, read the Post “How to buy a train ticket in Italy?”.
2) How to get to Turin? BY AIRPLANE
Turin International Airport is connected daily to the main Italian and European cities. It offers a good shuttle service to the city center, both by bus and train, in addition to taxis, of course.
Read our posts about Airports in Italy:
- HOW TO GO FROM THE ROME AIRPORT TO THE CENTER OF ROME?
- HOW TO GO FROM THE MALPENSA AIRPORT TO THE CENTER OF MILANO?
- HOW TO GO FROM VENICE AIRPORT TO THE CENTER OF VENICE?
3) How to get to Turin? BY CAR
For lovers of the four wheels, Turin is a place of intersection, so it crosses the great roads that connect the whole country and also the outside (which in turn join the rest of the North and Center, as well as the passages and tunnels for France and Switzerland). Take the highways: A4 (Milan-Venice), A21 (Piacenza-Bologna), A5 (Aosta Valley-Switzerland), A6 (Liguria-Costa Azul) or A32 (France). TRAVELING BY CAR IN ITALY: EXAMPLE OF TOURS
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What to do in one day in Turin? Turin is a city of gastronomic culture that always surprises the visitor with perfumes and flavors, wines and spices and its traditional sociability (which contrasts with the apparent austerity of buildings and streets). A curious city that arouses curiosity, a receptive place full of memories, a municipality that shows freshness and liveliness, offering that patient and attentive tourist an infinity of colors and truly interesting and unique itineraries.
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