Looking for a guide to clarify what to do in Turin in a day or two? Here is a list of 15 locations with valuable tips on what to see in Turin if you want to discover one of Italy’s most elegant cities!

Located in northern Italy and the capital of the Piedmont region, Turin is a city best known for chocolate and Fiat, which has been a true synonym for cars in Italy for decades, as well as the country’s most important company. The first capital of Italy as well as a direct expression of the history of the Savoy family, the city is characterized by its extraordinary 19th-century architecture. In addition, the entire city is set against the backdrop of breathtaking snow-capped peaks. Here’s a quick guide to the best things to do in Turin in a day or two!
If you’re planning to see a lot of attractions and monuments while you’re in town, consider booking the Torino+Piemonte Card: valid from 1 to 5 days, it includes admission to museums, monuments, exhibitions, fortresses, castles and royal residences.

What’s included
>> Free admission to museums and exhibitions in Turin and to castles, fortresses and royal residences in Piedmont
>> Discounted tickets at many other cultural sites throughout Piedmont
>> Hot deals on board the City Sightseeing Torino bus.
>> Reduced tickets for the Mole Antonelliana panoramic elevator, Sassi-Superga rack streetcar, Venaria Express shuttle
>> Discounts on cultural events, outdoor activities, adventure parks and guided tours throughout the region
To figure out whether or not the pass is worth it, add up the cost of the individual attractions you want to visit and see if you’ll save money.

Why visit Turin

– Because it is less touristy than other cities in northern Italy
– The Northwest of our country provides opportunities for views in breathtakingly beautiful towns and cities. And Turin is no exception lying as it is on a plateau with the snow-capped Alps as a backdrop.
– Because there is so much history: from the Egyptian Museum to the Shroud to the Basilica of Superga.
– If you like vacations in cities characterized by a strong cultural footprint, then Turin couldn’t be a better place to visit. After all, even the Basilica of Superga, outside the city, is easily accessible in a day trip. Speaking of the basilica, the ecclesiastical building built in the 17th century is now home to the family crypt of the Savoy Family and offers splendid panoramic views of the city of Turin below and the snow-capped Alps beyond.
Speaking of religious tourism, the Duomo di San Giovanni houses the Shroud. This Christian artifact supposedly bears the negative image of a man, which some believe is even Jesus of Nazareth. Other must-see spots in Turin include a mock medieval village built in the 19th century and a collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts that rival those in major European and world capitals: the Egyptian Museum.
– Turin was the first capital of united Italy and an ancient royal city
Turin was for centuries the capital of the Savoy family, as well as one of the main engines of the Italian unification process: traces of the city’s royal past can be found in the many palaces and castles scattered just about everywhere.
– Turin is the city where the ritual of the aperitif was born!
Turin is the city where the Italian ritual of the aperitivo is believed to have been born: in 1786 Antonio Benedetto Carpano began producing Vermouth, a flavored wine that soon became the very essence of the aoeritivo throughout the country.

BEST THINGS TO DO IN TURIN IN A DAY OR TWO

#1 Mole Antonelliana & Museum of Cinema.
If you’re wondering what to do or see in Turin in a day, then it’s worth noting that the crown jewel of Turin is the imposing Mole Antonelliana, a structure so famous that it is often dubbed the “Eiffel Tower of Italy” and even appears on one-cent coins. Open every day except Tuesday, the interior of the tower is dedicated to a film museum, while the top floor offers splendid panoramic views of the city and beyond.

Book your admission at international cinema museum here

#2 Royal Palace (Palazzo Reale)
Not far from the imposing Duomo, traces of the city’s royal past can be found in the Palazzo Reale, a neoclassical and baroque building that was the seat of Turin’s power for countless centuries. Once the residence of the Savoy family, today the palace serves as a cultural center and is home to numerous priceless works of art and other objets d’art. Purchase your entrance ticket and guided tour here.
Turin City Guide. Here is your complete itinerary for the best things to do in Turin, capital of the Piedmont region in northern Italy. Historic cafes, the best museums and where to eat!

#3 Shroud of Turin & Cathedral of St. John’s.
For those familiar with ecclesiastical history, and more specifically Catholicism, the Shroud of Turin will probably need no introduction. For the uninitiated, the Shroud is presumed to contain a “negative” image of a man said to be Jesus of Nazareth. Today, the veil is housed in the city’s cathedral, St. John’s Cathedral, and is only displayed to the public every ten years or so by papal decree. Although it probably will not be on display when you visit the city, the rest of the church can be visited free of charge every day.

#4 Egyptian Museum (Museo Egizio).
One of the most impressive collections of Egyptian artifacts outside Cairo, even the oldest museum dedicated to Egyptian culture, is not in London or Paris but in Turin! Located in the heart of the city, the Egyptian Museum has housed its collection of some 26,000 objects since its founding in 1824. Most of the exhibits preserved are the result of excavation campaigns conducted by Ernesto Schiapparelli and Giulio Farina between 1903 and 1937. Purchase a museum ticket and guided tour here.

Book a small group tour of Turin’s historic center and visit the Egyptian Museum with an expert local guide.

Discover the fascinating history of queens and pharaohs!

#5 Palazzo Madama and the stronghold of the Acaja.
Palazzo Madama is a true summation of the city’s history: on the current site that houses the palace, in fact, in Roman times there was the eastern gate of Julia Augusta Taurinorum, transformed into a fortress after the fall of the Empire and, in the 14th century, ended up in the hands of the princes of Savoy and lords of Acaja, remodeled into a castle and elevated to the effective center of the Savoy’s power. On the top floor is a covered terrace offering one of the best views of Turin.

#6 The Basilica of Superga
Perched above the city, the Basilica of Superga is an easy day trip away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Built in the 18th century, the easiest way to reach this lovely church is to take the original 1930s streetcar straight up the mountainside! Once there, there are countless hiking trails in the countryside, as well as the opportunity to walk inside the Savoy family crypt.

#7 Slice of Polenta
While many might venture to Turin with the sole purpose of seeing the Mole Antonelliana, it is little known that architect Alessandro Antonelli was given an oddly shaped piece of land in his youth, years before he embarked on his world-famous project. Located in the Vanchiglia district of the city, the Fetta di Polenta is also called Casa Scaccabarozzi, after the surname of the architect’s wife, and built between 1840 and 1881 (when the top 3 floors were completed).

#8 Piazza Castello
One of the best places to sit, stop and observe Turin is Piazza Castello, the beautiful city square named after the nearby Castello. Within the square itself you will also find numerous cafes and chocolate shops: take advantage of them!

#9 Piazza San Carlo
Often nicknamed the ‘Salotto di Torino’ (much like the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in nearby Milan), Piazza San Carlo is populated by cafes and was built in the Baroque style in the 16th and 17th centuries.
The twin churches of Santa Cristina and San Carlo Borromeo, as well as a statue of one of the dukes of Savoy, characterize the square.

#10 Via Roma
Running through the city, Turin’s main street is filled with restaurants, bars and numerous stores. If you feel like shopping while in Turin, then you need look no further than this wide street.

#11 Enjoy a historic café
If you are a fan of all things caffeine, then you should definitely consider a trip to Turin: the city is home to many historic cafes, including some of the oldest cafes in modern Italy.
Bicerin is the oldest café in the city, open since 1763! Bicerin is so iconic that in its day it was visited by the likes of Nietschze, Puccini, and Alexandre.

#12 Porticoes of Turin.
If you are a fan of 19th-century architecture, then you cannot miss some of the arcades of Turin, which are reminiscent of the covered walkways of Paris . In fact, anyone visiting Turin will sooner or later happen upon one of the city’s iconic arcades since, after all, Turin is home to no less than 18 kilometers of arcades! More than 12 kilometers of these are connected, so much so that Turin has the largest pedestrian island in Europe.

#13 25 Green
If Milan has its famous vertical forest, Turin is no different: in fact, at 25 Via Chiabrera you will find a real inhabitable forest here as well, complete with steel structures to resemble tree trunks.

#14 Borgo Medievale Torino (Turin’s Medieval Village)
Built during a 19th-century exposition, the Borgo is located in the city’s quintessential park, Valentino Park. Located along the Po River, the green space was opened in the 19th century, making it Italy’s first public garden.

#15 Carignano Palace
Of all the things to do in Turin, learning about history tops the list. Once the private residence of the princes of Carignano (a branch of the House of Savoy), today the imposing building is home to the Museo del Risorgimento. One of 23 museums in Italy dedicated to the “Risorgimento” (unification of Italy), it is one of the largest cultural centers. The museum was founded in 1878, shortly after unification was completed in 1871.

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