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The Italian movie industry was born in Turin, and for this reason the country’s largest film museum is located here. You will find it inside the Mole Antonelliana, a tall brick building from the top of which you can enjoy a magnificent view. It is a museum, but not in the traditional sense. Numerous interactive activities and unforeseen exhibitions can be admired and experienced.
This Basilica was built by the orders of Duke Vittorio Amedeo II, in the 18th century. It is also sadly famous for being the place where the plane carrying the soccer team Toro crashed during the 1940s. Superga is located on top of the hill bordering Turin, from where you have a wonderful view of both the city and the Alps. To get there, you can take a bus, a mountain railway or a long-distance footpath, hence it is also the ideal destination for a hike during a clear day.
Palazzo Reale was the residential estate of the Savoy family until 1861. Today, it hosts various galleries and museums. In the main building of the palace you can admire magnificent objects from the Baroque and Rococo periods, besides the stunning architectural structure of the estate itself. Palazzo Reale is located on Piazza Castello, one of the two main squares of the city.
Parco del Valentino is a big public park covering an area of 421,000 m² right in the city centre, side by side with the river Po. Colourful flower beds, a small stream with wooden bridges and monumental fountains create a peaceful oasis in the midst of the city. During spring and summer you can chill all day long and well into the evening.
Piedmont is one of the richest regions in Italy when it comes to wine. In particular, a large part of the production is concentrated in the Langhe area, reachable in one hour by bus, train or car from Turin. Many and various are the tasting tours available in this region, during which you can not only try these delicious nectars, but also numerous local dishes.
This is a must see for all soccer enthusiasts. Visits are normally guided both in Italian and English, and at the end of your tour you can buy Juventus gadgets and memorabilia in the official shop of the team. You can choose between a visit to the stadium or the museum, or - why not – both!
Solely dedicated to Egyptian Art, this museum is second only to the one located in Cairo. The wide collection here housed is the result of years of expeditions. Indeed in the past the artefacts used to be shared between the country where they were found and the researchers. Let yourself be amazed by this trip to one of the most mystic ages of history.
There is a world hidden in Turin’s underground made of an extended system of tunnels built in the XVI century to resist the French siege. Visiting this museum you will have a tour in the same tunnels where the battle was fought. It is an inspiring trip to the past and a perfect occasion to see a one-of-a-kind military structure, but certainly it is not advisable for claustrophobics.
Piazza Vittorio is the main square of the city, and the biggest in Europe completely surrounded by arcades. It is located at the end of Via Po, overlooking the river and the bizarre church Gran Madre. Under its arches, the square houses restaurants, cafés and bars of all sorts, and by night it turns into one of the centres of Turin's movida. Don't miss a visit here by night, even just to admire its splendour enhanced by lights and shadows on the facades surrounding the square.
To experience direct contact with nature, visit Zoom, a few kilometres outside of Turin. This safari park is so much more than a normal zoo: you can closely admire different species like zebras, giraffes, rhinoceros and you can even swim with penguins. Furthermore, the water park and Bolder Beach pool is an extension of the park, so you can buy a combined ticket for both attractions.
The church of Santa Maria al Monte is visible from Piazza Vittorio, especially at night, when the space-age blue neon lights illuminate it. This building stands on the right bank of the Po, on the so-called Monte dei Cappuccini, and from its terrace you can enjoy one of the best views of both the city and the Alps.
A visit to Sacra di San Michele is the perfect trip on a clear day. This basilica is of high religious importance and got its name from the archangel Michael. The interior is majestic and the surroundings are breath-taking, as is the path to reach it. But if you are not exactly an athlete, you can also get to Sacra di San Michele by train, bus or car.
This former residence of the Savoy family in Venaria, is located just outside Turin. The palace is one of the most beautiful royal residences in Europe; indeed, it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage list. Today it houses a big and articulated museum, including the palace itself and the surrounding gardens. Large music events are often organised here, from classical music concerts to techno and house music festivals.
The Palatine Gates date back to ancient Roman times, when they used to provide access for travellers coming from the north. Today the gates are part of the archaeological park located in the city centre, together with other ancient ruins, such as the remains of a Roman theatre.
This museum opened its gates in 1932, becoming one of the first automotive museums in the world. It hosts a very rare and fine collection of national cars from every epoch. The exposition displays all Italian brands of the past and present dating back to the middle of the 19th century, reaching approximately 200 models.
This amazing theatre was commissioned by Vittorio Amedeo II and inaugurated in 1740. It immediately became a reference in the world of opera and ballet, not least for its sophisticated design. Today the theatre remains a touchstone for drama, but it is also possible to simply visit the stunning building.
Opened in 2008, this museum displays the biggest collection of Asian art and crafts in Italy. It is located in the Quadrilatero neighbourhood, in the ancient Mazzoni Palace. The exhibitions here are varied and change often, and for this reason it is well-frequented even by locals.
Palazzo Madama is one of the historic buildings of Piazza Castello, together with the Royal Palace. Even if it can look like a proper palace, it is actually a stunning facade for the medieval castle, which the Savoy family decided to cover because it was not in line with the style of the square hosting it. Today it houses the Museum of Ancient Arts, with its impressive collection of paintings.
Piazza San Carlo is one of the most important squares in Turin's history. It is located between Porta Nuova and Via Roma. During the 19th and 20th centuries it used to be the main meeting point for elites and aristocracy, and the refinement of those days is still plain to see. In the background you can also admire the (almost-) twin churches, which can seem to be identical at first sight, but try to look a bit closer...
Cene in Movimento is a unique experience offered by the council of Turin. We are talking about high-quality dinner served on historical trams, while moving around the city. Customers get to enjoy the best that Turin can offer all at once: delicious food and beautiful views. For cruise lovers, there is also an aquatic version on the boats Valentino and Valentina. For more information visit the GTT office in Porta Nuova Station.
Porto Di Savona is a classy restaurant with a traditional menu, which includes local specialities from Piedmont, such as polenta, anchovies with green dressing and vitello tonnato. This elegant eatery is worthy of its exclusive location in Piazza Vittorio, where during the warm season you can enjoy your meal open air.
Combal Zero is one of the finest restaurants in Turin, even boasting a Michelin star. It is beautifully located just outside the city, in Rivoli, up on an amazing hill from where you can see the entire city on a clear night. This restaurant is known for its molecular cuisine, served by the highly qualified staff in an elegant and classy room. It is the ideal place to try elaborate haute cuisine.
This restaurant, located in the Quadrilatero area, proposes local Turin dishes. The main philosophy is to take the best from both traditional and modern cooking techniques and combine them for some amazing results. If you are curious about Piedmontese cuisine, try the tasting menu to get a complete picture.
L´Acino Restaurant is a small, buzzing restaurant and wine bar. The wine list is impressive and the food - completely according to the Piedmontese tradition - simply excellent. This is a good place for everyone looking for local cuisine and it is especially recommended for families.
This restaurant is located in the elegant neighbourhood of Crocetta. The menu perfectly blends Italian and Asian flavours, giving life to unique and delicious dishes. Seasonal products and attention to details complete the picture. It's ideal for a romantic dinner thanks to its cosy ambience.
Located on the premises of a private literary club, Ristorante Il Circolo dei Lettori is a hidden gem in Turin. The club has opened its doors to diners with this restaurant for both lunch and dinner. Enjoy the great food in a unique and sophisticated atmosphere.
Right in the heart of Turin, you will find Ristorante Galante. It has a romantic atmosphere and it is well-known for being one on of the most ancient eateries in the city. The menu is heavily dedicated to fish dishes. Everything served is prepared personally by the staff, even bread, handmade pasta, desserts and ice cream.
Even if Turin is not on the sea, it can boast some fantastic seafood restaurants. One of the best is Ostriche Francesi, a cosy eatery where you can try tasty raw seafood, from oysters to shrimps, and even sea urchins. Since it can get crowded, especially on the weekend, you may benefit from the take away service.
If you like Japanese food you should try Origami. It is located in the very heart of Turin, in Piazza Vittorio. The atmosphere is great, the staff is young but professional and qualified, and during the warm season you can sit on its outdoor terrace. Origami is claimed to have the best sushi in Turin, and it can be extensively enjoyed in its all-you-can-eat menu.
If you want to try the Piedmontese version of a tasty hamburger, visit Mac Bun. Here the best of local production is employed to make delicious fast food dishes in the slow food manner. Everything here is made in the Piedmontese style, even the menu, which is entirely written in the local dialect.
This colourful and cosy pizzeria is located in the San Salvario area. The pizza served here is considered by the locals to be among the best in the entire city. You can choose what you prefer from the wide menu, including more than 20 pizzas and other dishes typical of Piedmontese cuisine.
For an original Neapolitan pizza, Fratelli Pummarò is the place to go. Located in the San Salvario neighbourhood, this pizzeria is run by a family from Naples, which ensures you to find a real Neapolitan pizza, with its delicious thick dough and, of course, the best mozzarella.
If you are in hurry and you’re looking for a fast meal, but you don't want to sacrifice quality, visit La Piadineria. It is specialised in "piadine": flat unleavened bread, filled in hundreds of different ways. It is a chain, so you can find several shops around the city, but the following address is probably the most central.
In Turin, the locals prefer eat kebab after a night out, but that is no reason not to have a juicy doner for lunch or dinner. The best one in Turin is Horas, located in San Salvario - the liveliest part of the city by night. Here, nothing is pretentious or fancy, not even the owner, who welcomes everybody with his exuberant good humour.
This one-of-a-kind eatery is the result of the work of three young men from Turin and environs. The absolute king in this place is the jacket potato, which you can try in an Italian version, filled in with the best that the local production can offer: toma, salsiccia di bra, fresh vegetables, and much more.
This tiny cafè can transport you directly to the 19th century: the coffee aroma fills the air and the little marble tables are surrounded by mirrors all around the room. Everything is the same as it was when Cavour used to visit this place for his daily break. Try the local speciality, Bicerin, a sweet chocolate-based liquour, very typical of Turin. In other words, this cafè is a must for your Turin experience.
The most memorable quality of Caffè San Carlo is its striking interior design. An impressive chandelier dominates the room and sets the standard for all the other details. The breakfast is definitely worth trying, with croissants, cakes and Arabic blends for aromatic cappuccinos and coffees.
The 'gofre' is a crispy wafer typical of central Europe, but the Piedmontese version is made with meliga - a particular herb. This eatery can be considered the meeting point between street food and haute cuisine, in a local and personalised way, which gives life to a one-of-a-kind place.
Baratti & Milano is a historical café in Turin, located in the amazing Piazza Castello Gallery. It was founded in 1858 as a confectionery shop, and later developed all other parts of the eatery: restaurant, pastry and chocolate shop and ice cream parlour. They have even sold their own blends of coffee since 1911.
In this café, located in Piazza Castello, one of the most popular Italian sandwiches was invented: the Tramezzino. Indeed, the owners of this place created this light meal in 1926 to accompany the aperitif, its success was immediate and huge, thanks to their over 30 varieties of stuffing.
Opened in 1903, Caffé Torino was the favourite café of the Savoy family during their reign, and its Belle Époque atmosphere is still fitting for a king. It is located on Piazza San Carlo, one of the most beautiful squares of the city centre. Here you can find delicacies prepared by local masters, from coffee to pastries and ice cream.
Platti is a real salon located on one of the main boulevards of Turin. This classic café has a calm ambience, elegant furniture and the intellectual atmosphere that has always characterised it. This place is still worth a visit, 150 years after opening. Besides a rich breakfast, you can also try daily fresh made pastries any time of day.
To try an exotic version of the Piedmontese apericena, visit Beena. Along with your drink you can try seven or eight mini-courses from the Indian tradition, such as tandoori chicken, fried vegetables, curry chicken, samosas, and much more. The menu is varied and it is frequently updated.
This bar became a reference in Turin thanks to its fine aperitif: the food is great, as are the cocktails and the staff, who will welcome you with big smiles. Zelli Wine Bar is located at the edge of San Salvario, so that after the aperitif, you can easily choose where to enjoy Turin's movida: San Salvario or Piazza Vittorio?
Located in San Salvario, Beerba offers a wide variety of delicious cocktails, local wines and beers, perfect to accompany its apericena buffet. The skilled staff will be able to suggest the perfect drink for you, and from time to time you can enjoy some special aperitif, like the one dedicated to pasta or to other specialties from all over the world.
This pastry parlour has an elegant and calm atmosphere, where you can enjoy every moment of the day: from breakfast to the classical Piedmontese apericena. Indeed, along with delicious desserts and coffees, you can try a varied aperitifs, often inspired by the national cuisines of various countries.
Hiroshima Mon Amour opened in 1989, and since then it has hosted all kinds of events. Some examples of artists who have performed here? Patti Smith, Kraftwerk, Sinéad O’Connor, Astor Piazzola, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and many more. On its two floors you can find three dancefloors and stages, where something different happens every night.
Bunker is a large and eclectic space, the result of a cultural project which took a dismissed train station and created a meeting point for the people of Turin. Art, music and exchange merge into each other to form something unique. On the weekend big concerts and DJ sets of various kinds are organised, but there are also festivals and daily events in summer and spring.
This pub and restaurant is the unique selling point of the unfiltered beer and micro-brewery Birrificio Torino, which was revived a few years ago. A genuine ambience with brick walls and dark wood makes it the perfect place for a bender with friends. Furthermore, for those intrigued by beer, Birrificio Torino even offers guided tours in its brewery.
After dinner, Banus Dinnerclub turns into an animated night club. It occasionally houses live music, cabaret performances and various other events and entertainment. Exclusivity is the word which best describes this place, making it ideal for anyone who wants to get noticed.
Cavallerizza Theatre is one of the amazing buildings left by the Savoy family. Surviving a series of accidents throughout the years, today it is a cultural centre run by a group of young locals. Together with cultural and sporting activities, many concerts are held. Dance the night away in its unique atmosphere, between historic treasures and modern music.
The namesake specialty of Tamango, is a must for whoever wants to enjoy a party night in Turin. The Tamango cocktail has ancient African origins, and it was imported to the city during the 1980s, but the recipe is still a secret. This tiny and arcane bar is renowned in the entire city, making it a perfect stop-over before heading to the clubs.
Located in Vanchiglia - one of the most peculiar areas of the city - this bar will welcome you into an exotic atmosphere thanks to its Arabic furnishings and the sweet hookah smell filling the air. Mostly renowned for the quality and variety of its cocktails and mojitos, AmbharaBar also offers an abundant and delicious apericena.
This wine bar is one of the classiest hidden gems in Turin. Its elegant interior, typical of a bistro, put its large bottle collection on display. Of course, the staff is knowledgeable in the field and will be happy to guide you to choosing the perfect wine for you, which can also be accompanied with local delicacies. Taste their delicious spirits and liqueurs, too.
Always well-frequented and a great place to party, Fluido features occasional live music performances, and the DJ plays a mix of music to suite every taste. It is located right on Valentino Park, and - even though it doesn't have a proper terrace - it is fairly normal during the warm season to grab a drink and enjoy it outdoors on the grass.
There is an impressive villa on the the banks of the Po which houses a lively dancehall together with a classy restaurant. But il Circolo dei Canottieri is particularly famous among Turin's night crowds for its Portafortuna nights, one of the best gay-friendly events in the city centre. Normally it takes place every Thursday, but you can also enjoy additional Portafortuna events during weekends and festivities.
This neighbourhood, near Porta Nuova Station, has become the new centre of Turin’s movida in the last few years. You will find an impressive amount of bars and restaurants in the area between Corso Vittorio Emanuele and Corso Marconi. It is at night that it really comes to life, when hundreds of youngsters gather in the numerous terraces or in Largo Saluzzo square.
This bar has a very terrifying theme, as the name "La Casa del Demone" (Devil's House) suggests. The ambience is reminiscent of a horror movie cave, with soft lights, skeletons and a large bar with a big demon's head front and centre. But despite the creepy atmosphere, you can try some of the best cocktails in the city and you can even enjoy several delicious courses.
The location of this club can certainly be considered the most beautiful in Turin. Cacao is situated in Valentino Park, and it is an open-air club with several dancefloors and bars, plunged in a green oasis enhanced even more by atmospheric lights. It is open only during the warm season, normally from May to September.
Clorophilla is one of the bars under the arcades of Piazza Vittorio. It definitively stands out among the others thanks to its interior decor, made to resemble a forest. All the cocktails here are delicious, but its real specialties are the "Zuccherini": lumps of sugar plunged in flavoured liqueurs, a must of Turinese nights.
This hidden gem is tucked away in a side street close to Porta Nuova Station, and it is primarily a funky cocktail bar. Every night the staff serves a fabulous aperitif buffet accompanied by cocktails or wine, and it is also a free exposition space for artists and musicians. So enjoy a tasty drink and feel the vibrant atmosphere at Soundart.
Spazio 211 is well-known in Turin for its great live music. It is located a 10-minutes ride north of the city centre. It holds international indie acts, as well as interesting concerts and theme nights. This is not the place to visit if you like listening to mainstream music, but if you are interested in discovering some Italian artists, this place won't let you down.
Cornetti Night is a one-of-a-kind shop, and definitively a favourite place of all the city's party-goers. This croissant parlour is open only at night, just to offer the people of Turin a delicious break from their parties around the city. Inside you will find large croissants of every sort, both sweet and salty.
Open Baladin is a slice of paradise for all enthusiasts of craft beer. This made-in-Piedmont brand recently opened its stylish bar right in the city centre, just at a few minutes from Piazza Vittorio. It has two floors where you can taste dozens of artisanal beers, also from other independent Italian brands, together with fine appetizers and local dishes.
Porta Palazzo is the multicultural area of Turin, here you can meet people from all over the world. In its large square, the biggest market in Europe takes place daily. You will be able to find all the products you can imagine, from food, to clothes and vintage objects. These markets are feasts for all five senses.
This is the most peculiar and attractive section of Porta Palazzo Market. It covers Borgo Dora Street and environs, where you can buy literally anything that comes to mind. It is mainly a flea market, hence great part of the stalls are dedicated to vintage objects, but you will see also plenty of second-hand items and real antiques.
Juventus is the most famous football team in Turin, and one of the most loved around the world. Besides having its own stadium a few minutes from the city centre, you can easily get all original t-shirts and gadgets of the team in the official shop located in Via Garibaldi. Keep an eye on the website, so as not to miss events and meetings with the players.
Via Roma is one of the two streets dedicated to the classy shopping in Turin. The entire road is a succession of elegant facades, displaying shop windows under their arcades. Here, you will find the boutiques of major high-fashion brands like Pinko and Calvin Klein, as well as affordable world-wide chains like H&M or Stradivarius. Hence, whatever your budget is, this is a must of your shopping experience in Turin.
F.R.A.V. is a made-in-Turin brand born a few years ago. From the beginning, its original style seduced the fashion-addicted population of the city, enough to grow and open several shops all around Turin and in Milan. Here you can find unique items which you can't see anywhere else.
Rrriot Shop’s concept was inspired by northerner fashion chains, in which it is possible to find state-of-the-art items without breaking the budget. Among others, you can find brands like Topshop, Dr Denim, Wemoto Clothing, etc. So if you happen to be in San Salvario, drop by to take a look at the newest trends.
It is impossible to leave Italy without taking with you one of the symbol of this country: handmade pasta. In Turin, to be sure to get the best artisanal homemade products, visit Pastificio Defillips. Open since 1872, here you can find not only all kinds of pasta, but also prepared dishes and top-quality local specialties.
If you want to take home a precious souvenir from your stay in Turin, visit Fein Artigiani Orafi. With almost 30 years of experience, this laboratory offers unique items to remember unique moments. You will have your pick of the litter among all its shining and beautiful jewels.
To define Rossorubino in just one word is not simple at all, since it is a bar, a restaurant, a cantina and a wine shop, all in one. Located just a few minutes walking from Porta Nuova Station, it features all the local wines that make Piedmont one of the most prolific regions in this field.
Streglio is one of the most successful made-in-Turin brands. Its chocolate production is renowned all over the country, in particular for its "gianduiotto", a chocolate typical of Turin with nuts. You can buy their products in every shop and supermarket of the city, but if you want to go right to the source, visit the company in None (45 mins by train from Turin).
You can find this tiny gallery on Via Roma, just a few metres from Piazza San Carlo. Just as the area where it is located, it is a symbol of elegance and refinement. Come here for an exclusive shopping experience of antiques and art crafts, or simply walk around admiring the shop windows and the frequent exhibitions.
Venchi is one of the most famous local brands. Its first chocolate laboratory opened in Turin in 1878 and - since then - it has never stopped manufacturing regional products and creating new delicious recipes. Visit the shop, buy some chocolates to take home with you and enjoy its artisanal ice cream on the spot.
Turin has a large academic history, as can be proven by its most successful publishing house, Einaudi. In the shop, you can not only find all books published and translated by the house, but you can also meet national and international writers during specific events. Keep an eye on the webpage to stay updated.
Kappa was born in Turin in 1978 as part of the historical Maglificio Calzificio Torinese. Despite its age, the brand got with the times and reinvented itself various times. Nowadays, K-Way and Superga are grouped under the same brand, other two references in the world of sportswear. Kappa is also Toro's sponsor, so in the shop you can also buy the original t-shirt of the team.
Guido Gobino is one of the big names in Italian haute cuisine. In the best Piedmontese tradition, he specialises in chocolate. Don't miss a visit to one of his shops in the city centre, or to his laboratory on Via Cagliari where once in a while you can also attend exhibitions and contests related to confectionery.
Via Garibaldi, one of the pedestrian streets of the city centre, has a large range of youth oriented fashion clothes. Here you will also find the Juventus football club shop. In addition, walking around in the side streets you will discover peculiar small shops with unusual items, from antiques to pieces of furniture, and much more.
Sandro Pertini International Airport is located in Torino Caselle, about 15 kilometres from the city centre. You can reach it by train, bus or car. The railway station is located a few metres from the airport. The train to 'GTT Dora Railway Station' takes approximately 20 minutes and runs from about 5am to 11pm to the airport, and from about 5am to 10pm to the city, departing every 30 minutes. (+39 011 2165 352, www.gtt.to.it). Buses to the city centre depart just outside the departures hall and the journey takes about 50 minutes. The buses run from 5.15am to 11pm to the airport and from 6.10am to 12pm to the city. (+39 011 3000 611, www.sadem.it). Taxis cost approximately €30-€50 to reach downtown Turin, the journey taking about 30 minutes. Beware of the queues during rush hour traffic. (Pronto Taxi +39 011 57 37, Radio Taxi +39 011 57 30).
GTT Company manages the public transport network in Turin. This network consists of charming trams, trains, one subway line and about 100 bus lines, also covering the suburbs and the towns nearby. GTT also has a number of tourist services like the historic Superga rack tramway, boats on the river Po and City Sightseeing buses. Daily/weekly/monthly passes and multi-day tickets are available in any tobacconist and newsstand of the city, or you can buy them from the vending machines in the metro stops. Do not forget to stamp your ticket once in the vehicle.
The two main taxi companies in Turin are Pronto Taxi and Radio Taxi. Italian Taxis are white cars with the number on their side and the sign “TAXI” on top. When you get in, be sure to check if the metre is turned on, and avoid unofficial cabs. Normally, in Italy you find taxi stands in the hotspots of the city and near stations, airports and main squares. Radio Taxi +39 011 5730 www.radiotaxi.torino.it Pronto Taxi +39 011 5737 www.prontotaxi5737.it
Stamps can be bought from authorised tobacconists, or directly at the post office. You can send letters and postcards using the mailboxes scattered all around the city. Normally, post offices are open every morning, but the main one is open all day long during week and on Saturday mornings. The contact details below refer to the main post office of Turin.