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It is an easy day trip by train from Turin.



Moncalieri Castle

One of the most ancient Savoy residences, built by Thomas I of Savoy in 1100 on a hill south of Turin, facing the Po River and the Alps. It was later enlarged and used by various members of the House of Savoy, especially by queen mothers and princesses. Today it houses the Italian Military National Police Force, though the castle and its apartments are visitable. Reservation required.

Palazzina di caccia of Stupinigi

Villa della Regina

A royal palace and gardens on a hill just outside the city. Relatively small but nice with chinese and baroque style interior design. Next to the Villa, there's the Royal vineyard ("Vigna della Regina", Queen's vineyard) that has been productive since the 1600s. Today it produces the "Freisa di Chieri DOC - Villa della Regina", a red wine. It can be bought directly at the Villa shop or online.

Royal Armoury of Turin

The Palace is a wacky hybrid of medieval castle, baroque, and bling. The ticket covers five attractions:- Palace gardens: you enter this area free to reach the ticket office and palace entrance.- Galleria Sabauda houses the vast art collection of the rulers of Savoy.- Chapel of the Shroud is accessed this way, and from a gallery looks into the Cathedral.- The royal apartments: gilt, red flock, chandeliers, vast paintings, and everything else to impress.- Royal Armoury: dating from 16th century, the 1833 collection of Sardinian king Carlo Alberto.

Museo Egizio

Houses the most important collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts outside Cairo. Founded in 1824 by King Carlo Felice after acquiring archaeologist Drovetti's collection, the museum contains 30,000 exhibits. It documents the history and civilization of Egypt from the palaeolithic to the Coptic era through unique exhibits and collections of objects d'art, articles of daily use and funeral furnishings (including the Altar of Isis, the canvas painted by Gebelein, the intact tombs of Kha and Merit, and the exceptional cliff temple to Ellesjia). It is also intelligently laid out and the exhibits are lovingly preserved; a big renovation took place up to December 2015.

Accorsi - Ometto Museum

Mole Antonelliana

The Mole, Turin's landmark building built in 1888, was intended as a synagogue but the size and cost got out of hand and the Jewish community never used it. The 167.5-meter tower is the highest work of masonry in Europe and you can ride a lift to the cupola at the top. Within it, the National Cinema Museum is a vast exhibition space spiralling up five floors. The themes of the floors are the archaeology of cinema, the video camera, a collection of cinema posters, video installations (with side rooms screening clips), and The Great Temple where you recline in comfy red chairs and watch - or is it worship? - Italian film classics projected on giant screens overhead. Artefacts include magic lanterns, optical illusions, photographs, drawings, models, props and costumes, eg the original cape worn by Christopher Reeve in Superman in 1978.

Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile

The collection houses over 170 vehicles, from 18th-century carriages to Formula 1 racers, and lots of gorgeous red sports cars.

Museum of Oriental Art (Turin)

Houses collections from Gandhara, India, Southeast Asia, China and Japan. The third floor is devoted to Buddhist and Tibetan culture. The fourth floor contains the collections coming from Islamic countries and the Arabian Peninsula (mainly bronzes, ceramics, tiles). There are also temporary photography exhibitions and conferences.

Palazzo Madama, Turin

This wonderful hybrid of a baroque palace and a medieval castle is attracting many tourists. It was home of the regent queens of Savoy, and is a mix of medieval and baroque rooms. It now houses the City Museum of Ancient Art, which has an eclectic collection of church art, paintings, ancient sculpture, porcelain, ceramics, archaeological artefacts and some fascinating scenes of life in Torino in times gone by. On the second floor there's a room with red sofas to take a rest after the visit, with a magnificent chandelier, and a cafeteria. The moat contains a medieval castle garden, and the tower offers a beautiful view over Turin.

Royal Palace of Turin

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Palatine Towers

Roman-Age city gate dating from the first century BC

Turin Cathedral

Large elegant cathedral dating from late 15th century, enlarged in the 17th to create the Chapel for the Shroud of Turin. The original shroud is kept safe in a vault and only rarely displayed - visit the nearby Sindone Museum to see a copy. The Chapel was destroyed in a fire in 1997; rebuilding is complete but other restoration continues, eg a new altar is still needed. This Chapel is nowadays accessed as part of a tour of Palazzo Reale and can't be seen from the Cathedral.

Monte dei Cappuccini, Turin

A late-Renaissance-style church on a hill overlooking the River Po near the bridge of Piazza Vittorio Veneto in Turin. It was built for the Capuchin Order; construction began in 1583, and was completed in 1656. The design was by Ascanio Vitozzi, but it was completed by the engineer Giacomo Soldati.

Basilica of Our Lady Help of Christians, Turin

Piazza Castello, Turin

Large glamorous public square which has the Royal Palace to the north, the city cathedral to the northwest, the Chiablese palace to the west, the main shopping street Via Roma to the south, the piazza Madama and a fountain display in the centre and the Via Po to the east, leading to the Piazza Vittorio Veneto and the impressive Gran Madre di Cappucino church.

Parco del Valentino

the biggest park in Turin central area. This park is situated along the Po river and in its area you can find the Valentino Castle, and the Medieval Village (Borgo Medievale).

Palazzina di caccia di Stupinigi

Palazzo Barolo

La Venaria Reale

CAMERA – Italian Centre for Photography

Castello di Rivoli

Egyptian Museum

Risorgimento Museum

Foundation Accorsi-Ometto – Decorative Arts Museum

Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea

Mole Antonelliana / National Cinema Museum

Museum of Criminal Anthropology – Cesare Lombroso

Museo Nazionale della Montagna Duca degli Abruzzi

The Museum of The New Prison

Museum of Oriental Art

Museum of the Shroud

Palazzo Madama

Pietro Micca Museum

Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli

Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist

Cathedral of Superga

Chapel of Merchants Church

Santa Maria di Monte dei Cappuccini

Basilica di Maria Ausiliatrice

River Po Park

Valentino Park


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Turin (Italian: Torino, Piedmontese: Turin), a large city of about one million inhabitants, is set in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean sea. It's famous for being the home of Italy's royal family. Today, Turin, with its fine, aristocratic atmosphere, old world sophisticated shops, grand boulevards and palaces, leafy parks, and several art galleries, is an increasingly popular tourist resort. The 2006 Winter Olympics, and its status the same year as World Book Capital, have prompted tourists to visit this beautiful and underestimated Italian city, which has a longstanding cultural and artistic history.


By train

Turin's main railway station is Porta Susa. All international and long-distance trains call here, with direct services to Paris Gare de Lyon (6 hours) via Lyon, to Milan (50 min), Aosta (90 min), Genoa (90 min), Bologna (2 hr), Florence (2 hr 45), Venice (3 hr 30), Rome (4 hr), Naples (6 hr), Bari (8 hr) and by sleeper to Reggio DC (18 hr) for Sicily. For Switzerland, Germany and Austria, change in Milan. The Frecciarossa trains rush between Turin and Milan in 50 mins for a fare of €35, reservations compulsory and they do sell out. If you're not in a hurry, standard Trenitalia trains via Chivasso and Novara take 1 hr 45 and the fare is only €13.

The old Porta Susa station at Piazza XVIII Dicembre is shut and empty, and horse-drawn buses ply there no more. The new station, adjacent south, opened in 2013: it's a long low steel hangar that looks like it wants to be a garden centre. There are ticket offices and machines, toilets, a cafe and a convenience store; there's no left luggage facility. As of early 2019, almost none of the retail units have been let, so the interior concourse is just a long bare corridor. There's limited seating and if you have an extended wait, you might be better in one of the nearby bars and cafes. Find these by exiting west onto Corso Inghilterra or going a little north (past the old station) onto Corso San Martino. Porta Susa station is on the Metro line, with a bus terminus (including for the airport bus) outside east on Corso Bolzano.

Porta Nuova station doesn't have international trains but has all the long-distance Italian services, travel times as above. It's a terminus station so through-trains reverse direction. Lots of shops and cafes here, and a left-luggage office open daily 08:00-20:00, charge €6 per bag for five hours. There's even a piano. Porta Nuova is on the Metro line, with lots of buses (including the airport bus) stopping outside.

Turin's other stations include Stura north of the city, and Lingotto in the south near Eataly and the Automobile Museum. All stations are managed by Trenitalia, the Italian state railways.

By bus

Flixbus have direct buses to Turin from Paris (10 hr), Lyon (5 hr), Geneva (4 hr 30), Zürich (6 hr), Munich (9 hr), Ljubljana (10 hr), Zagreb (12 hr) and Budapest (16 hr). Services within Italy are from Genoa (2 hr 30), Bologna (6 hr), Florence (7 hr), Venice (6 hr 30), Trieste (8 hr), Rome (10 hr), Naples (11 hr) and Catania (22 hr). Buses from Milan are about every hour, taking 2 hours, and advance online fares can be as low as 4 euro. Many other destinations can be reached by a single change of bus.

Marinobus have a direct bus from Paris (25 hr) via Frankfurt and Stuttgart.

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