Turin Tourism

The capital of the Piedmont region in Northern Italy, Turin has inflections of several other cities in it, with the remains of Roman architecture, one of the biggest museums in the world dedicated to Egyptian art and relics and the National Automobile Museum paying homage to vintage Italian cars all nestled within the same boundaries. Versatile and inundated in its undulating history, the Torinese do not joke about cars or chocolate, the city having been the birthplace of Nutella, having been invented here in 1946 as ‘pasta gianduja’.

An important cultural and business hub today, Turin has traditionally been known as the country’s first modern capital since the Unification of Italy in 1861, the nucleus of the Risorgimento or the resurgence movement leading to the amalgamation of the several duchies, kingdoms and states into one. This was also the seat of the venerable House of Savoy, the Italian Royal Family that, with a quality very characteristic to the city, very graciously revoked monarchy after unification.

With its plethora of boutiques and art galleries, cafes and restaurants, leafy parks and tree-lined boulevards, Turin is the place to go to if it is culture and a treasure trove of fascinating history that you’re looking for. It is the European capital of Baroque architecture with several churches and cathedrals retaining the grandeur of a bygone era. The Holy Shroud of Turin, an exceedingly renowned and much-talked about relic, is housed in the Turin Cathedral and draws hordes of pilgrims on the rare occasion of its viewing. Turin tourist attractions are no pushovers.

Take a stroll around Piazza Castello and along the Via Roma to indulge you materialistic side – just the thought of these shops and boutiques have set many a shopaholic screaming in excitement all over the world. Parco del Valentino is one of the most important parks in the city that in its behemoth premises houses an 18th-century castle, botanic garden and medieval village. This is guaranteed to be unlike any other park you’ve ever seen, an no Turin tour is complete without it.

After a long day of sightseeing and shopping, you’re probably in need of some downtime and the nightlife in Turin is ready to meet you there. From crowded noisy pubs to quiet, elegant restaurants with delicious food topped off with excellent wines, the Quadrilatero Romano is a great option to head to, to round off your day with some good old-fashioned revelry.

Turin played host to the Winter Olympic Gamesin 2006. That was instrumental in the urban revival of the city and while it is not a mainstream tourist destination in Italy like Florence or Rome, it has developed its own unique identity for those who like striking out off the beaten path a little. It’s a pleasant city with the river Po flowing through it, as the Alps beam back at you in the Italian sun from the distance, the Mediterranean sea a mere handful of hours away. The things to do in Turin seem endless here in a city deemed by the renowned architect Le Corbusier as having “the most beautiful natural location in the world".

As any Turin travel guide recommend, you should definitely invest in the value-for-money Torino and Piemonde Card. Using the 72-hours option, you pay only 29 euros to gain free access to many museums and other attractions of the city. You can also see the restored Venaria Reale, the entry for which is covered by the pass(2 days 25 euros,5 days 34 euros,7 days 37 euros). Also included is a boat tour in the river Po and trip by chain train to Superga with a small fee to reach the top of the church and a guided visit to the tombs of the Savoy Royal family.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Turin

  • Save 4% Magic Turin Evening Tour
    Magic Turin Evening Tour10 Reviews

    Duration: 2 Hrs 30 Mins

    Delve into the darker side of Turin and explore the city's links to magic and the occult. Whether you believe in magic or not...

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  • Save 4% Private Tour: Piedmont Wine Tasting of the Barolo Region
    Private Tour: Piedmont Wine Tasting of the Barolo Region9 Reviews

    Duration: Flexible

    Among wine cellars and famous vineyards of Langhe and Roero, come and taste the most famous Piedmontese wines: Barolo, Barbar...

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  • Save 7% Barolo Wine and Food Tasting at Piedmont Region Winery
    Barolo Wine and Food Tasting at Piedmont Region WineryNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 2 Hrs

    Learn how a fine Barolo red wine is made. Experience the best wines of the Piedmont region at a famous winery, paired with lo...

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  • Save 8% Turin City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
    Turin City Hop-on Hop-off Tour29 Reviews

    Duration: Flexible

    Experience the perfect introduction to Turin aboard this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour! You'll see all the beautiful sights...

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  • Know the pollution level of Turin before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 81.88 (Very High)
    • Water Pollution 38.33 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50.81 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 55.88 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 39.71 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 45.45 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 64.86 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 38.24 (Low)
  • How safe is Turin for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Turin.

    • Burglary and Theft 59.07 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 58.82 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 50.25 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 67.93 (High)
    • Car Stealing 53.71 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 61.5 (High)
    • Attacks 53.68 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 64.46 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 59.31 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 37.25 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 53.22 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 40.75 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 67.08 (High)
  • Quality of Life Index of Turin is 128.87 (High)

    • Safety Index 42.16 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 85.66 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 72.37 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 30.31 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 67.99 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 66.91 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 9.07 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 79.34 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Turin

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.19 USD
    • International Movie per seat 9.07 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 36.15 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 88.64 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 87.96 USD

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