Having been a rather sleeping beauty for a long time, Turin has woken up to new life. Turin was the first capital of the newly founded Kingdom of Italy (1861-1865). Now a city of 1 million inhabitants on the banks of the River Po, it has always been known for its quiet, unassuming lifestyle. It used to be said that people worked at Fiat and kept early hours. At first glance Turin still appears to be serious and introverted and stereotypically in character for the Piedmontese. The cityscape is characterised by rectangular street pattern as if drawn with a ruler, ochre patrician houses and long chestnut and plane tree lined boulevards. Turin therefore provides its visitors with a completely different experience of Italy. It is not cheeky, or flirty and does not try to impress. To understand this city you must walk through several kilometres of arcades and across wide Piazzas, absorb the reserved Baroque churches and palaces and sit in one of the old coffee houses decorated with stucco and mirrors, where you can read your paper for hours over a cappuccino. By then the elegant beauty and the disciplined spirit of the city will have conquered you and will hold you captivated. But that is not all. For some years the noticeably fresh, young winds of change have been blowing through the Baroque streets. Where the pavements once lay deserted by 10 pm, there is now a profusion of street cafés and ethnic restaurants. Courtyards and former factory buildings are used as venues for events. This is exciting not only to visitors from abroad but also to Italians themselves who had previously had a rather distant relationship with Piedmont and its capital city. This is all history now. Today, visitors from Rome and southern Italy frequently travel to Piedmont to enjoy all it has to offer. The region is Italy’s largest gourmet paradise: white truffles, red wines, Castelmagno cheese, chocolate... it is not surprising that the slow food movement with its focus on the enjoyment of local specialities was born here.
- Piemonte Card
Discover the beautiful city of Turin in an easy way with this pass, available both for adults and children! You will get a free admission to the cultural sites in the city of Turin and also around the Region (for example in the Royal Residence), free public and tourist transports, a discount rate on the City Sightseeing Torino open-bus and also special rates for the car rentals. More info: www.turismotorino.org
- Egyptian Museum all year round
The Egyptian Museum is bestowed exclusively to the art and culture of the Ancient Egypt. It consists of several collections that have treasured up in the course of time and to which also the excavations of the Italian Archaeological Mission between 1900 and 1935 have been added up. www.museoegizio.it
- Gran Balôn Second Sunday of the month
An opportunity to get some real bargains. 250 exhibitors offer furniture, carpets, silver flatware, picture postcards, jewels and clothes.