Turin is the fourth biggest town in Italy, often in the shadow of other famous towns such as Rome, Florence or Venice but full of cultural richness. Indeed, Turin was once the capital city of the Savoy states and highly involved in the Renaissance period. Here is a list of the best things to see and visit.
Discover the Italian Seventh Art at the Cinema Museum
Italian cinema is really famous in the world. Turin has the chance to host its Cinema Museum in the Mole Antonelliana, the symbol of the town and one of the highest structures in Europe (167,5 m, or 549,5 ft). This is a good way to discover the Italian cinema’s masterpieces but in a fun and playful way: there are different cinema settings, several costumes, entertaining videos …The museum itself is majestic, there are several floors and a lift to take you up to the Mole and have a view over the city. This glass-paned lift will take you through the museum while going up, just like the transparent lift on the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie. The normal entrance to the museum is 10 EUR (approximately 11 USD) and the full entrance including the panoramic lift is 14 EUR (15,40 USD). I recommend visiting the museum during the morning to avoid queuing for ages because it gets really busy on the weekend.
Walking by Porta Palatina before shopping at Porta Palazzo Market
Porta Palatina is one of the fourth former city doors. The structure has been built during the Roman period and medieval times and It is one of the oldest structures in town. Nearby there is the famous market “Porta Palazzo” which the Turin inhabitants are so proud of. It is the first biggest outdoor market in Europe, the Porta Palazzo door was opened in 1701. It is a real Ali Baba’s cave for food lovers: find many and many colourful vegetables and fruit stands, fresh cheese, delicatessen, meat and fish on the inside , clothes, hygienic products… everything! Cooking becomes a pleasure and you won’t have to break your piggy bank! The market is opened everyday in the morning except on Sunday; on Saturday it is open all day!
Know more about the Pharaohs at the Egyptian Museum
The “Museo Egizio” is the second most important Egyptian museum in the world after the one in Cairo, Egypt. It’s one of the most visited museums in Italy. It is a huge structure hosting more than 37,000 pieces exposed on three floors. You can have a guided visit every day at 11.30 a.m., otherwise you can choose the classic visit which includes a radio guide in the language you choose, and it’s a good way to learn a bit of Egyptian history. The entrance fee for adults is 13 EUR (14,3 USD).
Have a stroll in Valentino Park and to the Borgo Medievale
The « Parco del Valentino » is a public park located along the Po river, ideal for some fresh air out of the chaos of the city. In the park we can find botanical gardens, the Valentino baroque castle and the “Borgo medievale”. The latter constitutes a museum about medieval architecture. It’s free to enter the structure and have a walk in this old medieval village, the atmosphere is really nice and relaxing as if we were in another era.
Get a magnificent overview of Turin at "Monte dei Cappuccini"
Monte dei Cappuccini is a hill located just after the Po River, after having crossed “Piazza Vittorio Veneto”, one of the largest squares of the city. To reach the hill, you’ll have to cross a bridge, turn right and continue up. The hill dominates the city by 283 meters (928 feet). It is a good place to do some exercise and have an overall look of the city for free. On a clear weather you can admire the mountains, which are snowy in winter. On the top of the hill there are the National museum of Mountain and Santa Maria al Monte church.
Discover the gems of Northern Italy
Turin is not as busy as other cities but still offers a lot to do and see: museums, beautiful views over the mountains and amazing food. You can even take a day out of Turin to ski, and the Piedmont region offers a wide choice of food specialties such as cheese, delicatessen, risottos… better see for yourself! Italy is waiting for you. “Andiamo avanti” (“Let’s go”) ,as Italians say!
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