Capital of the Piedmont region, and headquarters of FIAT, today we visit Turin. The city is one of the major university, artistic, tourism, scientific and cultural centers of Italy. Unfortunately, the climate does not always help, Turin like Milan is not easy to see them on a sunny day. Since 2006, the year of the XX Winter Olympic Games, the tourist attraction of the city has grown steadily and steadily. Do you want to know why? Let’s find out! If you want more information about Piedmont, read my last post “5 days in Piedmont“.
HOW TO GET TO TURIN
The nearest airport is Turin – Caselle (TRN), various low-cost airlines such as Ryanair fly to here. The airport is 18km from the center and is connected by a bus (line 00268) which leaves every 30min and leaves you in Turin Porta Susa. Turin is easily accessible by train, the main station is Torino Porta Nuova.
From Milan, it is better to take one of the many trains that leave every 30min from Garibaldi or Centrale station. Be careful of the train you take, a red arrow costs 24 € and takes 1h, while a regional train can delay 1h45 and cost 9 €.
From Milan Malpensa, you can take a bus of the Flixbus company, which does not stop and arrives directly in the center of Turin, price € 12 each way.
From Florence and Rome you will have to stop in Milan Central, and then take a train towards Turin.
The city is not easy to see in one day, so I recommend a weekend. The tour starts from Porta Nuova station, and from there the main tourist points are:
- San Carlo square, try one of the house specialties, in one of the most historic cafes, Caffè Torino. Coffee for € 5 but it’s worth it.
- Egyptian Museum, the most visited museum in the city. Admission € 15, € 11 if you show the train ticket.
- Mole Antonelliana, another fundamental point of the city. Inside you will find the Cinema museum (perfect for all ages), admission € 11. If you buy the museum ticket + lift for an excellent view of Turin it is 15 €. Often the queues for the elevator are endless, but buying the ticket online can be a problem in bad weather because the view is not worth it.
- Valentino Park beautiful park in the city center. I recommend a visit to the castle, open first, second and third Saturday of the month. Read carefully here before going.
- The Royal palace, one of the heritage of the city. Admission € 15 Here more info.
- Underground Turin Tour
- Food Tour at Eataly Turin Lingotto
- Sightseeing Bus
- Turin and Piedmont Card, which include the Royal Palace of Turin, The Basilica of Superga, Egyptian Museum, National Museum of Cinema.
The Piedmont region offers a lot on a cultural, naturalistic and gastronomic level. Read my post “Langhe in 3 days“. Piedmont is the region of the Alba truffle, Barolo wine, and Gianduiotto. I advise you not to stop only in Turin but to visit this beautiful region and try all the flavors.
Lake Maggiore, shared with the Lombardy region is another very popular tourist destination, read my posts: “Lake Maggiore in 3 days“, and “Borromean Islands“.