It’s not one of the classical Italian tourist destinations, but this city has a lot to offer. We are talking about Turin, the first capital of Italy, where the baroque of the great Savoy residences matches perfectly with the masterpieces of Italian Art Nouveau.
When you are discovering a new place, time is never enough and it’s important to be well organized to enjoy every single moment. My advice is to look for an apartment in the city centre, so you can easily move around on foot. This is from my point of view the best way to discover a new city. Using the Airbnb app – I absolutely love it – I found a small loft in the city centre, just two minutes walk from Piazza Castello and Piazza Reale. Within walking distance there were many cafés, restaurants and all you need to have. Just perfect!
Taking cue from my experience, here it is an itinerary for three days in Turin, maybe it can be useful to organize your weekend!
- For the first day, I would recommend a long walk within the city centre to identify what attractions may interest you the most. And if there is nice spring weather and bright sunshine, you will only need two good legs to enjoy the show!
- The second day, I’d suggest to visit the Egyptian Museum. It is highly recommend to book a visit the day before, the tour guides are really good and will tell you very interesting stories. Doing this way, you will learn about the history of every single relic, which at a first glance might seem insignificant but I can guarantee none of them is. I visited the museum on March 8th, in occasion of the Women’s Day, when there was organized a thematic visit regarding “Woman life during the Pharaohs Era”. (soon a post dedicated to the Egyptian museum).
In the afternoon, don’t miss the chance to visit the Polo Reale (one ticket includes Royal Palace, Royal Armoury, Sabauda Picture Gallery and the Archaeological Museum). The Royal Palace will fascinate you with its magnificent rooms, the rich Baroque ceilings in wood, gold everywhere, tapestries, frescoes celebrating the greatness of the Savoy dynasty, antique oriental porcelain [full details here].
- On the third day, you may opt for a visit to the Mole Anonelliana and the Museum of Cinema, if you arrive early in the morning, you won’t wait too long. You cannot miss the climb to the top of the monument which is the symbol of Turin. A glass elevator will take you quickly to height 85 metres, where your eyes can enjoy a wonderful panorama of the city, with the picturesque Alps on the background (visible in absence of haze). You can also decide to go on top of the Dome on foot, an unusual path only for well trained and healthy people!
The Cinema Museum is not a classical exhibition, it will let you live an experience that gets you inside the history of photography, its evolution, discovering the secrets of optics, imaging and animation, up to the concept of the movie itself. Very original! Find the time, during the day, to enjoy some sunlight and relaxation at the Valentino Park (if the weather is good).
In three days, many interesting things have been left out such as the Automobile Museum, the Royal Palace of Venaria, the Basilica of Superga, the Civic Museum of Ancient Art in Palazzo Madama, The Museum of Oriental Art, the Juventus Stadium for the football lovers, and a lot more. It’s up to you to build your experience depending on your tastes!