Three days in Turin, what to see?

piazza_castello_vista_mole_torino

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!

Torino, via vista MoleA street of Turin

Chiesa della Gran Madre di DioSunset over Po River, View on Chiesa della Gran Madre di Dio

Piazza Vittorio, TorinoPiazza Vittorio, view from Chiesa della Gran Madre di Dio

  • 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).

Museo Egizio, TorinoEgiptian Museum, Turin

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].

Palazzo Reale, TorinoPalazzo Reale, the entrance

  • 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!

L'ombra proiettata dalla Mole Antonelliana sulla cittàMole Antonelliana shadow over the city

Panorama di Torino dalla Mole AntonellianaView of Turin from the top of Mole Antonelliana

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).

Museo del CinemaCinema Museum

Castello del ValentinoCastello del Valentino

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!

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20 thoughts on “Three days in Turin, what to see?

  1. Hi Ilaria. Thanks for your summary of Turin. You have a great ability to convey the essence of a city with few words and well chosen photographs. Before visiting I had thought of Turin as a primarily industrial place but it has a huge amount to offer. I would definitely recommend adding an extra day and timing a visit to see Juventus who should be congratulated on their new points record.

    • Hi Paul, thank you for your kind comment :) I had the same feeling about Turin before going there, and all my friends were saying: ‘why Turin? Is there nothing interesting to see?’
      I wanted to do something different and I had the chance to discover a fantastic city that has lot to offer from a touristic point of view.
      I haven’t enough time to go to the Juventus stadium (it’s a little bit away from the city centre), but I’d love to although I’m not a football lover. Last week Juventus supporters made a big party in Piazza Castello! (1st picture) Speak soon!

  2. Hi Ilaria
    I enjoyed this post as much as the others. You have a great way of describing these fabulous places and I’m fascinated with the buildings. So glad they have always been maintained.
    Lenie

  3. Hi Ilaria, I never really thought of Turin as a destination for tourism. I still believe that if someone is visiting Italy for the first time the more obvious cities will give a better bang for the buck however Turin definitely seems like a place to immerse yourself and find more the real Italy than say a hotel in Florence. I love photos and way you describe the attractions.

    • Thank you Tim! Turin is not the classical Italian tourist destination you’ll be thinking of, but it has really a lot to offer. As you say, maybe there’s more real Italy, you’ll not see crowds of tourists but you’ll be more relaxed and free to enjoy its soul.

  4. “When you are discovering a new place, time is never enough and it’s important to be well organized to enjoy every single moment.”

    I definitely (thanks to my wife) agree with this. Having a plan always helps the trip once you arrive. I really enjoyed your shots and words. Turino is definitely somewhere I’d like to visit, like Paul, for football reasons as well. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Excellent post…as usual:) and the photos really emphasize why Turin should be a destination. And I love the idea or renting a loft instead of a hotel room! I’ll remember that!

    • Thank you so much Jacquie! I enjoyed very much this kind of accommodation, I was free to enjoy the city.. saving some money :D

  6. I think the only time I had heard of Turin was because of the university there. I really enjoyed reading your post and Turin will definitely be on my list of place in Italy to visit!

    • I’m glad to read that Karoly, thank you :) The last pic you see is the Faculty of Architecture & Design (Castello del Valentino one)

  7. Castello del Valentino looks fabulous! How, according to you is the best way to discover a new place: 1) Hiring a travel guide or 2) exploring on your own?

    • Thanks Tuhin! I personally prefere exploring it on my own, and to opt for a travel guide for particular activities/attractions such as museums.

  8. Looks beautiful. Maybe someday I will get to Turin when I become a world traveler after the kids are put through college and my husband and I are retired – several years to go!

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