Turin has many fascinating tourist attractions you must visit. The city has a rich culture and history, and is known for its numerous art galleries, restaurants, churches, palaces, opera houses, piazzas, parks, gardens, theatres, libraries, museums and other venues. Turin is well known for its baroque, rococo, neo-classical, and Art Nouveau architecture. Much of the city’s public squares, castles, gardens and elegant palazzi such as Palazzo Madama, were built in the 16th and 18th century.
Turin also famous for being the home of Italy’s royal family, it’s where the royal family of Italy lives. Turin was the first capital of modern Italy, and was the host of the 2006 Winter Olympic Games. Turin is an important city of technology and industry, and the FIAT automobile company is based here.
Here are popular tourist attractions in Turin:
1. Royal Palace of Turin
Royal Palace of Turin or Palazzo Reale, is a palace in Turin, northern Italy. It was the royal palace of the House of Savoy. The immaculate grand house is one of the oldest in the region, despite being modernised quite heavily in the 17th century. The original building is more than a century older than that, but as so often happens with prestigious families every time there was a celebration or someone took over the seat of power in the family they would commission a new extension or alter something, but the overall look of the building is fluid and the surrounding garden.
2. Castello Square (Piazza Castello)
The history of the square began in the second half of the 14th century, when the princes of Savoia-Acaia decided to demolish the blocks near the castle and the city walls, creating a representing area used for dynastic events. It is the heart of the city, where you can see the Royal Theatre, The Palace and The Royal Library. In addition, all roads lead here, as the major streets which cross the city all have either the start or end here.
3. Mole Antonelliana
The city’s symbol, a huge dome with columns and a spire, is the highest building in the region and one of the strangest. Originally intended to be a synagogue, it went through various permutations and finally became the National Museum of Film, dedicated to film and its history. Mole Antonelliana’s huge, darkened interior holds a sea of red lounge chairs where viewers can watch film clips playing in various alcoves. Movie memorabilia is on display throughout the hall.
4. Palazzo Madama
Palazzo Madama is wonderful hybrid of a baroque palace and a medieval castle. It was home of the regent queens of Savoy, and is a mix of medieval and baroque rooms. It now houses the City Museum of Ancient Art, which has an eclectic collection of church art, paintings, ancient sculpture, porcelain, ceramics, archeological artifacts and some fascinating scenes of life in Torino in times gone by. On the second floor there’s a room with red sofas to take a rest after the visit, with a magnificient chandelier, and a cafeteria. The moat contains a medieval castle garden, and the tower offers a beautiful view over Turin.
5. Museo dell’Automobile (National Car Museum)
The Museum has one of the rarest and most interesting collections of its kind, with almost 200 original cars dating from the mid-19th century to the present day, and over eighty different makes of vehicle, from Italy, France, Great Britain, Germany, Holland, Spain, Poland and the United States.
6. Valentino Park
Valentino Park is the biggest park in Turin central area. This park is situated along the Po river and in its area you can find the Valentino Castle, and the Medieval Village (Borgo Medievale).
7. Museo Egizio (Egypt Museum)
It is considered one of the main Egypt museums in the world, with those in Cairo and in London. Houses the most important collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts outside Cairo. Founded in 1824 by King Carlo Felice after acquiring archeologist Drovetti’s collection, the museum contains 30,000 exhibits. It documents the history and civilization of Egypt from the paleolithic to the Coptic era through unique exhibits and collections of objects d’art, articles of daily use and funeral furnishings (including the Altar of Isis, the canvas painted by Gebelein, the intact tombs of Kha and Merit, and the exceptional cliff temple to Ellesjia).
8. Duomo di San Giovanni (Turin Cathedral)
The major church of Turin, dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, was built in the late 15th century on the site of an ancient Roman theater. It’s the city’s only surviving Renaissance building, but its major claim to fame is the world-renowned Shroud of Turin. The linen cloth, said to be the shroud that held the body of Jesus, is kept in the Chapel of the Holy Shroud and is displayed rarely.
9. Piazza San Carlo
It is the largest and arguably the most beautiful square in Turin, with an equestrian statue right at its heart. It has been used for parades and as a market square and is banked by two of the main churches in the city. There is also the palace Solaro del Borgo, and there are few places better to stop and enjoy one of the famous Italian coffees, as the cafes in and around the square are amongst the best places in the world to relax.
10. Cathedral of Superga
Situated on top of the hill near Turin, this cathedral was built in thanksgiving for a victorious battle against French. Today, it houses the tombs of the House of Savoy. On the top of the hill (669 metres), on the highest point of the Turinese hill, form its opposite large square you can enjoy a beautiful view.