City GuideCome to Turin and discover the treasures of the city, let yourselves be guided by its beauty and savour its delights as you walk in the matrix-like grid of its straight roads, and come across large squares full of light and lined with imposing, noble and public buildings from various historical periods, like Palazzo Carignano, home of the Risorgimento Museum.
You can start from Piazza Castello, the heart of the city, overlooked by Palazzo Reale (the "Royal Palace"), Palazzo Madama and the Cathedral with the Guarini Cupola, guardian of the Holy Shroud, and then stroll down Via Po, stopping to browse around the little shops under the arches. At the end of Via Po, you will come to Piazza Vittorio, dominated at the far end by the majestic Gran Madre Church, and here you can relax in some of the city's finest traditional cafès and sample some of the specialities of Turin, Italy's chocolate capital.
Turin is rich in beautiful artistic and cultural heritage, including: the Egyptian Museum (the second most important in the world after Cairo), the National Cinema Museum, a fascinating 167-metre-tall exhibition in the towering and evocative Mole Antonelliana, Turin's best-known landmark. The city can also boast prestigious contemporary art museums such as the Gallery of Modern Art (GAM), Palazzo Bricherasio and the Giovanni and Marella Agnelli Picture Gallery, an extraordinary collection inherited from the House of Savoy, as well as many other treasures. The Stupinigi Hunting Lodge is not to be missed, a daring design by Filippo Juvarra erected in 1729 as a hunting residence for the Savoy family.
To completely satisfy all your curiosity, you can purchase a Torino+Piemonte Card, valid for 48 or 72 hours, which will allow you free admission to around 120 museums, monuments, castles, fortresses and royal residences throughout Turin and Piedmont, as well as free use of the "TurismoBus Torino", all city-network public transport services, and much more besides.
CITY SIGHTSEEING: an hourly tourist bus service through the city, effective on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, taking in the city's main attractions, allowing you to appreciate both historical monuments and excellent shopping. There will be a hostess service on board. Info 011/53 51 81.
CHOCOPASS: a book of 10 vouchers, each on allowing you to taste a delicious chocolate speciality during a 24-hour period. Info 011/53 51 81.