What to do and see in Turin, Italy: The Best Places and Tips

August 14, 2017 Timmy Ribble

In Turin, the capital of the Piedmont region of northwest Italy, sports cars and chocolate are a matter of pride. The city is also home to the Museo Egizio, one of the most impressive collections of Egyptian artifacts in the world. A stroll around Piazza Castello and along the Via Roma encompasses many of the must-see sights. Valentino Park houses an 18th-century castle, botanic garden and medieval village. When you've worked up an appetite, sample casual trattorias for pastas, regional wines and coffees.
Restaurants in Turin

1. Egyptian Museum of Turin

Via Accademia delle Scienze, 6 | Aperto Anche il Lunedi Mattina, 10123 Turin, Italy 39 11 561 7776
Excellent
72%
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21%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

Egyptian Museum of Turin

The Museo delle Antichità Egizie is the only museum other than the Cairo Museum that is dedicated solely to Egyptian art and culture. Many international scholars, since the decipherer of Egyptian hieroglyphs Jean-François Champollion, who came to Turin in 1824, spend much time pouring over the collections. It was Champollion who famously wrote, “The road to Memphis and Thebes passes through Turin”.The collections that make up today’s Museum, were enlarged by the excavations conducted in Egypt by the Museum’s archaeological Mission between 1900 and 1935 (a period when finds were divided between the excavators and Egypt).The Egyptian Museum in Turin has begun 2009 an important project which wants to widen spaces in order to enhance the collections through modern museographical and museological criteria. The Museum will be open all over the period of restoration and the New Egyptian Museum inauguration is scheduled for the year 2015.

Reviewed By saona4me - cambs

A place well worth visiting. It doesn’t top the museum in Cairo but it’s definitely good, slightly confusing how it’s laid out. Spotlessly clean. The artefacts couldn’t have been presented any better than they were. Definitely glad I went.We thank you for your visit and your review!

2. Museo Nazionale del Cinema

Via Montebello 20, 10124 Turin, Italy +39 011 813 8560
Excellent
65%
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27%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Museo Nazionale del Cinema

The Museum is one of the most important of its kind in the world thanks to it vast collection and the many different scientific and educational activities it carries out. But what makes it truly unique is its special exhibit setup. The museum is located inside the Mole Antonelliana, a bizarre and fascinating monument which is the symbol of the City of Torino. And the various areas inside the Mole Antonelliana were the starting point for the Swiss set designer François Confino who, with talent and imagination, multiplied the museum's itineraries. He created a spectacular presentation that offers visitors continuous and unexpected visual and acoustic stimuli, just like when we watch a film that involves and moves us.

Reviewed By LepoLepoLepo - Pisa, Italy

This museum offers really a lot. That's why I found it confusing. The pre-history and history of cinema, theatrical posters of famous movies, plus a wide array of weird stuff: exhibition areas dedicated to the great genres of the history of cinema. An exhibition area dedicated to the different components and phases of the film industry: production studies, directing, screenplay, actors and the star system, stage costumes, set design, storyboards. Many areas are interactive.

3. Cappella dei Banchieri e dei Mercanti

Via Giuseppe Garibaldi 25, 70010 Turin, Italy +39 011 562 7226
Excellent
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5 based on 141 reviews

Cappella dei Banchieri e dei Mercanti

Reviewed By albyboetti - Cuneo

This place has been a stunning surprise for me. It's a baroque chapel with fine frescoes, statues (made of wood but resembling marble) and a big golden crown over the altar. In the sacristy, you can find an interesting perpetual calendar invented in 1831 by the Italian astronomer and mathematician Giovanni Antonio Amedeo Plana. The guide told us that it was studied by a group of Japanese students who said it was the first example of computer in history. The chapel is opened by volunteers on Saturdays afternoon (from 3 to 6 pm). The guide told me that the chapel is usually closed during Summer.

4. Santuario Basilica La Consolata

Piazza Della Consolata | Via Maria Adelaide 2, 10122 Turin, Italy +39 011 483 6100
Excellent
73%
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Santuario Basilica La Consolata

Reviewed By Giorgio G - Washington DC, District of Columbia

..went back recently to visit with a friend.. last time I was there was for midnight mass last year.. we visited late on a Sunday night.. surprisingly, the church was still open and not more than a handful of people were in it... we wandered into the sacristy and the small chapels that surround the main altar.. the sense of quiet opulence was everywhere.. you realize you enter a church with a neoclassical facade and a Baroque core (Juvarra and Guarini) that explodes into Rococo. Gold and polychrome marbles everywhere. Ex-voto literally covering every square inch of the inside wall give you a good idea of the veneration given to the Virgin of Consolation.

5. Museo Pietro Micca

Via Francesco Giuseppe Guicciardini 7a | nei pressi della stazione FS di Porta Susa, 10121 Turin, Italy +39 011 546317
Excellent
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4.5 based on 987 reviews

Museo Pietro Micca

Reviewed By NoSpin - Weston, Massachusetts

The museum itself is small and rather modest. It consists of two small rooms comprised of some artifacts, but mostly models. However, the real part is the tour through the tunnels. I don't know how frequently the tours are given. We just happened to hit it lucky that a tour through the tunnels would be given about 25 minutes after we arrived.
Now all the printed materials in the two museum rooms are in Italian, and the tour through the tunnels is in Italian. However, there is an English audio guide to use in the museum and in the tunnels. Unfortunately the audio guide does not give you nearly as much information as the guide was giving. He very kindly gave us a little information in English.
The tunnels and the story of their usage is just amazing.

6. Real Chiesa di San Lorenzo

Via Palazzo di Citta' 4, 10122 Turin, Italy +39 011 436 1527
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Real Chiesa di San Lorenzo

This was the first “home” of the Holy Shroud after its arrival from Chambéry. San Lorenzo has an extraordinary cupola (completed in 1680) designed by Guarino Guarini and exemplifies the baroque style. The Duke Emanuele Filiberto had the church dedicated to the Saint after the victory of the Battle of San Quintino. In piazza Castello.

Reviewed By gianlorenzo - norfolk

The Baroque period over-dominates the churches of Turin and San Lorenzo is no exception. However, the structure of the dome and the harmonious quality of the interior, makes this a most extraordinary church. Unprepossessing from the outside, the interior is fabulous. Unmissable.

7. Juventus Stadium

Corso Gaetano Scirea 50, 10151 Turin, Italy +39 329 222 9978
Excellent
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Juventus Stadium

Reviewed By AnselmColom - London, United Kingdom

This is a fantastic stadium and I understand state of the art. So why treat the away fans like cattle, give 2500 fans one hut outside for food and drink, one set of toilets etc etc etc. The view from the corner flag is ok. No idea what is outside. Police won’t let us near there. We get the same experience at every Italian club. Seems they only care for themselves. This is not the 1980s. If it is an excellent stadium (and other reviews suggest this) then I did not see any of it (and my team did well so I loved that aspect of it all)

8. Santuario Basilica Maria Ausiliatrice

Via Maria Ausiliatrice 32 | Valdocco, 10152 Turin, Italy +39 011 522 4253
Excellent
74%
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4.5 based on 358 reviews

Santuario Basilica Maria Ausiliatrice

Reviewed By jordanellie41 - Bolton, United Kingdom

This is a lovely big church just outside the city centre but well worth visiting. It has a large exterior and interior with domes, steeples and statues outside and beautifully decorated inside. The alter has a large painting and high dome and all are in gold leaf as is the whole interior. Large pillars adorn each side with many paintings and statues. The ceiling is exquisite with it's central high dome and marvellous paintings.

9. Armeria Reale

Piazza Castello 191, 10122 Turin, Italy +39 011 518 4358
Excellent
61%
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 939 reviews

Armeria Reale

Reviewed By John P - Melbourne, Australia

Armour is not really my thing but the displays here are of such high quality of objects which themselves are so beautifully made that I have to admit to greatly enjoying my time here in spite of my expectations that I might not. I reckon this would be a great visit for little boys with vivid imaginations!

10. Piazza San Carlo

Turin, Italy +39 011 813 8511
Excellent
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Piazza San Carlo

Piazza San Carlo was designed by Carlo di Castellamonte in 1642 and completed in 1650. In the middle of the piazza you’ll find the equestrian statue of Emanuele Filiberto (known to all as “El Caval èd brons”), sculpted by Carlo Marocchetti in 1838. The porticoed buildings surrounding the piazza give space to numerous bars, cafes, and restaurants.

Reviewed By beachstone2c - Helsinki, Finland

There are so many piazzas in Turin..San Carlo is at least as nice as the other ones. Very architectural, restaurants and cafes in the surrounding. Peaceful atmosphere, a perfect target for a stroll.

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