17 Amazing Things To Do In Turin

The capital city of Piedmont has a long list of fun activities for any kind of cultural fanatic.

A trip to Turin, or Torino, is just as what every trip to Italy should be. Eat, drink and be merry. In the city, you’ve gotta step on the bull’s balls, admire magnificent sights, munch on Tramezzini, visit the world’s very first Eataly, and enjoy aperitvo at an ancient pharmacy. First, let’s find out the meaning behind the city’s name!

Piazza San Carlo

P.za S. Carlo, 10123 Torino TO, Italy

We begin our Turin journey in Piazza San Carlo which is the epicenter of the city. Stroll along the main street Via Roma, where a large Martini sign can’t be missed. Piazza San Carlo is where the city holds significant events from concerts, rallies, fashion shows, and even the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Royal Palace of Turin

Piazzetta Reale, 1, 10122 Torino TO, Italy

The Royal Palace of Turin belonged to the House of Savoy, built in the 16th century. In the following years, it was updated by Christine Marie of France. In 1946, it became a state property and a museum which can be enjoyed by the public. In 1997, it was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today, travelers can tour the Royal Garden while taking a peek inside the Royal Library.

Turin Royal Palace
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Palazzo Madama

P.za Castello, 10122 Torino TO, Italy

Another significant core of Torino is Palazzo Madama which translates to “queen.” Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the palace transformed from a Roman gate in the Middle Ages to princes of Acaja’s castle. During the 17th and 18th centuries, the House of Savoy chose this location as their residence. In the 19th century, Carlo Alberto placed the first Senate of the Kingdom of Italy here. Today, the palazzo features Turin City Museum of Ancient Art showcasing vast collections of artifacts and paintings from the Middle Ages to the 18th century.

Parco del Valentino

Corso Massimo d'Azeglio, 10126 Torino TO, Italy

Valentino Park, or Parco del Valentino, is an expansive and magnificent park on the west bank of the Po River. Though not the city’s largest park, it certainly was Italy’s very first public garden since it opened in 1856. Strolling or cycling through lush greenery is a fantastic way to inhale some fresh air while enjoying abundant floral and gorgeous wildlife, especially breeds of local birds that have made the park their home near the river.

Basilica of Superga

Strada Comunale alla Basilica di Superga, 73, 10132 Torino TO, Italy

The Basilica of Superga is breathtaking, perched on top of the hills in Turin. Built in 1717, the church was a promise that the duke had made when the army won the Battle of Turin against the French. The Baroque-style church contains numerous tombs of several royal members of the House of Savoy. Designed by architect Filippo Juvarra, the dome is similar to Michelangelo’s dome at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.

Basilica of Superga.
Basilica of Superga. PHOTO WENDY HUNG
Basilica di Basilica dome.
The dome inside Basilica di Basilica. PHOTO WENDY HUNG
Basilica di Superga.
Basilica di Superga. PHOTO WENDY HUNG

Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea

Piazzale Mafalda di Savoia, 2, 10098 Rivoli TO, Italy

What used to be the Residence of the Royal House of Savoy in Rivoli is now the Castle of Rivoli and a contemporary art museum. Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea showcases permanent collection of Arte Povera and masterpieces from Minimal, Transavanguardia, Body and Land Art periods. For modern art enthusiasts, this is an inspiring setting to admire works by Sophie Calle, Gilbert & George and Joseph Kosuth, Bill Viola and Vanessa Beecroft, and Nam June Paik. The venue constantly displays interesting and vibrant installations.

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Egyptian Museum

Via Accademia delle Scienze, 6, 10123 Torino TO, Italy

The Egyptian Museum, or Museo Egizio, is an impressive collection of Egyptian antiquities as it’s one of the largest of its category in the world, with more than 30,000 artifacts to study and browse through. Founded in the early 18th century, the museum began during an era when collecting mummies was a trendy past time. In addition, there are also papyrus sheets, numerous tombs, and much more from ancient Egypt.

Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist

Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, Piazza San Giovanni, 10122 Torino TO, Italy

Turin’s Cathedral might not be as renowned as the Piazza del Duomo in Florence, but it’s still worth a visit! In fact, Duomo di Torino is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. The iconic bell tower was completed in 1470, meanwhile the church was the location of Ancient Roman city’s theater.

Turin Cathedral
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Quadrilatero Romano

Quadrilatero neighborhood is a must-visit due to its vivacious atmosphere that hosts fun bars and cool restaurants. This is where Torino truly started, as the point where Roman city was situated. One can’t miss Porta Palatina, the sole Roman gate which remains in Turin today. Small alleys illuminated by darling street lights, accompanied with adorable boutiques and cute cafés all make Quadrilatero a delightful wander during your Turin adventure.

Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile

Corso Unità d'Italia, 40, 10126 Torino TO, Italy

Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile di Torino (MAUTO) or National Automobile Museum is home to 200 cars from 80 different car companies across eight countries: Italy, France, Great Britain, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, United States of America, Poland. It also highlights a collection specifically dedicated to the first Italian cars: 1896 Bernardi, a 1899 Fiat, 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. For Ferrari fans, the museum includes quite a few racing cars from the legendary brand.

Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo

Via Modane, 16, 10141 Torino TO, Italy

A go-to for art lovers is Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, where art collector Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo shares her love for both Italian and international artworks. The modern art institution often hosts distinctive and thought-provoking exhibitions stemmed from the realms of design, dance, literature, music and of course – art.

Magic tour

There’s a lot of magic in the air of Turin, and it’s not a joke! Legend has it that this city has been connected to both white and black magic, hence Torino has often been referred to as “The Magic City.” It is at the intersection of two magic triangles, with the White associated to Prague and Lyon. While, the black magic triangle is linked to London and San Francisco. To further understand the magic in the air, feel free to attend a guided tour that stops at various points in the city that embody magical history and powers.

Museo Nazionale del Cinema

Via Montebello, 20, 10124 Torino TO, Italy

Museo Nazionale del Cinema or National Museum of Cinema is made for movie lovers that are curious about pre-cinematographic tools, stage props that were used in early Italian movie-making process. The building was meant for a synagogue, which has been transformed into chapels that feature different types of film genres. Visitors can go through more than 20,000 types of film devices, artworks, prints. Also, there are more than 300,000 film posters, 12,000 movie reels and 80,000 photographs. Often, the Torino Film Festival is held here, as well as other types of cinematic events.

La Venaria Reale

Piazza della Repubblica, 4, 10078 Venaria Reale TO, Italy

Reggia di Venaria Reale or Palace of Venaria was originally the royal residence and gardens as one of the Residences of the Royal House of Savoy. Commissioned in 1675, the palace was made to be the hunting grounds for duke Charles Emmanuel II. The glamorous Baroque architecture is full of intricate artwork and luscious marbles until the late 18th century when the glamorous grounds shifted into a military base during the Napoleonic Wars. Modern renovation began in 1978, when it became the largest restoration in European history.

FIAT’s La Pista 500

Via Ermanno Fenoglietti, 103, 10126 Torino TO, Italy

Next to the very original Eataly, the top of Lingotto building is an impressive spot to marvel at the alluring skyline of Torino. A former FIAT car factory, this building is now home to a hotel, an arcade and a shopping mall. Constructed by Camerana&Partners, the roof garden La Pista 500 is now one of the largest of its kind in Europe. In addition, you’ll be standing in the middle of an old testing track for cars in the factory.

Pinacoteca Agnelli
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Project TOward2030 & Murales Lavazza

Multiple locations

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Launched in 2017, TOward2030 project is an urban project led by Lavazza Group to highlight “17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development” – issues that the United Nations are tackling. By working with street artists, various themes of art pieces can be admired throughout vivid corners of Turin. Here’s where you can find them:

  • No Poverty in Lungo Po Antonelli 115, by Zed1;
  • No hunger in Via Edigi/Piazza Cesare Augusto 7, by Cultus;
  • Good health in Via Berthollet 6, by Gomez;
  • Quality education in Via Ottavio Mai, by Vesod;
  • Gender equality in Corso Belgio 79, by Camilla Falsini;
  • Clean water and sanitation in Viale Virgilio/Orto Botanico, by Hula;
  • Renewable energy in Corso Moncalieri 47, by Gerada;
  • Good jobs and economic growth in Via Giulia di Barolo 3, by Oko;
  • Industry, innovation and infrastructure in Via Nizza 199, by Dzmitryi KashTalyan;
  • Reduced inequalities in Via Plana 10, by Fabio Petani;
  • Sustainable cities and communities in Lungo Dora Siena 58, by Ufo Cinque;
  • Responsible consumption in via Mantova 29, by Nevercrew;
  • Climate action in via Parma 24, by Mantra;
  • Life below water in Corso Regina Margherita 140, by Mr Fijodor;
  • Life on land in Corso Palermo 40, by Hitnes
  • Peace and justice in Corso Moncalieri 61, by Louis Masai;
  • Partnership for the goals in Corso Giulio Cesare 20, by Monkeys Evolution.

Plan a day trip to Langhe to taste truffles and wine. 

In Piedmontese, langa means “hill.” Hence, Langhe, or “multiple hills,” encompasses Cuneo province boasting lush hills and quaint villages that develop wines that sing, aromatic yet musky truffles, as well as hazelnuts so fragrant that makes breathing the air of Langhe into pure joy.

This northern region of Italy is also protected by UNESCO World Heritage for its high value in wine production and rich culture. But Langhe has long captivated foodies for truffles that grow underground, especially since hazelnuts are one of the hardwood trees that help them foster, many can be discovered in Piedmont. In Alba – a tiny Piemontese township – an authentic specie of white truffle called tuber magnatum is the most highly-coveted due to its unique taste. With a bigger size at 9 centimeters in diameter and limited supply, these golden white truffles are the lusts of culinary experts during every fall, or typically from September to December.

Thanks to Langhe’s fertile forests of marl and clay soil, white truffles flourish the best from roots of poplar and oak trees. Every truffle is detected by a dog in the woods, then the hunter retrieves the truffle and cleans it. If you have four nights to spare, here are some of the best places to visit in Langhe, Piedmont. It won’t be hard to do so, but enjoy the Italian wine country!

Wendy Hung

CEO, FOUNDER, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and St. Bart's because they were all so different!

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