For the next tour out of town organize a weekend in Turin, a city full of history, culture and good food. Here are some suggestions.
Turin was the first capital of the Kingdom of Italy and is an elegant, magical, discreet and esoteric city. So, are you ready for a weekend in Turin?
I already told you what to do in Turin in a day but if you have more time here are my tips and useful addresses!
The Piedmontese capital is full of royal residents, museums, historic cafés and stately porticos under which to walk.
Start your visit from Piazza San Carlo, the city’s living room, characterized by the two baroque twin churches, the Church of San Carlo Borromeo and the Church of Santa Cristina.
Continue your weekend in Turin in the second largest square, Piazza Castello, which overlooks the main historical monuments: the Royal Palace, the Teatro Regio, the Real Church of San Lorenzo and Palazzo Madama.
The latter is the seat of the Civic Museum of Ancient Art and Unesco Heritage together with the Royal Savoy Residences.
The charm of the city is also given by the crossing of the Po and the alpine peaks that frame your weekend in Turin.
A few steps from the river is the largest town square, Piazza Vittorio Veneto, which with its almost 40,000 square meters is one of the largest in Europe.
Several times, during your weekend in Turin, you will end up here.
It is characterized by the famous arcades that extend throughout the city for about 12 km.
In a weekend in Turin you should be able to cover all of them.
Continue your weekend in Turin by visiting Piazza Carignano, characterized by the baroque style of its historic buildings including Palazzo Carignano.
Designed by Guarino Guarini, today it is home to the Museo del Risorgimento Italiano, in the past it was the first Parliament of the Kingdom of Italy.
During your weekend in Turin, take a break at the historic Bicerin café to sip the homonymous drink made with coffee, chocolate and cream.
It was the favorite coffee of Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour and is located in Piazza della Consolata, which gives its name to the homonymous church, in Romanesque, Baroque and Neoclassical style.
The main altar was made by one of the most famous and active Savoy architects in Piedmont, Filippo Juvarra.
Do not end your weekend in Turin without visiting a symbolic place, the Mole Antonelliana with the Cinema Museum.
Turin in fact has also been the capital of the ‘film’ and the museum is a celebration of it.
Many very successful films have been set here as ‘War and Peace’, ‘Hannah and her Sisters’, ‘Where’s the Night’ and ‘The Divo’.
The city is a collection of different architectural styles from the Middle Ages, passing through the Baroque, the Liberty and the years of industrialization.
During your weekend in Turin, visit the Valentino Park with the adjoining Medieval Village.
Instead, as far as esoteric Turin is concerned, visit the neoclassical Church of the Gran Madre which, according to some, preserves the Holy Grail.
Another place of worship is obviously the Duomo which preserves the Holy Shroud.
Do not end your weekend in Turin without visiting the futuristic Automobile Museum which traces not only the history of the city but also that of the whole of Italy.
Finally, end your weekend in Turin at the Egyptian Museum, the second most important in the world after the one in Cairo. With over 6500 pieces on display it is an unmissable gem.
A weekend in Turin is not only culture and museums but also excellent dishes to taste like the Bagna Cauda, the Agnolotti and the vitello tonnato.
Also renowned the pastry with very fine chocolate.
Have you packed your bags for a weekend in Turin?