City of art, hills, lakes, the Alps, millenary traditions: the territory of Torino offers extraordinary experiences...
What to do
Lively and elegant, always in movement, nonetheless Torino is incredibly a city set in the heart of verdant areas: gently resting on the hillside and enclosed by the winding course of the River Po, it owes much of its charm to its enchanting location at the foot of the western Alps, watched over by snowy peaks.
Starting the day with a good Bicerin - the typical drink based on chocolate, coffee and cream - accompanied by the fresh mignon pastry, gives you the right boost to discover the first Capital of Italy.
Visiting the city, you will collect a wealth of experiences and riches: amazing museums and palaces, the Po river and its park and in the mid afternoon…the historic coffee houses to relive the Merenda Reale, an historic habit of the Savoy. An unmissable chance to taste the original recipe of hot chocolate served at court in the 18th century combined with the irresistible sweets and chocolates of the noble patisserie art.
After shopping under the long porticoes and in the small streets, enjoy an aperitif with a Vermouth served on its own or in a cocktail, in combination with local recipes and products revisited in a modern key…that’s an Extra Vermouth!
The infusion of herbs, spices and sugar was invented in 1796 in Torino by Antonio Benedetto Carpano and made famous by Martini with the James Bond cocktail - whose worldwide production is still in Chieri, on the Torino hill.
Discover over 40 museums
Walking in the city centre, you will find the symbol of the city, the Mole Antonelliana, which houses the National Museum of Cinema, a real amusement park dedicated to the seventh art. But this is only one of the four national museums (together with the museums devoted to the Automobile, to the Mountains and to the Risorgimento) all of which deserve a visit, without forgetting the Egyptian Museum, the oldest museum on this topic in the world, and the multiple spaces dedicated to contemporary art, including the GAM, the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and the Merz Foundation.
Don't forget to buy the Torino+Piemonte Card that give free admission in museums, castles, fortresses and Royal Residences.
Visit the Royal Residences declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO
Majestic Royal palaces inherited from the splendor of the House of Savoy and sculpted by great architects. There are six Royal Residences in the historic town center alone, some of which house very prestigious museums: the Royal Palace and the Chiablese Palace which are part of the Royal Museums, the Carignano Palace, the Madama Palace, the Villa della Regina and Valentino Castle. And there’s even more just a few kilometers from the city center: the Stupinigi Hunting Lodge, the Royal Palace of Venaria and the Rivoli Castle, home of the prestigious Museum of Contemporary Art.
Relive two thousand years of architecture and contemporary design
From the Roman remains of Augusta Taurinorum to modern and contemporary installations passing through Romanesque, Baroque and Art Nouveau...
Torino is all of this: the Porte Palatine with the statue of Augustus, the medieval part of Madama Palace, the Royal Residences and the churches, the elaborate aristocratic palaces, the museums, works en plein air by Merz, Penone and many others, the new districts and contemporary architecture.
Discover the mystery of the Holy Shroud and the Via Francigena
Torino has always been a city imbued with a mystical atmosphere which, even now, can be breathed during the exposition of the Holy Shroud, the sacred linen in which the body of Christ was wrapped, now held in the renaissance building of St John Cathedral. Not to forget a historical itinerary, the Via Francigena, the main route where in the past thousands of faithful from Europe went on a pilgrimage to Rome, the heart of Christianity.
Find out the excellence of "Made in Torino Experience"
Torino and its provincial area open the doors of their elite companies, offering an exceptional tour to discover their methods and secrets: from automotive world to the aerospace adventure, from the emotion of luxury and the temptations of food & wine up to the art of printing.
*Go shopping through 18 km of porticoes *
There’s nothing better than to go shopping in a city with 18km of colonnaded streets.
The area traditionally devoted to shopping is between Via Roma, heart and symbol of the city, and the pedestrian zones of Via Carlo Alberto and Via Lagrange.
Via Garibaldi is younger and trendier, Via Po is more “intellectual” with the bookshops and stores selling new and used records, while Via Maria Vittoria and Via della Rocca are more sophisticated owing to the art galleries and antique shops. But just around the corner, in Borgo Dora…the new flavours of the world in the many ethnic shops!
The essential ones to visit are in Porta Palazzo, Europe’s largest open-air market offering a huge array of languages, colours and fragrances, and the incredible Balôn where you can find antiquities from all periods.
Also, not far from the city centre, the Torino Outlet Village.
Enjoy the capital of taste
A trip to Torino also means a journey into taste, to savour with intimate pleasure in a medley of sensations. Here the appetisers come in an infinite variety based on meat, fish, vegetables, eggs, salami and cheeses, all obviously to be served with “grissini”, invented in the 17th century for Prince Victor Amadeus II of Savoy.
Any first course has to include agnolotti, meat filled pasta which is dressed with either gravy from the roast, or butter and sage, ragout sauce or meat broth.
Among the main courses: fritto misto (mixed fried foods), bagna cauda (hot sauce) and Bollito misto (mixed boiled meats). Not to be missed is the wide range of high quality, handmade cheeses coming from the Alpine valleys. And of course, all of this washed down with the great red and white wines of the province...but that’s another chapter…
Attend an opera performance at the Teatro Regio
The «Teatro Regio» was inaugurated in 1740. It immediately became an international reference point because of its capacity (about 2.500 seats), the magnificent decorations, the impressive scenes and the technical equipment, as well as the quality of the performances.
In 1936 the theatre was destroyed by a violent fire and it would take almost forty years to rebuild it. The new Teatro Regio inaugurated in 1973 and became one of the most modern Opera Houses in Europe.
Enjoy green spaces, water and sports
Torino is the Italian city with largest amount of green spaces: 320km of tree-lined avenues and numerous parks in and out of town form a wonderful hole with the surrounding areas.
A very extensive network of trails and paths meanders within the Parco Fluviale del Po and the Parco della Collina Torinese, dedicated to bikers, joggers or just walkers. There is an exciting possibility of riding the large river in a canoe, discovering the city from a different viewpoint. And then it is relaxing to walk, cycle or even to rest among the colours of Valentino Park in the shade of the 18th century castle.
Go skiing on the snows of the Torino Alps
Close to the city, immense skiing areas offer an exceptional welcome, activities, services and events for enthusiasts of winter and summer sports.
Bardonecchia, Cesana-Sansicario, Clavière, Pragelato, Sauze d’Oulx and Sestriere are the ski resorts that were home to the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics and form the main tourist area of Torino's province.
How to get around
Owing to its position, Torino - easily reached by car, train or plane - is the natural connection point between the surrounding Alpine valleys and is where the major national and international communication routes converge.
Buses and trams cover all Torino, crossing it in every direction from early morning to late at night. The route of the first driverless underground railway in Italia connects Collegno (from the west) to Piazza Bengasi (from the south) to the city centre and to the stations of Porta Nuova and Porta Susa.
Tickets can be bought from authorised GTT retailers (tobacconists, newsagents, cafés)
Torino is a very important railway junction, especially for fast connections throughout Italia and part of Europe on the Lyon-Paris line with the trains Frecciarossa, Frecciabianca, Italo and TGV.
There are five stations in town, two of them international (Porta Nuova and Porta Susa).
From Torino airport, the city can be easily reached by bus, train and hire car.