Turin, home of the best coffee that I have ever tasted and also their famous chocolate, is undoubtedly a great place to visit when in Italy. Luckily all the attractions are close to one another, so you most likely not get lost. However, if you are searching for a cash machine, you may need to wander for a while as that is the only scarcity Turin has to offer. Here I have composed a list of things to see and do when in Turin which will hopefully give you some inspiration to plan your trip.
1) Museo Egizio – Egyptian Museum
Turin is home to the second largest Egyptology museum in the world, so is indeed worth a visit especially if you are keen to see and learn more about the Egyptians. For 15 euros you have admission to the museum and exhibition, so it equates to a fun day out.
Its opening times are Mondays from 9 am to 2 pm and Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 6:30 pm. With last entrances being 1 hour before the closing time.
2) Teatro Regio di Torino – Turin’s Theatre
Its season runs from October to June with the presentation of eight or nine operas given from five to twelve performances of each, so if you happen to be visiting the city during that time and wish to relax and unwind, then this is a great treat to pass the time.
You do not have to battle through large crowds in Turin, as you most likely would in Milan, and with Turin boasting many designer shops on every street corner, this is an excellent place for a weekend getaway when all you wish to do is relax and spend your money on beautiful items.
4) Biblioteca Reale di Torino – Royal library of Turin
A world heritage site, this wonderfully decorated library is home to centuries of literature and information, from the Italian royals to Leonardo Da Vinci’s self-portrait. However, the public is unable to view it publicly for the time being. With its free entry, feel free to have a look at the rich history that is embedded in the building from 8:15 am-1:45 pm and again from 2-6:45 pm.
5) Mole Antonelliana, Museo Nazionale del Cinema – National Museum of Cinema
The Mole Antonelliana is a significant landmark building in Turin and is named after its architect, Alessandro Antonelli. A mole in Italian is a building of monumental proportions and is the tallest masonry building in Italy. Not only is it home to the Museum of Cinema, but you can take the panoramic lift to see the whole city from 167 metres high.
It is open every day, apart from Tuesdays, from 9 am until 8 pm, with Saturdays being an exception and closing late, at 11 pm. Tickets start at 8 euros.
6) Palatine Towers – Roman age city gate
Free for all, these Roman ruins can be found right in the centre of the city. Every aspect of Turin is coveted in history. If you are visiting in the sunny months, why not enjoy a nice picnic while admiring Roman history.
7) Turin’s Christmas Markets
Of course this can only be done in the month of December, but if you are around to enjoy a winter vacation in the North of Italy, then Turin’s magical and quaint Christmas market is not to be missed. You can find glorious Christmas gifts alongside delicious food.
The city of Turin is overlooked by many, but I think it should definitely make it to your bucket list! If you have already visited Turin, please comment below any other fun things to do which I may have missed out. As always, I wish you all happy travels!