Best Things To Do In Turin

Best Things To Do in Turin

Though packed with charm and bursting with things to see and do, Turin lives in the shadow of Milan, its larger, more renowned neighbour. Yet visitors to the region would be short-changing themselves if they failed to spend at least a few days here.
  So what is there to do?
Art Check out the art. Turin has carved itself a reputation in recent decades as a centre of modern and contemporary arts. From the GAM – Galleria Civica D’Arte Moderne E Contemporanea – (easy for you to say), with its ludicrous uprooted tree that greets you at the entrance, to the mind-bending conceptual art of the Fondazione Merz, via the Castello Di Rivoli Museo, housed so beautifully within a castle on a hill in the quieter regions of Turin, the city is rich in art culture. Even those tourists who don’t particularly love art (we do exist!) should see ‘Novecento’ in the Castello Di Rivoli (it’s a stuffed horse, hanging from the ceiling).
Art not your thing? Then you may prefer to spend some time lounging around the piazzas. Turin, sitting in the Alps, is rich in natural beauty but has benefited from a line of architects like Guarino Guarini and Juvarra, who – funded by patrons like King Vittorio Emanuele II and the fabulously wealthy Savoy family – have developed an elegant city to match its surroundings.
Piazza Castello, a large, open square, is in the centre of Turin, with Palazzo Madama its impressive centrepiece. In a previous life this was a castle; before that it was a Roman gate. Along the way it also found the time to serve as the senate house of Italy upon its unification. As such it fuses disparate architectural styles, is great to look at and makes for an excellent museum.
Revive Art galleries and piazzas can make a tourist thirsty, so why not stop for a coffee? Turin is abundantly stocked with cafetières and chief amongst them is the Caffè San Carlo, offering silver-serviced lattés for you to drink while enjoying the gilded splendour of this plushest of coffee houses (the pillars, mirrors and statues make it look like a Roman emperor’s living room).
If the coffee hasn’t woken you up and you can’t face La Passeggiata (the ritualistic Italian evening walk), then I’d recommend ditching the city for a couple of hours and going for a drive. Giaveno is just 30km to the west and the Piedmont scenery provides a stunning backdrop of mountains. This really is a breathtakingly beautiful region and it’s well worth seeing, though if you want to go for a stroll in the countryside you should probably take out some cheap travel insurance cover in case you fall and get lost in the snow!   Educate
Turin is also notable for its Egyptian Museum (Museo Egizio), which represents the second largest collection of Egyptian artifacts in the world (after Cairo, of course). Turin’s Egyptian collecting goes all the way back to 1630, when a marble altar piece was brought over. This encouraged a succession of kings to add to the growing collection and contribute to what is now a major tourist draw and historical resource.

Greg had a life long love affair with Italy. He have visited Turin on numerous occasions because in adddition to loving Italian culture he is also a huge football fan!

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