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One of the wonderful things about Turin is that you can easily visit the city without a map, an umbrella and without paying a single museum’s entry ticket. The city has a long row of connected porticos stretching for 12 kilometres, and there is so much to see that walking through them will certainly wear out your shoes, but not your desire to discover the beauty and curiosities of the city. When walking these 12 kilometres, would you like expert advice on which of the most famous places to visit? You can rely on the perfect audio tour guide for a beautiful city visit: download and listen to GuidaTour! You will instantly have an authentic personal tour guide at your side to facilitate your visit with simple and intuitive descriptions. While the city’s periphery – which dates back to massive industrial growth in the last century – has a distinct spider-web-like structure and is mostly residential, the historical centre guarantees a varied range of tourist attractions.
What is more, with its uniform layout – the chessboard structure of a Roman encampment – you can experience the length and breadth of the city on your visit. It was a colony founded by Julius Caesar where the Rivers Po and Dora Riparia merge. Throughout the ages it remained a reference point for the whole of Piedmont: it is the region’s capital city, it was the former capital of the Kingdom of Savoy. It was also the heart of the Italian Risorgimento (Rivival, producing celebrated figures such as Santorre di Santarosa and Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour. Then, in the post WWII period, it became an industrial centre with the steady growth of Fiat, the giant automobiles manufacturer.
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Our voices and our itineraries will guide you and thrill you as you discover unmissable locations, like the Mole Antonelliana, which now houses the National Museum of Cinema, Stupinigi Royal Residence, and the stunning archaeological collections of the Egyptian Museum of Turin, second only to the Cairo Museum.
- Quartiere San Salvario,
Parco and Castello del Valentino
- Via Roma - Via Po
- Via Po – Luci d’artista- Mole
Jewish Community- Museo del cinema
- Quadrilatero Romano
- Museo Egizio
- Piazza Statuto
- Turin doors and a bit of history
- Porta Palazzo - Murazzi
- Quartiere Crocetta - Politecnico
- Da Palazzo Cavour
a Ponte Vittorio Emanuele II
The “Porta Nuova” train station, with its glass and iron façade, was designed by the architects Ceppi and Mazzucchetti in 1861 and it is one of the oldest Italian train stations. The name comes from the provisional wooden door, painted with a marmoreal style, and built by Duke Charles Emmanuel I for the event of the arrival, in the Savoy capital, of Maria Cristina of France, when she was still the young wife of his heir, Victor Amadeus I. Thanks to recent renovations, Porta Nuova, has become a major shopping mall, where, waiting for the train, you can shop or have a meal. Leaving the station, we overlook the Vittorio Emanuele II Course. Vittorio Emanuele II was the first king of Italy, nicknamed, by Massimo D’Azeglio, “The Gentleman King”.
One of the wonderful things about Turin is that you can easily visit it without paying tickets for any museum; you will not need any map or umbrella, as the town is mostly equipped with a long line of connected arcades, which can measure over 12 kilometres. Turin has a typical Roman town’s structure, with orthogonal road system, with so much to see that a walk will certainly consume your shoes but not the desire to discover it!
Via Po is one of the most visited streets, especially by artists, students, and tourists. It is famous for coffee and shops, but also for the numerous artisans’ and second hand books’ stalls which populate it. The side of the road, which is linked to the Regio Theatre, is made of many arcades, so that the rain would never wet the King during his strolls. Via Po is also stage of one of the most beautiful contemporary artistic installations: ‘Luci d’Artista’ (Artist’s lights).
Compared to Barcelona’s La Rambla for its livelihood, and its fascinating medieval streets, the Quadrilatero Romano is the intellectuals’ new neighbourhood. Up until a few years ago, this area was made of dark alleys and very old decaying houses. Later on the area was cleaned, the old houses were renewed and made more in tune with the city, and the dark alleys are now filled with young and sparkling clubs.
The Royal Museum of Ancient Egypt was formally founded in 1824 with Carlo Felice of Savoy’s acquisition of a large collection (over 500 objects) individuated and grouped in Egypt by Bernardino Drovetti. He was originally from Piedmont, and had followed Napoleon during a number of his military campaigns, and thanks of his award, the Emperor himself had proclaimed him French Consul in Egypt.
Did you know that according to the esoteric enthusiasts Turin represented the vertex of two magical triangles? Well, at the end of Via Garibaldi there is one of these esoteric places. It is one of the squares built during Napoleonic age, the most famous and esoteric of the four: Statuto’s Square. Constructed between 1864 and 1865 with foreign capitals belonging to the Italian Building Society, this square in neoclassic style was the ideal completion of the city’s ancient decumanus.
Turin is today an elegant and sophisticated city; walking through its streets you are surrounded by a sense of order and balance; one gets the impression that everything is in place: roads, buildings, parks. But the city of Turin was quite different at the time of its origins. It was a piece of land inhabited by the tribe of Taurini Celts (Celti Taurini), mostly devoted to agriculture. Historians indicate the real origin of the city around the 27 B.C., when the great power of Rome occupied the Celtic lands installing a square camp.
If you walk northeast from Piazza della Consolata, after a stop at the historic café Bicerin (founded in 1763), you reach Piazza della Repubblica, called Porta Palazzo by Turin’s natives. It is the first of four squares designed after the wall’s demolition during the Napoleonic age. The four squares were built in fact, near ancient “entrance gates” of the city: Piazza della Repubblica, with its octagonal shape, is particularly memorable not so much for its appearance, in neoclassical style, but because it is a traditional meeting and exchanging place: it daily welcomes the largest outdoor market in Europe, with about 1000 peddlers’ stalls and 200 different businesses.
The Quartiere della Crocetta(Crocetta neighbourhood) starts, towards the south, from the majestic statue of Vittorio Emanuele II(Victor Emmanuel II). This neighbourhood is historically one of the most prestigious residential areas in Turin, reaching its peak between the nineteenth and twentieth century, maintaining the reputation of an upper bourgeoisie neighbourhood. The area has become famous, during the mid-twentieth century, for housing the current site of the Polytechnic University (Politecnico).
From Cavour’s Palace to Ponte Vittorio Emanuele I: Blah Blah, Piazza Vittorio, Museo della Montagna
Introduction: Camillo Benso count of Cavour was born, lived, and died in Cavour’s Palace (Palazzo Cavour), in Via Cavour at number 8. This was a baroque building built in 1729 that visitors can access only during the temporary exhibitions organised in its grand halls. During the years, the edifice has been thoroughly renovated and deserves to be viewed: it is one of the most significant baroque buildings in Piedmont.