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Famous for Fiat, vermouth and chocolate, the Piedmontese capital was also the first capital of Italy, giving it an incredible architectural heritage. The Baroque palaces and Art Nouveau cafes that line its boulevards recall this historic era, while the Alpine peaks beyond crown the cityscape. Here we have collected the best things to do and see in Turin.
Turin’s cuisine alone is a reason to visit. As the capital of Piedmont, it’s a place to sample some of the wider region’s best tasting samples of specialties – whether it’s a velvety pasta with local truffles, a Bicerin (a drink invented in Turin including espresso, chocolate and cream) or a vermouth aperitif (also a signature of the city).
The food here is characterized by rich flavors, with lots of hazelnut, cheese and meat in the stews and risottos. Turin also has a reputation for chocolate; boasting creations that include gianduiotto (a recognizable hazelnut chocolate, shaped like a bar of gold and butter), and with a chocolate-making tradition that dates back hundreds of years. But the city’s food culture goes much deeper than that – while you’re there, be sure to try the ‘tajarin al burro e salvia’, a dish made with thin, thin pasta native to the region (taglierini , although locals call it tajarin) laced with sizzling sage butter, then lightly tossed with pecorino cheese and black pepper. Head to Tre Galli or Scannabue Caffè to sample homemade pasta, or end your day with panna cotta or cooked cream, another local speciality.
Head to the Quadlerato area to explore – it may be old but it’s bustling, filled with popular restaurants and bars like La Drogheria in Piazza Vittorio Veneto. Cross the river from here and climb the hill to the Church of Santa Maria al Monte dei Cappuccini, where you will find the best view of Turin. If you want to get around faster, opt for a bike tour of the city or a vespa tour followed by a visit to a winery and a tasting.
Architecture & culture
Turin’s heritage as Italy’s first capital means it has a wealth of stunning buildings, from ancient to new and more contemporary art. Admire the design of Italian architect Renzo Piano’s converted Fiat factory before marveling at Palazzo Carignano, where you can enter the seat of Italy’s first parliament. Stroll to the graceful Giardini Reali di Torino (gardens with fountains and 18th-century statues) and the nearby Palazzo Madama. This particular palace is also a museum, with four floors displaying works of art and relics dating from the Middle Ages through to the Renaissance.
For music-loving travelers, a recently opened arts and music center called OGR (Officine Grandi Riparazioni) often hosts events with musicians like Kraftwerk and Omar Souleyman. Then there is the fascinating and exquisite Museo Casa Mollino, the former residence of Italian architect Carlo Mollino which you can now visit. Other must-see cultural attractions include the Cinema Museum, the Automobile Museum, and the Egyptian Museum. And if you want to go out in the evening after a cultural day, head to the “Murazzi” of Turin; this area sits on the banks of the city’s Po River and offers music, clubs, bars and restaurants.
Where to stay
NH Torino Lingotto
The NH Torino Lingotto is the ultimate destination for automotive and architecture enthusiasts. Housed in a former FIAT automobile factory, the hotel was designed and renovated under the direction of mastermind Renzo Piano. The rooms wrap around a green oasis called “Le Jardin des Merveilles”, and the rooftop jogging track allows guests to work up a sweat with views of Turin.
Residenza Dell’ Opera Hotel
The Residenza Dell’ Opera hotel offers spacious and elegant rooms and apartments with high ceilings in the very center of Turin, a few steps from Piazza Castello square, the Royal Palace of Turin and the Madama Palace.
B&B Via Stampatori
A short walk from Palazzo Madama, B&B Via Stampatori itself occupies an ancient palace. Centered around a charming courtyard, the rooms have been artfully decorated to combine antique furniture and features with modern amenities and design. Savor a homemade breakfast on the plant-lined sunny terrace before heading out to explore.