Visiting Turin – What To See And Do

Each Italian region has its capital, and so does Piedmont. It’s Turin or Torino in Italian, the third largest city in Italy. It is located almost in the center of the region and crossed by the river Po.

Since 2006, when the Winter Olympics were held here, Turin is among the seven Italian cities, where you can ride the subway. It can take you e.g. to the Porta Palazzo, which is the largest open-air market in Europe.

Turin, Piedmont, Italy
Turin, Piedmont, Italy by Hpnx9420

Here are some of the best spots in Turin that nobody should miss on the way to this world’s chocolate capital:

Monte dei Cappucini

Situated on the hilltop, the Church of Saint Mary of the Hill and the National mountain museum are two of the things that are worth visiting here.

There are so many pilgrims that come to see the bronze statue. The fossil sea shells found here are a proof that this place was underwater sometime in the past.

Monte dei Cappucini, Turin, Piedmont, Italy
Monte dei Cappucini, Turin, Piedmont by Geobia

Castello del Valentino

Located in Parco del Valentino, this is a castle that currently hosts the Architecture Faculty. Named after the Saint Valentine, the castle was given a new look by architect Di Castellamonte.

Castello del Valentino is a special castle of a great beauty, which is worth visiting by every single person that wants a romantic getaway.

Castello del Valentino, Turin, Piedmont, Italy
Castello del Valentino by Alessio Maffeis

Mole Antonelliana

This is the Italian replica of the Empire State Building. It has 167 m in height and it is really impressive. There is a viewing platform at 87m.

From here, you can see the entire city and even the Alps on a clear day. Mole Antonelliana is excellent and whenever you visit Turin, you should not miss it at all.

Mole Antonelliana, Turin, Piedmont, Italy
Mole Antonelliana by Turinboy

Via Roma

Via Roma is excellent for everyone who wants to do some intensive shopping. The street is bounded by two squares – Piazza Carlo Felice where you can find nice park with fountain and baroque Piazza Castello and is crossing through another square Piazza San Carlo.

You should not miss the delicious foods and wine. At night, this place is as alive as it can get with lots of restaurants, clubs and bars.

Via Roma, Turin, Piedmont, Italy
Via Roma by Jeremy hunsinger

Via Garibaldi

This street has a really big historic importance. It hosts many attractions from historic buildings and churches to boutiques, restaurants and bars.

As you walk on Via Garibaldi you pass the Via Dora Grossa with its antique remains of the Roman city. In the afternoons, the street is crowded as the inhabitants like to enjoy themselves here.

Via Garibaldi, Turin, Piedmont, Italy
Via Garibaldi by Franco56

San Lorenzo Church

Located in Piazza Castello, this 1600s church is an artistic mastery of shadows and lights. The façade is far less sophisticated than the interior, which is known for the lighting effects.

San Lorenzo Church is dedicated to Saint Lawrence after Duke Filiberto was victorious at San Quintino. It is a masterpiece worth visiting by everyone.

San Lorenzo Church, Turin, Piedmont, Italy
San Lorenzo Church by Paolo Crosetto

Santa Rita da Cascia

Church of Santa Rita da Cascia is the best spot to get married in Turin. Designed by Valoni in 1920, the church is a destination for all the pilgrims that come from Italy and from abroad.

This location has a native beauty and can be visited almost all the time. This means that lots of people flock here. The library of the church is excellent for weddings and special gatherings.

Santa Rita da Cascia, Turin, Piedmont, Italy
Santa Rita da Cascia church by Orsotorinese

Piazza Vittorio Veneto

Piazza Vittorio Veneto is the beautiful square situated at the end of the Via Po. Surrounded by wonderful castles and the river Po, this Piazza is a great place for shopping and relaxation.

It is also one of the greatest squares in Europe. The tourists can find famous Italian brands that sell their products here.

Piazza Vittorio Veneto, Turin, Piedmont, Italy
Piazza Vittorio Veneto by Juan Carlos De Martin

Piazza San Carlo

Piazza San Carlo is a famous and spectacular spot in Turin. Designed in the 17th Century by Carlo di Castellamonte, the square is known for the twin churches that are bordering it.

In the center, you can see the equestrian statue out of bronze of Emanuele Filiberto. The square hosts lots of restaurants and cafes famous all over Turin.

Piazza San Carlo, Turin, Piedmont, Italy
Piazza San Carlo by N i c o l a

Piazza Castello

The most popular streets in Turin begin in the Piazza Castello. It is a location for all types of transportation to tour around. In the center of the square, tourists can admire the Palazzo Madama. There are also other beautiful buildings like the Royal Theater, Royal Library and Royal Palace.

Piazza Castello, Turin, Piedmont, Italy
Piazza Castello by Marco Segato

Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi

Still have some remaining time? Then you could visit nearby Stupinigi and its eighteenth-century Palazzina. Surrounded by the park and nature reserve it can be a great break after hustle and bustle of the big Turin.

Stupinigi, Turin, Piedmont, Italy
Stupinigi by Alessandro Bonvini

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