Initially a camp for the Roman army, the heart of the city has maintained its original orthogonal layout over the centuries: anywhere your curiosity leads you, getting lost is almost impossible! And in Turin you can find all kinds of attractions: historical sites like Piazza Castello or Piazza Carignano, holy places like the duomo (with its Holy Shroud) or Basilica della Consolata, shopping districts like Via Roma or the very lively Via Garibaldi and nightlife areas like Piazza Vittorio Veneto or Quadrilatero Romano. It is not necessary to plan an itinerary: even an aimless walk can reveal Turin’s many wonders!
Mole Antonelliana and Museo del Cinema
An icon of Turin, the Mole Antonelliana was built between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century thanks to the genius of the architect Alessandro Antonelli. Its panoramic lift takes visitors up to the 85 metres high “small temple”, and from the balcony you can enjoy an extraordinary 360° view over the city.
The Mole Antonelliana also houses the Museo del Cinema, with its rich collection and its spectacular set-up. From pre-cinema movie cameras to film set props and to evocative installations dedicated to the genres of the seventh art, visiting the Museo del Cinema is as engaging as watching a great movie!
[Source: André Ribeiro
Via Montebello 20, Torino | Info: http://museocinema.it
For the great significance of its relics, Turin’s Museo Egizio is considered the most important Egyptian museum in the world after Cairo’s. It is no coincidence that Jean-François Champollion, the French scholar known as the decipherer of the Egyptian hieroglyphs, once wrote: “The road to Memphis and Thebes passes through Turin”.
The Museum, established in 1824, houses about 3.300 objects from several collections gathered and catalogued over two centuries of archaeology. Thanks to its perfectly preserved mummies, its majestic statues of divinities and pharaohs and its magnificently decorated everyday objects, visiting the Museum is like travelling back in time, an evocative path along the Nile and through the centuries.
[Source: Tim Adams
| Address: Via Accademia delle Scienze 6, Torino | Info: http://museoegizio.it
Everybody knows that for a long time Turin’s history has been closely linked to Fiat and automotive industry. Today the city is no more the industrial centre that it once was, and it has developed a lively cultural life and a thriving service industry, but for car lovers Turin is still the place to be thanks to the Museo dell’Automobile, also known as Mauto. Nominated by “The Times” in the Top 50 museums of the world list, Mauto is housed in a newly refurbished futuristic building. The exhibition shows over 150 vehicles in a suggestive scenic design. You can find lots of information on the Museum app.
| Address: Corso Unità d’Italia 40, Torino | Info: http://museoauto.it
The name “Royal Residences” indicates all the Piedmontese palaces related to the history of the House of Savoy, over 20 buildings added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list for their extraordinary cultural and historical significance. In the heart of Turin you will find the ancient seats of the political power (Palazzo Reale, Palazzo Madama, Palazzo Carignano...), while in the surroundings of the city you can admire the holiday residences (Reggia di Venaria, Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi...). In these fabulous sceneries you will relive the splendor of the court, discover royal history and admire the beautiful museums and exhibitions housed in the residences
| Info: http://residenzereali.it
Villa and Parco della Tesoriera
Less than 10 minutes walk from our Bed and Breakfast you can find an ancient baroque villa, surrounded by a lush and elegant park. The villa now houses the Andrea Della Corte musical library, and it’s called “Tesoriera” because it was built in early 18th century by the treasurer of the House of Savoy. The park is an ideal place to hang out on a sunny day, and there you can admire Turin’s oldest tree, a huge sycamore planted in 1715 at the entrance of the garden. Fun fact: the Parco della Tesoriera used to be also known as
Giardin dël Diav (Devil’s Garden) in Piedmontese dialect, because it was said to be haunted by a ghost.
[Foto: Georgius LXXXIX
| Address: Corso Francia 186, Torino | Info: http://www.torino.it