Visit the historical center of Turin
Turin is a city of thousands of faces, the first thing you cannot look
aside from when you get here is the Alpine peaks surrounding the city
Turin is a city of thousands of faces, open to the world and everything new. The first thing you cannot look aside from when you get to Turin is the Alpine peaks towering on the horizon and surrounding the city. The capital of Piedmont is an example of the perfect combination of architectural and monumental historical masterpieces, museums (there are more than 40 of them), art galleries, nice food, great wine, exquisite nightlife and numerous world events such as Salone del Libro – an international book fair, Salone del Gusto – “International taste salon” and Torino Film Festival – “Turin film festival”.
Turin is a «small Paris of Italy»
Elegant, majestic, esoteric and mysterious, the “little Paris of Italy”, the “city of Fiat”, the pole of innovation and the city of culture and art. And all this is Turin, the main city of Piemonte.
A small settlement at the foot of the Alps formerly, and later a city for kingdoms to be born and for emperors to decide someone’s fate, the capital of the Kingdom and Nations.
Nowadays Turin is a buzzing city developing constantly, not forgetting its past. And even if you are not too keen on history, you cannot remain indifferent and will not resist the charms of the amazing historical center of Torino with its palaces, arcades, squares, temples and basilicas.
To see in Turin
Piazza Castello square is the heart of the historic center of Turin. Here is the Palazzo Madama– a palace complex, being an ideal example of the city history. Now it houses the Museum of Ancient Art.
To the left of the Palazzo Madama, behind the artful openwork fence there is the Royal Palace (Palazzo Reale) – the main residence of the Savoy dynasty in Turin. It has preserved historical interiors, mosaics, painted ceilings, luxurious furniture and dishes of the 17th century.
Mole Antonelliana – a symbol of Turin, which can often be seen on souvenir cards dedicated to the city. It is the tallest brick building in Europe with a height of 160 meters. Construction of the tower started in 1863, the year of completion is 1889. Today it houses the national Museum of cinematography.
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (Cattedrale di San Giovanni Battista), built in the 15th century by cardinal Domenico della Rovere. In the 17th century the chapel of the Holy Shroud (Cappella della Sacra Sindone) was attached to the Cathedral. Here is the famous Turin Shroud, which, according to the legend, covered with the body of Jesus Christ after crucifixion.
The Egyptian Museum is the most complete collection of exhibits and artifacts dedicated to the culture of Ancient Egypt. King Charles Emmanuel III of Sardinia was very interested in the history of Egypt. His collection started with a tablet from the altar of the ancient temple of the goddess Isis. It happened in the middle of the 18th century. The artifact impressed the king so much that he started collecting everything about the ancient city. This is the history of one of the best museums in the world.
This is only a small part of the treasures of the city, located on the banks of the river Po, which should be part of your trip to Italy. Discover the masterpieces of Turin and do not forget to wander through the antique markets of the city and relax in one of the numerous historical cafes of the capital of Piemonte.
And, of course, the famous Piedmontese cuisine, which is especially wonderful here, in the main city of the region! It takes only 1 hour to get there.