Introducing the city

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About Turin

A city full of contrasts and contradictions, from urban sprawl to intimate and intricate piazzas, Italy's former capital of Turin is guaranteed to offer an unforgettable Italian experience.

Home to a host of things longer than Santa’s shopping list, Turin (or Torino to the Italians) is one of Italy’s most underrated cities. Located in the Piedmont region with a population of around 870,000, Italy’s former capital is home to the country’s most successful football team Juventus, automobile company Fiat and a number of culinary inventions including chocolate, the aperitivo and the the Bicerin (a hot chocolate drink); not to mention the Italian Royal Family.

When you gaze over the city filled with historic attractions, grandiose continental cafés and fascinating art galleries, the Alps provides a picturesque backdrop. Towards the north-west, equally striking beauty can be drawn from inside the city with a delightful gridiron of avenues, parks and piazzas. An aristocratic atmosphere sweeps Turin’s centre given its Royal history but essentially, this city is one full of charm and character epitomised by the miles of porticos and a rich culture. In fact it’s been dubbed ‘little Paris’ with its Eiffel Tower equivalent (kind of) – the Mole Antonelliana at its very heart. This city isn’t asking for anything next Christmas, it seems to have it all.

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When Should You Visit?

October is a good time to visit before the weather gets cold and the colours of the autumn leaves brighten up the city parks.

With a mild sub-tropical climate, Turin can see thunderstorms occasionally disrupting hot summers which reach regular highs of nearly 30 degrees Celsius. Winters are mild although the coldest months can see temperatures drop below freezing during the night. Late spring and early autumn can both experience some warm weather but throughout the whole year, there is no dry season - so rainfall can be common in any month.

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Travioor top tips

City Card
Via Roma
The Alps

Insider Info

  • On a budget? The Torino and Piedmont Card will get you free admission to over 100 sites as well as a range of discounts on guided tours.

  • For shopping, head to Via Roma which is considered one of the most popular streets in Turin with a host of high end stores as well as some great restaurants and cafes.

  • Turin is very close to the Alps and if you have time, a day trip to one of the nearby parks or ski resorts provides a great day out.

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Food and drink

Main Course £10.55 | 12.00 €

3-Course Meal £43.95 | 50.00 €

Cappuccino £1.23 | 1.40 €

Beer £3.52 | 4.00 €

The Scene

Turin and its surrounding Piedmont region is known for its inspiring cuisine. Some dishes draw a French influence due to the city’s close proximity to France but many also are quintessentially Italian. Fresh ingredients are sourced locally here and delicacies include Gianduja cream, a Bagna Caôda sauce and Bollito Misto (a stew with four different meats).

The incredibly rare white truffle can be found here although purchasing a dish that features it will probably blow your whole holiday budget. But even more impressive is that solid chocolate was actually invented in Turin so you can’t leave without buying some (or a lot) of the sweet stuff. Of course you’ll also find national cuisine at many authentic Italian restaurants, so expect plenty of tasty pasta and pizza too.

If you like your wine, you’ll discover an array of locally produced reds which are typical of the Piedmont region. Or for something a little warmer, the Bicerin (a hot chocolate/coffee drink originating from Turin) should be tried in one of the city’s many cafés. And if Turin hadn’t claimed to have invented enough, apparently this city is where the national tradition aperitivo comes from. So from usually 5/6pm you can enjoy some cocktails or beers with some free nibbles for a couple of hours in a whole host of Turin’s bars. They’ll be telling us they invented the Ferrero Rocher next (they actually did that too).

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History

Turin’s Story

Originating from the Celtic word ‘Tau’, what is now known as Turin (or Torino to the Italians) was first inhabited by the Taurini in pre-Roman times before the Romans came and built a military camp housing the city’s people inside its walls.

The city went on to be ruled by the Lombards and then the Franks, and by the start of the 16th century, many palaces, gardens, a university and other attractions had all been built. In 1563, Turin was also made capital of the Duchy of Savoy and in 1660, was the home of the royal family until the unification of Italy in 1861 which saw Turin become the country’s first capital city. Before this in the 18th century, the city was already firmly on the map with a reputation moulded by its title of capital of the European Kingdom.

After both world wars, Turin went on to become a huge industrial power and is home to world renowned companies such as Fiat. More recently it hosted the 2006 Winter Olympics which helped increase Turin’s appeal.

Language

Ciao | Hello
Grazie | Thank you

Italian

The official language of Turin is Italian but the people here speak the dialect known as Piedmontese. There will be some people who can speak English in the city, particularly the younger generation. However, there will be many, mostly the older generation, who don’t know any English so it’s good to know some Italian basics:

  • Please: Per favore
  • Excuse me: Mi scusi
  • Do you speak English: Parla inglese

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Need to know

+39 Dialling Code
112 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • There are many free water fountains around the city.
  • Watch out for pickpockets in busy areas and in the Porta Nuova area.
  • Bus or tram are good ways to get around.
  • The three main railway stations here are Porta Nuova, Porta Susa and Lingotto FS.
  • Tipping is not expected but most people will round up the bill.
  • Juventus are one of the world's biggest football clubs and can be found here.

 

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for Italy here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Mole Antonelliana

Visit Mole Antonelliana, a 167.5 metre tower providing great views of the city.

2. Castle Square

Wander beside the historic structures in the city centre at Castle Square.

3. Ancient History

Explore some of the city’s historic museums and cathedrals such as the Egyptian Museum.

4. Eat Chocolate

Sample the locally made chocolate and cakes in the shops and cafes.

5. Piazza Carignano

Head for Piazza Carignano once home to Italy’s first King.


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