Torino is a city rich in history, art, royal residences, and enchanting landscapes, thanks to the Alps and the hills that surround it. It was the capital of the Kingdom of Sardinia, as well as the first capital city of the Kingdom of Italy, where the royal family of Savoy used to live. For this reason, Torino hosts many real palaces, hunting lodges, and elegant buildings.
In Torino, there are some of the oldest cafès in Italy, big squares, and various museums. Here, a loved practice was born: aperitivo. During the XX century, it was one of the most industrialized cities in Italy, contributing to the economic development of the country.
In this article, you will find a guide on what to visit in Torino if you are going to the city for the first time, from the main attractions to the food to try.
Piazza Castello is one of the main squares in Torino, as it hosts two important buildings: Palazzo Madama and the Royal Palace, both belonging to the House of Savoy. The Royal Palace of Torino is the most important Savoy residence in Piedmont, from which they ruled for at least three centuries.
Mole Antonelliana and the National Museum of Cinema
Mole Antonelliana is the symbol of Torino, designed by the architect Alessandro Antonelli. Its name refers to the name of the architect as well as to the period of time when it was the tallest building in the world.
Nowadays, Mole Antonelliana hosts the National Museum of Cinema, the only one in Italy dedicated to this art. It’s one of the most important museums dedicated to cinema in the world, thanks to the heritage and its educational activity.
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Palazzo Carignano is a beautiful example of Piedmont Baroque architecture, as well as evidence of the love for details and arts of the House of Savoy. It was the first headquarters of the Italian Parliament when Torino was the capital city of the Kingdom of Italy.
The palace hosts nowadays the Museum of Italian Risorgimento, in line with the role it used to play during this historic period.
Egyptian Museum of Torino
The Egyptian Museum of Torino is the oldest museum in the world dedicated to this civilization and the second most important Egypt museum after the one of Cairo. Many artifacts are kept inside, such as mummies, sarcophagi, and statues. So, there are around 37.000 artifacts from the paleolithic to the Coptic era, making the heritage of the museum one of the most precious in the world.
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Parco del Valentino
Parco del Valentino is the biggest in Torino, with an extension of 42 hectares. It’s the ideal place for a picnic or a walk among the river Po. Moreover, inside of it, there is the Medieval town, a faithful representation of a city of the Middle Ages, with shops, a castle, and the little streets.
Piazza Vittorio Veneto and the church of Gran Madre di Dio
Piazza Vittorio Veneto is one of the biggest squares in Italy, with a wonderful view of the River Po. Here, it’s located the church of Gran Madre di Dio, which was clearly inspired by the Pantheon in Roma. From this church, you can admire the wonderful square and the river crossing the city of Torino. Furthermore, according to a legend, between the statue of Faith and the statue of Religion, outside the church, there is a spot where Holy Graal was hidden.
Basilica of Superga
The Basilica of Superga is located on a hill outside of Torino, but not that far. Apart from being a monument with great architectural relevance, it is also a very important historical place. In fact, it’s the place where the kings, queens, princes, and princesses of the House of Savoy are buried.
Typical Piedmont food
Piedmont has excellent cuisine, very sophisticated and tasty, as well as an ancient wine tradition. Among the most famous Piedmont dishes is Bagna Cauda, a very representative dish. It consists of a hot sauce eaten with fresh vegetables.
Vitello Tonnato, a famous and loved dish of Italian cuisine, originated in Piedmont. It consists of slices of beef covered with a tuna or anchovies sauce, mainly eaten as an appetizer.
Torino is the Italian capital of chocolate, as well as the city where gianduja originated. It was invented to remedy the lack of cocoa by using hazelnuts.
And finally, there’s wine. Piedmont is one of the main wine producers in Italy, boasting prestigious wines such as Barolo, Barbera, Gavi, and Langhe DOC Arneis.
17 Maggio 2021