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Areas & Neighborhoods in Turin

Centro - As the oldest neighborhood in Turin, the city center is where you'll find much of the area's most historic landmarks and attractions. Stroll among the fountains and statues in Piazza Castello, admire the facades of centuries-old palaces and churches, or linger over a cappuccino at an art nouveau cafe. The district is also home to the majority of the city's museums, with historical collections including the Egyptian Museum, the City Museum of Ancient Art, the Museum of Oriental Art, and the Royal Palace of Turin.

Aurora - Developed out of the medieval city walls, Aurora is another one of Turin's oldest districts, lying directly north of the Centro. The area is famous for its hole-in-the-wall eateries and Saturday flea market in the smaller borough of Borgo Dora. On the south border of the district sits Porta Palazzo, the largest open-air food market in Europe. Come here in the morning to shop among the locals for fresh fruit, Italian cheese, and mouthwatering pastries.

Barriera di Milano - Northeast of Aurora, the once-deprived neighborhood of Barriera di Milano is now a hip district bursting with eclectic artist studios and small businesses in former warehouses. Just outside Aurelio Peccei Park-a project that has breathed new life into the district-find the contemporary Ettore Fico Museum, a modern space that brings together art, design, theater, dance, and debate.

Borgo Po - Southeast from the Centro across the River Po, the district of Borgo Po is yet another historic areas full of churches, villas, and beautiful gardens. Hike up the hill to Santa Maria del Monte dei Cappuccini Church for spectacular views of the city center and the snow-capped Alps in the distance.

San Salvario - Back across the river to the south of the Centro, San Salvario is the city's most diverse district, boasting a population that largely includes immigrants and students. Full of inexpensive restaurants and lively bars, the area is a popular place to come in the evening, particularly for

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, a traditonal that involves pre-dinner drinks and light bites. The neighborhood is also known for its live music, with intimate bars and lounging hosting local emerging talent. During the day, you can find residents hanging out at in Valentino Park, a sprawling green space on the river with a 17 th -century castle and recreated medieval village.

Vanchiglia - To the northeast of the Centro, the university district of Vanchiglia is perhaps the city's most up-and-coming neighborhood, with old workshops giving way to cute cafes, small galleries, and shops selling local goods. Much like San Salvario, the area really comes alive in the evening with progressive music venues and bustling bars-some open all night long.

What to See in Turin

Scope out all Turin's most awe-inspiring sights on a walking tour of the city center. With a local guide leading the way, skip over the line and head straight inside Palazzo Madama to see sweeping views of the city from the top of its medieval towers. Get a glimpse of the city's religious heritage as you stroll beneath the belltower of the Turin Cathedral, and then see the linens believed to have been used to bury Jesus at the Chapel of the Holy Shroud. Next, make your way into Piazza San Carlo for a brief stop for bicerin, a traditional drink made of milk, espresso, and chocolate. Your tour concludes outside Mole Antonelliana, one of Turin's most iconic structures and the tallest museum in the world.

Sightseeing in Turin

For History Buffs

Travel back in time to the days of ancient Egypt on a private tour of the Egyptian Museum. Designed to educate and entertain both adults and kids alike, this tour encourages you to interact with the exhibits as you discover masterpieces such as statues, tombs, papyrus, and paintings. Later, step a bit forward in time as you embark on a guided tour of the lavish Royal Palace. You'll feel like you've been transported to the 16 th century as you explore the ornately decorated rooms, learning of the lunches, dances, and diplomatic meetings that were once hosted by the royal Savoy family.

For Cinephiles

Dive into the magical world of the movies with a visit to the National Cinema Museum inside the Mole Antonelliana. With your own private guide, wind your way through a fascinating collection of posters, props, costumes, cameras, and memorabilia, as well as photographs featuring stars such as Clark Gable, Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe, and much more. Throughout the year, the museum also hosts a number of film festivals, including the Torino Film Festival and CinemAmbiente.

For Foodies

No visit to Italy, and especially Turin, would be complete without indulging in the food and wine. Discover the authentic tastes of the region on a tour of Eataly, the largest Italian marketplace in the world. Credited with reviving worldwide interest in traditional Italian cuisine, this massive complex boasts restaurants, bakeries, and produce stalls all under a single roof. Following a gourmet guide, gain insight into old recipes and ancient legends, treating your taste buds along the way. Dig into salty prosciutto, rich mortadella, and creamy gorgonzola as sip on a glass of full-bodied barolo or bright pinot grigio.

Free Things to Do in Turin

Traveling on a tight budget in Turin? Spend time, not your paycheck, on awesome experiences.

Lingotto Fiere - Make time for play and add some extra fun to your vacation here.

University of Turin - If you're a fan of modern-day design and architecture, add this attraction to your must-see list.

Mole Antonelliana - Educate yourself about some of the history of the region through this attraction.

Piazza Vittorio Veneto - This is a bustling place where you can soak up the vibe and immerse yourself in the local way of life.

Lago Nero - Spend a little time close to the water to rest and recharge.

Royal Library - Chat to a few locals and discover why many tourists call in at this place.

Gran Madre Church - Work on your spiritual side or just enjoy the peaceful ambiance at this site of worship.

Orto Botanico dell'Universita di Torino - If you take pleasure in hanging out in the garden, this attraction will delight your inner green thumb.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Turin

Moncalieri

Well-liked for its coffeehouses and gardens, Moncalieri is worth a visit. Check out the variety of things to see and do like Castle of Moncalieri and Moncalieri Golf Club, and jump on the metro at Moncalieri Sangone Station to get around the city.

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Rivoli

Visitors to Rivoli enjoy its restaurants, and if you want to do some exploring, Castello di Rivoli is worth a stop.

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Settimo Torinese

While in Settimo Torinese, you'll enjoy the shopping. Catch the metro at Settimo Torinese Station to see top sights like Torino Outlet Village while you're in the area.

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Avigliana

Well-liked for its restaurants and parks, Avigliana is worth a visit. Check out the variety of things to see and do like Laghi di Avigliana Park and Piedmont Alps, and jump on the metro at Avigliana Station to get around the city.

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Venaria Reale

The restaurants and parks are just a few things visitors like about Venaria Reale. Park of the Herd and Palace of Venaria are worthwhile spots to check out, and you can hop on the metro at Venaria Reale Station or Torino Rigola-Stadio Station to get around the larger area.

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Historic Centre

Consider exploring the interesting museums in Historic Centre. If sightseeing is on the list, Piazza San Carlo is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Porta Nuova Station or XVIII Dicembre Station to see more of the area.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Turin on a sunny day?

What to do in Turin on a rainy day?

What should I not miss in Turin?

Put these things toward the top of your must-do list to make the most of your visit:

  • Allianz Stadium
  • Mole Antonelliana
  • Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino
  • Turin Royal Palace

What can you do in Turin for free?

You could put your credit card in the hotel safe for the day, because these top attractions won't cost you a cent:

  • Mole Antonelliana
  • Valentino Park
  • Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea
  • Polytechnic University of Turin