The charming city of Turin is the capital of the Piedmont region and is located in the north of Italy. The town was home to the powerful Savoy dynasty, and since they were trying to compete with cities like Paris and Wien, the dynasty created elegant and incredible palaces. In this city there’s a lot to see!
Check out the must-visit attractions in Turin you don’t want to miss.
Source: Museo Nazionale del Cinema
The National Museum of Cinema (Museo Nazionale del Cinema)
The National Museum of Cinema is located in the marvelous Mole Antonelliana, a historic building, and the landmark of Turin. The National Museum of Cinema, designed by François Confino, is unique of its kind. The aim of the museum is to drag its visitors into the world of the Seventh Art with an invaluable collection in a unique layout.
The Mole Antonelliana has a tower where you can enjoy the spectacular 360-degree view of Turin – which is definitely worth your time.
Royal Palace of Turin (Palazzo Reale)
The Royal Palace is the most important palace of the Savoy dynasty and it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It mixes the baroque, rococo and neoclassical styles. In the palace, you will see works of art, tapestries, and furniture of incredible artistic value, besides the impressive library.
This palace got bigger over the years, since every time a first-born got married, the king of the period would build a new wing in the palace.
It’s located in Piazza Castello, in the center of Turin.
The Egyptian Museum
Located inside of Palazzo dell’Accademia delle Scienze, this is the second most important museum in the world entirely dedicated to the Egyptian Antiquities. The Egyptian Museum in Turin hosts objects which relate to more than 3,000 years of history of the Egyptian civilization. This wonderful collection is now spread over four levels.
Here you have the opportunity to see objects of the everyday life, the colossal statues, mummies, amulets, and to discover religious beliefs, lifestyle, and traditions of the Nile and the land of the Pharaohs.
Also located in Piazza Castello, this extravagant and historical building is magnificent. The palace, once served as a defensive fortification, has ornate columns and a balcony decorated with sculptures that are a shining example of the Italian Baroque architecture.
This palace houses the collections of the Museo Civico d’Arte Antica (Turin’s Municipal Museum of Ancient Art) and this is a place where you can explore the Italian history and discover the work of great artists.
National Automobile Museum (Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile)
Do you know that Turin is considered one of the capitals of the automobile?
Learn about the history of the automobile and its evolution in the industry, about the innovation, the design and how the development of cars influenced the society, in one of the world’s most famous technical-scientific museums.
The museum hosts a collection of over 200 models. You’ll have the chance to see cars from different countries and different ages. See cars like 4HP, the first model developed by Fiat in 1899.
Carignano Palace (Palazzo Carignano)
This historical building located right in the center of Turin is an example of the Baroque architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The palace houses the National Museum of the Risorgimento, which shows the historic period that led to the unification of Italy. The museum has interactive exhibitions, movies, and audio tours. Perfect for those who want to learn more about Italian history.
Castle of Rivoli (Castello di Rivoli)
The Castle of Rivoli is the first museum in Italy dedicated to contemporary art. Since the inauguration, the museum presented a series of innovative exhibitions and extraordinary art performances.
The castle follows the Baroque style, and the permanent collection has many Arte Povera works along with pieces from the Transavanguardia to Minimal, Body and Land Art movements. The museum also hosts theatrical performances, concerts, films and video festivals in collaboration with local cultural institutions.
The Royal Church of Saint Lawrence (Real Chiesa di San Lorenzo)
The Church of Saint Lawrence is a baroque building and was designed by Guarino Guarini. When you get to the church, you need to look up to appreciate it fully. Saint Lawrence is worldly recognized by its unusual and unique dome and lantern.
The dome is designed in an interesting, symmetric way that makes it almost looks like a kaleidoscope.
Piazza San Carlo
Surrounded by the churches Santa Cristina and San Carlo and by beautiful buildings with arches/porches, Piazza San Carlo is where you’ll find the fashion stores and the famous historic cafés.
Turin is a charming city that has a lot to offer and where you can just walk around and discover the architecture, the culture and not least the tasty and incredible food. To enjoy even more your stay in Turin, book a tour, explore the must-see attractions and get suggestions and tips for your stay in the city.