Choose a classical city tour to discover the royal elegance of Torino or get familiar with the modern and contemporary architecture by worldwide famous architects. Here are some suggestions: make your choice!
Duration: 2 hours
Features: Orientation walking or cycling tour in the historic city centre
1)If you don’t have your own bike, ask me more details about bike rental
2) the tour is easily accessible for all
Starting from Piazza Castello, you’ll discover the history of the Savoys, the former Italian royal family, thanks to the beauty of their baroque style palaces that were declared world human heritage by Unesco in 1997. From Palazzo Reale to Palazzo Madama, we’ll move to the Cathedral where the Holy Shroud is sheltered.
Some blocks away you’ll be fascinated by the façade of Palazzo Carignano where Italy’s first parliament sat.
Piazza San Carlo, Turin’s elegant drawing room, is just around the corner: that’s where you can have a pleasant stop for tasting a “gianduiotto”, the famous local chocolate praline.
The tour ends close to the river Po to admire one of the city’s most remarkable symbols, the Mole Antonelliana.
Intended as a synagogue when it was started in 1863, this extraordinary structure houses the National Cinema Museum.
Duration: 3 hours
Features: orientation tour by private bus/car; by bike the tour lasts approximately 4 hours
Remarks: the tour is accessible for motor disabilities
If you don’t want to walk too long, this tour suits you perfectly!
From the city centre we’ll move to the residential area, the so called “collina”, hillside, along the river Po, where you can take wonderful pictures of the Alps skyline surrounding Turin.
A stop at the quaint Borgo Medievale in the Valentino Park is a must see: built in 1884 it has everything you would expect to find in a 15th century Piedmontese village.
Driving south we’ll reach the Lingotto former Fiat factory dating back to 1920. Inspired by Ford’s assembly line plant in Detroit, Lingotto was converted by architect Renzo Piano into a multifunctional center. Piano has worked his magic on the 1 km long roof, the former test track, where the painting gallery Pinacoteca Agnelli and the Green Bubble can be found.
Last but not least, have a relaxing moment inside “Eataly”, the gourmet temple by Slow Food just next to Lingotto.
The food and wine department store offers a rich selection of Italian high quality products.
Remarks: last 3 options can also be chosen for a bike tour but consider that the length of the whole excursion could last from 8 to 10 hours.
Turin’s art and culture can count on 45 museums not considering temporary exhibitions.
You can be spoiled for choice! Due to the wide proposal, it is not possible to list and describe all the tours and museums.
Here are some suggestions, just to mention a few (accessible for motor disabilities except for Museo Pietro Micca):