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Your travel guide for Turin
Turin, the capital of the Piedmont region in north-western Italy, is considered one of the country's cultural centers. Known for its baroque architecture, its spacious squares and avenues and its history in the automotive industry as the home of Fiat, Turin exudes a unique blend of tradition and innovation.

Turin - city of cars and baroque style

The city is picturesquely situated at the foot of the Alps and on the River Po, giving it an impressive natural backdrop. Turin was the first capital of Italy in 1861 and played a central role in the unification of the country. This historical significance is reflected in the numerous palaces, squares and churches that characterize the cityscape.

Today, Turin is known for its lively art and culture scene. Museums such as the Egyptian Museum, the second largest of its kind outside Egypt, and the Gallery of Modern Art bear witness to the city's cultural diversity and historical significance. The Turin Film Museum on the striking Mole Antonelliana attracts cineastes from all over the world.

In addition to art and culture, Turin is also a center for education and research with several universities and research institutes. The influence of the University of Turin, one of the oldest in Italy, has contributed to the development of a dynamic student life and promoted innovation and entrepreneurship in the region.

The city's culinary scene is also remarkable, with a variety of restaurants offering local Piedmontese specialties. Turin is also the cradle of the aperitif and the home of the famous Bicerin, a traditional hot drink made from coffee, chocolate and cream.

Turin is still an important economic center, especially in the automotive, aeronautics and design sectors. Despite its modernization, the city carefully preserves its cultural heritage, making it a fascinating destination for visitors from all over the world.

The Palazzo Reale in the heart of Turin is a masterpiece of Baroque architecture and served as the royal residence of the Savoy dynasty.

Sights in Turin

What is there to see in Turin? The most important attractions at a glance:

  1. Mole Antonelliana: This striking building is a landmark of Turin and is home to the National Film Museum. There is a viewing platform on the Mole with an impressive view over the city and the surrounding Alps.
  2. Egyptian Museum (Museo Egizio): This museum is one of the most important of its kind and houses an extensive collection of Egyptian art and artifacts. It is the oldest Egyptological museum in the world and the second most important after the one in Cairo.
  3. Palazzo Reale: The Royal Palace of Turin was the historic residence of the Savoy dynasty. Its magnificent halls and extensive gardens reflect the power and wealth of the Italian royal family.
  4. Basilica di Superga: This imposing basilica is located on a hill on the outskirts of Turin and offers a spectacular view of the city. It is known for its baroque architecture and the royal crypt, where members of the House of Savoy are buried.
  5. Parco del Valentino: This public park is one of the most popular meeting places for residents and visitors to the city. With its gardens, the medieval village, the Castello del Valentino and the banks of the Po, it offers a picturesque setting in the heart of the city.
  6. Museo dell'Automobile: Turin is the home of Fiat and the Automobile Museum tells the story of the automobile with an impressive collection of historic vehicles. A must for car fans.
  7. Piazza San Carlo: This central square is the heart of the city and is often referred to as the "living room of Turin". Surrounded by historic cafés and baroque facades, it is an elegant place to observe city life.
  8. Castello del Valentino: Another magnificent castle that now houses the University of Turin's Faculty of Architecture. The gardens and castle are examples of Baroque architecture and are occasionally opened for public events.

Where is Turin?

Turin is a city in Italy. It is located about 525 km northwest of the capital Rome. There are about 871.000 inhabitants living in Turin.

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