For a city that’s predominantly linked to industry, with many automobile and manufacturing factories, you might be surprised by just how graceful Turin is. Set against a beautiful backdrop of the Alps, you’ll find dramatic grandeur in a city filled with Baroque architecture. There are boulevards reminiscent of Paris and elegant arcades housing galleries that make wonderful shelters for rainy days, such as the sensual Galleria Subalpina.
“Residents in Turin
remain dedicated to their sacred aperitivo 'hour', which runs from 6-9pm each day.”
The aperitivo ritual became established in the 1920s when factory workers marked the end of their day with a bitter tipple and nibbles before dinner. Today this humble practice has developed into a delicious buffet that is included in the price, so be sure to bring an appetite.
Join the locals in historic bars where tables spill out into the street in the historical and mostly pedestrianised centre of Quadrilatero Romano, which holds an exciting labyrinth of narrow streets. In Turin’s
main square, Palazzo Madama, lies a gorgeous Renaissance cathedral, Duomo di Torino. This houses the Holy Shroud, which some believe to be the burial linen that Jesus was wrapped in after crucifixion. For top-notch shopping, head to Via Roma, which is lined with high fashion designers.
The neighbouring Centro district is home to the Egypt Museum, which is second in the world after Cairo for displaying Egyptian treasure.
For a more authentic experience of Turin
, head further south of the city beyond Via Lagrange, which is where all the locals go. Every two years, Turin
brings the Slow Food movement to life, where you can hear and taste what it's all about at the mouthwatering international event, Terra Madre Salone del Gusto. Get a flavour for Slow Food at Eataly Torino Lingotto, a large emporium, market and restaurant in the commercial district of Lingotto. This is also where you’ll find the famous former FIAT factory and futuristic design by visionary architect Renzo Piano.
The hip neighbourhood of Aurora is home to plenty of local flair, where young and old Italians mingle to play a game of bocce (bowls). Explore Europe’s largest flea market, Balon, or head to Turin’s
grandest and oldest marketplaces, Porta Palazzo, which once served as the city’s refrigerator and nods to its ancient past. The stalls here are heavily influenced by the city’s early Moroccan immigrants, with exotic spices among fresh Italian produce.
trendiest street right now is Via Monferrato in the Borgo Po district, with its Belle Époque buildings and lavish display of colourful umbrellas, which is well worth a visit.
green lung is Valentino Park, where you’ll stumble across a fake medieval village, complete with cobbled lanes, a castle, and even a drawbridge. It’s situated in the gentrified neighbourhood of San Salvario, where former industrial sites have been revamped into happening boutiques and cafés, while retaining its older aperitivo bars. You’ll find some unique museums in this district, including the somewhat macabre Museum of Criminal Anthropology, and the Museum of Human Anatomy.