Looking for a travel guide to Turin? Ready to eat your weight in Italian chocolate? If your answer to both of those questions is yes, you’ll enjoy these Turin travel tips from local Chelsea
. She’s telling us what to do and where to go in Turin – and how to do it cheaply, safely, and respectfully.
Turin is a large city that is perfectly situated in the north of Italy only one hour from the ski resorts, one hour from the Italian Riviera, and two hours from Milan. It was built by the Romans and has been growing and thriving ever since. I’ve lived here since 2007 and have made it my mission to explore every inch of this city.
Must Do in Turin
Visit any of the UNESCO established residences of the Savoy dynasty. The Savoy family ruled over Turin much like the Medici’s ruled over Florence. They built dozens of royal residences with several in the heart of the city and most are open to the public.
My favorite is Palazzo Madama in Piazza Castello. It has a roman base, a medieval middle, and a baroque facade. Inside are ornate rooms filled with the royal art collection, but the impressively overstated staircase alone is worth the visit.
I hear you, why am I recommending you visit an Egyptian museum in Italy? Because Turin doesn’t just have an Egyptian museum, they have the largest and most comprehensive collection of Egyptian artifacts outside of Cairo.
One of the many highlights is the exhibit of Kha and Merit. Everything in his room was taken from a complete tomb of a husband and wife who had been mummified with all they could ever want in the afterlife including food, a complete cosmetic kit, styled and beaded wigs, and perfectly preserved shoes!
Take the elevator to the top of the Mole Antonelliana. The Mole is the tallest building in Turin and can be seen from just about anywhere.
It now houses the Museum of Cinema
which is worth a visit but make sure you use your ticket to board the glass elevator that goes to the top where you will get a stunning view of the city including the two rivers that cross through Turin and the surrounding Alps.