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Turin is also known as the forgotten city of Italy and after visiting it you’ll understand why it was the first capital of Italy and still is one of the industrial cities areas of the country.

The vermouth, the Nutella and the Fiat cars were invented in Turin and it was also the first Italian city to have a cinema of its own.

If you sum all these inventions and add the beautiful landscapes and proximity to the Alps, it looks like Turin is a great destination to have a picnic in the park, a trip to the mountains and a snack with friends before an evening of movies or visiting museums.

In case you’re thinking about visiting the North of Italy, we give you 25 reasons to visit Turin:

1. Feel like an explorer in the halls of the Egyptian Museum. This space houses the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on this side of the Nile.

museo egipcio
Photo by @uccio295 via Instagram

2. Discover the incredible halls of the “Pallazo Madama” which is the former residence of the Savoy and is now a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. If what you see seems amazing wait until you get a glimpse of the Roman ruins inside.

palazzo madama
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3. When leaving the Palace which was the first Italian Senate, you will find yourself in “Piazza Castello” which is the city centre and has been the most important place of the city for centuries.

piazza castello
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4. This square leads to several of the main streets of Turin. Take your time and stroll among the shops of Via Roma.

 via roma
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5. Make a stop at the Caffé Mulassano for aperitifs. It’s quite an experience to have a Martini or a glass of Prosecco in this tiny bar with marble tables.

 caffe mulassano
Photo by @thegreedydoctor via Instagram

6. Return to the “Piazza Castello” to immerse yourself in the luxurious halls of the Palazzo Reale, the first royal residence of the Savoy and centre of the Piedmontese politics for over 3 centuries. After the visit you’ll understand why Turin is known as the Paris of Italy.

palacio real
Photo by @elena_como via Instagram

7. Walk along the arches of the Piazza San Carlo. It’s nicknamed the “livingroom of Turin” and here you can find some of the oldest cafés in the city.

 piazza san carlo
Photo by @talkingmule via Instagram

8. If you’re a football fan, your place is with Juventus. Visit their stadium and stop by the museum to soak up their history.

juve stadium
Photo by @bar_tek02 via Instagram

9. Wander between the Barroque and Rococo architecture which is typical of Turin and admire the colorful facades: bright blue, lemon yellow and many others…

fachada de turín
Photo by @a.f.bechis via Instagram

10. Head over to the ancient Iulia Augusta Taurinorum, now called Turin, by looking at the Porta Palatina, one of the best preserved Roman buildings in the world.

porta palatina
Photo by @vincep267 via Instagram

11. After so many monuments you will have to recharge your batteries, so we suggest going to the “Pepino Gelatería” and ask for a Pingüino which is their most popular ice cream since 1884!

gelateria pepino
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12. Visit the green heart of Turin – Valentino Park – close to the river Po and architectural gems like the Borgo Medievale.

parque valentino
Photo by @elena_como via Instagram

13. Moviegoers can’t miss the “National Cinema Museum” which has plenty of projections to offer. It’s really a unique place!

museo del cine turín
Photo by @gretabiliotti via Instagram

14. One of the best things about this museum is located inside the “Mole Antonelliana” tower. With your ticket in hand just climb to the top of the tower and enjoy the beautiful views.

torre torino
Photo by @the_rnr_saint via Instagram

15. Turin is also famous for chocolate and there is even a card called ChocoPass that lets you try different chocolate creations in the pastry shops of the city. Although the best-known producers are Ferrero, Caffarel and Stregli you can’t miss trying the artisan chocolate bars.

chocolate de turin
Photo by @pernigotti_1860 via Instagram

16. Find out more about one of the most mysterious objects in the world, the Shroud Of Turin. You will find it in the Cathedral.

duomo turin
Photo by @paccioccio via Instagram

17. The “Carignano Palace” houses the “National Museum of the Italian Risorgimento“. It’s the largest museum about the unification of Italy. It’s an essential visit to understand the country as it is today.

palacio carignano
Photo by @iladevito via Instagram

18. Did you know that the Martini brand is from Turin? You can’t find a better place to have a try of this drink!

martini turin
Photo by @elizabethtjones via Instagram

19. If you are in Turin during the second Sunday of the month, you can’t miss the Grand Balôn which is an antique market where you can find books, glasses, vintage cameras, furniture…

Photo by @ideiaitalia via Instagram

20. Do you like souvenirs? Buy some candies in Pastiglie Leone, one of the oldest sweet shops in Turin.

 caramelos de turin
Photo by @thankuforthecookies via Instagram

21. Travel back in time through the shop windows of Via Po. Old libraries are mixed with the latest trends.

via po
Photo by @bogdanvezeteu via Instagram

22. Delve into what was the first Fiat factory, the Lingotto building. After the factory closed in the 80s, the space has been reused to house exhibitions, concert halls and restaurants…

Photo by @sabriccio via Instagram

23. To see Turin from above go up to the Basilica of Superga. It’s 650 meters above sea level!

superga turin @katrin_gnunroh

24. In case you get tired of walking, you can always ride the tram line 7. The journey is short but it’s worth to to see the inside of their old cars.

@marco.cariati tram

25. Book one of your nights to experience a lively night out in Murazzi, a district that stretches along one of the banks of the Po. Our favourite bars are Big Mama and Disco Club Chalet.

Photo by @lucafrancescoalberti via Instagram

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