Turin, the capital of Piedmont, is a surprising city in northern Italy, A great cultural and business center. Bordered by the Po River and the Alps, it offers many attractions. Join us on this walk through the historical, artistic and architectural wealth of the "cradle of Italy."
The story ofTurin
Throughout its very long history, Turin was a Celtic and Roman colony; it was dominated later by barbarians, byzantines, longobards and francs; and it was also the settlement of bullfighting. In the sixth century he became a Lombard duchy and then a French county. After two centuries of freedom he went to the Savoy house and was later designated capital of Piedmont.San Carlo Square - RossHelen
The flourishing of the arts and the economy took place from the 16th century, when poets, painters, architects and urban planners arrived. However, they all respected the layout of the streets in the form of a chessboard that had been designed in Roman times.
The safety pins of Turin
During your walk through this city (with one or two days is enough) you can visit historical and modern places. Its old town is worth traveling from end to end. The main attractions of Turin are:
1. Royal PalaceRoyal Palace - MaPaSa
It is located near the castle square, in the center of the city. It belonged to the House of Savoy and It was declared a World Heritage Site.
For three centuries the palace represented the power of the dynasty. In the sixteenth century it became the Doge's Palace and its golden age began after the death of Carlos Manuel I, in the year 1620. The facade is 107 meters long and its interior (distributed over two floors) houses rooms decorated by renowned artists.
2. Cathedral of Saint John the BaptistSt. John's Cathedral - mary416
It is the most important temple in Turin and contains the famous Chapel of the Shroud of Guarino Guarini (1668).
Cathedral It was built between 1491 and 1498 in Renaissance style In full, in fact, it is the only building in the city with these characteristics. Its white marble facade and its dark colored tower are the main elements of the exterior.
3. Egyptian MuseumEgyptian Museum - PK289
It is located in the Palazzo dell'accademia delle Scienze, baroque style and built in 1678 as a school for the nobles. It is one of the oldest museums, andThe second in importance in terms of its collection of Egyptian pieces, after the Cairo Museum.
The exhibited items were part of the "treasure" of the explorer Bernardino Drovetti, bought by King Carlos Felix de Savoie. The colossal statues of Ramses II and Thutmose II stand out.
4. Madama PalaceMadama Palace - Claudio Divizia
This historical and architectural complex was one of the residences of the Royal House of Savoy and was built on the remains of a door of the ancient Roman wall. Two of the original towers are still preserved. Since 1934 it houses the 35 rooms (distributed over four floors) of the Municipal Museum of Ancient Art.
5. Mole AntonellianaMole Antonelliana - RossHelen
It is one of the symbols of the city of Turin. It was built between 1863 and 1868 with the aim of becoming a Jewish synagogue and demonstrate religious freedom. But the relationship between the artist, Alessandro Antonelli, and the community was not good (especially when costs and construction time increased).
It had to be consolidated several times due to stability problems. It currently houses the National Cinema Museum, as well as an elevator that leads to the top to enjoy the panoramic views.
"No matter what happens, traveling gives you a story to tell."
- Jewish proverb -
Other attractions of Turin are the Basilica of Superga, the Piazza de San Carlo, the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, the Palatine Gate or the Roman Quadrilatero, among others
If you have more time available in the city you can enjoy a delicious coffee in its historic coffee shops, such as Platti, Mulassano or Bicerin. You can also tour the Gran Balloon market (the second Sunday of the month) and watch the sunset from Monte dei Cappuccini.