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For some centuries the city of Turin has a primary importance in the history and in the Italian economy.
It was the first capital of the Kingdom of Italy in the nineteenth century, and can be considered the cradle of the idea of a united Italy, obtained under the guidance of the Savoy dynasty, thanks to the ingenuity of the illustrious politician of Turin Camillo Benso , count of Cavour.
Turin has always represented a driving force for the national economy, thanks to its flourishing industries, particularly in the automotive and food sectors.
Today the city is one of the main production poles in the country, with a leading role for Made in Italy exports to markets all over the world. But above all, from the 2006 Winter Olympics, the city has been able to reinvert itself and become a very strong tourist attraction.

visit  Turin


Crossed by the majestic river Po and surrounded by enchanting hills, Turin is a destination for tourism attracted by the cosmopolitan nature of the city and fascinated by its cultural vocation.
The urban planning concept of the city already seems an invitation to visit, with its immense tree-lined avenues and the long theories of porticoes that characterize the streets, such as those surrounding the splendid Piazza San Carlo.
Always tending to an eco-sustainable development, nothing to do with the old industrial metropolis of the past, Turin today offers its guests beautiful parks where they can enjoy an escape from the city's rhythms, like the great Valentino Park.


Castle Square


The immense Piazza Castello is the true beating heart of the city: home to great events and events, it is surrounded by authentic architectural wonders that deserve a visit, such as the seventeenth century Palazzo Reale.
Periodically shown to the public, the Holy Shroud is kept, however, in the Cathedral in Piazza San Giovanni, another pearl to see.

Mole Antonelliana


Among the must-see attractions when visiting Turin, of course, the Mole Antonelliana, an authentic symbol of the city, and today the seat of the National Cinema Museum, should be mentioned in the first place.
Its panoramic lift allows you to enjoy a spectacular view from the inside of the building and to reach the so-called Tempietto, from which you can see an impressive panorama of the city


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Venaria Reale

Among the most important sites to visit we have deliberately left behind the Royal Palace of Venaria Reale, which recently restored remains a place where it is essential to go, both to see the Royal Palace with the rooms and the Museum, but also to the visit of the beautiful Park: a must TO SEE!

Val di Susa

For those who are willing to move just outside the city, an unusual but very fascinating route leads to Val di Susa, to the Sacra di San Michele, an historic religious monument, destination of pilgrimages along the Via Francigena and worth a visit.


Egyptian Museum

The renowned Egyptian Museum holds collections of the highest quality and historical value, and every year welcomes thousands of visitors, attracted by the mysterious charm of sphinxes, sarcophagi and papyri.

Open Mon. 09.00-14.00 Tue.- Frid.  09.00 - 18.30
Via Accademia delle Scienze, 6, 10123 Torino
tel.: 011.5617776 - infos & booking: 011.4406903
 email: info@museitorino.it      www. museoegizio.it


EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS


Always in tune with the diffusion of culture in its various forms, Turin is home to the International Book Fair in May, an event that hosts over 300,000 visitors each year at the Lingotto Fiere convention center.
In the historical seat of the Lingotto there is also the AutoMotoRetrò, an event that, together with AutoMotoRacing, attracts thousands of vintage car and racing vehicles fans to the city every February.
In October, every two years, the Salone Internazionale del Gusto, hand in hand with the Terra Madre Festival, promotes the excellence of Italian good food with a view to sustainable nutrition.

CIVIC MUSEUM OF ANCIENT ART


Palazzo Madama takes its name from the "madames" Cristina di Francia, wife of Vittorio Amedeo I, regent for her son since 1637, and Maria Giovanna Battista of Savoy-Nemours, second wife of Carlo Emanuele II, regent since 1675.
The origins of the Palazzo date back to the Roman age, to arrive at the present aspect through various interventions, the most important of which is surely the one deriving from the project of the Messina architect Filippo Juvarra of which only the new facade was realized (1718 - 1721) ,
In 1801 the gallery that connected it to the Palazzo Reale was destroyed; subsequently it was the seat of: Regia Pinacoteca (1832-1865), Astronomical Observatory (demolished in 1920), Subalpine Senate Indi Italian (1848 - 1864), Court of Cassation.
In 1934 Palazzo Madama finally became the seat of the Civic Museum of Ancient Art, a function that it still maintains today after the important restoration work completed in 2006.

Piazza Castello 10122 TORINO

tel.   +39 011 4433501

EMAIL: palazzomadama@fondazionetorinomusei.it
palazzomadamatorino.it
Monday: 10.00 am - 6.00 pm | Wednesday to Friday: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
Saturday: 11.00-19.00 | Sunday: 10.00 am to 7.00 pm
The ticket office closes an hour earlier. | Closed on Tuesday.
In case of extraordinary events, white nights, holidays, the timetable may vary. Check the museum website for the latest updates
INPUTS
Full € 10.00 - Reduced € 8.00
Free for children under 18 and other categories.
The first Wednesday of the month, no holiday, admission is free for everyone
The opening hours and the rates may be subject to variations also as a function of temporary exhibitions

the taste of Piedmont


Famous for its Art Nouveau cafés, Turin is also appreciated for good food.
In the best restaurants in the center you can appreciate the refinement of local cuisine, which in an ideal menu could start with a light and tasty vitel tonné, or a tartare of fassona, with hazelnuts and truffle oil.
To continue this journey among the flavors of Turin, among the first courses are essential the agnolotti with butter and sage, but also a dish of tajarin alla castelmagno and radicchio will tickle the finest palates.
A second of braised barolo is the perfect synthesis of Piedmontese gastronomic excellence, for a dinner to end with absolutely one of the many chocolate delights, authentic specialty of the city.


Bagna Cauda

ingredients: ( 4 persons)

olive oil 300 gr.
anchovies in salt 150 gr.
mountain butter 50 gr.
6 cloves of garlic
Clean the anchovies by scraping the outside with a small bead and then drying them with a cloth, open them and let them dry and then mince the garlic thinly. In a terracotta saucepan with a handle melt the butter over low heat, then insert the garlic without browning it and only then add the anchovies and the oil. Simmer everything at low heat for about ten minutes until the mixture resembles a sauce.
Serve with the appropriate cooker, with the diners who will dip the raw vegetables such as thistles or roasted peppers, cabbage leaves or Jerusalem artichokes into the casserole.
To accompany this dish of poor cuisine, but rich in history and taste, it would take a white but tradition wants red: then combine it with a young Barbera d'Asti.

GUIDED TOURS AND ACTIVITIES IN TURIN

Tourist Info

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TOURIST BUREAUS IN TURIN


  • Piazza Castello ang. Via Garibaldi       da lunedì a domenica 9.00 - 19.00 

  • Stazione Ferroviaria Porta Nuova   da lunedì a domenica 9.00 - 19.00 

  • Aereoporto Internazionale di Caselle   da lunedì a domenica 9.00 - 20.00 

Call Center - da lunedì a domenica 9.00 - 19.00

Sito internet: www.turismotorino.org