How can I visit Turin in 2 days?

Weekends in Italy are synonymous with Rome, Venice and Florence, but rarely with Turin. And yet, after spending two days in this city, all you'll want to do is go back! A first approach to the city centre reveals a surprising mix of Baroque, neoclassical and Art Nouveau architecture. After a stroll under the arcades and a stop for a bicerin, the local drink, set off to discover the world-famous Museum of Egyptian Antiquities. Follow in the footsteps of Turin's industrial past by visiting the former Fiat factory, now a cultural centre and green corridor. Stroll along the River Po and through the Valentino Park, then take the panoramic lift up the Mole, the city's landmark. Once you've climbed up, take a trip into the underground Turin, full of history. Finally, let yourself be surprised by the local gastronomy and by the capital of aperitivo, in moderation of course.

Panoramic view of Turin in winter, with the Alps in the background

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Day 1: Discover the historic centre on foot

Turin's historic centre is packed with architectural sights, museums and pretty galleries and pedestrianised alleyways to stroll through. Here's a route to discover Turin's picturesque centre on foot.

Piazza Castello

The starting point for the day is this majestic square, a vestige of Turin's royal past. Admire the Royal Palace (Palazzo reale) and the astonishing Palazzo Madam, with its fortified castle section on one side and its Baroque façade on the other. Both are now home to exhibition centres dedicated to art, from Antiquity to the present day.

Aerial view of Piazza Castello, top left: the Royal Palace, center: Palazzo Madama.

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🚌 How do I get there?

If you're staying away from Turin's historic centre, the nearest tram station is Garibaldi (line 4 or 7). It is a 2-minute walk from piazza Castello.

Museo Egizio, the museum of Egyptian antiquities

Considered to be one of the most important museums of ancient Egypt, its impressive collection appeals to enthusiasts and the curious alike. It's impossible to see it all in just a few hours. The four rooms not to be missed are the Halls of the Kings, the Halls of Papyrus, the Halls of the Gods and the Halls of Funerary Objects.

Entrance to the Egizio Museum

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Don't forget to book!

It is essential to book your admission ticket before you visit the Egizio Museum. This will allow you to visit at the time you want, bearing in mind that the museum opens at 9am for early risers.

Piazza San Carlo

Just a 2-minute walk from the Museo Egizio, the charming Piazza San Carlo hides a host of cafés and restaurants beneath its arcades. It's the ideal place to stop for lunch. But before savouring one of the local specialities, under these arcades, right next to the Caffé Torino, you'll find Turin's lucky Toro. According to local belief, taking a few steps on this brass bull inlaid in the ground (precisely on its private parts) brings luck and prosperity. It never hurts to try!

Turin's lucky bull

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St. Charles Square

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Where to eat?

Among the restaurants in Piazza San Carlo, we recommend Caffé Torino, an institution. It serves snacks as well as more elaborate local dishes.

📍 Caffé Torino, Piazza San Carlo, 204, Turin

The Galleria Subalpina

This magnificent 18-metre-high shopping arcade is well worth a visit to admire its architecture. It is home to boutiques, restaurants and cafés such as the famous Barrati & Milano.

The Subalpine Gallery

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The Mole Antonelliana

Just 10 minutes away is Turin's landmark: the Mole Antonelliana. This great tower dominates the city. Inaugurated in the same year as the Eiffel Tower, the Mole created the same shock in Turin. Its glass lift is well worth a visit. Anyone with a fear of heights should not attempt it! It takes you to the top for a panoramic view of Turin and the surrounding area. La Mole is also home to the fun-filled cinema museum. If you're keen, you can combine a visit to the museum with a panoramic lift for a special price.

The Mole Antonelliana

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Practical info

Booking strongly recommended

It's best to buy tickets for the panoramic lift in advance. It costs €9 for adults, €7 for 6-26 year olds and free for children under 6. The lift is open Monday to Sunday from 9am to 7pm and closed on Tuesdays.
Here is the link for: Museo Nazionale del Cinema

The banks of the Po

To round off the day, we recommend a stroll along the banks of the River Po to watch the sun go down. Many cafés offer the aperitivo, a local institution. The idea is that when you order a drink, you have access to a copious self-service buffet with tramezzini (small sandwiches), salitini (petits fours) and other savoury delights. It's very convivial and economical!

The banks of the Po with the Gran Madre dio church in the background

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Where to eat?

Among the bars located next to the banks of the River Po, the Drogheria is particularly popular with the locals. Their aperitivo is €12 including service from 6pm to 10pm.

📍 La Drogheria, Place Vittorio Veneto, 18, Turin

We advise you to stay not far from the banks of the River Po so you don't have too many kilometres to cover after this evening stroll. The Best Western Crimea hotel is just a few metres from the Po in the Borgo Pô district. Rooms cost 95 euros a night for two people, including breakfast.

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Day 2: Excursion to unusual Turin

For this second day, we're taking you on a tour of Turin's unexpected and surprising places. A medieval village, an old factory converted into a cultural centre, an underground museum, an endless gallery of arcades - in short, another memorable day!

Valentino Park

To get the day off to a good start, we suggest a stroll through one of Turin's green lungs, overlooking the banks of the River Po. Exceptional varieties of trees and plants grow here, and it's a delight to stroll around. Then, suddenly, like an apparition, the tower of a medieval fortress rises up! This Borgo medievale is a village recreated in 1884 for an exhibition.

Autumn view of the Borgo medievale in the Valentino park on the banks of the River Po

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Opening times

The park and the Borgo medievale are open from 9am to 7pm every day in winter and from 9am to 8pm every day in summer.

The Lingotto, the former Fiat factory

Located in the Lingotto district (hence its name), this former factory has become a cultural centre. Erected on its roof like a futuristic boat, the Pinacoteca Agnelli houses the modern and contemporary art collection of one of the founders of the famous Italian brand, Giovanni Agnelli. Also on the roof, in place of the former car test track, is a green corridor and open-air art gallery: the Pista 500. In the building, several galleries are also dedicated to the history of the famous Fiat 500.

Aerial view of the Lingotto roof

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Practical info

🚌 Getting to the Lingotto

To get to Lingotto from Valentino Park, join Corso Guglielmo Marconi. Walk 10 minutes to reach the Marconi metro station (line 1, there's only one - hard to go wrong!). Head towards Fermi and get off at Lingotto station.

Where to eat?

🍴 Eataly: a wealth of ideas for gourmets

A 4-minute walk from Lingotto, the luxury supermarket Eataly offers a wide variety of local Italian products. Here you can have lunch and do some gourmet shopping. From classic pastas to more creative sauces, spices, chocolates, sauces and vermouth (the local aperitif), the range is wide. We advise you to pack a big bag so that you can bring back everything you want.

The Pietro Micca Museum and underground Turin

To round off your stay, we suggest an unusual visit: the Underground Turin. The itinerary begins at the Pietro Micca Museum, a Piedmontese military hero who died for his country during the War of the Spanish Succession. From the museum, you can descend 15 metres underground to visit the 18th-century galleries, the royal ice houses of Porta Palazzo and the underground passages of the Baroque palaces. It's a journey to the heart of Turin's history, to these areas of refuge in times of war.

Practical info

🚌 Getting to the Pietro Micca MuseumNext to the Lingotto is the metro stop of the same name. Head towards Fermi and stop at the XVIII Dicembre station. The Pietro Micca Museum is a 4-minute walk away.

👉 Tickets must be booked in advance to visit the underground passages. There are 4 times during the day, one in the morning and three in the afternoon (2.30pm; 3.30pm; 4.30pm). Tickets cost €3 for adults, €2 for the over-65s and young people aged 10 to 18, and free for children under 10. Please note that you must wear walking clothes suitable for damp conditions. Claustrophobic visitors are advised to abstain!

Museo Pietro Micca

Via Roma and its arcades

Return to the historic centre and finish the day in style with a stroll under the arcades of via Roma. Did you know that Turin has almost 18 km of covered arcades? Along the entire length of via Roma, a gallery of almost 800 metres houses restaurants, cafés, patisseries and all kinds of shops selling clothes, shoes and books. In summer, thanks to the shade and coolness preserved by the stonework, it's a great place to stroll, shop or stop for a snack.

View of the arcades in summer

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🍸 A final aperitivoAt the end of via Roma, return to piazza Castello for a final aperitivo at Caffè Mulassano, a historic café in Turin where the aperitivo is said to have been born. The place itself is well worth a visit.

⭐ To end this stay in style, why not treat yourself to a royal night in the Corte Realdi Luxury Rooms Torino located on the majestic piazza Castello? Expect to pay around €170 including breakfast for a night for two.

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