Turin is a city that has a very modern feel and it is famous for having been Italy’s first capital city in 1861.Because of its history Turin is one of the most beautiful Italian cities and it offers a wide variety of choices for lovers of sport and nature, as well as for those who prefer a more relaxing setting, perhaps enjoying a traditional Bicerin (a hot drink native to Turin made with coffee, chocolate and milk cream) or a hot chocolate in one of the city’s many historic cafés. Enjoy the views of Turin from the top of the Mole Antonelliana, explore Europe’s largest market in Porta Palazzo or take a journey back through time with a visit to the Egyptian Museum.
Where to book in Turin
A stay in Turin is made all the easier with B&B Hotels! It’s easy to get around in the vicinity of the Salone d’Auto Storiche e Moderne (vintage and modern car show), the Olympic Stadium and the business heart of the city. Business and play travel arm-in-arm. Turin is one of Italy most vibrant cultural cities. The excellent public transport links make it possible to reach the historic town centre in no time at all and to visit the Mole Antonelliana, the National Cinema Museum, Piazza Castello, Palazzo Madama and the Cathedral.
History and urbanism
Stretched out along the bends of the Po River, Turin is also known as a “city lounge”, primarily because of Piazza San Carlo, which is often the focus of great events and is surrounded by the long porticoes where it is possible to stroll amid the historic shops and cafés. If you have any wishes you’d like to see fulfilled, then go to the square and seek out the symbol of the city, the rampant golden bull, opposite the Caffè Torino. Tradition has it that trampling the bull brings good fortune. In 2006 Turin hosted the Olympic Winter Games and in 2015 Turin will be the European Capital of Sport, with numerous sporting events that will involve many of the city’s venues.
Strolling with a bag of Turin’s famous tasty breadsticks (grissini) in your hand, you will experience the atmosphere of the city and can choose from the many paths that will lead you to the Turin of the House of Savoy, to that of the historic coffee bars, from the Turin of the world of fashion and shopping to the hidden mysteries of the “Magical City”. Lovers of trekking can reach the slopes of Superga Hill, passing through the Parco della Collina Torinese or the renowned Parco del Valentino. If, on the other hand, you’d rather move away from the city, you can take the Romantic Road of the Langhe and Roero and explore the castles of Piedmont.
Turin’s historic town centre retains its old identity and its air of aristocracy. A visit to Piazza Castello, the Royal Palace and Palazzo Madama, home to the Museum of Ancient Art, means you are instantly in the heart of the city. Dominating Turin is the Mole Antonelliana, which at a height of 167 metres is the city’s tallest building. The Egyptian Museum, which contains valuable works and which is second only to the Museum of Cairo, will transport you back in time to the world of ancient Egypt.
If you love the movies then you cannot miss out on one of the most important festivals in the world of Italian cinema: the Torino Film Festival. On 24 June there is a not-to-be-missed event to celebrate Saint John and the Summer Solstice, with a historic parade in costume. The traditional “Farò” (‘bonfire’) is lit and spectators can witness the firework display that is visible from the Victor Emanuel Bridge. If you happen to be in Turin from November through to the month of January, then why not visit the Luci d'Artista (Artists’ Lights) exhibition on the streets and in the squares in the centre of town. The city of Turin is capable of exciting you all year round!