One of Italy’s northern cities and capital of the Piedmont region, Turin is widely known for a world-famous shroud and a football club Juventus. Beyond these icons, however, Turin is a wonderful, baroque masterpiece of a city, full of art galleries, boutique shopping and fine dining - all the finer things. Add Turin to your itinerary and let her beautiful public spaces and impressive architecture entrance you.
Where to go
Go to Turin Cathedral and visit the shroud and after you’ve done that, there’s the rest of the city to explore. If you’re in the mood for shopping, go to Via Roma, lined with upscale fashion boutiques, and Via Garibaldi, its slightly more laidback twin. Soak up the echoes of the past at the Royal Palace of the House of Savoy, a series of ‘palazzi’ grouped together. Film buffs can experience a century of Italian classics at the National Cinema Museum. Spend an afternoon diving into the markets at Porto Palazzo, one of the largest you’ll find in Europe. Finish the day by sitting in a cafe at Piazza Castello with a glass of wine, watching the inhabitants of the city, pass by.
Food & Drink
Piedmont cuisine stands alone amongst those of Italy. Olive oil doesn’t feature as strongly here, due to the colder conditions. Instead, the diet draws more strongly on the cuisine of the Swiss, Germans and French - think hearty stews and meat cooked with butter. You’ll also encounter delicious truffles here, so take advantage. In Turin, for the best local dishes, head down to Porto Savona (Piazza Vittorio), a local institution operating since 1863. For something a little bit more contemporary, try Osteria ‘n Cicinin (Via Madama Cristina 100). Everything here is market fresh, indeed, the menu frequently changes based on what’s good and seasonal.
Turin is the city of the Aperitivo, a combination of wine, cocktails and buffet nibbles that many indulge in, in lieu of dinner. One of the best places to experience this local practice is the Caffe San Carlo (Piazza San Carlo) where old world charm meets a truly impressive spread. Elsewhere, the Caffe Mulassano (Piazza Castello) is another local favourite. Regardless of what time of day you visit, each drink is accompanied by a spread of tiny sandwiches featuring local specialities.
Where to stay
In the centre of the city, La Due Matote
is a tiny, three-room boutique bolthole, perfect for a weekend break, with great views and luxury furnishings. Out of town, Castello di Gabiano
is a perfect castle retreat. This gem features six luxury suites and rooms, with a wine cellar and the acclaimed 3 Orologi restaurant
within the castle grounds. How to get there
Ryanair and British Airways fly from London to Turin, daily.