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Turin & Around


Capital of the Piedmont Region, Turin was the first capital of the Kingdom of Italy back in 1861. Ruled by the House of Savoy since 1280, several historical metamorphoses shaped the modern Turin. Situated in the North West of the country, on the banks of the Po River and surrounded by the Alps, Turin continues to be a centre of European and international culture, which discloses a city of monuments, royal palaces, churches, spirituality, events, music, galleries, cinema and literature. More than two thousand years of history have contributed to build up this incredible heritage: from the Roman Empire, through the Middle Ages, the Savoy court, becoming the first capital of Italy in 1861 over the Risorgimento, to being the capital of Italian industrial production over the 20th century with FIAT.

From the Royal Palace to the Church of Consolata, the Regio Theatre and the National Museum of Cinema, the cultural itineraries are countless, and never predictable. And there is an infinite choice of attractions outside the city as well: in Rivoli Castle whose Baroque rooms host the Museum of Contemporary Art; in Canavese where the Castles of Agliè and Masino are gems of post-Renaissance architecture surrounded by beautiful gardens; in the Susa and Chisone Valleys where there are the ancient fortresses of Fenestrelle and Exilles that barred the way to the Alpine passes.
These are only some of Piedmont's symbols recognised all over the world.

How to get to Turin

Turin can easily be reached by any method and from any place, and it’s the ideal base for speedily getting to all the tourist spots of the province in the comfort of vehicles and public transport.

By plane

Turin has its own international airport, both known as Torino Caselle or Torino Sandro Pertini (TRN), located 16 kilometers northwest of the city centre. From Caselle Airport a shuttle bus will take you to the city centre in about 45 minutes.

By train

Turin is a nationally and internationally important railway junction and high-speed trains connect it to Europe and to the rest of Italy. The main railway stations are:

  • Porta Nuova (from/to Roma, Milano, Genova, Firenze, Bologna, Venezia, France) - Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 53
  • Porta Susa (from/to Roma, Milano, Firenze, Bologna, Venezia, Spain and TGV from/to France) - Piazza XXVII Dicembre, 8
  • Lingotto (intermediate stop from/to Roma, Genova, Firenze) - Via Pannunzio, 1
  • Information and timetables of trains

The connection from Milano Malpensa airport to Turin is granted by a service operating 18 hours/day and 10 couple of runs.

By car

Five different motorways connect Turin to other major Italian and European cities. The main access roads to the motorway are placed at each cardinal direction of the city.

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By bus

There are many links connecting the main national and international cities with Turin.

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Discover Turin

After the scientific sessions you can easily organize by yourself 1-2h visits.

On the website you can find several ideas to visit the city.

For tourist information about Turin the contact centre is at disposal from Monday to Saturday from 9.30 am to 12.30 am and from 2.30 pm to 5 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 1 pm.

Phone +39 011535181 -

Royal palaces and residences

The  Royal Residences, constructed by the Savoys between the 17th and 18th Centuries, offer a truly immersion into these historic centers of power. Each residence has its own character and features to be discovered. Beautiful castles, imposing palaces, rich theatres and churches recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Palazzo Madama: a charming and beautiful palace which stands in the hearth of the city, housing the Museum of Ancient Art 
  • Palazzo Reale (the Royal Palace): the first residence of the Savoy dynasty is considered one of the best preserved European palaces and famous architects such as Guarini and Juvarra contributed to its beauty.
  • Palazzo Carignano: it is the most significant example of Baroque art In Turin and it is famous for being the seat the first Italian Parliament.
  • Venaria Reale: originally conceived as a hunting residence, it is now one of the most important artistic and cultural sites in Turin and greater Italy. Concerts, exhibitions, cultural and entertainment activities are performed here every day, all year round. The palace is surrounded by 80 hectares of beautiful gardens.
  • Stupinigi: the hunting residence, surrounded by a 150,000 square meter-park.


Turin's rich museum offerings provide visitors a unique and varied experience. 

Some of the most famous ones:

  • Egyptian Museum: one of the most significant examples of Egyptian art in Europe, with over 5,000 items.
  • Natural Science Museum: it can be considered a landmark in the local scientific world, with over 15,000 items
  • National Museum of the Italian Risorgimento: it preserves the very first Italian Parliament and the most significant evidences of the unification process of Italy.
  • National Cinema Museum: this museum, located inside the Mole Antonelliana, is unique for its peculiarity of being interactive and for its itinerary which guides visitors through the history of the “seventh art”.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art: since 1984, the baroque Rivoli Castle has hosted one of the most importan and internationally known museums of contemporary art in Italy. Masterpieces of famous contemporary artists can be admired here.
  • Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery (GAM): the rich collection includes more than 45,000 artistic works, retracing art history in Italy from the 19th century.

Squares and parks


Just a little taste of what you can see walking around in Turin:
Piazza Castello: the most central square of the city, in which both beautiful Palazzo Madama and Palazzo Reale are set. The main streets of the city, such as via Roma, via Po and via Garibaldi converge here.
Piazza Vittorio Veneto: it lies next to the river and provides a beautiful view of the hills around the city.
Piazza San Carlo: it is entirely pedestrianized and surrounded by historical cafés dating back to the 19th century.
Piazza Carignano: the best example of Baroque influence in Torino.

There is a number of smaller and lesser known squares as well,  hidden all over the historical center of the city. Very much appreciated by locals, unknown to non-locals, they are charming and quiet places, and very representative of Torino’s beauty: Piazza BodoniPiazza CavourPiazza CarlinaPiazza Solferino.


There are 17 major city parks in Turin: the perferct solution for those in serach of peace and quiet inside the city.

The best known is Valentino Park: with its Medieval Castle (one of the Savoy Residences) and the Botanical garden, it is a beautiful place to enjoy nature and have the feeling to be away from the city. 

Food and wine

Turin and the whole province offer magnificent cuisine, in every season overflowing with specialities whose origins are in the best regional culinary tradition. This is the delicious capital of the bicerin (a typical hot drink made of espresso, chocolate and whole milk), of gianduiotti chocolates, of patisserie products such as nocciolini, krumiri and paste di meliga. The wine (Barolo and Barbera for example) and other products like agnolotti, tajarin pasta, risottos, boiled and braised meats, mixed fries and cheeses are worth to be mentioned.

Turin is a place that shows aristocratic decorum in the timeless ritual of the aperitif, here invented with Vermouth in 1786.

Whatever your taste, you will be delighted by a wine and food tour that takes in historical cafés, wine shops and bars, stores and restaurants along the way, where simple country ingredients fit perfectly with the refinement of royal cuisine.

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