Turin – The Forgotten City

Turin – The Forgotten City

If you think of must see destinations in Italy the first places that come to mind are Venice, Florence, Rome and Naples, but is Turin worth a visit? Yes


Turin Skyline

The city used to be a major European political center, being Italy's first capital city in 1861 and being home to the House of Savoy, Italy's royal family. The kingdom of Savoy was largely responsible for the cities baroque architecture.

Nowadays it is known for heavy industry and the home of Fiat but there is so much more to Turin than cars. The historic center is filled with art nouveau mansions and baroque palaces, restaurants serving traditional Piemontese food and modern apertivo bars.

A popular market that is open every day and is located at Porta Palatina the ancient gate of the city, there is an array of food including the white truffles from Alba. Walk a little further then you will see the crowds die down from the hustle and bustle of the busy market place and you will reach Piazza San Carlo a showpiece for baroque architecture.


Browse around the square and soak in the sophisicated atmosphere, the well dressed business people of Turin window shopping in the haute-couture boutiques and sipping coffee in the luxurious Caffè's serving coffee for €1 a cup.

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We would recommend trying Caffè San Carlo  that feels more like palace than a Caffè with elegance and opulence rolled into one.

Museo Egizio Torino
Museo Egizio, Turin

After your lunchtime we would recommend a visit to a fascinating Egyptian museum museoegizio.org whose collection of mummies and Egyptian artefacts are as good as you will find anywhere.

When it comes to the evening time there is plenty to do depending upon your inclination towards a classy cafe such as Belle Epoque Caffè Platti (Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 72, platti.it) or a cool bar such as La Drogheria (Piazza Vittorio Veneto 18, la-drogheria.it).

Turin is surrounded by green rolling hills and Alpine peaks, steeped in history; a modern stylish city. There is plenty to see and do in Turin once you have visited the forgotten city you will always remember it!

Recommended Place To Stay in Turin

Ai Savoia

Ai Savoia

My name is Pavone Roberto, my main job is to manage and take care of a pretty and original hotel in Turin city centre (ITALY), that is a convenient place for tourists that require high level services. It is very similar to the "Hotel de charme" so called in France. There are four rooms with safe, private bathroom, air conditioned, classic and well refined furniture of the beginning of XIX century.

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