10 things to do in Turin: why this northern Italian city is included in world top destinations
10 things to do in Turin? Unique Italian city recommended by the New York Times among the destinations for 2016, Turin steals the hearts of millions of tourists every year. If you are lucky enough to spend even a small amount of time in the capital of Piedmont, here is a list of the ten things not to be missed in Turin.
A museum entirely dedicated to ancient Egypt’s art and culture. With its 6,500 exhibits, and a total collection of over 30,000 artifacts, the Museo Egizio (Egyptian Museum) of Turin is actually the second largest in the world (after the Cairo one).
Designed initially as a synagogue and become instead a tribute to King Vittorio Emanuele II, the Mole Antonelliana is the undisputed symbol of Turin. Don’t miss out on the elevator that reaches the so-called Tempietto: a magnificent view over the entire city and the surrounding Alps awaits you.
National Museum of Cinema
Inside the Mole Antonelliana there is the Museo Nazionale del Cinema (National Museum of Cinema), on five different floors. If you are passionate about movies production or just curious, this is a must.
The Parco del Valentino (Valentino Park), within which the majestic Castello del Valentino, a UNESCO World Heritage, stands.
When you arrive in the beautiful Piazza Castello, the most imposing building is probably the Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace), sumptuous official residence of the Savoy and King Vittorio Emanuele II until 1865.
Palazzo Madama (Madama Palace), located in the same square, is a former fortress, castle and residence which today houses the Museo Civico di Arte Antica (Civic Museum of Ancient Art). A thousand years of Italian art history told by the exhibits.
In a not so exposed portion of Piazza Castello there is the Teatro Regio (Royal Theatre), whose particular beauty is perceived mostly from the inside. It is also the second largest European theater, outclassed only by the Opera in Paris.
Palace of Venaria Reale
The Reggia di Venaria Reale (Palace of Venaria Reale), recently restored and labeled too as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most visited cultural sites in the peninsula.
The Holy Shroud
The Holy Shroud, the sheet in which Jesus Christ was buried, is preserved in the Duomo of Turin in a hermetic shrine after the fire that partially damaged it in 1997.
Traditional dishes and wine
A trip to Turin has to end sitting at a table tasting the dishes of Piedmont tradition, accompanied by one of the richest selections of wine in Italy (Barolo, Barbera, Moscato and many others).
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