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Torino City Center Walking Tour

Experience the first Capital of Italy!
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 4.2 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Torino - Walking Tour
This tour is tailored as a good starter to maximize half a day of relaxed strolling and sightseeing around this ... more »

Tips:  The city lies exactly on the 45th parallel in a temperate zone with four distinct seasons. Spring and fall can be rainy, summer is hot... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Piazza Statuto

Starting point of the tour, the square is named after Statuto Albertino, the Statute Chart released by King Charles Albert in 1848. Not only this document was adopted when Italy was later unified in 1861, but survived until 1946 when the new Constitution of Italy was introduced.
The monument in the middle of the square was erected to commemorate... More

2. Via Garibaldi

Leading to Piazza Castello, at nearly one kilometer in length (.6 mi) this is the longest straight pedestrian stretch in Europe and one of the city's favorites for strolls and mid-price shopping, mainly for clothing and shoes. No curbs, the street is entirely paved with stone slabs.

Overlooked by the City Hall building, the otherwise quiet square turns busy on the 1st Sundays and 4th Saturdays of every month (except Jan, Jul, Aug) with a lively Farmers' Market. A great opportunity for sourcing excellent seasonal food products.
Local, fresh and reasonably priced vegetables, fruit, cheese, salame and the like, bread, honey and ... More

4. Porta Palatina

A couple of decades B.C. Torino acquired the status of Roman City with the name of Augusta Taurinorum. The Roman city layout was the usual gridlock with evenly-spaced streets intersecting at square angles. The squared off, walled city had an access gate located in the middle of each side and one of these, which was the Northern Gate, still stands ... More

The linen commonly defined as the "Holy Shroud of Turin" is kept in this cathedral and is undoubtedly interesting aside of the debate around it.
Some believe it's the cloth that wrapped the body of Jesus Christ, some claim it's absolutely not. Studies conducted though various technologies have proved the Shroud to be dating back to the... More

6. Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace)

Main residence of the Savoy Kings, its facade is preceded by a large fenced front yard. The spire in the background is that of the Duomo. The complex is a museum featuring the original decorated rooms, paintings and furniture. Part of the Royal Gardens, located behind the building, are a public park.

Piazza Castello (Castle Square) is the heart of the city and the perfect location for a journey through the ages. Its center is dominated by the imposing medieval castle that retains two of its original typical corner towers. It was built on top of the Roman Western Gate and fortification walls, remnants of which are still visible at ground level.... More

8. Galleria Subalpina

Connecting Piazza Castello with Piazza Carlo Alberto, this elegant gallery was the seat of the Ministry of Finances.

9. Piazza Carlo Alberto

Opposite to the National Library, the beautiful Museum of Resurgence building is the backside of Palazzo Carignano with a walk-through passage to the homonym square.

10. Via Po

Like Via Pietro Micca and Via Roma, Via Po is lined with porticoes providing shelter on rainy days and shade through hot summer days. Several historical cafes and ice-cream parlors are ideal options for an alfresco break.

Icon of the city, and minted on the backside of the Italian 2 Eurocent coin, this downtown spire dwarfs all other city buildings. It hosts the National Museum of Cinema and at 167 m (548 ft) it's the tallest building in the world made of bricks.
You can choose whether to visit the National Museum of Cinema and/or take the elevator for a few Euro... More

This is one among the largest squares in Europe. Charming view over the city hill which lies on the right bank of the Po River, the major of the four streams in Torino, the Gran Madre di Dio church and the Monte dei Cappuccini monastery. Lively location, the western portion of the square turns into an open-air party most every night - especially... More

Similar to that of the Pantheon in Rome, but much more recent, this large round-shaped church is said to be founded on the ruins of a Roman temple.
A certain exotericism revolves around this church, mainly due to the symbolic attributes featured in the front side statues representing two women.

Monastery perched on the hill and overlooking the quiet Po river, the complex also hosts the National Museum of Mountains. A relaxed walk up here reveals the best view of the city and the impressive Alps range.

A short riverfront walk from the Gran Madre yields a pleasant view of the hill while reaching the most famous - but not the largest - city park. Several species of plants and flowers from around the world, water streams, the "Twelve Months" fountain and other highlights (see following POIs).

It must be said in first place that this is not an original medieval complex but it was built to host the International Exhibition of 1884. It's anyway a sort of living museum as it represents the model architecture, materials and decoration of typical streets, houses, churches and craftsmen business of the medieval times in Piedmont. Free access,... More

17. Castello del Valentino

Following subsequent remodeling, the final French-style appearance of the castle dates back to AD 1630, when Duchess Maria Cristina of France (spouse to Vittorio Amedeo I) chose to live there.
The complex hosts the School of Architecture with the city university.

18. Giardini Cavour

A pleasant, unexpected green space on a couple of knolls.

19. Piazza Carlo Emanuele II

Statue of Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour. Considered the "father" of the unification of Italy in 1861, he was Prime Minister at the time.

20. Piazza Carignano

Palazzo Carignano is a beautiful brick building and one among the finest examples of Baroque featuring an unusual sinuous facade. King Vittorio Emanuele II was born here, as the huge cast bronze plaque reports, and the building was the seat of the Parliament starting in 1848. With the unification of Italy in 1861, it then became the seat of the... More

21. Museo Egizio

The first archeological expeditions sponsored by the House of Savoy prompted the dedication of an area inside the university building, the "Accademia delle Scienze", where artifacts were collected and stored. Most of these were acquired from the French consul in Cairo. Later transformed into the Egyptian Museum, the extraordinary... More

Piazza San Carlo is one among the most elegant squares in Turin. For its charming quietness it was dubbed "Europe's sitting room". Nevertheless it was and it's still possible today to sit for a coffee in fine cafes with amazing marbles and decorations.
The large square space recently underwent heavy excavations to build underground... More

23. Piazza CLN

Piazza CLN (Comitato di Liberazione Nazionale) sits behind the twin churches of
San Carlo Borromeo and Santa Cristina, both built in the first half of 1600 with their baroque facades overlooking Piazza San Carlo. Piazza CLN still carries the portico continuity although it shows an architecture leap of 300 years. These elegant marble-cladded... More

24. Galleria San Federico

Built in 1933 to host stores and businesses, a movie theater eventually found its place here.

25. Via Roma

Marble columns line the street's portico with elegance and soberness. Traditional "strip" for high-end shopping and people watching.

26. Via Pietro Micca

Another street with portico. Torino has an extensive network of ancient underground tunnels and passageways that were used to connect buildings, churches and some palaces of the House of Savoy. These tunnels were also used during wartime from the 1600 to WWII for defense and shelter purposes.
Here Pietro Micca's heroic defense held off and... More

"Four Seasons" fountain.

28. Piazza Savoia and Quadrilatero Romano

The curious obelisk in the middle of the square was erected in 1953. Three blocks north of here lies the Chiesa della Consolata - on the homonym street - which was built on top of the former Roman West Gate, remains of which are still visible.

Fancy a detour for further exploration?
Not part of this track, if you turn around the church and keep... More

29. Quartieri Militari

Seat of the Military Headquarters in XVIII century, a portion of the dark bricks building is now dedicated to the Museo della Resistenza.

Several stores and food facilities can be found in the station lobby.
Always check whether your rail journey involves Porta Susa (P.S.) or Porta Nuova (P.N.) station. Should you find yourself in the wrong one, take the subway Line 1 to transfer.

31. Porta Susa (Secondary Train Station)

Although "secondary" this station has recently been converted into a high-traffic one for several railroad lines and destinations.
Always check whether your rail journey involves Porta Susa (P.S.) or Porta Nuova (P.N.) station. Should you find yourself in the wrong one, take the subway Line 1 to transfer.

32. Olympic Stadium

Formerly named Stadio Comunale, the Stadio Olimpico was renovated to host the XX Winter Olympic Games held in year 2006.
Both city soccer teams, Juventus and Torino, play here. Juventus is building its own stadium in a different location and it should be ready by 2012.

33. Stupinigi - Palazzina di Caccia

Definitely a highlight, Stupinigi is too far to be included in this walking tour.
This stunning palace was one of the hunting lodges built for the leisure of the House of Savoy, and part of the network of residences scattered around Torino. Other than the Royal rooms, gardens and woods, the complex also included farms and warehouses still existing... More

Definitely a highlight, Venaria is too far to be included in this walking tour.
The castle was used as a residential hunting lodge and is the largest show-off among those of the House of Savoy. The beautiful "Galleria di Diana" design, with its extensive use of windows, inspired the "Hall of Mirrors" later built by jealous King... More

Superga is too far to be included in this walking tour.
Built in 1731 on a project from Juvarra, this church and city icon is perched atop Torino's hill. Nice city view from here, best at night.
Its basement hosts the crypt, burial ground for Savoy Dukes, Princes, Kings and family members.
In 1949 the whole soccer team of Torino was killed in a... More