I think Turin (Torino) is often an afterthought for many visitors to Italy. Most stay within the Tuscany-Venice-Rome axis and leave the rest of the country out of scope. You spend two or so weeks on holiday there, have a great time and head home, and then find yourself wondering "why didn't we go to Turin and how come the thought of going there didn't even cross our minds?"
Turin should be anything but an afterthought. I can imagine how it becomes one (something along the lines of, there is so much to see in Italy that one has to make choices, and the city is so awkwardly stuck up there in the north-west), but I would argue that Turin should really be in the prime time of your Italian itinerary. Because let's decouple Turin from Italy for a moment and tell you that we feel it is a mixture of Milan, Vienna and Paris. Would you skip any of those cities if given a chance to visit?
Turin offers Baroque palaces, world-class museums, top-notch shopping, churches, everything from small streets to large boulevards and piazzas in all types. This is a city with grandeur, where Italy's royal family (House of Savoy) resided. Baroque palaces like the Palazzo Reale, Palazzo Madama (former home of the Queen) and further out of town the Versailles-esque Venaria Reale are some of the reminders of that.
They can be toured and all of them have some exhibition or another inside. There are many other historical sights, but the stand-out one is magnificent Mole Antonelliana, the iconic building that also offers great views over the city, while if you are interested in it you can find the most significant (ancient) Egyptian museum outside of Egypt itself here.
Most of this centers around Piazza Castello, from where you can quite easily explore the rest of the city on foot. A few minutes from here is the more intimate arcaded Piazza San Carlo. [Review by travelindicator]
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- Turin is a city in Italy's region of Piemonte. It has a population of 911,823, is situated at an altitude of 768ft and the best airport to fly into is TRN (Sandro Pertini (caselle), Turin)
- The main spoken language here is Italian, and the average English skill is intermediate
- Note: Turin is a good point of entry for trips to Italy as it is well internationally connected (by air)
- The currency used in Italy is the Euro (EUR)
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More Turin travel resources
Experience Plus tells you what to do with 36 hours in Turin. At Planetware you find a more list-like breakdown of what to do and see, while a taste of travel blog tells you the 5 places you should see. The Wikitravel for Turin is nice and complete.
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