Turin Tours and Travel

Turin Tours and Travel Planning: Art to Architecture, Culture to Cuisine

Located in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, Turin gives you a look at a different side of the country’s culture and style. Turin tours and travel are favorites with art lovers looking to enjoy the city’s world-class museums and galleries, like the renowned Egyptian Museum, which houses one of the largest collections of ancient Egyptian artifacts outside of Egypt. Architecture enthusiasts love to get lost in the city’s charming neighborhoods and explore Turin’s ornate palazzi, elegant squares, and stunning churches. The city’s architectural beauty is exemplified by the iconic Mole Antonelliana, a towering symbol of Turin which hosts the fascinating Cinema Museum.

My Turin Tours and Travel support covers all of this, the area’s rich culinary heritage, day trips for more Northern Italy travel, and more. 

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Turin Royal Palace
The Turin Royal Palace.

Getting Around Turin

Getting around Turin is pretty easy by public transportation. I know many people come thinking Uber is possible, but even if it pops up as active, I wouldn’t bet the schedule on it. 

Use Turin’s extensive bus and tram system that crosses all directions from early morning to late night. The city’s underground railways (the first driverless in Italy!) connects Collegno (from the west) to Piazza Bengasi (from the south) to the city center as well as via Porta Nuova and Porta Susa railway stations. Purchase tickets from tobacconists and bars displaying the GTT logo, from vending machines in underground stations, and via the TO Move app. 

The Torino Night Buster service offers safe nighttime navigation for night owls. Every Friday, Saturday and pre-holidays, this services Turin from the outskirts to the center and back. The bus stops are set close to the main areas of nightlife. Buy tickets from authorized GTT retailers; that includes: tobacconists, newsagents, cafés. Read more here

GTT Gruppo Torinese Trasporti offers various ticket solutions for travelling with all GTT buses and trams on the network of Torino, including the underground. 

For live train updates delays, and route recommendations, try the Moovit – accessible from the web or via app. It works great for innercity travel as well as Turin day trip outside of the city. 

All the tips you need for Turin Transportation

Don’t Use Uber in Turin: Insider Tips for Getting Around Turin

Explore Turin’s Art Scene

A haven for art lovers, find a wealth of orld-class museums and galleries in Turin. One of the city’s highlights is the Egyptian Museum, which houses one of the largest collections of ancient Egyptian artifacts outside of Egypt. Step into this fascinating museum and immerse yourself in the history and culture of ancient Egypt. From mummies to sarcophagi, the collection is truly awe-inspiring.

Another must-visit is the Turin Cathedral, home to the famous Shroud of Turin. The mysterious relic is believed by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, a significant piece of Christian history. The cathedral itself is a stunning example of Gothic architecture, with its intricate details and soaring spires.

For a more contemporary art experience, head to the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art. Housed in a former royal residence, this museum showcases an impressive collection of contemporary artworks from both Italian and international artists. With its ever-changing exhibitions and thought-provoking installations, the Castello di Rivoli is a must-see for art lovers.

For tips from Girl’s Gotta Drink on the best things to do in Turin – and how to do it! 

READ: Turin’s Best-Kept Secrets: Historical Landmarks To Architectural Delights

Turin’s Best-Kept Secrets: Historical Landmarks to Architectural Delights

Discover Turin architecture

Absolutely one of my favorite pass times in the city, swooning over Turin’s architectural beauty, found at every turn. The city’s grand palaces, elegant squares, and stunning churches will take your breath away.

Move to the famous squares of Turin, such as Piazza Castello and Piazza San Carlo. Visit these piazzas for people watching, a leisurely stroll, and to simply admire the elegant buildings and bustling cafes. Sit at one of the outdoor terraces and soak in the vibrant atmosphere of Turin.

Turin Events

Turin’s rich cultural heritage is evident in its numerous festivals, events, and traditions.

Turin International Book Fair

For book worms (like me!) check out the Turin International Book Fair, held annually in May. The prestigious event brings together authors, publishers, and literary enthusiasts from all over the world. Explore the vast array of books, attend author talks and presentations, and immerse yourself in the world of literature.

2024 Edition: Salone Internazionale del Libro di Torino 2024 (SalTo 2024)

  • Date: 9 to 13 May  2024
  • Location: Lingotto Fiere

Salone Internazionale del Libro di Torino 2024

Turin Jazz Festival

Music lovers, don’t miss the annual April Turin Jazz Festival. The internationally acclaimed festival showcases some of the world’s best jazz musicians who perform in various venues across the city. From intimate jazz clubs to grand concert halls, Turin comes alive with notes of swing and blues during this exciting event.

2024 Edition: Dates and details to be announced in March 2024

Indulge in Turin’s culinary delights

Turin is a gastronomic heaven as the birthplace of Italian vermouth and chocolate. Start your culinary journey with a visit to one of Turin’s historic cafes, such as Caffè Al Bicerin or Caffè San Carlo. Sip a traditional bicerin, a decadent drink that layers espresso, chocolate, and cream.

Turin is also famous for its chocolate, particularly gianduja, a creamy blend of chocolate and hazelnuts. Visit one of the city’s chocolate shops and indulge in a variety of delicious treats, from pralines to chocolate bars. 

For a taste of Turin’s culinary traditions, head to one of its traditional trattorias. These cozy restaurants serve up classic Piedmontese cuisine, such as tajarin, vitello tonnato, and bunet. Savor the flavors of Turin by pairing your meal with a glass Barolo or barbera, 

Learn about traditional Piemdontese cuisine and my favorite places to eat in Turin

READ: An Insider’s Guide to Turin Food and Wine

The Insider’s Guide to Turin Food and Wine

Planning your Turin tour itinerary

When planning your Turin tour itinerary, consider the duration of your stay and your specific interests. Prioritize the attractions and activities that are most important to you. I’ve noted a highlight reel below, but we also do Coffee Tours, Cocktail Making, and more!

I always recommend starting with a guided walking tour to get the lay of the land in any big city. Our popular Turin Gastronomic and Cultural History Tour is a 4.5-hour private experience with valuable insights into the city’s history, art, and culture. And, plenty of food stops along the way!

In addition, consider our Turin Market Tour with Cooking Class, let by a local chef. She teaches you everything from pasta to pizza, dolce to mains, and she’s even kid-friendly! 

A Turin Vermouth Experience is also a great way to spend a day. Learn all about the birth of commercial vermouth in by Martini and Rossi with a visit to their Museum just outside the city. Enjoy a tasting and even a blending class! 

Lastly, don’t forget to leave some time for leisurely exploration. Turin is a city best discovered on foot, allowing you to soak in its unique atmosphere and discover hidden corners. Take a stroll through the colorful streets, stop at local markets, and mingle with the friendly locals.

Read about a visit to Casa Martini and the Vermouth di Torino

vermouth di torino
Turin is credited as the birthplace of the commercial vermouth sales dating back to i 1863 with Martini & Rossi. Enjoy the drink from artisan to big name producers all over the city!

Tips for a successful Turin tour

To make the most of your Turin tour, here are some helpful tips:

  1. Dress comfortably: Turin is a city that invites leisurely exploration, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
  2. Learn some basic Italian phrases: While many people in Turin speak English, knowing a few basic Italian phrases can go a long way in making connections with locals.
  3. Try local specialties: Turin is known for its unique culinary delights, so don’t be afraid to try traditional dishes and local specialties.
  4. Take advantage of public transportation: Turin has an efficient public transportation system, including buses and trams, which helps you easily navigate the city.
  5. Check the opening hours: Before visiting museums, galleries, or other attractions, make sure to check their opening hours to avoid disappointment.
turin public transit
Get around Turin easily by bus, tram, and metro. The city’s public transit system easily connects with its outskirts and runs from 5:00 to midnight.

Turin offers a captivating blend of art, architecture, culture, and cuisine and Girl’s Gotta Drink is excited to help you discover one of our favorite cities! 

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