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Turin is a large city of about one million inhabitants, is set in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean sea. It's famous for being the home of Italy's former royal family. Today, Turin, with its fine, aristocratic atmosphere, old world sophisticated shops, grand boulevards and palaces, leafy parks, and several art galleries, is an increasingly popular tourist resort.
Turin's international airport is located 15km north of the city center and is named after Italy's former President Sandro Pertini. It is in the town of Caselle, connected to Turin city by a convenient motorway.
The SADEM bus service runs every 30-40 minutes from the airport to Torino's Porta Nuova train station. If you buy a ticket at a ticket kiosk inside the airport terminal.
Turin has three main railway stations, Porta Nuova, Porta Susa and Lingotto FS.
Generally speaking, Porta Nuova and Porta Susa are stations dedicated to mid-range and long-range trains. The brand new stunning Porta Susa station serves trains to all northern regions of Italy (Milan, Venice, Aosta, and also Paris), while Porta Nuova serves especially trains to the south (Genoa, Florence, Rome, Bologna).
All stations are managed by Trenitalia, the Italian state railways.
Porta Nuova has a luggage storage service by the platforms on the ground floor. Prices: €5 for the first five hours per item, then by hour, €0.70. You'll need to show a photo ID when leaving the luggage; paying upon collection.
There are many buses from Milan, Milan airports, Lyon, Genoa. Check the internet
By public transportation
Turin has an efficient system of city connections with buses and trams managed by GTT. Currently, the first driverless, ultra-modern underground line was opened for the Olympics in 2006. Both urban and suburban areas are served by an efficient network. Buses and trams cross the city from morning to late at night.
What to see
Turin's main attractions include important baroque palaces and churches, a regular and attractive street grid, an extensive network of arcades, famous coffee shops and a number of world-renowned museums.
Mole Antonelliana. Turin's landmark building was completed in 1888 as a synagogue. The 167.5-meter tower is the highest work of masonry in Europe and it now contains one of the finest cinema museum of Europe.
The National Cinema Museum. The museum opened in July 2000 in the building that has come to symbolize Turin. The exhibition space covers 3,200 square meters and spans five floors.
Museo dell'Automobile, Corso Unità d’Italia 40. The collection houses over 170 vehicles, from 18th-century carriages to Formula 1 racers, and lots of gorgeous red sports cars. The museum reopened in March 2011 after a three years long renovation that transformed it in one of the hot spot of the city, a "must see".
The Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, Duomo di San Giovanni. The Cathedral's Chapel of the Shroud houses the controversial Shroud of Turin, which is stored in a vault below the Duomo.
Egyptian Museum, Via Accademia delle Scienze. Houses the most important collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts outside Cairo. Founded in 1824 by King Carlo Felice after acquiring archeologist Drovetti's collection, the museum contains 30,000 exhibits.
Palazzo Madama, Piazza Castello. Recently re-opened after a long refurbishment, it is attracting many tourists. It was home of the Queen, and is a mix of medieval and baroque rooms. There's a room with red sofas to take a rest after the visit, with a magnificient chandelier, and a cafeteria in one of the rooms.
Palazzo Carignano, Via Accademia delle Scienze 5 (close to Piazza Castello).
Quadrilatero Romano. Full of restaurants, it is the old Roman town, northwest of Piazza Castello.
Via Garibaldi. Pedestrian-only shopping zone between Piazza Castello and Piazza Statuto.
Galleria Subalpina. A pedestrian passage from Piazza Castello and Piazza Carlo Alberto. One of the most elegant place of the city.
Valentino Park, the biggest park in Turin central area. This park is situated along the Po river and in its area you can find the Valentino Castle, and the Medieval Village (Borgo Medievale).
Castello di Rivoli. In the small town of Rivoli, east of Turin. Houses one of Europe's most important Contemporary Art Museums. The Castle of Rivoli is a unfinished XVIII castle that stands on top of Rivoli hills. Corso Francia (France Road) is one of the world's longest streets and was built because of the desire of the House of Savoy to connect Royal Palace in the center of Turin with Rivoli Castle. You can reach it by bus or taxi.
River Po Park, The Piedmontese part of the longest river of Italy is protected as a natural park. Its benches are full of interesting and unexpected views onwards the town and the hill and are enriched by the Castle of Valentino, Medieval Burgh and Gran Madre church, which mirror on river Po.
What to do
A trip to Superga by chain train from Sassi to see the magnificent view of Turin from there. Sassi is reached by tram 15 or bus lines 61 and 68.
A walk on Via Roma from Porta Nuova Station to Piazza Castello through Piazza San Carlo to see how elegant this city can be.
A walk on Via Po from Piazza Castello to Piazza Vittorio and further to the Gran Madre Church. Stop on the bridge and enjoy the beautiful view of the Po river.
Have a break in one of the historic cafes located around Piazza Castello, such as Mulassano or Baratti & Milano (established in 1873).
Ride the number 7 tourist tram. This is a restored tram from 1949 that does the circuit around the centre of the city, starting and ending at Piazza Castello. The tram takes the same general tickets used on Turin's city public transport network. The tram runs Saturdays and Sundays, and on special public holidays.
Have a drink, dinner and enjoy nightlife in San Salvario area.
Play hit ball, a sport born in Turin in 1986 and today the very specialty of the city. Various associations provide free trials.