Italo takes you on a discovery of the city of the Mole Antonelliana with its excellent museums and refined cafés: here’s what to see and what to do in Turin in three days.
Head for Piedmont with Italo, a region renowned for Barolo wine and hazelnut chocolate – visit Turin and its must see attractions. Turin is rich in history, attractions and entertainment suitable for all ages; it is also one of Europe’s most mysterious and magical cities. If you’re organizing a business trip, on the other hand, here’s a list of Turin’s coworking facilities. This mini guide will set out the legs of a three-day trip in the Piedmont capital – all you can see and do. Ready for these 72 hours amidst art and culture?
What to see in Turin in three days: index
On this first day, you will discover Turin’s most well-known attractions: from the Mole Antonelliana to Palazzo Reale with its beautiful gardens, to an exploration of the city’s wonderful Cathedral and its many mysteries.
To start your itinerary on this first day in Turin, from Porta Susa station
head for the Mole Antonelliana by taking tram no. 16. You will reach this famous building that, with its height of 167 meters, is the symbol of Turin and the tallest masonry building in Europe. Initially conceived as a Synagogue, it was later purchased by the Municipality to adapt it as a monument to National Unity. Designed by the architect Antonelli, from which it takes its name, it can be seen from every point in the city. Built in 1863 and opened in 1889, today, it houses a museum and a scenic elevator. Climb to the top of its tower for a breathtaking view.
Inside the Mole, you can visit the Cinema Museum with a selection of films that have made history, up to the most recent ones, and if you are a comic book fan, spend some time in the area dedicated to Marvel films.
Opening hours for using the panoramic elevator and visiting the museum are Monday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 6 pm and Saturday until 11.00 pm. The museum is closed on Tuesdays. The cost of the full scenic elevator ticket is €8; reduced admission for eligible categories is €6. The cost of the full museum ticket is €11; reduced admission for eligible categories is €9. The cost of the full combined Museum and Elevator ticket is €15; reduced admission for eligible categories is €12.
After your visit to the Mole and the Museum and before heading to the second leg of this trip, take a break in one of the best eateries in Turin for a delicious brunch.
After this break near the Mole, in just over ten minutes, a walk takes you to the nearby Piazza Castello, the beating heart of Turin where the city’s four major streets converge. You will also find several historical cafés boasting more than 200 years of history, the most popular being the Café
Mulassano and Milano Baratti. The square is surrounded by beautiful buildings such as the Royal Palace, the first and most important of Piedmont’s House of Savoy residences. In its interior, visit the royal apartments, library and armory. The building is open every day from 9.00 am to 7.00 pm. The cost of the full ticket is €12; reduced admission for eligible categories is €6.
After this visit, if you are thinking of returning to Turin by Italo, take a few minutes and find out how Turin and Venice are connected by train and how you can also move between the Alps and the Lagoon using high-speed rail.
After the visit to the Palace, relax with a walk in the Gardens of the Royal Palace. Walk among the garden paths and admire the views of the city and the Mole. Pause to see the Fountain of the Nereids and the Tritons and the Garden of The Levant. Admission to the Gardens is free, and they are open from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm in winter and in summer until 7.30 pm. If you’re travelling with children, you can take them to the small play area and let them have some fun.
Also, be sure not to miss Turin’s street art with its murals by Millo and more, an innovative art form scattered just about everywhere that enlivens walls and buildings of the Piedmont capital.
At the end of this first day, devote some time to the last leg; it’s well worth the effort. A five-minute walk from the Royal Gardens takes you to the nearby Turin Cathedral. Dedicated to St. John The Baptist, the Cathedral is the city’s most important religious site and guards a secret that makes it truly unique. It was built between 1491 and 1498 and is dedicated to the Patron Saint of Turin. Here you can visit the Chapel of the Holy Shroud, where the linen sheet that, according to the Gospel, was used to wrap Christ’s body is kept. The Shroud is sealed in a closed and protected vault and is displayed only in certain periods. The Chapel is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9.00 am to 7.00 pm. The cost of the full ticket is €12; reduced admission for eligible categories is €6.
If you love mysteries, don’t miss our itinerary on the secrets of underground and magical Turin.
Devote this second day of your tour in Turin to the Egyptian Museum and shopping in Piazza Vittorio Veneto; visit the Queen’s Villa and finish off on the Monte dei Cappuccini, Turin’s hill with a spectacular view of the city.
Start this second day of your Turin tour with a visit to the Egyptian Museum. Arrive in the northern part of downtown Turin and, more precisely, in the Porta Palazzo quarter, where you will find Europe’s largest open-air market. If you like, stop for some shopping or directly proceed onto Via XX Settembre, and in less than 15 minutes, you will arrive at your destination. Turin’s Egyptian Museum was built in 1826 and is one of the most important museums in the world. With its collection of 30,000 items, including mummies, sarcophagi, papyri and amulets, it is second only to the Egyptian Museum of Cario.
The Egyptian Museum of Turin is open Mondays from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm and from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9.00 am to 6.30 pm. From 9 to 14 May on the occasion of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, it will be open from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm. Admission tickets must be purchased online.
In Turin, you can also visit permanent and temporary exhibitions dedicated to Modern and Contemporary Art and more, so here is our guide to the Museums of Turin.
After a visit to the Egyptian Museum, in five minutes, you can walk to Piazza Vittorio Veneto, the largest square in Turin. Walk down Via Po and, under the majestic arcades, enter some typical little stores and taste gianduiotto, a delicious chocolate from Piedmont. Also admire the Ancient University of Turin, founded in 1404, and in just a few minutes you will arrive in Piazza Vittorio Veneto, Europe’s largest arcaded square. Redeveloped in 2006 on the occasion of the Turin Winter Olympics, it is now completely pedestrian friendly and the nerve center of Turin’s nightlife. For a quick lunch, here’s our guide to the top ten restaurants in Turin.
From Piazza Vittorio Veneto, continue along the Via Po’ and enjoy some shopping amidst the vintage retro clothing stores; you will reach the Villa della Regina, where you can enjoy a splendid view of the entire city. The 17th-century villa, originally named Villa Ludovica, was built as a residence for the queens of the Savoy family. It fell into disrepair during the Second World War and was restored to new life in 1994 following an extensive renovation. Visit the Italian-style amphitheater garden behind the building and the interiors rich in history and beautiful artwork.
The Villa is open from Tuesday to Sunday and public holidays from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. The cost of the full ticket is €7; reduced admission for eligible categories is €2.
At the end of this second day of your Turin trip, make one last effort to enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the city of the House of Savoy. In less than 20 minutes, you can walk to the Monte dei Cappuccini for the splendid rooftop view of the historic center, the Mole Antonelliana, the Po river in the foreground, and the Alps. Visit the interior of the small Church of Monte dei Cappuccini with its spectacular ceiling and then step out into the garden and enjoy the view. The garden is always open and entry is free. It’s almost sunset and the view of Turin from this hill is truly breathtaking. Take some souvenir photos, and if you’re already making plans for dinner, here’s what to do in Turin in the evening, from music to craft beer.
You can dedicate this third day to short trips out of town: the Venaria Palace, Juventus Stadium, the Valentine’s Park with its Medieval Village and wrap up the day in Piazza San Carlo.
Start this third and last day in Turin with an early morning trip out of town and reach the Royal Venaria Palace. From downtown Turin, take the direct bus no. 11, from Porta Palazzo to Centro Storico. In less than half an hour, you will reach your destination. Built in Baroque style, the Reggia di Vennaria has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. Visit the numerous rooms and the wonderful gardens, it is a truly unique experience. The Palace is open from Tuesday to Friday from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm. The cost of the full ticket is €20; reduced admission for eligible categories is €16.
If you’re already making dinner plans and want to discover typical flavors and good food in the heart of the city, here are the best piole in Turin – typical family-run informal eateries that serve hearty traditional Piedmont food.
If you’re a football fan, this is a must-see. From the Reggia di Venaria, take the Venaria Express shuttle and in less than 15 minutes, you will arrive at the Allianz Stadium, Juventus FC‘s home football ground. Opened in 2011, it offers numerous guided tours and a museum where you can learn about the history of the club. The cost of the full ticket is €25; reduced admission for eligible categories is €20.
From the Juventus Stadium, return to the center of Turin and visit the Valentino Park, one of the most beautiful green lungs in the city. Take tram no. 9, 16 CD or Metro line M1, and in less than an hour you will arrive at your destination.
The Valentino Park is one of the most famous parks in Italy. Here in addition to some selfies in beautiful green surroundings, you can visit the distinctive medieval village. It’s a reproduction of a 15th-century medieval village and was built on the occasion of the 1884 International Exhibition.Stroll through this open-air museum on the banks of the Po river and take this journey through time through gardens and ancient artisans’ shops to relive the magic of past centuries. Finally, visit the Rocca, a majestic building on four floors that houses several rooms, two kitchens and a basement dungeon. The village is always open from Monday to Sunday, from 9.00 am to 7.00 pm in winter and until 8.00 pm in summer. Admission is free.
If you love medieval villages and plan another trip to this region nestled at the foot of the Alps, do not miss our guide to the most beautiful villages of Piedmont in the province of Turin.
Finish the third day of this trip to Turin in Piazza San Carlo. It’s no more than a 15-minute walk from the Parco del Valentino, and you can enjoy a stroll through the streets downtown. You can also take bus no. 8 to the Giolitti stop and arrive in one of the city’s most beautiful squares! This is Turin’s elegant “salotto”, very refined and surrounded by wonderful stately buildings. Admire the two twin churches that flank the square, Santa Cristina and San Carlo; they are signature icons of the city’s Baroque splendor. The square is also a teeming Turin nightlife spot and the ideal place to end this three-day tour in beauty and style. On the other hand, if you have to leave right away, return to one of Turin’s two stations for your return journey and, for a short meal break, here’s where to enjoy a quick snack in the Porta Nuova and Porta Susa areas.
You can reach the Sabaudian city with the many trains to Turin from Salerno, Naples, Rome, Florence and Reggio Emilia Did you know that Italo takes you from Milan to Turin in only one hour? Discover Italo’s timetables, tickets and fares to the Piedmont capital; many daily connections to Turin Porta Nuova and Turin Porta Susa, await you. Buy your modifiable low-cost ticket in advance or take advantage of special Carnet deals. Remember that on board Italo, you can choose the Italo Comfort class or reserve seats in the Executive Club Lounge. Other service options include Prima and Smart for a more flexible solution tailored to your needs.
Turin is a liveable and clean city, and you can easily get around on foot, but the best choice if you do not want to avoid fatigue is public transport by bus, tram, and subway. The public transport system is efficient, punctual and gets you everywhere. Here’s how and when to use it:
Trams: they run from 5.00 am to midnight; a single trip ticket cots €1.70 and is valid for 100 minutes. A daily ticket carnet costs €3 and the weekly (MultiDaily) ticket costs €17.50.
Buses: they run from 5.00 am to midnight with a night service from 0.30 am to 5.00 am. A single trip ticket cots €1.70 and is valid for 100 minutes. A daily ticket carnet costs €3 and the weekly (MultiDaily) ticket costs €17.50.
Metro: this one-line system is Italy’s first ever fully automatic subway and connects the city of Collegno (west) with Lingotto (south) and the center of Turin and passing through the two main railway stations, Porta Susa and Porta Nuova. On Mondays, it runs from 5.30 am to 10.00 pm. From Tuesday to Thursday, it runs from 5.30 am to 00.30 am. From Friday to Saturday, it runs from 5.30 am to 1.30 am, and on Sundays and public holidays, it runs from 7.00 am to 1.00 am. A single trip ticket cots €1.70 and is valid for 100 minutes (only one subway ride). A daily ticket carnet costs €3 and the weekly (MultiDaily) ticket costs €17.50.