This site is a touristic guide containing useful information on how to discover and visit Turin,
the first capital of Italy; a town rich in history, which became famous throughout the world
in 2006 when it hosted the XX Winter Olympic Games.
Turin is a city of Italy, rich in history and culture, that offers tourists more than 40 cultural sites to visit including castles, royal residences, parks and museums. Do not miss: the Egyptian Museum and the National Cinema Museum.
Visiting the historic centre of Turin you'll discover beautiful squares, baroque palaces and shopping streets; the town is famous for its 18 km of arcades, built in the 18th century, and under which you can find everything you need, from antique shops to the fashion shops as well as the town's historical &quoit;cafés".
For those who want to organize a weekend in Turin the choice of hotels and bed and breakfast is very wide and suitable for all needs; the Tourist Office offers throughout the year several packages to enable you to stay in Turin at reasonable prices.
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Designed by architect Alessandro Antonelli, after whom it is named, and built between 1863-1889 the Mole Antonelliana is the symbol of Turin (167 metres high). It has been considered for a long time the tallest building made of bricks in Europe. Since 2000, the Mole houses the National Cinema Museum, the highest museum in the world, which holds a vast collection spread over 5 floors of exhibition space, among the most visited in Italy. A glass lift carries visitors up to a height of 85 metres, from where, good weather permitting, may be enjoyed an amazing view over Turin and the surrounding mountains.
With the Torino + Piemonte Card you will have the opportunity to visit more than 180 cultural sites of Piedmont and use the public transport and the tourist services of Turin for a period of 2, 3 or 5 days. Available all year is on sale at the Tourist Information Offices at prices ranging between 12 and 34€.
The Royal Palace of Venaria Reale is one of the largest royal residences in Piedmont. The building dates from the middleof the seventeenth century when the Duke Carlo Emanuele II Savoia, decided to build a new residence for leisure and hunting. Subsequently expanded and modified in its architecture over the centuries the Royal Palace of Venaria Reale was used for military purposes for almost two centuries. After a long period of complete neglect, the Piedmont's administration started a complete restoration project, lasted many years, which recovered some of the original Baroque appearance. The Royal Palace of Venaria Reale has been reopened to the public October 2007 and achieved an immediate success; the number of visitors increases year after year and at present this royal residence is at the 5th place in the ranking of the preferred tourists destinations with regard to the Italian cultural heritage. The Royal Palace of Venaria Reale can be visited alone or with guided tours throughout the year. Closing day: Monday. For more information on tickets, opening times, guided tours and special openings please visit the website lavenaria.it or call: +39.011.4992333.
In addition to the Royal Residences, the old dynasties left to the Province of Turin a great heritage; the entire territory is scattered with magnificent manors and enchanting castles, completely restored in recent years and currently open to visitors. Over the centuries, the alpine region was also an area for important fortifications, like the Fort of Exilles in Val Susa, the Fort Bramafam of Bardonecchia and the Fort of Fenestrelle, the most impressive of all and considered the largest masonry structure after the Great Wall of China.
The mountains in the territory of Turin Province are not just ski resort but also unspoiled paradise for pleasant moment of relax. The slopes at Bardonecchia Ski and the Vialattea (Cesana - Sansicario, Claviere, Pragelato, Sauze d'Oulx e Sestriere) were the setting for 2006 Torino Olympic Game and include a total of 550 km of downhill slopes (with nightlights) and over 100 km of cross country trials, with innovative ski lift and prestigious ski schools.