Italy is certainly one of those places that make you feel magical. It is in the architecture, the overall aura of the being Italy that you feel like anything could happen. This is precisely why we are bringing to you this article that focuses on the top tourist attractions in Turin, the vibrant first capital of Italy. We are aware that everyone loves to spend their summers in a fairly new and entertaining place to take their minds off of everything else and to begin the year with a new vibrance. So if you are in Italy this summer, we highly recommend that you pay visit to Turin and ideally spend a few days over there. It truly has a lot to offer to those who visit.
10. Castle Square
The first tourist attraction that we will be attracting you too is Castle Square. This place is also known as Piazza Castello and it is the political hub of the city. The main attraction of this place is the Royal Palace of course which is then dominated by the Madame Palace. The architecture over here is to die for like literally you can stand and gaze at it for hours.
9. Mole Antonelliana
The next tourist attraction in Turin that we are going to mention on our list is the symbol of the beautiful city. This building is one of the strangest in all of Italy and the structure includes a huge dome with columns and huge spire. What is now the National Museum of Film was initially constructed to be a synagogue. You can go to the very top and on a glorious day, if you are lucky, enough, you will get a spectacular view of the Alps. Trust us, it is one amazing experience to be there watching the horizon especially in contrast to the dark interior of the Museum. The interior is kept dark on purpose because there are alcoves upon alcoves play snippets from various films. Quite an experience we tell you.
8. Palazzo della Accademia delle Science
This next tourist attraction in Turin is the place that houses city’s collection of Egyptian Antiquities. The collection is so huge that it gives quite a competition to the collection in Cairo. All of the items in here are placed alongside a description in Italian and English for the ease of the tourists. The most famous of them all as judged according to the interest of the tourists is the Temple of El-Elessiya that was bought to Turin somewhere in the 1960s. The exhibit itself is breathtaking.
7. Sabauda Gallery in Palazzo della Accademia delle Scienze
Now if it is art and paintings that you are interested in, we would like you to visit the gallery with in the Palazzo that is filled from top to bottom with paintings that range from star artists like Rembrandt, Jan Van Eyck, Titian, Tiepolo and Botticelli to mention a few. We are sure that those with a penchant to appreciate real art would be fascinated.
6. The Royal Palace
Like we mentioned earlier, the Royal Palace is one of the main tourist attraction on Castle Square but as a standalone place, the Palace is extremely charming. The structure was built in the 17th century and it houses the Stairs of the Scissors. This place would be a special treat for people who are impressed by and interested in architecture and interior décor. The architecture is certainly awe-inspiring but the interior as well is nothing short of being striking. The themes include neoclassical, Rococo and Baroque all of which are blended together in the most appealing sort of manner.
5. Valentine Park
Next up on our list of tourist attractions in Turin we have the Valentine Park. If your idea of a day well spent is roaming around a park, walking alongside the river with not a thought to cloud your mind then this place would feel like heaven. The Valentine Park is alongside a river and stretches on for 1.5 Km. While you take a walk in this park, you will not only be surrounded by beautiful woodlands that will make you think of faraway trees and rabbits but you shall also catch a glimps of a plethora of different buildings which shall include Valentine Castle, the Exhibition Palace and but not limited to the New Theater.
4. The Medieval Village
While we are still on the topic of the Valentine Park we would also like to bring to your attention the amazing fortified castle of the Medieval Village within the park itself. Have you guys watched The Croods? It is an animated movie about this family from the stoneage, cave people you know. Well, the Medieval Village is not about the cave people but it certainly does give you a flashback of what life was like in the Middle Ages. The whole feeling is very realistic and something we believe everyone should get a chance to experience especially if they are already in Turin.
3. The Shroud of Turin
You would be putting yourself at a disadvantage if you are in Turin and you not visit the Chapel that has the Shroud of Turin. Did you guys know that the Shroud of Turin, the Shroud basically is supposed to be the cloth that Jesus wore around himself? This should inspire enough curiosity to go and check the place out.
2. Church of Saint Dominic
The next destination on our list of tourist attractions in Turin is that of this Saint Dominic church which is the only Gothic church that you will find in all of Turin. The church was built in the 14th century and if you want to see some amazing fresco’s dated back to that century then this is the place for you.
1. Pedestrian Arcades
Last but not the least, we will end our list of tourist attractions in Turin by introducing you to the fact that Turin was really made for people who like exploring on foot. Turin will surprise you with its wide array of sheltered sidewalks, along-the-road bookstalls and cafe’s that line almost every pavement. One of the best examples would be that of Via Po where as Via Garbaldi is another pedestrian only street. The amazing thing about Via Garbaldi is that it is the long street in Europe that is exclusively for pedestrians and is certainly bound to make you walk the walk while you talk the talk!