Turin Itineraries and Tours
Piedmont is one of the most decadent and beautiful of all landscapes in the far Northern Region of the Country, however it’s also one of the most missed regions for tourism. Piedmont was quite bypassed by tourists, until a decade ago when the treasures and tranquility of Piedmont was discovered. This beautiful region is often compared to “Tuscany without the tourists”, due to the amazing privacy and picturesque atmosphere offered by the hills, vineyards and incredible landscape. There remains to be an art of the Piedmontese that has been perfected over the years; enjoying and savoring the simple life. This is visible in many aspects of this Cities Cultures; the food, the marketplaces and even the overall way of life. Unlike other cities in Italy, the area of Piedmont holds a much slower pace mentality. As a matter of fact, the local people of this area are quite thankful and content for their relaxed life style. Finding the treasure of Piedmont is priceless. The Winter Olympics of 2006 was held in Piedmont (and received international attention), due to its incredible value, landscape and rich heritage. Piedmont is also quite known for one of the largest Wilderness areas in Italy, Parco Nazionale della Val Grande. This region is also known for being the founders and makers of white truffles, hazelnuts and special chocolates, which alone is probably enough to visit. However, here are some other amazing parts to this great region.
DAY ONE, TURIN ITINERARY – PIAZZA CASTELLO, PALAZZO MADAMA
Within the great region of Piedmont rests the fourth largest City in Italy, Turin. The rich past of this old City has resulted in the world-class museums, historic cafés and elegant squares. The beautiful City is lined with cobblestone streets, creating a magical, surreal atmosphere. Some of the great benefits to Turin are that it’s relatively inexpensive, green in atmosphere, easy to get around and refreshingly free of crowds. Turin is known for truly giving a taste of the Italian culture without the well-known, (and even over populated), tourists centers.
Piazza Castello is the central square of Turin that embodies a wealth of museums, theaters and café’s. This grand piazza was originally constructed for the 14th Century dynastic power, House of Savory. This piazza is surrounded by medieval and baroque castle, Palazzo Madama. This grand castle was built in the 13th Century on the site of the old Roman gate. This grand castle was built and named after Madama Reale Marie Cristina who was the widow of Vittorio Amedeo I. Currently, part of this palace is occupied by the Museo Civico d’Arte Antica. This incredible collection of art work demonstrates the city’s history, particularly post-Italian unification.
DAY TWO, TURIN ITINERARY – CHIESA DI SAN LORENZO, PALAZZO REALE, DUOMO DI SAN GIOVANNI & MUESO NAZIONALE
Chiesa di San Lorenzo is the baroque located in the Northwestern corner of the central square. This baroque was designed by Guarino Guarini. This grand church exhibits rich, impressive and complex interior, which showcases yet another historic aspect to this old square.
Upon the entrance to another corner of the square are the statues of the mythical twins, Castor and Pollux that guard the Palazzo Reale. Inside this grand house are decadent rooms housing old furnishings, porcelain and other antique and unique knick-knacks. This house and special rooms were originally built for Carol Emanuelle II around 1646. The area surrounding this grand palace is the Giardino Reale, east of the property. Andre le Notre designed this incredible room, in 1697. He also created the gardens at Versailles. The Armeria Reale rests in that area as well.
The Duomo Di San Giovanni is Turin’s great Cathedral, which was built between 1491 and 1498 on the grand and spectacular site of three 14th Century Basilicas. This is also the home of the famous Shroud of Turin. A copy of the cloth is on display in front of the alter in the Cathedral. Apart of this grand Cathedral is the bell tower, which stands alone off to the west side of the structure. This was designed and built in 1723. Within the same square lies the Roman amphitheater and the Porta Palatina, both of which are of great value and a spectacular sight to see. This Cathedral is truly one of the great sights of Turin.
Museo Nazionale Del Risorgimento Italiano, the museum and parliament house representing the birthplace of Carol Alberto and Vittorio Emanuele II, is the first parliament that united Italy from 1861 to 1864. The Palazzo Carignano was the actual birthplace however. There’s a great deal of historical grandeur in this museum and parliament house.
DAY THREE, TURIN ITINERARY – PALAZZO DELL’ACADEMIA & GALLERIA SABAUDA
Palazzo Dell’ Academia delle Scienze is quite large in size and houses two grand and outstanding museums: Museo Egizio and Galleria Sabauda. The 18th Century museums hold some of Europe’s most important ancient and Egyptian treasures and artifacts. The Galleria Sabauda contains the Savory family’s valuable and incredible art collection. It’s quite the sight to see and experience, as the grand texture and excellent structure demand respect.
The great City of Turin offers such wide variety of museums, cathedrals and contemporary art, along with incredible landscape and rolling hills. As stated previous, the beauty and picturesque setting of this great City is often compared to Italy’s Tuscany. It holds great beauty and a slower pace of lifestyle, while being able to truly enjoy the history and art this old City has to offer . The multi-faceted option for this incredible City varies from the historic museums and cathedrals to the great private vineyards and unique countryside. The Piedmont people, specifically of Turin, will give you an authentic experience of Italy’s culture and true way of life. The activities are endless for anyone to enjoy. Whether it be a wine tasting at a vineyard or horseback riding through the hills, the taste of Turin is quite diverse and full of endless options. The pleasures of this place and people remain simple, yet rare. It’s truly like a Haven for relaxation, reflection and a peaceful walk and experience through one of the oldest Cities in Italy. The abundance of life and treasures found in this City is something you won’t want to miss!
By Joey Papa