Walking through the streets of Turin's central hub, the guided walk will introduce you to all the best bits of our city.
Departs downtown Turin From Thursday to Monday at 10.30 AM from Porta Nuova metro station exit. (Piazza Carlo Felice, close to the Sambuy garden) Duration: 2.5 – 3 hours
Because this is a free and funny way to visit Turin. The tours are done in ENGLISH and ITALIAN. Free Walking Tourin shows off the best of Turin from Thursday to Monday, rain, hail or shine on a Free Walking Tour. No booking needed, just show up.
This square/piazza is across from the railway station and it's surrounded by many important historical places like: Hotel Roma, where the novelist Cesare Pavese took his own life in 1950 and the famous Cioccolateria Giordano. It was built up in 1861 by the french architecture Jean-Pierre Barillet Deschamps in honor of Carlo Felice di Savoia, king of the "Regno di Sardegna". In the center of the square there is "Giardino Sambuy", a lovely little park.
This is one of the most important streets of Turin, it was redesigned between 1931 and 1937, at the height of the Fascist period: 750 metres of arcades and full of luxury shops. Piazzetta CLN is situated between via Roma and Piazza San Carlo, is mostly famous for the two fountains in it, representing the Po and the Dora, the principle rivers of the city.
One of the most beautiful and famous squares in Turin, named also "Turin's drawing room", closed off at the south by the San Carlo and Santa Cristina churches, its centre dominated by the "Caval'd brons", an equestrian sculpture by Carlo Marochetti of Duke Emanuele Filiberto. Streets full of shops and cafes, along the way we can find the "Egyptian museum".
This charming square express much of the Savoia Risorgimento past. On one side we find the theatre with same name, burned down and rebuilt in 1787 and on the other side, the famous "Del Cambio" restaurant, where Cavour used to have lunch every day. We can also see Palazzo Carignano and inside of it, actually, there's the "Museo Nazionale del Risorgimento Italiano".
This enchanting square is considered the heart of the city, conceived in 1584 by Ascanio Vitozzi for celebrate the arrival of the Savoia royal capital from Chambèry. From 1200 to 1800 it was the scenario for the rise of the Savoia family, public ostensions of the Holy Shroud, fairs, markets and carnivals. From here, we can see the other two importants storic buildings: Palazzo Reale and Palazzo Madama.
The cathedral of San Giovanni Battista, where the Holy Shroud will be exposed to the public. Is situated next to Palazzo Reale and flanking the 17th century of Palazzo Chiablese, home of Carlo Felice and Dukes of Genova.
From the Duomo parvis, towards Corso Regina Margherita, there are traces of walls: Roman Augusta Taurinorum's theatre cavea and orchestra, now being excavated and refurbished. Via Po is connecting Piazza Castello to the river, is 710 metres long, and 18 metres wide, a street designed by Amedeo di Castellamonte in 1673.
The passion and history of the seventh art, which flourished in Turin the early 1900s, survive the embrace of the city icone, housed under the Mole's unmistakable spire, built by Alessandro Antonelli. Now it's home of Museo Nazionale del Cinema: 3.200 square metres of audiovisual experience. There are five levels, dedicated to a various genre and the glories of cinema. The museum will be extended into neighbouring Palazzo della Radio Rai: Italy's national broadcasting company Rai.
At the end of Via Po, the beautiful Piazza Vittorio Veneto is surrounded by castles on three sides and the River Po on the forth side. The square is one of the largest European 'terra battuta' squares.
Borgo Po, the district located over the Vittorio Emanuele I bridge is Turin's most significant neo-classical area. The square takes its name from the Gran Madre di Dio church. The church was designed by Ferdinando Bonsignore, who modelled this stern temple (1827-31) on the Pantheon in Rome and raised its circular bulk on a podium so as to make it visible from Piazza Castello. A wide staircase (made famous internationally when three Mini Coopers bumped down it in the cult movie The Italian Job) leads to the six-column pronaos.