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Free Downtown Tour

ENG - From Thursday to Monday 10.30 AM
SPA – Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10:30 AM
ITA – Saturday and Sunday 10:30 AM
Meeting point: Porta Nuova metro station exit. (Piazza Carlo Felice, next to the Tourist Info Point). Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours.

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The tours are done in:
ENGLISH (No booking needed, just show up)
SPANISH (No booking needed, just show up)
ITALIAN (Booking required)
also with RAIN or HAIL

The Walk

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PIAZZA CARLO FELICE
This square/piazza is across from the railway station and it is 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.
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VIA ROMA - PIAZZETTA CLN
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.
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PIAZZA SAN CARLO
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".
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PORTA PALATINA
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.
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DUOMO TORINO
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.
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PIAZZA CASTELLO
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.
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VIA PO
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.
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MOLE ANTONELLIANA AND MUSEO NAZIONALE DEL CINEMA
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.
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