Half-day tour discovering Turin

The tour leaves from Piazza Castello (Castle Square), heart of the city, and includes a stop at Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace), the baroque Palace of the House of Savoy, and at the Church of San Lorenzo, seventeenth- century masterpiece of the architect Guarino Guarini of Modena . In the latter, there is a photographic copy of the Holy Shroud, the most controversial and mysterious icon of the Christian world. Of great importance is Palazzo Madama ( Madama Palace ) with its grand staircase designed by the architect Juvarra. This palace defines the history of the city: from Roman gate, to Medieval   Castle , to Residence of Christine of France and of  Marie Jean Baptiste of Savoy Nemours, and in the end the first seat of the Italian Senate in 1861.

The tour continues to the Roman Theatre,  the Porta Palatina (Palatina Gate),  the Duomo di San Giovanni Battista (Cathedral of Saint Joan the Baptist, the only example of Renaissance art in Turin), and the Chapel of the Holy Shroud (currently being restored, after the fire of 1997).

On to Via Roma with its baroque Piazza San Carlo (San Carlo Square), masterpiece of Carlo and Amedeo di Castellamonte, at the center of which rises “L Caval ‘d Brons”, monument of Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy, the duke who made Turin the capital of the Duchy.

After a stop in one of the historic cafés of the square, we proceed to Piazza Carignano (Carignano Square), to admire the Palazzo Carignano of Guarino Guarini, where the first king of Italy was born and where the first Italian Parliament was seated .

We then reach Via Po via the nineteenth-century Galleria Subalpina dell’Industria of Carrera. After a few more blocks, we arrive at the Mole Antonelliana, symbol of the city, designed to be a synagogue and now site of the Cinema Museum.

Our last stop is in Piazza Vittorio Veneto (Vittorio Veneto Square), with its view of the hills of Turin and of its two churches: Gran Madre di Dio and Santa Maria del Monte dei Cappuccini.

 

Full-day tour discovering Turin

The tour comprises all of the above, which is followed by lunch in a typical restaurant.

The afternoon is dedicated to visiting the Parco del Valentino ( Valentino Park ), the oldest in the city, and its neo-Medieval village and castle, built for the international expo 1884. Close to the castle is La Fontana dei 12 Mesi of Ceppi (Fountain representing the 12 months), an example of art nouveau architecture.

You have the opportunity then to take pictures at the Castello del Valentino (Valentino Castle), residence of Christine of France, and now site of the University’s School of Architecture .

Our final stop is in the hills overlooking Turin to visit the Basilica of Superga where many members of the House of Savoy are buried.


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