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Tour of Turin, Italy

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Turin (Torino) is situated in northern Italy, capital of the Piedmont region, located mainly on the left bank of the Po River. Turin is ranked third, after Rome and Milan, for economic strength.

Turin was the capital of the Duchy of Savoy from 1563, then of the Kingdom of Sardinia ruled by the Royal House of Savoy and finally the first capital of a unified Italy. It is often referred to as "the Capital of the Alps" with many Ski Resorts situated within 50 miles of the city. Turin is also known as "the Automobile Capital of Italy" or the Detroit of Italy.

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Flights take about 2 hours 20 minutes between UK Airports and Turin International Airport.

Ryanair provides regular flights year round between Turin Caselle Airport and London/Stanstead. Some years they put on Seasonal flights in winter for the skiing resorts in that area.

British Airways, also provides flights to Turin Caselle Airport. For information on what UK Airports they fly from, or other Airlines and seasonal flights, visit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turin_International_Airport.

Turin Caselle Airport is situated about 10 miles north of the Porta Nuova train station in the center of Turin. Google Map.

Regular Buses run between the Airport and the Porta Nuova train station in the center of Turin. Tickets: can be purchased at the Tourist bureau, ticket office, ticket machine and on the bus, travel time about 45 minutes, cost about 7 Euro.

The Taxi Rank is situated on the left at the exit of the Arrivals level.
Taxis fare is about 40 Euro to Turin centre, travel time is about 30 minutes.

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The Piazza Castello is the main square of Turin, displaying the city's long history, from a Roman gate to a modern skyscraper.

It is almost entirely surrounded by historic and interesting buildings: the Palazzo Madama, the Royal Palace, the Regio Theatre, the Galleria Subalpina, the Church of San Lorenzo and the Royal Library.

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The Royal Palace of Turin is situated in the Piazza Castello square.

This was originally the royal palace of the House of Savoy, built for the Madama Reale Christine Marie of France in the seventeenth century.

Today, Turin is the capital of the Piedmont region of Italy. From the 12th to the 19th centuries, it was the capital of the County of the House of Savoy. The House of Savoy grew from ruling a small County in that region to eventually rule the Kingdom of Italy, until the end of the Second World War.

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Turin Cathedral is situated about 0.4 miles northwest of the Piazza Castello square.

This is the major Roman Catholic church of Turin, dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, built during 1491-1498.

The Chapel of the Holy Shroud, the current resting place of the Shroud of Turin, was added to the structure in 1668-1694.

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The Palatine Towers are situated about 0.5 miles northwest of the Piazza Castello square, close to Turin Cathedral.

This is an ancient Roman-medieval structure that served as one of four Roman city gates, which allowed access from north to the cardus maximus, the typical second main street of a Roman town.

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The Teatro Regio di Torino (Turin Royal Theatre) is situated only a few hundred yards east of the Piazza Castello square.

This is a prominent opera house and opera company with its season runing from October to June, with the presentation of eight or nine operas given from five to twelve performances of each.

Several buildings provided venues for operatic productions in Turin from the mid-Sixteenth century, but it was not until 1713 that a proper opera house was considered, and under the architect Filippo Juvarra planning began.

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The Palazzo Carignano is situated about 0.2 miles south of the Piazza Castello square.

This is a historical building in the centre of Turin which currently houses the Museum of the Risorgimento.

Emanuele Filiberto commissioned Guarino Guarini to design this palace for his family in the second half of the 17th century.

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The Museo Egizio is situated about 0.2 miles south of the Piazza Castello square, next to the Palazzo Carignano.

This is a museum specializing in Egyptian archaeology and anthropology.

It is home to what is regarded as one of the largest collections of Egyptian antiquities outside of Egypt. In 2006, it received 554,911 visitors.

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The Mole Antonelliana is situated about 0.4 miles east of the Piazza Castello square.

This is a major landmark of Turin. It is named after the architect who built it, Alessandro Antonelli.

Construction began in 1863 and was completed 26 years later, after the architect's death.

Nowadays, it houses the National Museum of Cinema, it is believed to be the tallest museum in the world.

Probably the most photographed building in Turin.

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The Gran Madre di Dio church is situated about 0.9 miles southeast of the Piazza Castello square, across the River Po via the Piazza Vittorio bridge.

It is a construction in a circular shape, built between 1818 and 1831 to commemorate the return of Vittorio Emanuele I to Turin on May 20th 1814. The church houses the remains of 5000 men who fell in the first world war.

Note the access staircase with the two statues of Religion and Faith and, inside, the Crucifix and Sacred Heart of Jesus.

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The Monte dei Cappuccini is a wooded hill rising above the river (45m/149ft), situated about 1.3 miles southeast of the Piazza Castello square, just south of the Gran Madre di Dio church.

On top of the hill is a Capuchin monastery founded in 1583, the church of Santa Maria del Monte and the interesting Museo Nazionale della Montagna Duca degli Abruzzi, with Alpine maps, photographs, relief's, models, etc.

From the hill, there is a magnificent view of Turin and the chain of the Alps.

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Valentino Park is situated about 1.2 miles south of the Piazza Castello square.

The view is from the church of Santa Maria del Monte showing the Turin Victory Arch at the entrance of the park.

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The Turin Victory Arch is situated at the north entrance of the Parco del Valentino, about 1.2 miles south of the Piazza Castello square.

Stretching for 30 soothing riverside hectares, between the two bridges across the Po, is Turin’s most suggestive, atmospheric and romantic park. It is a perfect place for gentle Sunday strolls and lovers’ trysts.

The park was opened as Italy’s first public garden in 1856.

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The Castle of Valentino is situated about 1.8 miles south of the Piazza Castello square, in Valentino Park.

It is one of the Residences of the Royal House of Savoy included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1997.

The Castello del Valentino can be visited on Saturdays from 09,30 to 12 a.m. with compulsory reservation (maximum group 25 people) with free entrance?

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The Borgo Medievale Village is also located in Valentino Park, about 1.8 miles south of the Piazza Castello square.

This ia a tourist attraction built for the General Italian Exhibition of 1884.

The village reproduces a series of medieval typologies, taking as a model the best known buildings in Piedmont and in Valle d'Aosta; even the activity of the artisan shops contributes in recreating the medieval atmosphere.

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The Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile is situated about 3 miles south of the Piazza Castello square.

The museum is considered to be among the most important automobile museums in Europe. The collection has around eighty automobile brands representing eight countries (Italy, France, Great Britain, Germany, Holland, Spain, United States of America, Poland). Total amount of cars is around 170.

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The Basilica of Superga is situated about 5 miles northwest of the Piazza Castello square.

This is a church built from 1717 to 1731 for Victor Amadeus II of Savoy by Filippo Juvarra, at the top of the hill of Superga, to fulfill a vow the duke (and future King of Sardinia) had made during the Battle of Turin.

The church contains the tombs of many of the princes and kings of the House of Savoy, including the Monument to Carlo Emanuele III (1733) by Ignazio Collino and his brother Filippo. Under the church are the tombs of the Savoy family, including most of its members (among them, King Charles Albert).

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Porta Nuova is Turin's main train station, situated about 0.7 miles south of the Piazza Castello square.

Dating from the 1860s, to designs by Alessandro Mazzucchetti, it was modelled on King’s Cross in London.

You can catch trains from this station in the centre of Turin to Milan 140 km/86 miles east or to Genoa 170 km/105 miles south.

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For information on Wine Tasting day tours and more from Turin, visit: www.viator.com/Turin

For more information on Turin, visit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turin.

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