The jewel in the crown of Piedmont, Turin is a
city which comes across as a little more traditional than others
in Italy such as, say, Florence or Rome. Home of the Italian
Royal Family, Turin retains much of its aristocratic, old-world
air today, while the leafy boulevards and peaceful parks have
managed to gain the interest of tourists looking for something
different. Aside from being home to many cultural, historical
and natural attractions, Turin has a reputation as one of the
foremost cities in the world for motoring. Fiat has their main
factory here and therefore has a big impact on daily life – they
own a large share in Juventus, the city’s biggest football club.
Anyone coming to Turin is sure to find something they’ll enjoy.
Family. As Turin has a great road network, a family car, even a
saloon, will work no matter where you’re driving, especially as
the city has plenty of motorways.
Important things to note
Many of the main toll motorways
going into and out of Turin are toll roads. For that reason,
it’s important to have some loose change with you while
driving. When one of the city’s two main football teams is
playing, traffic can be a problem around both stadia. Avoid if
you don’t plan on going by car. Some of the toll roads leading
into Turin can be hard to get onto during public holidays. Check
your calendar before travelling to the city.
Turin’s most famous sight is the Shroud of
Turin, which is located in the Cathedral of St John the Baptist.
Stored in a vault below the Duomo, it’s only seen whenever the
Pope gives his permission for it to be displayed in public. If
not on show, the cathedral itself is worth exploring. The Museo
dell’Automobile pays homage to Turin’s rich history as a
motoring hub. At the museum on Corso Unita d’Italia 40, there
are over 170 different vehicles on display here including cars
that have been used for Formula 1. If you like football, then
you’ll love to see Juventus at Juventus Stadium. The current
champions of Italy, they’re among the world’s most famous club
sides. Local rivals Torino play at the city’s Olympic Stadium
and enjoy a fierce rivalry with ‘Juve’. Film fans will love to
visit the National Cinema Museum in the centre of Turin. Across
the building’s five floors, you’ll find old film reels, classic
posters and exhibitions dedicated to stars of the silver screen,
genres and iconic films throughout the years.