Visiting Turin and its Surroundings
A city is best explored on foot or even by bicycle. Setting out from the Residenza dell’Opera, you have the advantage of everything being within walking (or peddling) distance. Via San Massimo flows into one of the best-known and most bustling streets, Via Po, the starting point for any destination you have in mind.
Piazzas and palaces, museums and theatres, restaurants and wine bars, shops and boutiques – everything is right here in the surrounds. The Mole Antonelliana, a few metres from the Residenza, will be one of the first monuments to attract your attention. From there, you can continue to discover the city overlooking the river, or delve into the historical districts within Turin.
If museums are your passion, you will be spoiled for choice. Do you wish to delve into ancient history? There is the Museo Egizio – ranked second in the world only after that of Cairo – which has been recently renovated and is one of Turin’s favourite destinations, or the Museo di Antichità to discover more about the history of Turin itself. There is the magic of cinema hosted at the Museo del Cinema within the Mole Antonelliana, the Museo dell’Automobile that could not exist anywhere else but here, the Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea that is always in the limelight for the quality and importance of its exhibitions.
We also recommend a visit to the Duomo, along with seeing the Shroud, which is inextricably linked to our city. If you are in Turin during an Exposition, you will have the advantage of being just a few minutes’ walk from the Duomo during an intense period for our city.
Walking around Turin is marvellous. Starting from the Residenza dell’Opera, you can follow in the footsteps of royalty and walk beneath the kilometres of porticos that once sheltered them, stopping to observe the historic buildings of the city centre such as the Palazzo Reale and Palazzo Madama, discover the inner streets and magnificent squares such as Piazza Vittorio Veneto (which descends towards the Po river), Piazza Castello and Piazza San Carlo – the living room of the locals – and the Piazza Carignano, home to one of the most famous theatres in the city, the Carignano, so beautiful as that it has earnt the nickname of the Bonbonnière of Turin.
If you love theatre, music or opera, here you can see the Teatro Stabile programme, enjoy an opera at the Teatro Regio and even go behind the scenes. If cinema is your passion, in addition to the Museo del Cinema Torino, there is a full calendar rich in events such as the Festival del Cinema, a tradition that has long been a veritable international occasion.
Nights in Turin are beautiful and magical. We would be pleased to help you select the best bar or event to suit your tastes. You would not want to miss the opportunity of an evening stroll downtown to take in the views. The squares, streets and palaces of Turin are rich in esoteric symbols and stories that are truly worth discovering.
If you love nature, the city is surrounded by hills and pathways that branch off into green parks, villas and monuments. If you have even just a little time to dedicate to their exploration, the trails are accessible on foot directly from the Residenza dell’Opera. If you want to explore even further beyond the city, there are also large parks like the Mandria and beautiful lakes for a relaxing and restorative outing.
Then there are also the mountains. For those who enjoy skiing in winter and hiking in summer, head for Sauze d’Oulx in the Alta Valle di Susa upward to the entire Via Lattea, less than 100 kilometres from Turin, and onto Sestriere where the most important ski competitions are held.