A Walking Tour of Turin

Piazza San Carlo

The best walking tour of Turin starts by the main station Porta Nuova and heads on up the elegant Via Roma towards Piazza Castello - see foot of page for a map of the area.

Via Roma is THE shopping street in Turin, my wife loves it and my bank account hates it. All the big names of Italian fashion and then some are here. Also some very tempting food stores, though I wouldn’t do your shopping here before reading my wife Maria's Turin shopping guide for all the inside info.

Carry on up via Roma until you reach the seventeenth century Piazza San Carlo (Carlo Felice) with it’s famous rearing horse with the Savoy Duke Filiberto in the saddle.

The piazza is known as the "Drawing Room" of Turin, its elegance often compared to Place Vendôme in Paris. It has been the hang-out of Piedmont's intellectuals and the rich and famous for centuries.

While you are in the piazza do pop into the wonderful but expensive Caffè San Carlo.

Two gorgeous sixteenth century churches, the so-called "Twin Churches", look out on the piazza (see photo at top). One is the masculine San Carlo and the other the feminine Santa Cristina.

Carry on walking along the left side of Via Roma to Piazza Castello before returning back to Piazza San Carlo up the other side of the road – just so you don’t miss any of the expensive shops. Once you get back to Piazza San Carlo your wallet should be considerably lighter.

From Piazza San Carlo turn left into Via Maria Vittoria, this is a quite and very upmarket street lined with lovely art galleries and antique shops.

Personally I would suggest rather doing your antique shopping at the market in Porta Palazzo – Piedmont's and indeed Europe’s largest open air market, far cheaper than the city centre and the site of the famous Balon flea market, held every Saturday morning and on the second Sunday of the month.

Along Maria Vittoria the church of San Filippo Neri is lovely. Built in 1675, it was restored by Juvarra after the dome collapsed. Opposite the church is Palazzo Carpano dating to 1684 and designed by Michelangelo Garove.

Now head back towards Piazza San Carlo and turn right just before the Piazza into Via Accademia delle Scienze, this street houses the 16th century Palazzo dell'Accademia delle Scienze (Academy of Science), and is home to two great Piedmont museums. The Egyptian Museum (Museo Egizio) and the Sabauda Gallery. For more on Turin's museums visit our museum guide .

Baratti & Milano, Turin

Keep on up Via Accademia delle Scienze until you get to Piazza Carlo Alberto and pass through the piazza into the light-filled and elegant Galleria Subalpina built in 1873 by Pietro Carrera, who planned it as a bazaar.

At the end of the gallery where it opens onto Piazza Castello you will find another one of Turin’s legendary cafés the wonderful Turin liberty style Baratti & Milano.

This is the place that invented the delicious Cremino chocolate.

Chocolate this good is hard to find outside of Piedmont. If you would like to try some visit our chocolate guide.

The walk is now done and I have gone off at a tangent, as I often do, about chocolate.

For another walking tour of Turin/Torino please click here.



Recommended Guided Tours 

Map of the Area the Walk Covers

Looking for more on Turin, other walking tours in Italy or anything else ? Try our site search engine.

  1. Home
  2. Turin City Guide
  3. Exploring Turin

You might like these

  • Tellaro - One of Italy's Best Kept Secrets

    Everyone knows the Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast but there is somewhere just as lovely with hardly any tourists? It's Tellaro!

  • Italy Travel Books

    I lived in Italy for ten years and these Italy travel books truly tell it like it is. A few great coffee table books too full of evocative photos of this beautiful country.

  • The Perfect Italian Itinerary

    Planning a trip to Italy? Then you really need to read our Italian itinerary before you book a single thing.

Please Book with Us...

Like us? Why not support me and Maria.

All you need do is book via the search box below, or any of the hotel links elsewhere on the website. It can be for travel to Italy... or anywhere else on earth.

You'll get the best deal available and the income we receive helps us to:

  • Stay independent and to keep bringing you the best of Italy.
  • Never have to accept money from hotels directly - meaning that we can share only those we genuinely love.

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.

Recent Articles

  1. Poetic Justice?

    Nov 19, 19 08:56 AM

    Read More

  2. About Beautiful Matera

    Nov 17, 19 07:50 AM

    Read More

  3. The Italian Panettone Recipe - An Essential Part of Christmas in Italy

    Nov 04, 19 06:35 AM

    Maria's traditional Italian Panettone recipe. The most famous Italian Christmas cake of them all. Bake yourself a taste of Italy this Christmas.

    Read More

  4. Noale in Veneto, visiting a small town

    Oct 29, 19 03:47 AM

    Last fall two friends and I traveled in Italy. It was a girls’ trip. One that promised to be full of fun and some new adventures. We were not disappointed.

    Read More

  5. Tellaro - One of Italy's Best Kept Secrets

    Oct 24, 19 06:01 AM

    Everyone knows the Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast but there is somewhere just as lovely with hardly any tourists? It's Tellaro!

    Read More

  6. Handmade Exclusive Gentlemen Dress Shoes

    Oct 20, 19 12:29 PM

    Looking for the world's finest gentle man dress shoes and handmade boots? Look no further than our site. Each pair of shoes is handmade to order in Italy by the finest of Italian craftsmen.

    Read More