Turin is a city full of unexpected discoveries. In Turin, museums and art galleries number well over fifty and they are all worth a visit. Many are rated among the best museums in Italy.
Top of the list of all the museums and other attractions in Turin has to be the Palace of Venaria, one of the Top Five Tourist Attractions in Italy, a UNESCO Heritage site and an equal in every way to the Palace of Versailles .
The excellent Cinema Museum is a favourite of my wife, housed within a city landmark, the Mole Antonelliana, an extraordinary extravagance of 168 meters and originally built in 1863 as a Synagogue.
The museum is the best in Italy in its field and one of the best in the world and bears homage to Turin’s place as the birthplace of Italian cinema.
It is hugely popular and attracts people from across Italy, Europe and the world.
The ride in the glass elevator, up through the many levels, to the top is amazing and the view from up top is truly breathtaking.
Any Turin tour should include the Egyptian Museum of Piedmont, the largest museum of Egyptology outside of Egypt. The museum is located in a beautiful part of Turin and was entirely revamped in 2006.
The displays are very impressive - one of the top exhibits is the oldest known copy of the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
Make sure you get out before closing time... the museum is haunted according to local legend. I find it all a bit too creepy for my tastes - all those mummies.
If you have the time go and see the Biblioteca Reale with exhibits ranging from one of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous works through to medieval weapons and jewels.
Torino is home to some of Italy’s finest collections of modern and contemporary art. These can be seen in the Galleria d’arte Moderna and at Castello di Rivoli . The Castello di Rivoli (Castle of Rivoli) is a little out of the centre of town and also offers great views of Turin and the surrounding Alps.
The list of other museums is long and some are very unique and unlikely to be found anywhere else. Museums on subjects ranging from the Piedmont Museum of Fruit to the Torino Puppet Museum. I love the fruit museum!!!
Soccer/Football fans will certainly want to visit the Juventus Museum and tour their stadium. Juventus is one of the greatest football (soccer for Americans) teams in the world and their stadium and museum are hugely impressive - a must for fans.
Having said how great they are I need to warn you that half of Turin doesn't really agree - they support Turin's other great football team... Torino.
Last but not least don’t miss the Torino Automotive Museum. In a city that is home to Fiat this is bound to be excellent and is indeed just that (my opinion – NOT my wife’s opinion). I get so many people asking me about visiting the Ferrari factory at Modena but if you love cars so much come and visit this museum too!