Why Turin should be a must visit city on your Italian trip

by Charlotte
(Leeds)

Via Roma - Turin

Via Roma - Turin

For many outsiders, Turin is most famous for being the venue for the Italian Job movie, with the sight of three Minis storming their way through the city one of cinema’s most iconic images and one that has been seen on all our TV screens.


It won’t surprise you either that it is well behind the likes of Rome and Florence in the tourist popularity stakes.

However, that doesn’t mean it hasn’t got plenty to offer. In fact, its understated reputation means it can be better to explore than some of Italy’s more overcrowded and often stifling tourist-traps.

Technology and industry remain at its heart, with the FIAT Car Company based here, but Turin is no ugly industrial duckling. A glittering array of Palaces, lush green spaces, museums, art galleries and grand boulevards are beautifully located on the banks of the river Po, with green, rolling hills in the background and the Italian Alps in the far distance.

Its proximity to France means the city differs slightly in look and feel, closer to Paris than Rome in design, which only adds to its charm.

It is also well known for being the home of the Italian Royal family, the first capital of Italy and its Cathedral the home of the mysterious holy shroud, which attracts thousands of Catholic Pilgrims when it makes rare and fleeting public appearances. The 2006 Winter Olympics were also held here, emphasising the city’s sporting heritage.

All of what makes Italy a great country to visit is found in Turin. However, unlike a trip to Florence or Rome, you won’t feel like you have seen it all before, nor will you have to share it nose-to-nose with thousands of other holiday makers. For that reason the fourth largest city in Italy should perhaps be number one on your list.

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