Turin , famous for its car factories, is actually an elegant city full of art and history, with one of the richest and tastiest cuisines in the world. All thanks to the Savoy family who, in the middle of the 19th Century, unified Italy from their base in Turin. Their French inspired gastronomic legacies are to be found everywhere in the city. For a sample, try the classic café, Guido Gobino (Via Lagrange 1) with its superb deserts and chocolates. Afterwards, visit the stunning Savoy palace, Venaria Reale with its art treasures and impressive halls used for luxurious parties. Its magnificent garden recalls royal European living at its finest. Book the Guided Visit to Venaria , it will leave you breathless!
In the city’s center, Piazza Castello, you will find the 17th Century baroque Royal Palace and the beautiful Palazzo Madama. Built by the Romans and richly transformed by the Savoys it is now a UNESCO heritage site. Take a walk from Piazza Castello following Via Roma up to the stunningPiazza San Carlo for coffee at the historical Cafe Torino (Piazza San Carlo 204) Don’t forget to tap your heel against the Golden Bull on the floor for good luck! Then, take Via dell’Accademia to find beautiful fashion design studios as well as gourmet food shops where you can purchase truffles, cold cuts, sweets and fine wines. And there is more… Superb red wines from the Langhe area (Nebbiolo, Barolo and Barbaresco) pair well with strong-flavored dishes such as the Bagna cauda (“hot bath”, a sauce with garlic and anchovies) the Brasato (flesh of Piedmontese cattle cooked with regional wine) and the salame di Turgia (a typical salami produced with the most valuable parts of the cow’s flesh). Give them a taste while basking at the elegant and fascinating 19th century La Smarrita (Via Cesare Battisti 17A), and conclude with a Bicerin(a typical cappuccino) in Piazza della Consolata.
A good way to save on Turin’s sights is by purchasing the Torino – Piemonte card , available in 2, 3 or 5 days denominations. The card gives you access to the Mole Antonelliana, an imposing building, symbol of the city that now houses the fascinating Museum of the Cinema. The card includes transportation discounts in case you have eaten too much to walk comfortably.