It seems laughable that the immaculate baroque city of Turin is sometimes known as “Italy’s Detroit”. Both the Kingdom of Savoy’s former capital and the centre of Italy’s car manufacturing, Turin lies at the heart of Italy’s industrial belt, but its centre is a pristine chessboard of baroque squares, colonnades and UNESCO-listed palaces.
Italy’s fourth largest city looks and feels old, from the intact Roman gate in its city wall right up to its many 19th century coffee houses (such as the Caffe San Carlo) whose décor hasn’t changed for over a century. While it can’t rival Florence for art galleries, the city houses 14 former royal residences, and you can’t miss the towering outline of the Mole Antonelliana, first built as a synagogue in the 19th century and now a cinema museum. Beyond its historic cafes, Turin is also a centre for Piedmontese food – rich with eggs, cream and white truffle – while a former Fiat factory in its suburbs houses Eataly, the world’s first slow food supermarket.
Turin has two souls: one linked to white magic, the other to evil-black magic. You will explore them both, starting from Piazza Statuto, the "hearth of darkness" of the city, a part of the city that Romans, who founded Turin, considered an unlucky area and used as a burial site. At sunset you will drive past scary stone monsters, sinister architecture, unusual statues adorning ancient buildings and a small strange detail of the Duomo, which houses the famous Holy Shroud.
Experience the perfect introduction to Turin aboard this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. You will see all the beautiful sights of the city in a comfortable and secure environment, with full commentary provided. Discover Turin in an open-top double-decker bus with the opportunity to hop-on and hop-off at nine different stops whenever you wish, all day long. Tickets are valid for 24 hours.
If you want to be captured by its secret side, you can take part in a guided tour of underground Turin. Beneath the hectic and bustling city of Turin lies another mysterious and unknown world where time seems to stand still. Fifteen metres below the city, the tunnels of the citadel and the sub-cellars of the Baroque palaces are waiting to let you discover their mysteries, on sites of ancient murders which have never been solved.
Among wine cellars and famous vineyards of Langhe and Roero, come and taste the most famous Piedmontese wines: Barolo, Barbaresco, Nebbiolo, Roero, Barbera, Dolcetto and Arneis. Specially selected wine producers will enable you to taste flavours and specialties of the Piedmontese tradition. Choose between a half day or a full day tour: Half Day Wine Tour is 5 hours and the Full Day Wine Tour is 9 hours.