What to see in Turin and surroundings in 7 days

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Do you have a week's time and are looking for an Italian destination to organize a trip? Turin could be the right choice for you! Beautiful in any season, full of life, history and culture. Capital of the Duchy of Savoy, today it is considered the capital of cinema and the automobile. Between museums, historic buildings and wonderful viewpoints, there are so many things to do.

But not only, this whole area of ​​Piedmont has wonderful landscapes, ranging from the plains to the hills to the mountains. Rent a car and set off to explore the Langhe, famous for its vineyards and wine production, or hop on a train and discover the other towns in the area.

Are you ready to leave with us? Here what to see in Turin and surroundings in 7 days!


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. 6 day
  7. 7 day
  8. How much does a week cost in Turin
  9. Before leaving: useful tips
  10. User questions and comments

1 day

We recommend that you begin your discovery of the city with a welcome tour with a resident who will direct you to the sites of major historical and cultural interest and give you the right reading key to read the history of this wonderful city.
Start immediately with one of the most beautiful museums in the city, the Egyptian Museum (Tue-Sun 8: 30-19: 30, € 7,50, reduced € 3,50). With 30 Egyptian works, it is one of the most important museums in the world. We advise you to visit it by purchasing priority entrance, so as to avoid school groups and queues at the ticket office.
At the end of the visit, go to the Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista, the cathedral of the city (7: 30-19: 30, free).

For lunch, stop at one of the most famous piole, the Cianci Piola Caffè (average cost per person € 15,00), and after having recharged your energy enjoy a relaxing walk in the immense Royal Gardens. They are located behind the Royal Palace, in the setting of the beautiful Piazza Castello, the heart of the city, where the four most important roads cross. Here you will find some of the most beautiful buildings in Turin.
One of these is Senate, that today it houses the Civic Museum of Ancient Art (Tue-Sat 10: 00-18: 00, Sun 10: 00-19: 00, € 10,00, reduced € 8,00) and also various temporary exhibitions.

Dine at La Regia Sartoria restaurant (average cost € 20,00 per person).
End the day by strolling along via Po, one of the most important streets of the city, and enjoy Turin among the lights and its nocturnal charm.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,0 km / 37 min
  • Places visited: Egyptian Museum (€ 7,50), Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista (free), Royal Gardens (free), Piazza Castello (free), Palazzo Madama (€ 10,00), via Po (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 50,00
  • Egyptian Museum of Turin: tour of the museum and the city center
  • Lunch at Cianci Piola Caffe (Get directions), Dinner at La Regia Sartoria (Get directions)

2 day

Start the day with a visit to the Mole Antonelliana the symbol of Turin (open every day 10 am-00pm). Built in 19 with the function of an Jewish temple, it passed into the hands of the Municipality in 00. With its 1863 meters of height, it stands out from all the other buildings in the city.
Inside you can visit the beautiful national cinema museum, one of the most important museums in the world which traces the history of cinema to the present day. There are different types of tickets: panoramic lift € 8,00; museum € 11,00; museum + panoramic lift € 15,00. If you want to make sure you get on the mole with the elevator, and avoid the long wait, book the priority entrance ticket which also includes a visit to the museum.

For lunch we advise you to stop in via Po al Abrì Turin (average cost per person € 8,00).
Then reach Piazza Vittorio Veneto, the largest square in Turin and the largest square with arcades in Europe. This area, after a major redevelopment work, is completely pedestrianized and in the evening becomes the central point of nightlife, thanks to its numerous clubs.
Then cross the Vittorio Emanuele I bridge and arrive at Great Mother of God Church, (7: 30-19: 00, free) where, according to some esotericists, the Holy Grail is buried among the statues of faith and religion.
End the afternoon by climbing the Monte dei Cappuccini, one of the most famous points from which to admire the city skyline. Enjoy the sunset and the panorama with the view of the Mole and the Alps in the background. This place is always accessible and admission is free.

Head back down to the historic center and end the day with a slightly different dinner at the Poormanger restaurant (average cost per person € 10,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,2 km / 44 min
  • Places visited: National Cinema Museum and Mole Antonelliana (€ 15,00), Piazza Vittorio Veneto (free), Gran Madre di Dio Church (free), Monte dei Cappuccini (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 35,00
  • Turin: Mole Antonelliana and Museum, by tourist bus
  • Lunch at Abrì Turin (Get directions), Dinner at Poormanger (Get directions)

3 day

As already mentioned, Turin is the capital of Cinema and Automobile. It's time to discover the famous Automobile Museum (Tue-Sun 10: 00-19: 00, Mon 10: 00-14: 00, € 12,00). This is located just under 5 kilometers from the historic center and you can reach the area by bus 17, 18, 34, 42 or 74 or by metro, getting off at the Lingotto stop. With the hop-on hop-off bus ticket you will have included the entrance to the museum.

The museum is the only one of its kind in Italy and boasts one of the rarest and most beautiful car collections in the world. You will be able to see over 200 original models from the 800th century to the present day.

From the Automobile Museum, take the metro towards the center and get off at the Nizza stop. Here stop for lunch at Gastronomia Nizza da Alex (average cost per person € 15,00).
Head then towards the banks in the river Po, where the beautiful is located Valentino Park. Visit the little one Medieval village, a reproduction of a 400th century village and then stroll along the paths of the Valentino Park. Do not forget to take a photo of the Lampposts in love, a bench where there are his lamps "sitting" and embracing. This is probably one of the most photographed spots in the whole city. Then stop for a drink along one of the many bars on the banks of the river.
Exit the park, pass near the Monumental Arch of the Artillery and reach the historic center.

End the day with a dinner at M ** Bun Slow Fast Food (average cost per person € 15,00) and spend the evening in Piazza Carlo Felice or in one of the many bars in the area.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,8 km / 1 h 13 min
  • Places visited: Museum of the Automobile (€ 12,00), Medieval Village (free), Valentino Park (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 45,00
  • Turin: ticket and guided tour of the Automobile Museum
  • Lunch at Gastronomia Nizza by Alex (Get directions), Dinner at M ** Bun Slow Fast Food (Get directions)

4 day

Discover one of the most beautiful places in the surroundings of Turin the Royal Palace of Venaria Reale (Tue-Fri 9: 00-17: 00, weekend until 18:30, full € 25,00. There are several tickets and reductions, find out here). Reaching it is very simple: you can take the bus line 11 from Piazza Castello (journey time 35 minutes) or the bus 226 direct from Porta Susa. If you don't want to worry about timetables and transport, take part in the comfortable guided tour with transfer included.

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is one of the most beautiful and most important royal palaces of the Savoy.

For lunch, stop at the Locanda della Mandria (average cost per person € 20,00), a place surrounded by greenery in the La Mandria Park.
In the afternoon, visit the Castello della Mandria, the favorite residence of the first King of Italy (9: 00-17: 00, weekend until 18:30, € 8,00). Inside you can admire the apartments of Vittorio Emanuele II of Savoy and Rosa Vercellana.

Go to the center of Venaria Reale, where you can stop for dinner at the La Cantinetta Reale restaurant (average cost per person € 20,00) and then take bus 11 or 226 back to the center of Turin.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 37,9 km / 1 h 22 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Palace of Venaria and Gardens (€ 25,00), La Mandria Park (free), Castello Della Mandria (€ 8,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 75,00
  • Turin: Guided Tour of the Royal Palace and Gardens of Venaria Turin: 3-Hour Guided Tour of the Royal Palace of Venaria Reale
  • Lunch at Locanda della Mandria (Get directions), Dinner at La Cantinetta Reale (Get directions)

5 day

Set out to discover one of the symbolic places of all Piedmont: the Sacra di San Michele.
Getting to your destination is really very simple: it will be enough take the direct regional train from Porta Nuova station to Avigliana (28 minutes, € 3,10). From here you can take advantage of the shuttle transport from Porta Susa. Our advice is to visit the village accompanied by an expert guide in order to enjoy the architectural beauty of the sacred. Alternatively, take a taxi (average cost € 25,00 each way).

Built between 983 and 987, the Sacra di San Michele (times change according to the season, consult the official website, full ticket € 8,00, reduced € 6,00) is aimposing abbey located on the top of Mount Pirchiriano. Here you can visit various places, such as the monks' sepulcher, the Abbey Church, the guesthouses, the ruins and its interiors.

After the visit, stop for lunch at the Ristorante della Sacra (average cost per person € 15,00) and then take the shuttle or taxi back to Avigliana.
In the afternoon enjoy a walk in the historic center of Avigliana, immersing yourself in the streets of this medieval village. If you are not too tired from the long morning, also reach the ruins of the old castle of the city, always accessible and admire the view.

End the day with a dinner at Il Birrificio - Birra Laval (average cost per person € 20,00) and then take the direct regional train back to Turin (€ 3,10).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 80,3 km / 1 h 50 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Sacra di San Michele (€ 8,00), Avigliana historic center (free), Avigliana castle (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 55,00
  • Lunch at Ristorante della Sacra (Get directions), Dinner at Il Birrificio risto-pub - Birra Laval (Get directions)

6 day

After several days immersed in the city and culture, we recommend that you dedicate a day to the Langhe, a beautiful hilly area between Asti and Cuneo. In this area there are many vineyards, from which a wine known all over the world is produced, Barol.
To make the most of this paradise, our advice is to book the bus that will take you to the most evocative places in the Langhe, also allowing you to visit the Barolo Wine museum. Alternatively, you can rent a car (average cost per day starting from € 30,00).

In just over 1 hour you arrive in the town of Alba, in the heart of the Landes and renowned for its white truffle. Stroll through its medieval historic center and admire the beautiful Cathedral of San Lorenzo, the city's main religious site (free admission, always accessible). If you are visiting the city between October and December, don't forget to stop by the International Alba White Truffle Fair!

Stop for lunch in one of the many places in the historic center, for example the Osteria Lalibera Restaurant (average cost per person € 20,00) and then get back in the car.
Drive towards the location of Barolo, making a stop along the way to admire the beautiful views and small villages in the area declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Once you arrive in Barolo, you cannot miss the WiMu Wine Museum in Barolo (10: 30-18: 00, € 9,00), an interactive museum on the famous wine set up inside an old medieval museum. Furthermore, being on a hill, from here you can admire a beautiful view over the whole of Barole and the Langhe.
Then return to Alba, to reach the village of Neive, which is part of the circuit of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Stroll through its historic center and enjoy the atmosphere of this magical place.

End the day right here in Nieve, also renowned for its excellent trattorias and its culinary tradition. Dine at Osteria Borgo Vecchio (average cost per person € 20,00) and don't forget to accompany the meal with a good glass of wine!
Then take the car back to Turin, it will take you just over an hour from Nieve.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 191 km / 3 h 6 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Alba historic center (free), Alba Cathedral (free), WiMu Wine Museum in Barolo (€ 9,00), Neive historic center (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 80,00 (including car rental)
  • Langhe: discovering the wine hills by bus
  • Lunch at Osteria Lalibera Restaurant (Get directions), Dinner at Osteria Borgo Vecchio (Get directions)

7 day

Spend the last day in the city.
In the morning visit the beautiful Royal Palace (9: 00-19: 00, closed on Mon, € 15,00), the first and most important of the savoy residences in Piedmont. Buy your ticket online to avoid queues. Here you can visit the royal apartments, the Armory, the Sabauda Gallery, the Savoy Library and the Chapel of the Shroud. The visit will occupy you all morning.

For lunch, stop near Piazza Castello, at the Taberna Libraria restaurant (average cost per person € 20,00).
Then reach the afternoon stage, la Basilica of Superga (Tue-Oct 9: 30-13: 00/14: 30-18: 00, Nov-Mar 9: 30-13: 00/14: 30-17: 00, closed on Wednesday. Free, to enter the Royal Tombs and at the Royal Apartment the cost is € 5,00). To get there, take tram 15 which goes from Piazza Castello to the Sassi-Superga stop and from there take bus 79 to your destination (total travel time about 30 minutes).
La Basilica of Superga is a symbol of Turin and from above it overlooks the whole city. It is also possible to visit the interior, where there is the Royal Crypt with the tomb of King Carlo Alberto.

Stop for dinner at the Trattoria Bel Deuit restaurant (average cost per person € 20,00), 600 meters from the basilica. Spend the last evening under the beautiful arcades of Piazza Vittorio.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 13,2 km / 35 min
  • Places visited: Royal Palace (€ 15,00), Superga (€ 5,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 60,00
  • royal palace of turin ticket and guided tour Turin: Royal Palace guided tour
  • Lunch at Taberna Libraria (Get directions), Dinner at Trattoria Bel Deuit (Get directions)

How much does a week cost in Turin

NB: The prices expressed in the table above are to be intended "per person".

Turin, economically speaking, it falls within the average of large Italian cities, but it has such a wide range of hotels and b & bs as well as restaurants and piole that you can easily organize a low cost trip. You can therefore find excellent solutions both for accommodation, looking in the neighborhoods surrounding the historic center, and for lunches and dinners, thanks to the typical piole in which to eat typical Piedmontese food. The important thing is to avoid too touristy places.

  • starting from € 60,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -
  • Turin: 3-Hour Classic Walking Tour Turin: City Tour and Mole Elevator Access Turin: Chocolate Walking Tour
  • Total cost of a week, flight included: from € 600,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Turin: perfect to visit in any season. In spring temperatures are around 20 °, with some afternoon thunderstorms, while in summer it reaches 30 °. Autumn is perhaps the best time, with temperatures ranging from 12 ° to 17 ° and the city is full of events. In winter it is very cold, with lows even below zero, but during the Christmas period it is filled with lights and markets - find out more
  • Torina is served by the Sandro Pertini airport, where various low cost airlines such as Easyjet or Ryanair also operate. It is located in Caselle Torinese, just 16 kilometers from the center and to reach it there are several alternatives: the train, with the Turin-Airport-Ceres line, cost of the ticket € 3,00 each way; the bus, with the Dora Express line from the Dora station, cost of the ticket € 3,00 each way; taxi, journey time 30 minutes, average cost of the ride € 30,00
  • the best area is the historic center, where most of the attractions are located and you can easily move around on foot. Obviously, prices here will be higher than in the suburbs and neighboring neighborhoods. Alternatively, you can look for accommodation in strategic points such as Porta Susa, Porta Nuova, Piazza Castello or Piazza San Carlo
  • Getting around: in the historic center you can easily move on foot, as the main points of interest are all close to each other. To reach other areas, the city has an efficient transport network: trams and buses are active from 5:00 to 24:00 (single ticket € 1,70 for 100 minutes, day ticket € 4,00, weekly € 17,50). There is also a night bus operated by GGT Night Buster operating from 00:30 to 5:00. Finally, the metro, with only one line leading from Collegno to Lingotto (single ticket € 1,70) - find out more
  • Recommended cards and passes: Torino Piemonte Card includes free or reduced admission to the main attractions of Turin and surroundings, discount for the city sightseeing Turin tourist bus and various discounts on tourist transport in the region. The price varies according to the duration: one day € 27,00, 2 days € 36,00, 3 days € 43,00, 5 days € 51,00

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