What to see in Turin in 3 days

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Joel Fulleda

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If you plan to spend a weekend or a few days in Turin, get ready, because it will steal your heart.
Beautiful in any season, its streets are full of life, history and culture. City of ancient origins, in the past the capital of the Duchy of Savoy, today it is considered the capital of cinema and automobile. There is no shortage of things to do, including museums, palaces, spectacular squares and typical local dishes.

Let's find out together what to see in Turin in 3 days, what are the best times to visit it, how to get around, what to absolutely include in your itinerary and what are the restaurants in which to try something typical. Here are some tips to help you enjoy your holiday to the fullest.


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. How much does a weekend in Turin cost
  5. User questions and comments

1 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Egyptian Museum, Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista

Start your three days in Turin by having breakfast in a different place than usual, the Mood - Books and Coffee. The bar overlooks Piazza Carignano and will allow you to drink a good coffee (€ 2,00) or a cappuccino (€ 2,50) surrounded by lots of books.
You are now ready to start your tour, starting with one of the most beautiful museums in Turin, the Egyptian Museum. With its 30 Egyptian works, this is it one of the most important museums in the world. Located in via Accademia delle Scienze, it is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 8:30 am to 19:30 pm (we advise you to visit it at opening hours, to avoid school groups and numerous visitors). The full ticket costs € 7,50, the reduced one € 3,50, while admission is free for children under 18 and disabled.

Once the visit is over, go to the Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista passing through the beautiful Piazza Castello, which you can calmly see in the afternoon. This cathedral is the cathedral of the city. It was built between 1491 and 1498 and was renovated in the 7th century, when the Chapel of the Holy Shroud was added. Open every day from 30:19 am to 30: pm, admission is free.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Royal Gardens, Piazza Castello, Palazzo Madama

Near the cathedral there is one of the most famous places to eat in Turin, the Cianci, Piola and Caffè. The piola is a Piedmontese term to indicate a tavern, e here you can taste the typical dishes of Piedmont. Despite being one of the most popular places, the prices are suitable for everyone and, with an average cost of about € 15,00, you can enjoy an excellent lunch.
Now it's time for a good one walk in the immense Royal Gardens. In spring the trees are filled with flowers, while in autumn everything is tinged with red.

These gardens, located behind the Royal Palace, are located in the frame of the beautiful Piazza Castello, the heart of the city. Here, in fact, the four main streets meet and hosts some of the most beautiful buildings in Turin. One of them is Senate. This palace in the past was the castle of Maria Cristina of France and of Giovanna di Savoia, while today it houses the Civic Museum of Ancient Art. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 00pm and Sunday from 18am to 00pm, it is absolutely worth a visit! The price of the full ticket is € 10, reduced € 00, while it is free for children under 19 and disabled.

3 - Evening: Dinner, historic center and via Po

Being in the center, the choice of restaurants and clubs is very wide and varied. We recommend a restaurant just 5 minutes walk away from Piazza Castello, behind the Teatro Regio Torino. We are talking about La Regia Sartoria, a restaurant furnished to the smallest detail, in which there is an entire section of the menu dedicated to tapas (from € 6,00 to € 12,00). With an average cost of about € 20,00 per person, you can enjoy an excellent dinner.
As we have already mentioned, you are in the historic center. Our advice is to stroll along via Po, one of the most important streets of the city, and enjoy Turin in its nocturnal charm.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,4 km / 43 min
  • Places visited: Egyptian Museum (€ 7,50), Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista (free), Royal Gardens (free), Piazza Castello, Palazzo Madama (€ 10,00), via Po
  • Egyptian Museum: fast track access and tourist bus Egyptian Museum and city: private guided tour Private tour of Turin and its historic cafes
  • Breakfast at Mood - Books and Coffee (Get directions), Lunch at Cianci Piola Caffè (Get directions), Dinner at La Regia Sartoria (Get directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, national cinema museum and Mole Antonelliana, via Po

The second day begins and there are many things to see. So load up with a good coffee and a brioche at the Genesi Bar, just 200 meters from the Mole Antonelliana, the symbol of Turin. And this is where you can start. The Mole, built in 1863 with the function of an Jewish temple, passed into the hands of the Municipality in 1878. With its 167 meters of height, it stands out from all the other buildings in the city.

Today inside it houses the beautiful National Cinema Museum, one of the most important museums in the world that traces the history of cinema to the present day. The Museum and the Mole are open from Wednesday to Monday from 9:00 to 20:00 and on Saturdays from 9:00 to 23:00, closed on Tuesdays. There are different types of tickets based on what you want to see. We suggest a combined ticket that includes the cinema museum, panoramic lift and panoramic bus tour for around € 30,00. Alternatively, these are the prices for individual options:

  • National Cinema Museum: full € 11,00, reduced € 9,00
  • Panoramic Lift: full € 8,00, reduced € 6,00
  • National Cinema Museum + Panoramic Lift: full € 15,00, reduced € 12,00
  • Ascent on foot of the dome (without elevator): without reservation € 10,00, with reservation € 150,00 / group (groups of maximum 15 people)

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Piazza Vittorio Veneto, Gran Madre Church, Monte dei Cappuccini

After the National Cinema Museum and the Mole Antonelliana, it's time to head to Via Po, one of the main streets of the city, full of bars and restaurants. On the street you will find the Abrì Torino restaurant. The choice is very wide and you will also find first and second courses, but we recommend you try their pizzas, focaccia and farinate, really excellent. The latter cost € 5,00, while the pizzas range from € 6,00 to € 12,00.
After recharging your energy, Piazza Vittorio Veneto awaits you at the end of Via Po. This it is the largest square in Turin and the largest square with arcades in Europe. This area, thanks to the redevelopment of the territory which took place in view of the 2006 Winter Olympics, is completely pedestrian, full of crowded places especially in the evening.

On the other side of the Vittorio Emanuele I bridge is the Great Mother of God Church. It was built between 1818 and 1831 to celebrate the return of Vittorio Emanuele after the defeat of Napoleon. A little curiosity: according to some esotericists, the Holy Grail is buried inside the Church, between the statues of Faith and Religion. Open every day from 7:30 to 19:00, admission is free.

Finally, conclude the itinerary of this long second day by enjoying a sunset over the city directly from the Monte dei Cappuccini. This is one of the most famous spots from which to admire the skyline of the city, with the Mole standing out above everything else and the Alps in the background. The viewpoint can be accessed at any time for free.

3 - Evening: Dinner, historic center and Piazza Carlo Emanuele II

And after seeing a beautiful sunset it's time for dinner. Go down towards piazza Vittorio Veneto, which slowly fills up more and more with life, and head towards via Maria Vittoria. Here you will find a place with a truly unique rustic style, the Poormanger. Local specialty? Potatoes stuffed with local zero-kilometer products. You will find many varieties, from the simplest to the most elaborate ones. Definitely something to try, accompanied by a good glass of wine. The prices are also very affordable, with around € 10,00 you will leave full and satisfied. The restaurant is then located just behind Piazza Carlo Emanuele II, all illuminated at night, and in the historic center.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,5 km / 47 min
  • Places visited: National Cinema Museum (€ 11,00), Mole Antonelliana (from € 8,00), via Po, Piazza Vittorio Veneto, Gran Madre di Dio Church (free), Monte dei Cappuccini, Piazza Carlo Emanuele II
  • Mole Antonelliana and Museum, with tourist bus 3-hour city tour and Mole Antonelliana Half-day bike tour to discover Turin
  • Breakfast at Bar Genesi (Get directions), Lunch at Abrì Turin (Get directions), Dinner at Poormanger (Get directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Automobile Museum or Venaria Reale

For this last day we propose some attractions a little further away from the historic center. If you are passionate about cars (but even if you are not), you absolutely cannot miss the Automobile Museum. Alternatively, one of Turin's main musts is the Royal Palace of Venaria Reale. You can decide according to your preferences, in both cases we advise you to get up early in the morning because the visits will take at least the whole morning (find here the info to visit the Reggia di Venaria).

First, a good breakfast with coffee and hot croissant Caffè Mania Turin, just 6 minutes walk from the museum. You can reach this area from the center by bus 17, 18, 34, 42 or 74 or by underground, getting off at the Lingotto stop.
The museum, the only one of its kind in Italy, boasts one of the rarest and most beautiful car collections in the world, with over 200 original models from the 800th century to the present day. As for the opening hours, it is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00 and on Mondays from 10:00 to 14:00 (closed in the afternoon). The full ticket costs € 12,00, then there are various types of reductions.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, medieval village and Valentino park

From the Automobile Museum, take the metro towards the center and get off at the Nizza stop, a few steps from Parco del Valentino, the next point on the itinerary. But first enjoy a good lunch in one of the many places, such as the Nice Gastronomy by Alex, right outside the metro stop. In this place, small but with attention to detail, you will find all the classics of Italian cuisine, including pizzas and farinate. The prices are also very affordable, you will spend an average of € 15,00.

And after lunch, head over towards the banks of the river Po, where the beautiful Valentino park is located and its small medieval village. The latter was built in 1884 on the occasion of the International Exhibition and is a reproduction of a small 400th century village. The park, on the other hand, is full of paths for walking, jogging or cycling. In addition, there are many small bars with tables on the side of the river, where you can take a break and have a drink. Curiosity: in the park there is a bench which is probably the most photographed in Turin. Do you already know it? It is called "The lampposts in love" and represents two lampposts sitting while giving each other a hug, like two lovers.

3 - Evening: Dinner, historic center and Piazza Carlo Felice

Arrived at the end of the park, at the monumental arch of the Artillery, it will be time for dinner. And for the last dinner we recommend the M ** Bun Slow Fast Food, just 10 minutes away on foot. This particular place offers a series of burgers made with Piedmontese meats only. With about € 15,00 as the average cost per person, you will be completely satisfied! This restaurant is also located in the historic center of the city, a stone's throw from Piazza Carlo Felice. The area is full of cafes where you can eat an ice cream or drink one last cocktail before saying goodbye to Turin.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 7,6 km / 1 h 36 min
  • Places visited: Museum of the Automobile (€ 12,00) or Venaria Reale (around € 25,00), Medieval Village (free), Parco del Valetino (free)
  • ticket and guided tour at the Automobile Museum 3-hour guided tour of the palace of Venaria Reale 2-hour guided walking city tour Occult Turin tour between dark arts and black magic
  • Breakfast at Caffè Mania (Get directions), Lunch at Deli Nizza from Alex (Get directions), Dinner at M ** Bun Slow Fast Food (Get directions)

How much does a weekend in Turin cost

As you may have already noticed, Turin is a very varied city from every point of view, including the economic one. Overall, it is a destination suitable for all budgets and all types of travelers, where you can range from more affordable places to very expensive restaurants, from foods to eat while walking to lunches comfortably seated enjoying a beautiful view of some famous square.
Based on the proposed itinerary, let's see how much you can go to spend:

  • Costs to eat: about € 35,00 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Costs for museums and attractions: about € 65,00 per person following the itinerary suggested by us (you can get various discounts with the purchase of the 3-day Torino Piemonte Card)
  • Transportation: about € 15,00 per person, taking into account three day tickets for public transport and transport to / from the airport by train
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: from € 50,00 per room -
  • Fun: from € 30,00 per person (including snacks, coffee, aperitifs, drinks, ...)
  • Total cost of a weekend in Turin: from € 350,00 per person (any flights excluded)

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Turin: can easily be visited in any season. Autumn is perhaps the best time. Temperatures range from 12 ° to 17 ° and the city is full of events - find out more
  • Sandro Pertini airport (compare flights - from € 37,00) in Caselle Torinese, 16 km away connected by train, with the Turin-Airport-Ceres line, at a cost of about € 3,00; the bus, with the Dora Express line from the Dora station, the ticket costs € 3,00; the taxi, which takes you to your destination in about 20/30 minutes at a cost that fluctuates around € 30,00 (Private transfer from € 30,00 per person)
  • the best area is the historic center. Obviously, prices here will be higher than in the suburbs. You could try to find accommodation in strategic points such as Porta Susa, Porta Nuova, Piazza Castello or Piazza San Carlo - Hotels and b & b starting from € 59,00 per room -
  • Getting around: on foot or by bicycle, the main points of interest are all close together. However, 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, daily € 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 a single line leading from Collegno to Lingotto. Ticket prices are the same as for trams and buses - find out more

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