What to see in Turin in one day

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Joel Fulleda

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Torino, the capital of Piedmont, attracts thousands of tourists every year thanks to its unique attractions and its cuisine. From squares, to royal residences to the esotericism that hovers everywhere, here's what you might see in one day.


  1. One day itinerary in Turin: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Turin: Afternoon
  3. One day itinerary in Turin: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

One day itinerary in Turin: Morning

1 - GAM

Our morning in Turin cannot but begin with a nice breakfast in pure "royal" style. From Central Station, taking the underground to the Vinzaglio or Re Umberto stop, you can arrive from Gerla 1927. It is one of the most renowned places in Turin which, with its refined pastry, will captivate you. His breakfasts are renowned, as are his other meals. The prices are a bit high, but they are in proportion to the quality of the food. From there you can proceed on foot to the Civic Gallery of Modern Art which contains pop-art exhibitions, events and temporary exhibitions.

2 - Piazza Statuto and the Consolata Sanctuary

If the day permits, you could then proceed towards Statuto Square, one of the most important squares in Turin. From there started the road that during the Roman Empire led to Gaul. To reach it, simply take the subway from Vinzaglio to Fermi and proceed on foot for 300 meters. Also nearby is the Sanctuary of the Consolata, dating back to the Paelochristian era. It is a very particular church: it stands on the remains of an ancient temple dedicated to pagan worship, then used as a church in the Christian era, renovated and remodeled until today. Inside you can't miss the High Altar created by Filippo Juvarra and a bell tower dating back to the th century, the only remaining testimony of the church on which the sanctuary was built.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,8 km / 36 min
  • Places visited: Civic Gallery of Modern Art (€ 10,00). Piazza Statuto (free). Sanctuary of the Consolata (free).
  • Useful tickets: Tour of the Occult Turin
  • Where to have breakfast: Gerla, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 88

One day itinerary in Turin: Afternoon

1 - Royal Palace

It's time for lunch and we begin to get closer to the heart of our journey. Just 10 min. walk from the Sanctuary is the royal palace of turin and, just along the way, the restaurant Cianci, Piola Caffè. Despite being one of the best restaurants in the city, its dishes are very cheap. In fact, they start from € 5,50 and are typical of Turin cuisine. From there, only a few meters separate you from the Royal Palace, the residence of the Savoy family until 1865.

2 - Palazzo Madama and Piazza Castello

Palazzo Madama is located a few minutes walk from the Royal Palace. Inside you can see collections of paintings, ceramics and private exhibitions, as well as cultural events of all kinds. Equally noteworthy is Piazza Castello, on which Palazzo Madama stands. It is one of the most iconic places in Turin, and you absolutely cannot miss it. Here the 4 ancient streets of the city and some of the main buildings of Turin converge. One of these is the Real Church of San Lorenzo, where a copy of the Holy Shroud.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,6 km / 19 min
  • Places visited: Royal Palace (approximately € 8,00). Palazzo Madama (approximately € 10,00). Piazza Castello (free). Royal Church of San Lorenzo (Free)
  • Useful tickets: Priority entrance with guided tour of the Royal Palace
  • Where to have lunch: Cianci, Piola Caffè, Largo IV Marzo, 9 / b.

One day itinerary in Turin: Evening

We have now arrived at dinner time and a nice hearty meal is ideal. For this you could try M ** bun, which serves top quality meat dishes with a completely new philosophy of farming and care of the raw material. In addition to being environmentally friendly, safe and tasty, it is also economical: you spend around € 7,00 per person. From there it will be easy to move on via Vittorio Emanuele II and reach the Valentino Park. Inside there is also the Castle, which is illuminated in the evening creating a show that is nothing short of suggestive.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,3 km / 54 min
  • Places visited: Parco del Valentino (free).
  • Useful tickets: chocolate tour with tasting
  • Where to dine: M ** Bun Via Urbano Rattazzi, 4.

Before leaving: useful tips

Before leaving for Turin, it is appropriate to give you some advice for an optimal trip without nasty surprises. From clothing to skip-the-line advice, here's what you need to know before leaving for Turin.

  • Choose to travel by train. The Central Railway Station is in fact located inside the historic center of the city. From there you can move on foot without problems;
  • If you are short on time, focus on the "outside" attractions. Turin is full of museums and churches to visit. If you are short on time though it is not a good idea to waste half a day inside a museum, especially in winter with shorter days;
  • Book museum visits in advance. This way you can skip the line and save valuable time;
  • If you decide to extend your stay and enjoy Turin by night, you can consult our accommodation offers in Turin.

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

It is not possible to see everything in one day, so some things must be avoided, especially if you are traveling by public transport. Here we give you some ideas on what not to see in one day in Turin, maybe it will be an idea for a next trip.

  1. Mole: the Mole is located quite far from the radius of the other monuments indicated in the article, so it is best to avoid it.
  2. Villa of the Queen: the same goes for this beautiful frescoed villa with Chinese decorations. Unfortunately it rises on the other side of the Po and is too demanding a trip for just one day.
  3. Valentino Castle: the Castle, unlike most of the other monuments and museums, is only open two days a month and visits are only guided.

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