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TURIN,

THE TIME FOR A COFFEE

ITINERARY

FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO GET AN IDEA OF THE CITY

AND THEY HAVEN'T ENOUGH TIME

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Are you in Turin for the first time? Are you passing through here and will you be staying only a few hours? If you are interested in learning more about this city, I have created this self-guided mini tour just for you!

The Center is the oldest district of the city, in which the largest number of monuments and historic places are located, including the three main squares: Piazza San Carlo, Piazza Castello and Piazza Vittorio Veneto.

Noteworthy are the historic cafés Mulassano, Caffè Torino,Caffè Baratti & Milano, Caffè Fiorio, Caffè Pepino e Al Bicerin; right at the tables of these ancient cafes, it was decided, since the Risorgimento, the future of Italy.

DEPARTURE FROM:

PORTA NUOVA STATION

DESTINATION:

VITTORIO VENETO SQUARE

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COSA VEDRAI

I PORTICI

I PORTICI

I TORET

I TORET

PIAZZA CARLO FELICE

PIAZZA CARLO FELICE

GALLERIA SAN FEDERICO

GALLERIA SAN FEDERICO

PIAZZA CLN

PIAZZA CLN

VIA ROMA

VIA ROMA

PIAZZA SAN CARLO

PIAZZA SAN CARLO

TORO PORTAFORTUNA

TORO PORTAFORTUNA

PIAZZA CARIGNANO

PIAZZA CARIGNANO

CHIESA SAN LORENZO

CHIESA SAN LORENZO

PALAZZO REALE

PALAZZO REALE

PIAZZA CASTELLO

PIAZZA CASTELLO

PALAZZO MADAMA

PALAZZO MADAMA

IL DUOMO

IL DUOMO

PORTA PALATINA

PORTA PALATINA

CAPPELLA SINDONE

CAPPELLA SINDONE

GALLERIA SUBALPINA

GALLERIA SUBALPINA

CAFFE' MULASSANO

CAFFE' MULASSANO

VIA PO

VIA PO

MOLE ANTONELLIANA

MOLE ANTONELLIANA

PIAZZA VITTORIO VENETO

PIAZZA VITTORIO VENETO

CHIESA DELLA GRAN MADRE

CHIESA DELLA GRAN MADRE

BONUS

FETTA DI POLENTA

FETTA DI POLENTA

MUSEO NAZIONALE DEL CINEMA

MUSEO NAZIONALE DEL CINEMA

MUSEO EGIZIO

MUSEO EGIZIO

During this short walk from Porta Nuova Train Station I will lead you to Vittorio Veneto Square, you will walk under the suggestive porticoed passages and you will deepen your knowledge of this city that has been underestimated for too long and which I am sure will surprise you.

LET'S GO TO DISCOVER TURIN, THE TIME FOR A COFFEE!

This tour begins from the main railway station of the city: PORTA NUOVA, of nineteenth-century origin, a monument full of history. Its main facade on Corso Vittorio Emanuele II - with the portico below the large clock - is dominated by the color red. An exception for the Turin buildings, far from the classic yellow and gray that characterized the nineteenth-century buildings of the city.

THE CITY CENTER IS JUST 10 MINUTES WALK!

The current station was built starting from the 1950s, to replace the homonymous station previously located in Piazza Carlo Felice. Its main entrance overlooks precisely on PIAZZA CARLO FELICE square and its GARDEN named SAMBUY, a small green oasis in the heart of the city.

Walking through the arcades to the left of the square, at a certain point you will pass the Roma hotel, a small hotel which in the past has had illustrious guests, among others, Achille Ratti (future Pope Pius XI), the poet Guido Gozzano and the writer Cesare Pavese.

STAZIONE PORTA NUOVA

STAZIONE PORTA NUOVA

PIAZZA CARLO FELICE

PIAZZA CARLO FELICE

GIARDINO SAMBUY

GIARDINO SAMBUY

At the end of the square begins VIA ROMA, one of the main streets in the centre, which is partly pedestrian and is considered one of the top shopping streets in Turin. Follow it all and you will reach Piazza Castello and along its axis you will cross two other important squares: Piazza CLN and Piazza San Carlo

VIA ROMA (I TRATTO)

VIA ROMA (I TRATTO)

VIA ROMA (II TRATTO)

VIA ROMA (II TRATTO)

 The little square CLN (acronym of National Liberation Committee, established in Italy after the fall of fascism) has two fountains located on the back of the two churches in Piazza San Carlo, which represent the Po and Dora Riparia rivers.

PIAZZA CLN

PIAZZA CLN

    SAN CARLO square, due to its elegance, is nicknamed by the Turineses "the Living Room of Turin" and is often the scene of concerts, demonstrations, electoral rallies and various social and cultural events. On its south side there are two churches of Baroque architecture called "the twin churches": Santa Cristina (on the left) and San Carlo (on the right).

PIAZZA SAN CARLO

PIAZZA SAN CARLO

Under the arcades of Piazza San Carlo, near the corner closest to the church of San Carlo, there is a GILT BRONZE RAMPANT BULL placed in 1930, to which a Turin superstition is linked: it seems that trampling on its attributes can bring a lot of luck. It is important to do it discreetly, though, without drawing too much attention,

in pure Savoy style.

TORO PORTAFORTUNA

TORO PORTAFORTUNA

Continue on the left side of Piazza San Carlo to the crossroads with Via Santa Teresa, cross it and enter

in a gallery with a characteristic "T" plan, with a ceiling made up of large windows and columns and vaults in fine marble that will immediately make you dive into a Turin of yesteryear:

here's SAN FEDERICO gallery.

GALLERIA SAN FEDERICO

GALLERIA SAN FEDERICO

Continuing along via Roma, before arriving in piazza Castello, turn right to reach another square

of great charm: CARIGNANO square.

This square is surrounded by buildings with Baroque architecture among which the imposing one stands out Palazzo Carignano, one of the major symbols of the Italian Risorgimento

PIAZZA CARIGNANO

PIAZZA CARIGNANO

PALAZZO CARIGNANO

PALAZZO CARIGNANO

Go through via Cesare Battisti again to return to via Roma, walk the last stretch and then finally find yourself in CASTELLO square, the main square of Turin. Right in front of you you will be able to admire

the ROYAL PALACE, the heart of the Savoy court, symbol of the power of the dynasty, behind which they extend

the elegant ROYAL GARDENS, while in the central part of the square there is PALAZZO MADAMA, the only place in Turin that has preserved and managed to keep together the traces of everything that happened in the city over the course of two millennia: from the Roman age to the Middle Ages, to the Baroque season, up to the restorations carried out in the 19th and 20th centuries.

PIAZZA CASTELLO

PIAZZA CASTELLO

PALAZZO REALE

PALAZZO REALE

GIARDINI REALI

GIARDINI REALI

PALAZZO MADAMA

PALAZZO MADAMA

Turn left and, flanking the rationalist Littoria Tower, originally the first and tallest residential building in the city, and the tallest building in Europe until 1952, walk along the entire left side of Piazza Castello up to the CHURCH OF SAN LORENZO, Baroque work by Guarini. Of the same architect is also the SHROUD CHAPEL, positioned between the Royal Palace and the Cathedral, built at the end of the 17th century to house the Shroud.

TORRE LITTORIA

TORRE LITTORIA

CHIESA DI SAN LORENZO

CHIESA DI SAN LORENZO

CAPPELLA DELLA SINDONE

CAPPELLA DELLA SINDONE

The CATHEDRAL (The Metropolitan Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista) is the main place of Catholic worship in Turin, located in the square of the same name, it is the only Renaissance-style religious building in the city. It can be reached via a porticoed passage alongside Palazzo Chiablese and the Royal Palace.

IL DUOMO

IL DUOMO

Going down the steps of the cathedral, on your right you can see the PALATINE DOOR, commonly but erroneously known in the plural version, which represents the main archaeological testimony, together with the theater Iulia Augusta Taurinorum, of the Roman era of the city, as well as one of the city gates of the 1st century BC. best preserved in the world

PORTA PALATINA

PORTA PALATINA

Now you are about to start walking the last stretch of our mini walking tour to discover the historic center of Turin and you have to go back to piazza Castello following the same path you did before to get to the cathedral but in reverse (piazza San Giovanni, small square Reale and Piazza Castello); walking under the arcades, with Palazzo Madama on your left, you cannot fail to admire the second covered gallery of the city, the luxurious SUBALPINA GALLERY, which is located between Piazza Castello and Piazza Carlo Alberto and which has a structure that recalls the typical French passages present in the city of Paris. Partly damaged by bombing during the Second World War, the gallery was then faithfully rebuilt on the original drawings.

GALLERIA SUBALPINA

GALLERIA SUBALPINA

Before reaching via Po, the time has come to have a good coffee at the counter. And the best place to do it is undoubtedly at CAFFE' MULASSANO, a tiny historic café (only 31 square meters!), where the tramezzino was born, still much appreciated today and which has never gone out of fashion since 1926.

CAFFE' MULASSANO

CAFFE' MULASSANO

VIA PO is also one of the main shopping streets in the center and connects Piazza Castello to Piazza Vittorio Veneto.

Walking along it from Piazza Castello it can be seen that it slopes slightly towards the river and that the arcades on the left side are not interrupted near the crossroads with the perpendicular streets, which instead happens on the right side. This architectural aspect was determined by a precise desire of King Vittorio Emanuele I of Savoy, to ensure that the royal family did not get wet in the rain on their way from the Royal Palace to the nearby Gran Madre Church.

VIA PO

VIA PO

After having crossed via Po you find yourself in PIAZZA VITTORIO, as it is commonly called by the Turinese, dedicated to the battle of Vittorio Veneto. Even before the Great War it was Piazza Vittorio: for about a century it was named after King Vittorio Emanuele I, who now gives his name to the bridge over the river Po that connects the square to the Gran Madre church.

PIAZZA VITTORIO VENETO

PIAZZA VITTORIO VENETO

It is just after crossing that bridge that you will find yourself in front of the CHIESA DELLA GRAN MADRE DI DIO (the Church of the Great Mother of God). In a very suggestive location, at the foot of the Turin hill, this neoclassical style church was commissioned by the Decurions (administrators of the city of Turin) in 1814 to celebrate the return of Vittorio Emanuele I of Savoy after the defeat of Napoleon. On the tympanum of the church appears the Latin epigraph "ORDO POPULUSQUE TAURINUS OB ADVENTUM REGIS", meaning "the nobility and the people of Turin for the return of the king", still a tribute to Vittorio Emanuele I.

CHIESA DELLA GRAN MADRE

CHIESA DELLA GRAN MADRE

IF YOU STILL HAVE A COUPLE OF HOURS ...

you can decide to pass them by visiting one of the two most important museums in the city:

the EGYPTIAN MUSEUM or the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF FILM

Internationally renowned museum, the Egyptian museum it is among the first in the world for the importance of its collections and it is the second most important in the world after that of Cairo. The history and civilization of Egypt from the Palaeolithic to the Coptic era in a highly evocative exhibition itinerary. Sphinxes, sarcophagi, offering tables, architectural elements and, above all, the monumental statues portraying some of the most important pharaohs and deities are on display.

info:www.museoegizio.it

MUSEO EGIZIO

MUSEO EGIZIO

MUSEO NAZIONALE DEL CINEMA

MUSEO NAZIONALE DEL CINEMA

The National Museum of Cinema, opened to the public in 2000, is one of the most visited in Italy and houses various multimedia and interactive stations, very rare pre-cinematographic optical machines, equipment and materials from Italian and international sets as well as a vast collection of films , books, prints, posters, posters, paintings and photographs

info:www.museocinema.it/it

IF YOU ARE IN A HURRY...

however, you cannot fail to stop for just a few minutes to observe a very particular building a few steps from Piazza Vittorio (about 500 meters), known to the Turinese as the SLICE OF POLENTA, for its unusual trapezoidal plan and for its yellow colour.

Scaccabarozzi house is its official name and derives from the surname of the wife of the architect Alessandro Antonelli, the same one who designed the Mole Antonelliana. The building, considered one of the narrowest buildings in the world, overlooks the Mole, in Corso San Maurizio at the corner with Via Giulia di Barolo (Vanchiglia district).

FETTA DI POLENTA

FETTA DI POLENTA

You have come to the end of this mini tour of the historic center of Turin

I hope you enjoyed Turin and that your short walk to discover the Savoyard city was pleasant and stimulating.

For a printable version of our itinerary enriched by any other further information and curiosities in pills 

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(e.g. how to get around the city, the best neighborhoods to stay in, emergency contacts, etc.)

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