With a majestic sense of regal charm, Torino (also known as Turin) is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience another side to Italy. A pivotal part of Italian industrial history and the capital of the Piedmont region in northern Italy, Turin has emerged as a hub of artistic and cultural importance. Close to the border with France and well connected to the main urban centres both in Italy and Europe — special mention deserves the direct route from Turin to Paris — Torino boasts a number of major train stations, among which Torino Porta Nuova and Torino Porta Susa. Torino Porta Nuova railway station is the main train station serving the city and it’s one of the busiest in Italy. The station lies close to the city centre in the San Salvaro district. High-speed trains are operated by both Trenitalia and Italo, with the journey to Turin from Rome (Roma Termini or Roma Tiburtina stations) taking 3h20mins, from Bologna (Bologna Centrale) just 2 hours and from Milan (Milano Centrale or Milano Porta Garibaldi stations) as little as 45 minutes.
Tourists looking to devour everything that Italy has to offer should take a train to Turin. An ideal destination, this delightful city is defined by awe-inspiring architecture, cultural heritage and world-class gastronomy. It's little wonder that Turin commands respect on the world stage, with international events such as the Book Fair and the Salone del Gusto (a food fair) choosing this city as their official venue. Bus services are available across the whole metropolitan area; most of the main attractions of this city are, however, within easy walking distance of each other, so the best way to experience the finest offerings of Turin is to dust off those walking shoes and venture off through the endless streets and squares of the city.
An essential itinerary should include trips to the Mole Antonelliana, a majestic building within the heart of the city that offers first-rate views of its surroundings, not to mention the Museo Nazionale del Cinema, which is a mere 1-minute walk away and a cultural institution that preserves iconic memorabilia from Italy's extensive history in the world of film and cinema. To reach these attractions, visitors only have to endure a 20-minute walk from Torino Porta Nova train station. Turin is also renowned for its many religious sites, with an incredible array of monuments dedicated to the catholic church. In particular, it’s famous for the Cappella della Sacra Sindone and the Cattedrale di San Giovanni Battista (both within a 15-minute walk of the aforementioned museum). Once satisfied with these marvellous monuments, visitors will also find inspiring artefacts and exhibitions at the Museo Egizio (Egyptian Museum).
Done exploring for the day? Strolling 25 minutes south to Parco del Valentino, travellers can relax and unwind in the greenest corner of the city with a quality view of the castle. But should there still be some time — and energy — left, a ticket starting from less than 10 €, a direct train and a fast journey of 1h25mins allow people to travel from Turin to the stunning Genoa, for a true dive into the blue.