The industrial grey and polluted “car city”, as Turin was until the end of the 1990s, has nowadays left room to an elegant, vibrant and cosmopolitan metropolis that will pleasantly surprise even the most well-traveled visitor. A tour of Turin can be approached from many different perspectives and our guides will tailor the itinerary according to the interest of our guests and time available.
Throughout two thousand years of history, Turin developed from a Roman military outpost to be the capital of the kingdom of the House of Savoy and in 1861 it became the first capital of the newly unified Italian Nation. As a result, the urban grid spread with large tree-lined boulevard, baroque facades and art-nouveau covered shopping galleries which can remind to some corner of Paris even though a unique local character is predominant.
In more recent times, Turin hosted the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, an event that changed the face of the city. Today is a technology and design centre, as well as a university campus with students from all over the country. Among many attractions, we mention the Holy Shroud – the most important relic for Christianity – which is displayed periodically and the second largest Egyptian museum in the world.
The traditional walking tour gravitates around the central Piazza Castello with a look at the magnificent church of Saint Lawrence, a masterpiece of baroque architecture. From the Royal Palace to the Royal theatre, down to Piazza Carignano and to the XVIII century Piazza San Carlo, the guide reveals hidden private courtyards as well as investigating on the social changes that Turin had to face throughout history.
What is included
What it is not included
Private tour: YES
Participants: Max 50
Length: about 2 hours
Kids and family friendly: YES
Physical activity: low. This is a walking tour less than 2 miles long. On our itinerary we might encounter uneven steps and cobbled stones.
Meeting place: in front of the Opera house (Teatro Regio) or at your downtown hotel
Arrival place: to be decided together
Transportation: not needed
In case of rain: the tour runs
Optionals to be added to the tour of Turin (extra charges apply):
Tour of Turin
Tour of Turin