Buildings, Monuments and Squares , Turin: Guide Turin: Italy - Nozio 0%

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Turin Buildings, Monuments And Squares, Italy

Buildings and Monuments

The Mole
Turin's skyline is marked by the Mole. Impressively 165 meters high, it is the tallest brick building in the world and its dome extending to the sky houses the new Film Museum. The scenic glass elevator lifted by four steel cables, thrills you as you rise to the top of the Mole for the most enthralling view of the city and mountains. A sight you can't miss during your stay in Turin! | Via Montebello 20
Opening hours: Tuesday - Friday and Sunday: 10 AM - 8 PM; Saturday: 10 AM - 11 PM; closed Monday | Admission: adults 7.00 €; children 11 - 18, students under 26, senior citizens, groups of minimum 15 people 3.50 €; children under 5, the handicapped and companion free. Additional discounts available for the film museum + scenic elevator ticket.

Palazzo Madama
One of the landmarks of the city of Turin! Its foundation dates back to the Roman era and the two remaining facade columns were incorporated by the Baroque zenith that characterizes this residence today. Initially intended as a defensive stronghold, then a Savoy family residence until the sixteenth century, Palazzo Madama is full of frescoes rooms, paintings and period furniture open to the public. It also includes a magnificent staircase by Juvarra and is home to the interesting Ancient Art Civics Museum. | Piazza Castello
Opening hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10 Am - 6 PM, Sunday 10 AM - 8 PM | Staircase and Medieval courtyard: Tuesday - Saturday 10 AM - 8 PM Sunday 9 AM - 8 PM | Admission: adults 7.50€; discounts 6.00€ | Discounts: senior citizens, students 10 - 25, members of associations recognized by the Turin Museum Foundation, groups of minimum 20 people upon reservation (free admission for a single guide, as contact person) | Free admission: children under 18, the handicapped and a family member or other companion who demonstrates proof of health service membership, Museum subscribers/Turin Card holders and holder of other promotional tickets offered by local organizations.

Royal Palace
The first important Savoy family residence in the city, the Royal Palace is in Piazza Castello. With an impressive and regal aspect, it was the kingdom's political center for three centuries, with magnificent reception halls and apartments embellished with tapestries, furniture and porcelain objects from the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. Recognized as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1997, each floor is a journey in time! See it! | Piazza Castello
Opening hours: 8:30 AM - 7:30 PM; closed on Monday | Admission: first floor: 6.50 € - closed for renovations; single apartments: 4.00 € | Discounts: 50% on every type of ticket for EU citizens and students aged 18 - 25 and teachers | free: EU children under 18 and senior citizens.

Palazzo Carignano
Emmanuel Philibert commissioned Giovanni Guarini to design it in 1679. The building is one of Turin's most astonishing Baroque buildings. Its facade, characterized by a concave and convex undulating profile, follows the shape of the internal staircases. The brick exterior makes the building unique and impressive. It is now home to the Risorgimento Museum since it was the first Council of State (1831) and, years later, the Subalpine and Kingdom of Italy Parliament. | Via Accademia delle Scienze 5
Opening hours (Risorgimento Museum): Tuesday - Sunday 9:00:00 AM - 7 PM | Admission: adults 5.00 € - senior citizens, children 10 - 18, students under 26, groups with at least 25 people 3.50 € - middle and high school groups 2.50 € - elementary school groups 1.50 € - children under 10, authorized tourist guides, military and conscious objectors belonging to some associations, Italian museum directors and curators free.

Castello del Valentino
In a peaceful part of Turin surrounded by the greenery of one of the city's most charming parks, the Castello del Valentino (sixteenth century) is one of the most representative Savoy palaces overlooking the Po river with an interesting and luxuriant botanical garden. A place to visit on a sunny day, perhaps even by bike.

Parco del Valentino | Viale Mattioli 39
Opening hours: Monday - Friday 12 PM - 7 PM; Saturday 9 AM - 1 PM; closed Sunday | Free admission upon reservation.

The slice of "polenta"
This is how this unique nine-story building in Via Giulia di Barolo is called, near the corner of Corso San Maurizio. Designed by Antonelli, the same who designed the Mole, the building is shaped like a thin triangle, painted the same color as a slice of polenta! And why was it is shaped so? It was the best the famous architect could do with the narrow strip of land.


Piazza Castello
Turin's image is tied to this magnificent square enclosed by the Castle (Palazzo Madama), the Royal Palace, the Regio theater and some of city's main streets, Via Garibaldi and Via Pietro Micca. Due to its size and charm, it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful squares in Turin.

Piazza Vittorio Veneto
In Turin, the locals call it Piazza Vittorio. It is an enormous space - more than 40,000 square meters - fully surrounded by buildings and porticoes. It is one of the largest squares in Europe. It is in an enchanting location in front of the Vittorio Emanuele I bridge overlooking the Po river. In the center, the impressive monument dedicated to King Emmanuel Philibert on horseback after the battle of San Quintino. Its cafés are full of young people, especially on the weekend, since near the Murazzi bank, full of disco pubs and clubs.

Piazza San Carlo
To the South, it is bordered by the two "twin" churches of Santa Cristina and San Carlo, on the sides by noble and royal palazzos and adorned by historic sites under the porticoes such as the Caffé San Carlo, the Caffé Torino and the Stratta pastry shop, whose original furnishings date back to the nineteenth century. It is just out of the ZTL (Limited Traffic Zone). Hosting several events, it has recently become a pedestrian zone. It's good to know that a large parking lot was built underneath, ideal for those who want to travel to Turin by car and park downtown.

Piazza della Consolata
If you love Baroque style, don't miss Piazza della Consolata where you'll find Turin's greatest architects' works (Juvarra and Guarini) such as the bell tower, which still holds the cannon ball shot in 1706 during the French siege of the city, and the exquisite sanctuary, which houses over 2,000 ex voto in tribute to Mary, Comforter of the Afflicted.

Quiet corners
If you visit Turin in the spring, you'll love Piazzetta Santa Teresa, a square that is full of trees and outdoor cafés. A charming and pleasant part of Turin where you can take a break on your city tour! It is near Piazza Cavour, another of the city's green corners.


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