Turin is a fascinating and mysterious city, rich in history, art and tradition. It is a constantly evolving city that, strengthened by the cultural and material resources inherited from its illustrious past, looks to the future in search of an increasingly competitive modernity.
It is also the historical headquarters the Turin Film Festival.
Nowadays, it is one of the most innovative and avant-garde cities in terms of architecture, research, art and communication. Not forgetting the high quality local products such as the chocolate, the wine and the historical cafés and many others protagonist products of the food and wine made in Piedmont.
The first capital of Italy is a Roman city and a Baroque centre, a rich industrial reality and a centre of art and culture: it is a charming city that provides a lot of viewpoints over the whole city, as well as naturalistic and wine-n-food itineraries.
The historic city is full of arcades, large pedestrian areas, valuable architectural structures and welcoming squares; all these features give to the city a mark of nobility that perfectly merge with the modern residential areas.
Piazza Castello is the most important Baroque symbol and it is part of the Savoy heritage of Turin. The Royal Palace, the Palazzo Madama (headquarters of the Civic Museum of Ancient Art), the Chiablese Gallery, the Church of San Lorenzo are the most important touristic attractions to be visited. Furthermore, behind the Royal Palace, there is the Baroque Cathedral, the historical location of the Shroud of Turin.
In Turin, there are a lot of museums: the new Egyptian Museum (Museo Egizio), that is the most important in the world after the Cairo’s; the Cinema Museum set up inside the Mole Antonelliana; the Royal Museums, only 300 meters away from our Hotel; the Automobile Museum, the Risorgimento Museum; the Gallery of modern art (GAM); furthermore, among the most recent museums there is the Museum of Oriental Art (MAO). Last, but not least, Turin boasts two of the most valuable theatres, the Teatro Regio and the Teatro Carignano that are art treasures.
Free entry every first Sunday, every month, in the Civic Museums. For more information, please, follow this link.
The city centre of Turin is a cradle of spirituality wrapped in mysticism. Among the most important churches there are: the Cathedral, with its attached chapel of the Shroud, that is the masterpiece of the architect Guarino Guarini, who realised also of the nearby Church of San Lorenzo; the Sanctuary of the Consolata, the most beloved church by the inhabitants of the city; the Baroque church of the Holy Martyrs; the church of S. Filippo Neri where the venerated remains of Blessed Sebastiano Valfrè are kept; the Basilica of Maria Ausiliatrice; the Salesians church, where the urn with the relics of St. Giovanni Bosco is exhibited; finally, on the hill overlying the city, there is the Juvarra masterpiece, that is the Basilica of Superga, from which You can enjoy a breath-taking view of Turin and the surrounding Alps.
Turin is one of the greenest cities in Italy. The large tree-lined avenues and squares, the gardens of the royal palaces and the city parks make it a clean and environmentally friendly city. We suggest You to visit the Royal Gardens just behind the Royal Palace. Let Yourselves be carried away by the Po river, the long boardwalk drives You to the Valentino park to discover the “Borgo Medievale” and the rose gardens, maybe riding a bike or a rickshaw. Not far from the city centre, You can also discover the Ruffini and Pellerina Parks and Piazza d’Armi. Finally, the wonderful park of the “Palazzina di Caccia”, which is in Stupinigi.
The “Crown of Delights” is the set of Royal Residences, owned by the Savoy family in Turin. We are dealing with magnificent courts where the family used to live and that today make our city special. The name “Crown of Delights” (“Corona delle Delizie”) is due to the fact that it surrounds the Capital, crowning it with its beauties and pleasures and underlining the central importance of Turin; nowadays, it is possible to visit the Residences through cycle paths that are now part of the strategic project called “Corona Verde” (“Green Crown”), which covers the metropolitan area and the hills surrounding Turin, to involve a territory of 93 municipalities. The residences are Mirafiori, Regio Parco (where the river Po and Stura converge), Valentino, Villa della Regina (formerly “Vigna del cardinal Maurizio” or “Cardinal Maurizio Vineyard”), Venaria and Stupinigi. With the classic dynastic castles of Rivoli and Moncalieri, these residences constituted a set of dwellings linked only to leisure activities and pleasures, surrounded by large state-owned lands with hunting rights.
The main shopping streets are via Roma, via Garibaldi, via Lagrange and via Po, where boutiques, jewelery shops and café alternate. There are also a lot of shopping centres where promenade among the stores of famous brands and a lot of boutiques of local artisans, including: the Gru Village, the Parco Dora, the 8 Gallery Torino Lingotto, the new Torino Outlet Village and the 45° Parallelo Nord of Moncalieri. The three most important outlets in Piedmont are more distant, but easily reachable by car and by bus; they are Serravalle, Vicolungo and Mondovicino outlets.
The Quadrilatero Romano –of which the Dogana Vecchia Hotel is a key component-, is one of the richest areas in terms of characteristic places where You can eat and drink. Historic cafés and chocolate shops are specialties of Turin as the Caffé San Carlo which is in Piazza San Carlo, Mulassano e Baratti & Milano which is in Piazza Castello, the Bicerin Café in Piazza della Consolata and last but not least Fiorio which is in Via Po.
Turin is also the football capital with its two city teams: the Juventus’ (1897) and Torino’s (1906). Coming to the city to watch the matches is a great opportunity to visit the new branded Juventus Stadium, -maybe the most beautiful stadium in Italy- and its annex Juventus Museum. Furthermore, it is possible to visit also the Sports Museum that is in the Olympic Stadium where the Torino team plays its matches.