Referred to as Torino when you are in Italy, the city of Turin is well known for many attractions and sightseeing venues. Turin was the original capital of modern day Italy and most recently was the home of the 2006 Winter Olympics. The city is beautiful but more importantly, one of the most underestimated destinations in Italy. One of the more prolific features of the city is that there are over 50 art galleries and museums in the city. For art and culture aficionados and those looking for a relaxed day out visiting the heritage of the city, there is nothing better than touring the palaces and museums here.
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Egyptian Museum of Piedmont – outside of the city of Egypt itself, this is the largest Egyptology museum in the world. It was recently revamped in 2006 and is located in one of the most beautiful areas of the city of Turin. It is known for housing the oldest copy of the Book of the Dead in the world.
Castello di Rivoli and the Galleria d’arte Moderna – both structures are the home to some outstanding collections of contemporary and modern art. The Castello di Rivoli is located just a short distance from the city center and is situated within the confines of a spectacular castle.
National Cinema Museum – housed within the Mole Antonelliana, one of Turin’s most historical and notable landmarks, the structure was originally constructed as a Jewish synagogue in 1863. It is rated as Italy’s best museum of its particular type.
Biblioteca Reale – this is a must-see museum and contains a few of Leonardo da Vinci’s more famous works. Collections of medieval jewels and weapons are also on display here.
Torino Automotive Museum – no trip to the city of Turin is complete without visiting this museum. If you are an automobile lover, this is the place as the city is the home of Fiat. The only other automotive that comes close to equaling this one is the Ferrari Factory Museum located in the city of Modena.
Palazzo Madama – this palace recently underwent refurbishing and was originally the home of the Queen. It features a mixture of baroque and medieval rooms that are decorated with magnificent chandeliers and plush, red sofas. One room even features a cafeteria with an excellent lunch and snack menu worth sampling.
Although this is not the complete list of museums and palaces in Turin that are worth taking the time to visit, there are also a number of lesser visited ones to consider such as the Piedmont Museum of Fruit and the Torino Puppet Museum. If you like you can get a customized tour of the city or just visit the ones you like.
Hotels in Turin
Art Hotel Guala
Average Price: €37
Average Rating: 7.8
Average Price: €49
Average Rating: 8.5
Hotel San Paolo
Average Price: €36
Average Rating: 8.2