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“Do you know Torino?” asked Nietzsche.
“It is a city after my own heart, a princely residence of the seventeenth century, which has only one taste giving commands to everything, the court and its nobility. Aristocratic calm is preserved in everything; there are no nasty suburbs.”

That was what Torino looked like to Nietzsche in the last century.

The city of Turin

Turin is the Capital of the Piedmont Region and the population of the city is 900.000 inhabitants.

It’s the fourth Italian city in population after Rome, Milan and Naples, and is the third economic center of the country. Capital of the Dukedom of Savoy from 1563, Kingdom of Sardinia in 1720, and then the first capital of Italy from 1861 to 1865, Turin is nowadays one of the major academic, cultural, touristic and scientific centers in the country.

It has been the host city of the Winter Olympic Games in 2006. Turin is also the capital of Italian automobile industry and an important center of publishing, telecommunications, cinema, advertising, food, design and sport.

The plain in which Torino is situated is enclosed by an unbroken screen of mountains and hills and the river Po, the longest river in Italy, runs right through the city. Yet, despite its geographical position on the plain, Torino has retained an alpine feel that distinguishes it from any other modern European city. One hour away from France and two hours from Switzerland, Torino is at the centre of a vast alpine region offering world-famous ski resorts (Cervinia, Bardonecchia, Sauze d’Oulx, and Sestrière, among others) as well as varied forms of winter and summer entertainment.

Discovering Turin

Today over fifty museums, cultural heritage, castles, and exhibition spaces are open to the public in Turin and the surrounding area. Taken together, they constitute an international, valuable cultural offer.

The capital of the Alps is a city waiting to be discovered, with its streets, squares, large avenues, the Royal Palace, the Castle of Valentino, the Egyptian Museum and the National Cinema Museum, its historic coffee bars, bakeries and restaurants testifying to the culinary tradition of Piedmont. Not to mention that Turin is an extremely vibrant city whose rich culture has made it one of the main European capitals of cinema and contemporary art.

How to get to Turin

Torino is serviced by an international airport (TRN). Most airlines fly here through their European hubs (London, Paris, Frankfurt, Madrid, Amsterdam, Brussels, etc.).
From the airport, a shuttle bus will take you downtown in 30-45 minutes, costing € 6,50.
A cab ride from the airport to downtown will cost approx € 35, depending on destination.

A reasonable alternative is to fly to Milan-Malpensa (MXP). A shuttle bus connects Malpensa to downtown Torino every 2 hours, 24/7, taking approx 90 minutes and costing € 20 each way.

Traveling in Italy

Italy's high speed rail links connect Torino with major and minor destinations in the country in very short time.
Milano is a quick 50 minute ride away. Florence is at 3 hours. Venice and Rome are 4 hours away. Paris is 5 hours.

The weather in Turin

June is one of the best months of the year to visit Torino. You can hang out in the streets and parks, ride a bike-share through Torino« ToBike », hike in the countryside and in the Alps, go to the seaside, or do just about anything to enjoy the early summer.

Useful links about tourism in Turin Useful links about the practical life in Turin
Study in Torino
Turin Caselle Airport
Turin Tourism
Milan's intercontinental airport
Museums of Turin
Trenitalia (Italy's rail company)
Turin, city of culture
Weather in Turin
Events in Turin
Map of the City center
To go out
Public Transport