Perched on the banks of the Po River, Turin is a buzzing city crammed with stately baroque architecture, opulent palaces and art galleries. Shadowed by the snow-peaked Alps, Turin makes an ideal city break or a base for a longer trip exploring the Piedmont region. Spend leisurely hours pottering around the city's charming tree-lined piazzas, drinking coffee in elegant 19th-century cafes or browsing the country's finest chocolate shops.
A City of Industry and Culture
Turin is a major city for industry, commerce and trade, and famously home to the headquarters of Italian motor giant, FIAT. There is a wide range of business hotels in Turin city centre, offering meeting and conference facilities, business centres and fast WiFi. After a busy day of meetings, why not take in an opera at the stunning Teatro Regio or visit one of the city's many historic museums and art galleries?
Turin's Cultural Attractions
There's so much to see and do in Turin, especially for the culture fanatic. Mole Antonellia, a former synagogue, is Turin's landmark building thanks to its 167-metre-high tower. Once the tallest building in Europe, it's now home to the National Cinema Museum. Turin also boasts the largest collection of Egyptian artefacts this side of the Nile in the sprawling Museo Egizio. Here visitors can see rare carvings of Rameses the Great, and an ancient temple decked out with granite sculptures of sphinxes, gods and pharaohs.
Royal History and Sporting Greatness
Turin was Italy's first capital city between 1861 and 1865, and became the seat of the House of Savoy, now the Italian royal family. The city’s cathedral is home to the Holy Shroud of Turin, fabled as Christ's burial cloth. Meanwhile, sports fans come to worship the great Juventus, regarded as one of the world's best football teams, or to visit Stadio Olimpico, host to the 2006 Winter Olympic Games.
Where to Stay in Turin
Expedia offers an extensive selection of accommodation in Turin, from cheap hotels and cosy B&Bs to upscale lodgings in historic mansion houses. On arrival in the city, head to Via Roma, Turin's main drag. It’s lined with designer boutiques, and upmarket cafes, bars and restaurants. From here you can discover the city's criss-cross of side streets and grand baroque piazzas, each packed with charming hotels and family-run B&Bs, all within walking distance of the sights. Wherever you choose to stay, Turin is an easy city to explore and boasts a reliable tram, rail and bus network.
Dining out in Turin
Turin is renowned for its cuisine, and you can dine will in everything from local trattorias to upscale restaurants. Don't miss Turin's aperitivo scene – early evening cocktails which come with an extensive (and free) buffet of tasty titbits. The city is also highly regarded for its chocolate, and Italians claim they were making the dark stuff long before the Swiss. Make sure you try the local speciality bicerin, a thick, heavenly concoction of hot chocolate, coffee and cream.
This historic Italian city offers plenty for the business and leisure guest. Use Expedia’s search filters to find your perfect Turin hotel.
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