Turin, the elegant capital city of the Piedmont region in Italy's north-western reaches is renowned for its stunning baroque architecture, romantic cobbled piazzas and attractive arcades. It's also home to the imposing Royal Palace of Turin, known locally as the Palazzo Reale di Torino.
What to See and Do at the Royal Palace
Built in the mid-16th century, the Royal Palace was one of several homes belonging to the House of Savoy, the Italian royal family. The palace’s elegant white façade is guarded by statues of the mythical twins Castor and Pollux, and inside you can wander the halls of the Galleria Sabauda, the royal art collection. It includes world-famous pieces by Rubens and Van Dyck.
Find a Hotel near the Royal Palace
There is a good range of Turin accommodation close to the Royal Palace. You’ll find some mid-range hotels and a few more luxurious four-star options just minutes away. And the Royal Palace’s central location means you can take your pick of hotels in Turin’s Centro district, which range from cheap one-stars to chic, top-of-the-range five star accommodation.
The Royal Palace: Home to the Turin Shroud
The Royal Palace is home to the legendary Shroud of Turin, the linen cloth said to have covered Christ in the tomb. The shroud is kept at the palace in the Chapel of the Holy Shroud, but it's up to the Pope to decide when it goes on public display, which officially is around once every 25 years. While you’re unlikely to see the cloth itself, you can find out more about it at the Shroud Museum.
Stay Close to Dining and Shopping in Turin
After visiting the Royal Palace, relax with an aperitivo in one of the city's charming pavement bars. Aperitivo, or cocktail hour, is taken very seriously in northern Italy. Between 5 to 7 or 8 pm, most Turin bars will serve complimentary dishes of tasty antipasti with a cocktail or a spritz. If you're still peckish, Turin's many fine restaurants champion Piedmont's fantastic local produce, including Barolo wines and Taleggio cheese.