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San PaoloTurin

Spend a few hours exploring this pleasant area of Turin, and see if you can spot any signs of its industrial past while visiting the museums and galleries here. 

To gain insight into the real Turin, of both the present and the past, make your way to Borgo San Paolo, a lively neighborhood located just to the south of the city’s heart. Wander streets that once buzzed with factory workers, take a break in one of the delightful green spaces and stop by industrial buildings that have been converted into museums and galleries.

Borgo San Paolo’s industrial character dates back to the late 19th century, when factories and workshops began to spring up here in large numbers as agricultural endeavors became less profitable. At its industrial peak, the district was home to railway workshops and the large Lancia plant, which employed many locals. As home-grown industries of this kind began to fade in the second half of the 20th century, in Italy and all over Europe, the neighborhood began to adapt. Visit today and you will find many of the former factories converted into art galleries or museums.

One such gallery is the Fondazione Mario Merz Onlus. Pay a visit to this gallery to see contemporary art in an industrial setting. The Ecomuseo Urbana, or Urban Ecomuseum, is another such cultural treasure. Rather than being limited to just one location, the museum is spread all over various sites of significance to local heritage. Find one of them in Borgo San Paolo.

At the western fringe of the neighborhood you will find the Parco Ruffini, one of the city’s biggest parks. Wander its trails, enjoy a picnic on the grass or take in a sports game at the Stadio Primo Nebiolo, the park’s stadium. A sports complex, Palazzo dello Sport Ruffini, is also located within the park.

Visit Borgo San Paolo at any time of the year and you will find it full of life. However, come in the warmer months to take full advantage of the many family-run cafés and restaurants that offer relaxed outdoor seating. Exploring the Parco Ruffini and the neighborhood’s smaller green spaces is also a greater pleasure in good weather.


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Hotel Campus Sanpaolo
Hotel Campus Sanpaolo
3 out of 5
Via Caraglio, 97, Turin, TO
The price is £52 per night from 31 Oct to 1 Nov

Located in San Paolo, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of PalaRuffini, Pala Alpitour and Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino. Allianz Stadium is 5.1 mi (8.3 km) away. ...

4.2/5Very Good! (91 reviews)
Great Value

"It's on a university campus and part of a dorm. Everything is very simple but clean and great for the value. Parking was no problem. We had a rental car so going into town center was not bad, but can't tell you the detail on public transports. Restaurants are available in walking distance."…"

Reviewed on 13 Feb 2019

Hotel Campus Sanpaolo
Hotel Adriano
Hotel Adriano
3 out of 5
Via Pollenzo 41, Turin, TO
The price is £49 per night from 30 Oct to 31 Oct

Located in San Paolo, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of PalaRuffini and Polytechnic University of Turin. Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino and Pala Alpitour are ...

3.9/5Good! (94 reviews)

"Cozy bedroom, clean, staff were awesome, helpful."…"

Reviewed on 28 Nov 2019

Hotel Adriano
Da nonna Vera
Da nonna Vera
Corso Francia 165, Turin, Città Metropolitana di Torino
The price is £50 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Located in San Paolo, this bed & breakfast is within 3 miles (5 km) of Casa Fenoglio-Lafleur, Allianz Stadium and Polytechnic University of Turin. Turin Cathedral ...

5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)

"Had a great experience at da Nonna Vera, for this price you will not find anything even close. Exellent hostess who will help you as she’s able! Would absolutely recommend this b&b!"…"

Reviewed on 1 Aug 2020

Da nonna Vera
Best Quality Hotel Politecnico
Best Quality Hotel Politecnico
3 out of 5
Via Spalato 7, Turin, TO
The price is £56 per night from 4 Nov to 5 Nov

Located in San Paolo, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Polytechnic University of Turin, Palazzo di Giustizia and Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea ...

4.1/5Very Good! (369 reviews)
Overall good

"Hotel is clean and in a good location to the University. Only issue is when it is hot outside, the ac is too weak for me Good staff. Breakfast basic but fresh"…"

Reviewed on 23 Oct 2019

Best Quality Hotel Politecnico
Torino Guest House
Torino Guest House
Via Reano 7, Turin

Located in San Paolo, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of PalaRuffini and Polytechnic University of Turin. Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino and Pala Alpitour ...

5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Sentirsi a casa

"Bed and Breakfast gestito in stile familiare che ti fa veramente sentire a casa. Tranquillo e a un passo dalla linea 15 che in meno di 20 minuti porta nel cuore del centro."…"

Reviewed on 4 Nov 2019

Torino Guest House
Holiday Inn Turin Corso Francia
Holiday Inn Turin Corso Francia
4 out of 5
Piazza Massaua 21, Turin, TO
The price is £62 per night from 30 Oct to 31 Oct

Located in San Paolo, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of PalaRuffini, Allianz Stadium and Polytechnic University of Turin. Le Gru Shopville and Casa Fenoglio-Lafleur ...

4.2/5Very Good! (230 reviews)
Not bad

"Good hotel. Restaurant staff not fantastic until the boss was there."…"

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2019

Holiday Inn Turin Corso Francia
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