Turin museums offer a wide choice from the famous and well-known Egyptian Museum (second in the world as importance just after the one in Cairo), which is an obligatory stop, to the futuristic National Cinema Museum placed inside the Mole Antonelliana, to the Royal Armoury, passing through museums like the Mountain Museum, the Pietro Micca Museum and so on. Today Turin is also recognized as one of the major European capitals of Contemporary Art, thanks to a tightly-woven fabric of public and private initiatives, collections and foundations, museums and galleries, events and manifestations.
Turin palaces tell the history of the city, but also a great part of the Italian history. Since 1861, year of the national unification, until 1865, Palazzo Carignano was the seat of the first Italian parliament, and nowadays, it is seat of the National Museum of the Italian Risorgimento. An advice for tourists is to start the tour from Piazza Castello that unite Palazzo Madama, Royal Palace, the Castle of the Acaja, the Royal Gardens, the Church of San Lorenzo with the Cathedral of S. Giovanni Battista, via Garibaldi and other monuments, then to follow towards the exterior of the historical centre.
The surrounding hill
Over that from the elegant palaces, Turin is characterized by the pleasant aspect of the surrounding hills: Superga, the Monte dei Cappuccini, the Colle della Maddalena with the vast Park of the Rimembranza and the faro della Vittoria, the Borgo di Cavoretto with the Parco Europa, the public park of Villa Genero and so on.
Walks and trekking excursions in the Parco Naturale della Collina Torinese – composed of the Bosco del Vaj, the Hill of Superga, the Colle della Maddalena and Cavoretto – represent an opportunity and a patrimony of inestimable naturalistic value for Piemonte’s capital.
Out of town
For those who love the night life, Turin offers a wide range of possibilities: from the typical discos to cocktail bars, from wine bars to pubs, passing through restaurants and cafés which at night time put on a new face and become discos where you can dance until dawn. To experience some of Turin's night life, a good place to start is the Murazzi embarkment, along the river Po. This area is rich of establishments which offer the best world sounds and the best deejays coming from the international scene.
Do not loose also the Docks Dora area, a former industrial district, modernized again, rich of famous establishments where live music can be enjoyed and danced too, where young people meet and where you can taste an aperitif in many cocktail bars. For those who prefer a more peaceful place, but not too much, we advise you to visit the Quadrilatero Romano area (so called because it arises in proximity of the ancient area of military encampment traced out by Romans), where there are many establishments such as wine bars, cafés, bars, ethnic restaurants etc...