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CATTEDRALE Dl SAN GIOVANNI BATTISTA piazza S. Giovanni GRAN MADRE Dl DIO piazza della Gran Madre di Dio SAN LORENZO piazza Castello SAN CARLO E SANTA CRISTINA piazza S. Carlo 9 SAN FILIPPO NERI via Maria Vittoria/via Accademia delle Scienze CORPUS DOMINI piazza Corpus Domini SAN DOMENICO via S. Domenico SANTUARIO DELLA CONSOLATA piazza della Consolata SANTA MARIA AUSILIATRICE piazza S. Maria Ausiliatrice T H E AT R E S TEATROREGIO piazza Castello 215 TEATRO ALFIERI piazza Solferino A TEATRO CARIGNANO (closed for restoration) piazza Carignano 6


"Walks to explore the city" is a project of the Servizio Centrale Comunicazione Strategica, Turismo e Promozione della Citta di Torino in collaboration with Turismo Torino e Provincia. Texts edited by Alessandro Vivanti Photographic archive of the City of Torino: Bruna Biamino, Fabrizia Di Rovasenda, Michele D'Ottavio, Giovanni Fontana, Mauro Giorcelli, Walter Leonardi, Lorenzo Negro, Claudio Penna, Toni Spagone, Alessandro Vivanti, Giovanni Fontana - TO Museo Antichita Egizie di Torino; Archivio Fotograco Turismo Torino e Provincia. Torino on foot: Walks to explore the city in a audio format for you^s mp3, iPod and pocket PC on Graphic project IN ADV TORINO, cover by LMS. Charta TORINO A & C - Advertising & Communication/Turismo Torino e Provincia


Welcome to Torino! This guide has been written especially for all those who want to get to know the city. It contains suggestions for 5 different walks to explore the most outstanding places of interest in the city that was the rst capital of Italy, plus some information about Torino's varied nightlife. It is an amazingly multifaceted place with its many churches and historical buildings, rich in works of art, its museums, including the famous Egyptian Museum, and a busy calendar of dates and events. The city effervesces, buzzing with life, always open to new ideas and ready to welcome all forms of new initiative. Yet there is even more to Torino than this. It is one of the greenest cities in Italy (its Parco del Valentino is a favourite with the locals) and with more than 18 kilometres of porticoes it offers ideal opportunities for shopping. We recommend Piazza Castello, the historic heart of Torino, as the starting point for these walks. You will discover a city with a glorious past but one that is continually evolving, which has renewed its image and grown even more beautiful.

Enjoy your walks!



History, culture

From Piazza Castello to Piazza Vittorio Veneto: by way of porticoes, galleries and streets steeped in history, to discover architecture from Roman times up to the nineteenth-century. And remember to stop off for a coffee break at one of the many historic cafes.
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From Piazza Castello to Piazza IV Marzo: by way of squares, stunning vistas, a market with a thousand and one scents and avours, and multiethnic neighbourhoods, to admire the new look of a city in continual evolution.

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A stroll through museums, art and fashion

From Piazza Castello to Piazza Carlo Alberto: a walk through the centre by way of some of the most beautiful and characteristic parts of the city and its luxurious boutiques. A walk for those who want to combine culture with the temptations of shopping.
Piazza San Carlo


Along the Po, immersed in nature

From Piazza Vittorio Veneto to the pavilions of Torino Esposizioni: along the bank of the river Po, a walk through the Parco del Valentino admiring rare species of plants and trees, soaking in the medieval atmosphere.
Borgo Medievale

From river to hill

From Piazza Vittorio Veneto to Piazza Carlo Emanuele II by way of the Monte dei Cappuccini and the hills, and back through the streets and squares of the centre. A long and out-of-the-ordinary walk.

Monte dei Cappuccini

Night life - from dusk to dawn

From the Murazzi embankment of the Po to the Parco del Valentino and San Salvario, from the Quadrilatero to the multiethnic Borgo Dora district. Discover Torino's nightlife with venues to suit all tastes, from cocktail hour right into the night.

Torino by night


Duration 2 hours at a brisk pace, 3 if more relaxed with a stop for coffee. When any time, any season. Recommended for those who love the atmospheres of baroque, neo-classical and Art Nouveau and the charm of cafes of the literati. You'll be able to say "Haven't you ever been to Torino? It has some marvellous buildings!"

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1 Piazza Castello
Right in the historic heart of Torino, the square owes its name to the building that stands at its centre, Palazzo Madama, formerly the Castle of the Princes of Acaja and even earlier the Porta Pretoria of Roman times. It represents the historical, political and administrative centre of the old capital of the Kingdom of Savoy. It was designed by Ascanio Vitozzi, beginning in 1584, and subsequently altered in 1612 and 1773, when the buildings were raised by one oor. The uniformity of the facades of the buildings is of considerable prestige, with porticoes surrounding almost the entire quadrangular area of the square. Here can be admired many monuments and striking vistas. - Palazzo Madama: the impressive building stands in the centre of the square and is a synthesis of the city's history, from Roman times to the Risorgimento, when it housed the senate. It owes its wonderful Baroque facade and monumental interior staircase to Filippo Juvarra (1718-21). It houses the Museo Civico d'Arte Antica (Civic Museum of Antique Art), where visitors can admire the precious collections, divided into "Lapidario Medievale" (Medieval Lapidary), "Gotico e Rinascimento" (Gothic and Renaissance), "Arti del Barocco" (Baroque Arts) and "Raccolte di Arte Decorativa" (Collections of Decorative Art). A magnicent series of masterpieces for one of Euorpe's biggest museums. The famous Ritratto d'uomo by Antonello da Messina is kept here, as is the illuminated code, Tres Belles Heures de Notre Dame de Jean de Berry, by Jan van Eyck. - Piazzetta Reale: the magnicent group of buildings that make up Palazzo Reale is enclosed by nineteenth-century railings designed by the sculptor Pelagio Palagi, with statues of Dioscuri. - Palazzo Reale: this was the ofcial residence of the Savoy royal family until 1865. Formerly Palazzo del Vescovo (Bishop's Palace), it became Palazzo Ducale (Duke's Palace) under Carlo Emanuele II who commissioned Ascanio Vitozzi to transform it into the "Great new palace" (1584). Extended and renovated by the rst Madama Reale, Marie Christine of France, it became the setting for some impressive works of art thanks to changes carried out by Filippo Juvarra (Scala delle Forbid - the Scissor Staircase, 1720), Benedetto Aleri and Claudio Francesco Beaumont.

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- Cappella della Sacra Sindone (Chapel of the Holy Shroud): the chapel is dedicated to the relic held to be the burial cloth in which Jesus' body was wrapped after the crucixion. Although the entrance is through the cathedral, the chapel was originally built as an integral part of Palazzo Reale. This baroque masterpiece is the work of Guarino Guarini, who completed an earlier project by Amedeo di Castellamonte. The Shroud, which is no longer kept in the chapel, is only exhibited on very rare occasions. A photographic copy is on show in the rst chapel on the left inside the cathedral.

- Giardini Reali (Royal Gardens): surrounded by the old fortied ramparts (Bastion Verde and Bastion di San Maurizio), the gardens were laid out in the late seventeenth century by the landscape gardener Andre Le Notre, who also designed the gardens at Versailles. Adorned with statues, owerbeds and fountains (depicting Triton and sea nymphs), it's the ideal spot to enjoy a pleasant break immersed in nature after visiting the apartments of Palazzo Reale.
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- Church of San Lorenzo: this was Guarino Guarini's rst piece of work in Torino (1666). Commissioned by Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy to celebrate victory over the French in the battle of San Quintino (1557), it is one of the greatest examples of European baroque architecture. The dome is remarkable for its intersecting rib structure. The facade, on the other hand, in the same style as the other buildings in Piazza Castello, dates from the nineteenth century.

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- Biblioteca Reale (Royal Library), Armeria Reale (Royal Armoury) and Complesso della Cavallerizza Reale (Royal Stables): this monumental building represents the extension to the Savoy royal palace. It houses collections of drawings (including Leonardo da Vinci's famous red chalk self-portrait), printed books, manuscripts and parchments, not to mention numerous examples of bayonets, re-arms and armour. There is a particularly spectacular exhibition in the Galleria del Beaumont featuring numerous suits of armour, displayed in standing poses or mounted on horseback.

Armeria Reale

- Archivio di Stato (State Archives): conceived specically for this purpose by Filippo Juvarra (1731-34), the building houses one of European history's most important documentary heritages. - Teatro Regio: the Mecca of Turinese opera buffs. Following the disastrous re in 1936 that destroyed the whole of the eighteenth-century building, sparing only the facade, it was rebuilt to plans by Carlo Mollino, Marcello and Aldo Zavellani Rossi,

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and re-opened its doors in 1973. The bronze high-relief decorated with gures (Musical Odyssey, 1994) on the sliding wall that encloses the foyer is by the sculptor Umberto Mastroianni. Before leaving the porticoes of Piazza Castello you might like to stop at Caffe Mulassano, established in 1907. In 1925, this charming, historical establishment imported a toaster from the United States and became the rst place in Torino to serve toast.

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2 Galleria dell'lndustria Subalpina (also known as the Galleria Subalpina)

An elegant arcade with an iron and glass roof (1873) by Pietro Carrera, with ttings and decorations typical in Art Nouveau style from the beginning of the last century. Reminiscent of Parisian shopping arcades, it is home to some of Torino's most famous antique bookshops and cafes, including Baratti & Milano, a confectioner's shop founded in 1875 that is now also a cafe and restaurant, which
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inspired a delightful poem by Guido Gozzano (1907).

3 Piazza Carignano
One of the city's most beautiful, tranquil spots. On one side, the Teatro Carignano, rebuilt in 1783 to plans by the architect Benedetto Aleri, is anked by the historic Ristorante del Cambio on the right and the Gelateria Pepino on the left. On the opposite side, Palazzo Carignano dominates the square. In the centre stands the statue of Vincenzo Gioberti, a leading gure of the Italian Risorgimento. Those who
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may wish to continue a little further to Via Accademia delle Scienze can visit the Palazzo del Collegio dei Nobili (Palace of the College of Nobles), home to the Egyptian Museum, the Galleria Sabauda and the Accademia delle Scienze (described in the walk A stroll through museums, art and fashion).


4 Palazzo Carignano
The stately, dynamic baroque facade and impressive elliptical entrance (1679) were designed by Guarino Guarini. The building was the seat of the Chamber of Deputies of the Kingdom of Sardinia (the Subalpine Parliament) and the birthplace both of Carlo Alberto and his son Vittorio Emanuele II, the rst king of united Italy. The building is well worth a visit inside, richly decorated with frescoes, intaglios and stuccoes, and is now home to the Museo Nazionale del Risorgimento Italiano (National Museum of the Italian Risorgimento), with a collection of curios and personal items documenting the life and work of gures such as Camillo Benso Count of Cavour, Giuseppe Garibaldi, Silvio Pellico, Massimo D'Azeglio, Cesare Balbo and Vincenzo Gioberti, leading gures in the struggle for Italian unity. By crossing the Palace courtyard and exiting the other side, you can admire the nineteenth-century facade with its eclectic style, overlooking Piazza Carlo Alberto.

5 Via Po

Palazzo Carignano

This is the opportunity for a pleasant walk from Piazza Castello to Piazza Vittorio Veneto along wide, porticoed pavements lined with antique shops, bookshops and historic establishments such as Caffe Fiorio. The street was built in 1673 by Amedeo di Castellamonte as part of the second enlargement of the city. Buildings of particular interest include Palazzo dell'Universita, the church of San Francesco da Paola and Palazzo degli Stemmi (Palace of Coats of Arms). On the corner of Via Accademia Albertina stands the Academy of Fine Arts of the same name, which has housed the important Pinacoteca (art gallery) since 1837 Almost at the end of the street, on the left just before Piazza Vittorio Veneto, an elegant building houses the Museo di Arti Decorative Fondazione Accorsi (Museum of Decorative Arts), home to the collection of Italian and foreign furniture and furnishings of the late antique dealer and art connoisseur, Pietro Accorsi.

- The linen doth known as the Holy Shroud was brought to Torino in 1578. It was last put on public display in 1998 and in 2000. However, in the meantime, a photographic copy can be seen in the rst chapel on the left inside the cathedral. It is kept in the Cathedral, while a photographic copy is on display in the rst chapel on the left. - In the Ristorante del Cambio in Piazza Carignano you can still see the table where the Count of Cavour used to sit. The restaurant was once a coaching inn where horses were changed. - At number 1 in Via Po is the Gioielleria Musy. Founded in 1707, it is the oldest jeweller's in Italy. - When the Mole Antonelliana was inaugurated in 1889, it was the tallest brick building in Europe.

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del Cinema (National Museum of Cinema) This building, the symbol of Torino, dominates the city with its 167.5 metres. Work began in 1862 on the edice designed by the architect Alessandro Antonelli to be Torino's synagogue, but the project was later handed over to the city council due to lack of funds and it was not until 1889 that the building was completed, one year after the death of its creator and at the same time as the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The building is home to the Museo Nazionale del Cinema (National Museum of Cinema), the only one of its kind in Italy and one of the most important in the world. With sections dedicated to the historical origins of lm-making, the history of photography, and collections of posters, advertising material and props, the museum takes visitors on a unique, awe-inspiring journey through the history of the "Seventh Art". Take the fast panoramic lift inside the Mole Antonelliana to enjoy a bird's-eye view of the city from 85 metres up.
Mole Antonelliana - Museo Nazionale del Cinema

7 Piazza Vittorio Veneto

The square, one of the most spacious in the world, was designed by the architect Giuseppe Frizzi (1825). Surrounded on three sides by porticoed buildings, it leads down to the river where the Murazzi and a bridge, built during the Napoleonic period and named after Vittorio Emanuele I, crosses to the church of the Gran Madre di Dio. "Piazza Vittorio" to the locals, the square is also popular for the many cafes and wine bars open all hours of the day.
Piazza Vittorio Veneto


Duration 2 Vz hours at a brisk pace, a little longer if stopping off for a bicerin. When any time, any season. Recommended for those who enjoy passing from one historical period to another and discovering Torino's other, multicultural, side. You'll be able to say "In just a few hours I travelled through history from Roman times to the twenty-rst century."







1 Piazza Castello
Right in the historic heart of Torino, the square owes its name to the building that stands at its centre, Palazzo Madama, formerly the Castle of the Princes of Acaja and even earlier the Porta Pretoria of Roman times. (Described in detail in the walk History, culture

2 Via Pietro Micca

Designed by the architect and city-planner Carlo Ceppi and opened in 1885, this street runs diagonally in relation to the other streets in the old city centre. With porticoes along its north side, it is one of the most elegant streets in Torino. The nal stretch of street up to Piazza Castello is graced by buildings characterised by their eclectic style. This street is named after the heroic soldier from Biella, north of Torino, who, during the siege of 1706, helped to save the city from French troops by setting off an explosion in the tunnels beneath the old Citadel, dying in the process. 3 Contrada dei Guardinfanti (Farthingale District) (vie Barbaroux, Mercanti e San Tommaso) This district owes its name to the guardinfante or farthingale, the cumbersome wooden structure once used by ladies to expand their skirts. The area delimited by Via Barbaroux, Via Mercanti and Via San Tommaso is the oldest part of the city centre. Here the layout of the streets follows the grid plan of the ancient Roman city of Augusta Taurinorum. The many craft shops, antique shops and boutiques are crowded together in narrow, picturesque streets rich in charm and atmosphere.

4 Piazza Corpus Domini

Built, together with the church of the same name, to plans by Ascanio Vitozzi, this was originally the site of the corn market. Since 1996, the square has featured an original piece of urban art known as Piercing, a steel ring attached to the corner of the top oor of an eighteenth-century building, the work of a group of young architects.
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5 Piazza San Giovanni and the Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista (Duomo)
Dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, patron of Torino, the cathedral is the only remaining example of Renaissance church architecture in Torino (1491-1498). The bell tower was built in 1470 in Romanesque style and completed in the 1700s by Filippo Juvarra. Bordering the square are Palazzo Reale (described in detail in the walk History, culture and Palazzo Chiablese. The latter was built in the seventeenth century, with later alterations made by Benedetto Aleri in the eighteenth century. 6 Cappella della Sacra Sindone (Chapel of the Holy Shroud) The chapel is dedicated to the relic held to be the burial cloth in which Jesus' body was wrapped after the crucixion. This baroque masterpiece is the work of Guarino Guarini, who completed an earlier project by Amedeo di Castellamonte. The Shroud, which is no longer kept in the chapel, is only exhibited on very rare occasions. A photographic copy in real size is on show in the rst chapel on the left inside the cathedral.

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visit to the area of archaeological sites in the city centre, which include the remains of an ancient Roman theatre dating back to the rst century AD. The tiers of seats, orchestra pit and some of the external columns can all still be seen. The theatre, which was only rediscovered in the late nineteenth century, stood in an area to the north east of the ancient Roman city. In Piazza Cesare Augusto stands the most famous monument from Augusta Taurinorum, the city founded by the Romans in 28 BC. The medieval name (Portae Palatii) of this former "main left gate" now identies the part of town that stands adjacent to the monument. It was the gateway to the Roman city from the north. Immersed in the greenery of the Giardini Reali, the pavilions of the Museo

di Antichita offer an imaginary journey back in time, enabling you to experience at close quarters the numerous and surprising testimonies of ancient Piedmont. In the Orangerie of Palazzo Reale, the archaeological collections (assembled by the Savoy family starting in the sixteenth century) constitute an extraordinary occasion to appreciate the cultures and civilisations of the past.

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8 Piazza della Repubblica

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Hundreds of stalls in the bustling, colourful market of Porta Palazzo bring this square to life every morning from Monday to Saturday. In the bottom right-hand corner of the square is the old covered market known as the Tettoia dell'Orologio (Roofed-market of the Clock), which stands in marked contrast to the futuristic building to the left designed by Massimiliano Fuksas. On the opposite side of the square one can walk though the Galleria Umberto I, an indoor gallery full of shops.

9 Borgo Dora
This district, renovated and refurbished in recent years, was once the main manufacturing district of Torino. The rst nucleus of workshops sprang up in the late Middle Ages along the banks of the Canale dei Mulini (Canal of the Mills) which was later to be covered over. Borgo Dora was home to tanneries and the city's main our mills. Part of the old Regia Polveriera (Royal Powder-magazine), better-known as the Arsenate, founded in the late 1500s, has now been transformed into the Arsenale della Pace (Arsenal of Peace), home to SERMIG (the Young People's Missionary Service). To the side you will nd the Cortile del Maglio (Maglio Courtyard), which, with its unusual shops and establishments, is a pleasant place to stop off. On the second Sunday of every month, Via Borgo Dora and the adjacent streets host the Grand Baton, a vast open-air antiques and ea market, a favourite with collectors and tourists alike, also selling the antiques of tomorrow and bric-a-brac. The area has many historic trattorias where time seems to stand still, and cafes and bars in which to enjoy a good aperitif. Alongside the more traditional fare of these establishments can be found multiethnic shops offering a wide choice of tastes and avours from around the world. 10 Quadrilatero Romano (Roman Quadrangle) This network of narrow, cobbled streets between Porta Palazzo and Via Garibaldi was the site of the ancient Roman city. Now a pedestrian area offering a wide choice of wildly popular night-spots, it has become one of Torino's trendiest areas. Hidden among the nooks and crannies of this fascinating maze of streets are traces of Torino's past; look up and pick out beams, pillars, and the remains of medieval towers.


11 Piazza della Consolata
This square can be reached from Piazza Emanuele Filiberto, recently restored along with the surrounding district. The square takes its name from the baroque church to be found here, designed by Guarino Guarini and Filippo Juvarra and the thousand year-old bell tower of Sant'Andrea, the only surviving part of the previous Byzantine church. Opposite the church is the ideal place to take a break: the historic Al Bicerin cafe which invented, and still prepares, the well-known drink made from coffee, chocolate and cream served up in a little glass called a bicerin, and which gives the cafe its name. 12 Museo della Sindone (Shroud Museum) The Museum can be found in the crypt of the church of the Santissimo Sudario (Most Holy Shroud); it offers complete information regarding shroud research from the 1500s to the present day, covering historical, scientic, devotional and artistic aspects.
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13 Piazza Savoia
The tall central obelisk that dominates the square commemorates the Siccardi law of 1850 abolishing the ecclesiastical court. From the square, Via del Carmine leads to the church of the same name designed by Filippo Juvarra. Not to be missed, in the apse, is the superb painting of the Madonna del Carmine (1755) by Claudio Francesco Beaumont. From the opposite side of the square can be reached Via delle Orfane, overlooked by Palazzo Falletti di Barolo, an example of a dwelling of a Torinoese noble family, where Silvio Pellico wrote his most famous work "Le mie prigioni".

14 Via Garibaldi
Built in 1775 and originally called "Via Dora Grossa", after the canal that once owed along the middle of the street, it links Palazzo Madama and Piazza Statuto (formerly Porta Susina), the elegant and austere square, the name of which reminds us of the Albertine Statute of 1848, SOME INTERESTING FACTS
- In Piazza Corpus Domini on 6th June 1453, the "Miracle of Torino" is said to have taken place. In the corn market, a soldier was trying to sell some religious items he had stolen from churches, but a host ew out of the thief's bag and rose, shining, up into the sky. - Tradition has it that in 773 Charlemagne stayed in the Porta Palatina following his victory over the ancient Lombards at the battle of the Chiuse (Narrows) in the Susa valley.

surrounded on three sides by porticoed buildings, with a monument in the centre commemorating the opening of the Frejus Tunnel (1879). For many years, it has been one of the longest pedestrian streets in Europe and always attracts crowds of shoppers. Wiile walking, don't forget to stop at the Museo Diffuso della Resistenza, della Deportazione, della Guerra, dei Diritti e della Liberta (Museum of the Resistance, Deportation, War, Rights and Freedom), housed in the eighteenth century Palazzo dei Quartieri Militari (Military District Building), and the Cappella della Congregazione dei Mercanti e Banchieri (Chapel of the Congregation of Merchants and Bankers), which dates back to 1662.

15 Via Stampatori
This street crosses Via Garibaldi and is home to Palazzo Scaglia di Verrua, one of the few remaining Renaissance buildings in the city, built between 1585 and 1604. The frescoes on the facade and in the main courtyard, a feature rarely found in the buildings of Torino, depict divinities and gures which are thought to include the original owners of the building themselves.

16 Piazza Palazzo di Citta

Once known as Piazza delle Erbe for the herbs that were sold here, it is now the square of Torino's City Hall. Between 1659 and 1665 the original Palazzo Municipale (City Hall) was demolished and rebuilt by Francesco Lanfranchi, later to be enlarged by Benedetto Aleri in the eighteenth century. Since 1858, the statues of Carlo Alberto and Vittorio Emanuele II have graced the facade. In the centre of the square stands a monument to the Conte Verde, the work of the sculptor Pelagio Palagi. Commissioned by King Carlo Alberto, it represents Amedeus VI of Savoy, known as the Green Count.

17 Piazza IV Marzo
Medieval houses with brick facades and lancet windows enclose this pleasant little square: this is one of the oldest parts of the city. The Church of San Domenico, the only example of a Gothic church in Torino, lies just a short way off, on the corner between Via San Domenico and Via Milano. Open to visitors, it houses valuable 14th century frescoes and an altarpiece by Guercino. For those who feel like walking a little further, the arrival point can be shifted to Piazza Solferino, a spacious, tree-lined square laid out around two extensive central owerbeds, is graced by the presence of the Fountain known as Angelica representing the Four Seasons and the equestrian statue of Ferdinando, Duke of Genoa, continuing from Piazza Statuto under the arches of Corso San Martino and Via Cernaia and visiting the Museo Civico Pietro Micca e dell'Assedio di Torino del 1706 (the Civic Museum of Pietro Micca and the Siege of Torino in 1706) and the old Mastio della Cittadella (Citadel Watchtower), which houses the Museo Storico Nazionale deH'Artiglieria Palazzo di Citta (Historic National Artillery Museum).


Duration 2 hours, excluding time for shopping or visits to museums. When during shop and museum opening hours. Recommended for those who want to devote time to doing some shopping, and those who want to see some of Torino's monuments. You'll be able to say "Shopping in Torino is fabulous."

1 Piazza Castello
Right in the historic heart of Torino, the square owes its name to the building that stands at its centre, Palazzo Madama, formerly the Castle of the Princes of Acaja and even earlier the Porta Pretoria of Roman times. Here can be admired many monuments and striking vistas (described in detail in the walk History, culture

2 Via Roma
Via Roma is another way to say Torino's best-known shopping street: 750 metres of porticoed pavements enable all the most important designer boutiques to be reached under cover, from Piazza Castello all the way to Porta Nuova railway station. The original street "Contrada Nuova", dating back to the second half of the 17th century, by Amedeo di Castellamonte, was completely rebuilt between 1931 and 1937, with the stretch between Piazza San Carlo and Piazza Carlo Felice featuring the interesting contribution of the rationalist architect Marcello Piacentini. Before reaching Piazza San Carlo, one of the three wings of the Galleria San Federico opens up on the right.


3 Piazza San Carlo
Known as the "drawing room of Torino". The piazza, which is completely pedestrianised, is the best place to get to know some of the city's most famous historic establishments, ideal for coffee or lunch or for buying some of the exquisite local delicacies. Formerly the Piazza was the Royal Square and marketplace created in the rst
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by Carlo di Castellamonte, and at its southern end still stand the "twin churches" of San Carlo and Santa Cristina (the facade of the latter was designed by Filippo Juvarra). The elegant baroque buildings with their wide porticoes which ank the Piazza's sides date back to the mid-seventeenth century. Considered one of the most beautiful squares in Europe, it is centred on the equestrian statue of Emanuele Filiberto (Carlo Marocchetti 1838), returning victorious from the battle of San Quintino in 1557 In the local dialect the monument is called "Icaval 'd brons" (the bronze horse).

4 Piazza CLN
Named after the Comitato di Liberazione Nazionale (Committee for National Liberation) representing the resistance active during the Second World War, the square contains two large marble fountains to the rear of the "twin churches" representing the rivers Po and Dora.

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5 Piazza Carlo Felice

Designed in the mid-nineteenth century by the architects Gaetano Lombardi, Giuseppe Frizzi and Carlo Promis, the square is laid out around the central Giardino Sambuy, home to age-old chestnut, beech and magnolia trees. The gardens are surrounded by elegant buildings under whose porticoes the confectioners Giordano and Awignano and the Caffe Roma (formerly Talmone) Stazione di Porta Nuova offer their exquisite sweets and cakes. The square is overlooked by Porta Nuova (Newgate) railway station, built between 1865 and 1868 by Alessandro Mazzucchetti and Carlo Ceppi. The facade is noteworthy for its extremely high arches and wide windows.

6 Piazza Bodoni
The square, reached by way of Piazza Lagrange and Via Mazzini, is home to the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi, the work of the architect Giovanni Ricci. Inside, in a room on the rst oor, you can visit (free visits from Monday to Saturday, 9 A.M.- 6 P.M.) the Gallery of Musical Instruments, which features a valuable Stradivarius violin. In the centre stands the equestrian monument, unveiled in 1835, of Alfonso Lamarmora, general and minister of the state ruled by the Savoy family.

7 Via Lagrange, Palazzo Cavour and Palazzo Bricherasio

From Piazza Bodoni and by way of Via Andrea Doha, another of Torino's delightful shopping streets, the walk continues to Via Lagrange, where one block further up on the corner of Via Cavour stands Palazzo Cavour, one of the most important historic dwellings in the city. This is where the statesman Camillo Benso, Count of JM h' w .w . ' sT Cavour was born, lived and died. It represents one of the best examples of eighteenth-century Piedmontese baroque architecture. For art lovers, II 1 1 a stop at Palazzo Bricherasio, a little further on in II I I i l l I I Ii I I 11 I i Via Lagrange , is highly recommended. Home to temporary international exhibitions of works of art by the great masters, the museum also hosts shows, meetings and events of particular interest.

Palazzo Bricherasio


8 Via Maria Vittoria
The street, originally called Contrada di San Filippo, is full of shops, antique shops and art galleries. Right on the corner stands the Church of San Filippo Neri, the most spacious in Torino, the work of Guarino Guarini and Filippo Juvarra. Opposite, Palazzo Asinari di San Marzano, also known as Palazzo Carpano, is home to the rm producing the vermouth of the same name. Designed by Michelangelo Garove in around 1684 and later extended, it features a beautiful entrance hall with spiral columns overlooking a courtyard with a neo-baroque rear. A little further on is Palazzo Dal Pozzo della Cisterna, once home to the Dukes of Aosta and now the headquarters of the provincial administration.

9 Via Accademia delle Scienze

This street leads off on the right at the beginning of Via Maria Vittoria. Right on the corner stands the baroque building of the Collegio dei Nobili, designed by Guarino Guarini and completed by Michelangelo Garove. The building houses the Museo Egizio (Egyptian Museum), which boasts one of the most important collections in the world after that in Cairo. Founded in 1824, the museum documents the history and civilisation of Egypt, from the Palaeolithic era to the Coptic period. This truly exceptional part of Torino's heritage consists of over 30,000 items, some unique, some representing exhaustive collections of artistic objects made for everyday use or for funeral purposes. The same building also

Museo Egizio Galleria Sabauda

houses the Galleria Sabauda, one of the most important art galleries in Italy, which holds the collections from Palazzo Reale and Palazzo Carignano in Torino, and from Palazzo Durazzo in Genoa, to which were later added other works through purchase or donation. Tine building is also home to the Accademia delle Scienze, the highly renowned institution founded in 1757 by the mathematician Giuseppe Luigi Lagrange.

Piazza Carignano

10 Piazza Carignano, via Cesare Battisti and piazza Carlo Alberto

This delightful square (described in detail in the walk History, culture takes its name from the imposing building which was the seat of the Subalpine Parliament and is now home to the Museo Nazionale del Risorgimento ltaliano. Leading off from the square along the side of Palazzo Carignano is Via Cesare Battisti with some interesting shops, including bookshops, with a difference. The street runs into Piazza Carlo Alberto which once was home to gardens and stables, the latter now housing the Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria. In the centre of the square stands the monument to King Carlo Alberto.


Those who wish to continue beneath the porticoes on the right-hand side of Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, as far as the small square of the same name (with the tall monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, the rst king of Italy, at the centre), will be able to visit the Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art or GAM), one of the most important museums in the city: it conserves collections that document Italian and foreign art from the end of the

Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (GAM)

eighteenth century to the present day. After visiting the GAM, you can stop off for a rest at Caffe Platti. Situated beneath the porticoes of Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, on the corner of Corso Re Umberto I, it is still one of the most popular historical establishments in the city and is much-loved by Torino locals. Heading back in the direction of Piazza San Carlo, continuing along Via Arsenale, one can observe the exterior of the Palazzo dell'Arsenale, a building started in 1659 as a foundry for cannons and today the
Caffe Platti

Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II

Palazzo dell'Arsenale

Scuola di Applicazione ed Istituto di Studi Militari dell'Esercito (School of Application and Army Institute of Military Studies).


- In 1706, during the siege of Torino by the French, some cannon shots reached Piazza San Carlo where two cannonballs buried themselves halfway into the facades of the buildings. They are still visible today on the corners of the baroque buildings, between the windows on the top oor. - Some of Torino's most famous historic establishments are to be found in Piazza San Carlo. They are the Caffe San Carlo, which in 1832 was the rst in Italy to use gas lighting, Caffe Torino, the famous delicatessen Paissa, the Confetteria Stratta for confectionery and the Neuv Caval 'd Brons restaurant-cafe. - The two big marble fountains that represent the rivers Po and Dora were immortalised in lm director Dario Argento's thriller "Profondo Rosso" (Deep Red). - Overlooking Piazza Carlo Felice is the hotel Albergo Roma where the writer Cesare Pavese was staying when he committed suicide.


Duration 2 hours at a brisk pace, 2 *h hours if stopping in the park. When any season, but better on a sunny day. Recommended for those who like walking through parks and gardens in historic surroundings. You'll be able to say "Isn't the Medieval Village so full of atmosphere!"

1 Piazza Vittorio Veneto

The square, one of the most spacious in the world, was designed by the architect Giuseppe Frizzi (1825). Surrounded on three sides by porticoed buildings, it leads down to the river where a the Murazzi and the bridge, built during the Napoleonic period and named after Vittorio Emanuele I, crosses to the church of the Gran Madre di Dio. "Piazza Vittorio" to the locals, the square is also popular for the many cafes and wine bars open all hours of the day.

2 Murazzi del Po
The waterfront came into being in about 1880 with the redevelopment of the old warehouses and boat-houses. A multitude of venues with colourful outdoor patios, furnished in the liveliest, most imaginative ways possible, have opened along the stretch of river between the bridges Ponte Umberto I and Ponte Vittorio Emanuele I. An ideal place to enjoy an aperitif or beer, or go clubbing after dinner in one of Torino's trendiest areas. Towards the end of the waterfront is the landing-stage where river trips on the Po can be caught.

Murazzi del Po


3 Parco del Valentino (Valentino Park)
The oldest and best-known park in Torino, criss-crossed with tree-lined paths and cycle tracks, is ideal for a pleasant break immersed in nature, on foot or by bike. The main entrance is through the Arco monumentale all'Artigliere (Monumental Arch to the Artilleryman) by Pietro Canonica (1930), and the park's 550,000 sq. metres makes it the "green lung" of Torino. It was
Parco del Valentino

designed as a public park for the city during the mid-nineteenth century by the landscape gardener Barrilet-Deschamps. On the opposite bank, overlooking the Po, are the rowing clubs and many characteristic haunts of Borgo Crimea. Located in the park, the Orto Botanico (Botanical Garden), opened in 1729, with an orangery, heated greenhouse and herbarium-museum, nowadays boasts a collection of over 4,000 species of local ora and medicinal herbs. The "Boschetto" (grove) of exotic species dates back to 1830-40.

4 Castello del Valentino

(Valentino Castle) The building (1630) is the work of Carlo and Amedeo di Castellamonte. With its traditional French-style roofs bestowing a fairy-tale charm, the castle was a particular favourite with casteiio dei Va l e n t i n o

the rst Madama Reale, Marie Christine of France, who used it for feasts, carousels, tournaments and river battles. Closed to the public, it is home to the Faculty of Architecture of the Politecnico di Torino. 5 Societa Promotrice di Belle Arti (Company for the Promotion of the Fine Arts) This institution was founded in 1842. The Art Nouveau building (1916) has decorations by Edoardo Rubino, Leonardo Bistol and Giovanni Chevalley, and a porticoed entrance in the classical style. Recently renovated, it is home to important art shows and cultural exhibitions.

Borgo e Rocca Medievale (Medieval Village and Castle) The reproduction village, with buildings typical of fteenth-century Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta, was built in 1884 for the Italian General Exposition held in Torino. The village

complex of houses and artisans' workshops, dominated by the Castle, is a small world all to itself. The Castle is well worth a visit with its courtyard and kitchens, prison cells and chapel all steeped in a realistic medieval atmosphere.

7 Fontana dei Mesi (Fountain of the Months)

Borgo Medievale

Designed by Carlo Ceppi, the wide oval fountain is encircled by Art Nouveau statues representing the months and seasons. At the top, the large group of statues, the work of several different artists, represents Torino's four rivers: the Po, the Dora Riparia, the Stura and the Sangone. Built to commemorate the ftieth anniversary of the Statuto Albertino (Statute of King Carlo Alberto), the fountain was one of the main attractions at the National Exposition of 1898.

8 Torino Esposizioni
The pavilions of this exhibition centre were built in the '50s to plans by the architect Pier Luigi Nervi, and for the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics and Winter Paralympics have been completely renovated to host the ice hockey and the paralympic hockey competitions. It will become an exhibition space. Right opposite Torino Esposizioni, in the premises occupied by the Scientic Faculties of Torino University, the Palazzo degli Istituti Anatomici (Anatomic Institutes Building), are the Museo di Anatomia Umana "Luigi Rolando" ("Luigi Rolando" Human Anatomy Museum) and the Museo della Frutta "Francesco Gamier Valletti" ("Francesco Gamier Valletti" Fruit Museum). Those who may wish to continue with a pleasant walk upstream along the left bank of the river Po can carry on as far as the Parco Millefonti and Italia '61: fty hectares of park with a number of buildings erected to celebrate the centenary of Italian unication. Of these, Palazzo a Vela is of particular note; originally built at the end of the '50s, it too has been completely restructured by Gae Aulenti and Arnaldo De Bernardi for the ice events of the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics. The Palavela hosts international sporting events and skating fans. SOME INTERESTING FACTS
- The buildings in Piazza Vittorio Veneto have inspired artists such as Felice Casorati and Giorgio De Chirico. They play host to establishments whose enchanting interiors were a favourite with the writer Cesare Pavese.


Duration 2 hours; add a further hour if visiting the Museo Nazionale della Montagna. When preferably in the afternoon. Recommended for those who love walking and seeking out unusual views and panoramas. You'll be able to say 'The whole of Torino lay at my feet!"

1 Piazza Vittorio Veneto and Ponte Vittorio Emanuele I

Piazza Vittorio Veneto (described in detail in the walk History, culture leads down to the bridge named after Vittorio Emanuele I, built by the French in the Napoleonic era (1810-14) to replace an older structure of bricks and wood. The view across the river towards the church with the hills in the background is outstanding.

Chiesa della Gran Madre di Dio


2 The Church of the Gran Madre di Dio

Built between 1827 and 1831, the church was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome and commemorates the return of Vittorio Emanuele I after the French occupation under Napoleon. The Latin inscription on the pediment reads Ordo Populusque Tauhnus ob Adventum Regis (the Authorities and Citizenry of Torino for the Return of the King). Behind the monument to Vittorio Emanuele I (1885), a ight of steps lead up to the church between two statues representing Faith and Religion.

3 Villa della Regina

Built in 1615 at the behest of Cardinal Maurizio di Savoia, it was designed by Ascanio Vitozzi in the style of a Roman villa. It was embellished in the second half of the seventeenth century, and in the following century Filipppo Juvarra modied the central part of the villa and the side pavilions, rearranging the interiors and entrusting their decoration to the artists Pietro Piffetti, Giambattista Viiia deiia Regina Crosato and Corrado Giaquinto. A charming garden surrounds the villa, with a hemicycle at the rear, grottos, a waterfall, a rotunda and a beautiful system of perspective scenery created by the Belvedere and the Solinghi Pavilion. (Booking compulsoiy n 800.329329)

4 Monte dei Cappuccini

This is one of the most famous vantage points in Torino from which to enjoy the spectacular view over the city, equivalent to being as high as the pinnacle on the Mole Antonelliana. At the top of the hill is the church of Santa Maria del Monte and Capuchin convent, built between 1584 and 1656 by Ascanio Vitozzi and Carlo di Castellamonte.
Monte dei Cappuccin


5 Museo Nazionale della Montagna (National Museum of the Mountain) The Capuchin convent is home to the National Museum of the Mountain, one of the most important of its kind in the world. The museum, founded in 1874 by the Club Alpino Italiano and refurbished in 2005, holds temporary exhibitions and also houses two collections of records and documents and a historical lm library. Also well worth a visit is the Vedetta Alpina (Alpine lookout tower), built in 1874, which offers splendid views of the Alpine chain. 6 Ponte UmbertO I (Umberto I Bridge) The most monumental bridge in Torino was built between 1903 and 1907 to replace the suspension bridge of 1840 named after Maria Teresa. It links Corso Vittorio Emanuele II with the Crimea district at the foot of the hills. The four statues at the corners represent Piety, Valour, Art and Industry.
Ponte Umberto I

At this point, the walk can be concluded along the Murazzi embankment (described in detail in the walk Along the Po, immersed in nature), perhaps taking time to choose a place to go for the evening, or continued with an exploration of the city centre, crossing the busy junction and continuing up Corso Vittorio Emanuele II as far as Via Della Rocca.

7 Via della Rocca, piazza Maria Teresa and piazza Cavour

This elegant street, with its wealth of ne shops, antique dealers and furniture restorers, leads to Piazza Maria Teresa, an ideal spot for a coffee or, later on in the afternoon, an aperitif, under the pleasant shade of tall poplar trees. On the comer of the square is the statue of Guglielmo Pepe, Neapolitan general and patriot from the time of the Risorgimento. Not far from here is Piazza Cavour with its lovely gardens and age-old trees set on gently rolling mounds created from the rubble from the old city ramparts when these were demolished in 1835. This is the best spot from which to admire the villas with their characteristic French-style
Piazza Cavour

sloping roofs which surround the square.

8 Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali (Regional Museum of Natural Sciences) In Via Giolitti, almost on the corner with Via Accademia Albertina, stands the impressive building that was formerly the hospital of San Giovanni Battista, built in 1680 by Amedeo di Castellamonte, now home to the Regional Museum of Natural Sciences, open to the public, and the Museo di Zoologia e di Anatomia Comparata.

Piazza Carlo Emanuele II

9 Piazza Carlo Emanuele II (also known as Piazza Carlina) This square was laid out at the end of the seventeenth century by Amedeo di Castellamonte and held the wine market until the mid-nineteenth century. More sinisterly, during the Napoleonic era, it was also the site of the guillotine. The monument in the centre commemorates Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour (1872), while round the sides of the square stand Palazzo Roero di Guarene, the former Albergo di Virtu, the former Collegio delle Province (now the Bergia barracks of the Carabinieri) and the church of Santa Croce, built 1718-30 by Filippo Juvarra, with its facade from the 1800s. SOME INTERESTING FACTS
- There are two versions of the legend of the Holy Grail rooted in local lore. The rst has it buried beneath the church of the Gran Madre di Dio (the ossuary actually contains the remains of around ve thousand soldiers killed during the First World War); the second says that it is buried under Palazzo di Citta, the location being indicated by the crossing of glances between the two statues erected on the steps. - On the Monte dei Cappuccini, the railings around the statue of the Madonna on the terrace overlooking the city come from the grotto at Lourdes. They were donated by Bishop Theas during a pilgrimage by Fiat workers in 1958.


Q Murazzi e piazza Vittorio Veneto ^^ Parco del Valentino e San Salvario

Q Quadrilatero Romano Q Borgo Dora

At night, Torino puts on a different face. The city, ordered, sombre, linear by day, is transformed: the streets light up, clubs and bars II up with people out to enjoy the abundant music, and cocktails, available. To experience some of Torino's nightlife, a good place to start is the Murazzi embankment, a series of arched former warehouses and boat-houses along the river bank, affording magical views of the river, the hills and the church of the Gran Madre di Dio. The nineteenth century atmosphere still haunts the place, so much so that the waterfront almost feels like a seaside town. Nowadays, the brick vaults play host to dozens of establishments to suit all tastes: the R&B joint and the private club, the minimal music venue with its rened DJ sets and the commercial disco, the intimate restaurant serving meals until late and the cellar dishing up live hardcore music. These clubs with their patios spreading down to the water's edge are extremely popular with the locals, especially in summer, when people ock here in their thousands for a really good time, moving non-stop from one venue to the next until dawn.


From the "Muri", which is how the locals call the area, the Parco del Valentino is easily reached, where immersed in nature and right on the water's edge, the "imbarchini" (landing stages) represent delightful little places in which to relax and enjoy a cocktail. Going past the nearby corso Massimo D'Azeglio one of the most dynamic and lively neighbourhoods of the city can be foun SAN SALVARIO rich of places where live music can be enjoyed and danced too. Alternatively, up in Piazza Vittorio Veneto, the extraordinarily imposing porticoed square, a number of trendy new nightspots with designer decor and suffused lighting have sprung up in recent years. People come here for an aperitif and stay on late into the night, before moving off to go clubbing. The walk across the city centre, soaking in the charm of Via Po and the majesty of Piazza Castello, to the area known as the Quadrilatero Romano only takes a few minutes. This bustling

old district, a network of alleyways and narrow streets, is a must for those in search of restaurants a la mode, cafes and wine bars. The Quadrilatero is a hub of creative entertainment offering tiny boutiques open right into the night, designer bars created by up-and-coming young architects, world cuisine, the exotic and the exquisite, and has become a rm favourite among the Torino trendy. From here, a short dash across Piazza della Repubblica, which during the day is home to Porta Palazzo, Europe's largest open-air market, brings you to Borgo Dora, the most recent discovery in Torino's busy night-life scene. With its old houses, antique shops and multiethnic character, Borgo Dora has its own special charm. The new wine bars, clubs, shops and restaurants are all jumbled up higgledy-piggledy, so you might be drinking a glass of Barolo one minute and eating a kebab the next, or enjoying a plate of typical Piedmontese tajarin pasta followed by some couscous. The "Muri", Valentino and San Salvario, Piazza Vittorio, the Quadilatero, Borgo Dora: all these districts, however, cannot be considered just islands. The whole city is studded with wine bars, discos, clubs and venues offering DJ sets or live music. Torino lives by night. To discover it you must experience it.

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