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The 10 must-see things in Turin, capital of Piedmont in Italy

What to do in Turin during Eurovision?

Big winner of Eurovision in 2021 following the victory of Måneskin, with the song Zitti e buoni, it is Italy which hosts this musical competition in 2022, and this for the third time since the creation of the event. Turin, in Piedmont, was chosen to host the festivities, facing a dozen competing cities.

From May 10 to 14, fans who come to attend Eurovision will of course be able to wander around the Piedmontese capital, discovering its world-renowned gastronomy and its breathtaking architectural heritage, but several events are organized throughout the city.

In particular, fans can go to the Eurovillage, which will be located at Parco del Valentino, a large space located on the western slope of the Po. Some 17,000 people will thus be allowed to discover, in the middle of numerous gardens, a medieval fortress or even a botanical park, the Valentino castle, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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For the occasion, it is also possible to book an exceptional stay on the Booking.com platform, partner of the event. The online travel booking giant promises “an extraordinary musical experience” to those who will be the fastest to book the two one-night stays offered at the price of 12 euros – in a nod to the 12 points that can be won by the Eurovision finalist.

In the program ? Stay in the magnificent Casa del Pingone, VIP tickets to attend Eurovision live, lesson given by a professional vocal coach but also meeting with Conchita Wurst. The reservation will open this Friday, May 6 at 10 a.m. (French time), for stays taking place at the time of the 2nd semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest, on May 12, and for the grand final, on May 14. .

The Palazzo Reale, or Royal Palace of Turin

Majestically erected on Piazza Castello, the Palazzo Reale is part of the Royal Museums of Turin. Former residence of the House of Savoy, after the transfer of the Duchy to Turin in 1563 under the leadership of Emmanuel-Philibert of Savoy, the Royal Palace of Turin was for years the nerve center of the Court and of power Politics. Renovated several times over the centuries, the Palazzo Reale combines several architectural styles, starting with its 17th century facade.

During the visit, which lasts about two hours, you can admire the Armoury, the Chapel of the Holy Shroud, the Gallery of Savoy, the Royal Gardens, as well as the Turin section of the Museum of Antiquities.

The Mole Antonelliana, the tallest monument in Turin

An emblematic monument in the landscape of Turin, the Mole Antonelliana is the highest monument in the city, at 167 meters high. It goes without saying that at its summit, which is reached via an elevator which goes up there in less than a minute, the panorama of the surroundings is quite simply breathtaking! Built by Allessandro Antonelli in 1863, the Mole Antonelliana notably houses the largest museum in Europe dedicated to cinema – recalling in passing that the city was one of the pioneers of the seventh art.

The Parco del Valentino

On the banks of the Po river, the Parco del Valentino, or Valentine’s Park, is the green lung of Turin, where you can walk, cycle or even ride a Segway. With an area of ​​more than 55 hectares, it houses, among other things, the Botanical Garden, founded in 1729, as well as the Borgo Medievale. The latter designates the old feudal village of the 15th century reproduced during the Italian General Exhibition in 1884. Thanks to the success met with the public, the village was not destroyed after the end of the Exhibition, and is now now part of the museums of Turin.

Within the Parco del Valentino, don’t miss the Arco monumentale all’Artigliere (or Monumental Arch to the Artilleryman), designed by Pietro Canonica in 1930.

The Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist of Turin, or Turin Dome

Geographically close to the Royal Palace, the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist of Turin, nicknamed “Turin dome” is also connected to the Royal Palace by the chapel of the Holy Shroud. Believers and Renaissance enthusiasts will be delighted to discover this church dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, built at the very end of the 15th century – its construction took seven years.

The dome, meanwhile, was completed in 1694, after 28 years of work. Unfortunately, the chapel of the Holy Shroud and the dome were ravaged by fire in 1997, and the chapel housing the Holy Shroud did not reopen until 2018. Note that the cathedral also hosts many burials of members of the House of Savoy.

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The Museo Egizio in Turin, the oldest Egyptian museum in the world

Dedicated exclusively to the art and culture of ancient Egypt, the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Turin is the second richest museum of Egyptian antiquities in the world after that of Cairo. In all, more than 6,500 pieces are available to visitors on some 12,000 square meters accessible to the public. On the first floor, do not miss the tomb of Ka, perfectly intact, which is undoubtedly the most prestigious piece of the collection.

The most beautiful squares in Turin

If Turin is full of monuments to discover, it is also a perfect city to stroll around a café terrace and enjoy a cappuccino or a hot chocolate. Even better, you can taste the bicerinthe typical Turin drink, consisting of coffee, hot chocolate and milk or cream.

To do this, go to piazza San Carlo, nicknamed “the living room of Turin”, for example, in the axis of Via Roma. This pedestrian square overlooks the twin churches, the churches of Santa Cristina and San Carlo. Also, don’t miss Piazza Carlo Emanuele II, also known as Piazza Carlina, which was once a wine market.

The Lingotto and the MAUTO, for car enthusiasts, but not only

To the south of Turin, two places recall the prestige of the Turin automobile industry: the Lingotto, first, which designates a former Fiat factory, converted into a shopping mall. The building is particularly known because its particularity is the presence of a test circuit on its roof, oval in shape, with two straight lines of 400 meters and elevated bends.

A few minutes walk from there, you can continue on the same theme by visiting the MAUTO, the National Automobile Museum of Turin. What can you find in this atypical museum, founded in 1932? Vintage cars and emblematic models of the automotive industry, such as Virginio Bordino’s “steam car” or the Pecori, the first three-wheeled car in Italy, but also dream cars and prototypes that have marked history.

Gourmet break at the first Eataly in the world

While there are now Eataly food courts all over the world, the first Eataly to emerge from the ground, in 2007, is in Turin. Founded in 2004 by Oscar Farinetti, this chain of delicatessens, which include restaurants, is a must for gourmet shopping. The opportunity to eat a good pizza and buy purely Piedmontese specialities!

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The Basilica of Superga

Recognizable by its 75 meter high dome, flanked by two 60 meter high bell towers, the Basilica of Superga is located at the top of the hill of the same name, about ten kilometers from the city center of Turin. A masterpiece of Baroque architecture, it is one of the most important achievements of the architect Filippo Juvarra. Moreover, its crypt is the necropolis of the Savoy family.

Palazzo Madama

Another Baroque masterpiece in Turin, the Palazzo Madame, or “Palais Madame”, which bears the name of Queens Christine of France and Marie-Jeanne-Baptiste of Savoie-Nemours. Seat of the Royal Senate in the 18th century, the Palazzo Madama has been home to part of the museum of ancient art since 1934. Take a moment to admire its facade by Filippo Juvarra and, inside, its XXL staircase.

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