If you are thinking of where you should visit in Italy, then add Turin to your list. This amazing city has something for everyone and can offer a true cultural experience for visitors. Turin is the capital of the Piedmont region of Italy and here are some of the attractions you should visit if you choose to stay in this area.
1. See the Mole Antonelliana
One of the most famous structures in Turin is the Mole Antonelliana. It is probably the most symbolic structure in the city and its construction began in 1863. It was originally intended as a synagogue and was designed by Alessandro Antonelli. It is 167 meters high and can be seen from almost anywhere in Turin.
2. Visit Piazza Castello
The Piazza Castello is the true central point of Turin. This square is the location of many of the most important buildings in the city. There are structures on three sides of the square that reflect different periods of Turin’s history.
3. St. John’s Cathedral and The Chapel of the Holy Shroud
St. John is the patron saint of Turin and the cathedral is a dedication to him. The cathedral was built between 1491 and 1498. The chapel was a later edition, but it is here that the holy shroud is housed. The holy shroud was damaged in a fire in 1997 but is still on display for the public.
4. Palazzo Madama and the Museum of Ancient Art
This stunning building has been both the home to two Royal Madams and a fortress castle. The museum is set within the building and has thousands of beautifully preserved objects to show the history of European and Italian art production.
5. The Egyptian Museum
There are many museums for you to enjoy in Turin. However, this one stands out from the others as it is a little different. It is devoted entirely to the culture of the Ancient Egyptians. The museum houses over 30,000 exhibits. These include jewelry, pharaohs, everyday objects, funeral steles, and sarcophagi.
6. Castle and Park of Valentino
Although it is close to the city center, the river park of Valentino is like a whole different world. The park was redesigned by Barrillet-Deschamps, a French landscape architect, in 1800. Central to the park is the Castello del Valentino. This is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.
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