Turin, Italy: An Underappreciated City You’ve Got to Visit

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Is Turin, Italy Worth Visiting? 

When planning an Italian getaway, many first think of Rome, Venice, and Florence. And naturally so. These destinations are classics! But, there’s a whole other side to Italy, beyond its crowded, tourist-filled metropolises, waiting to be discovered.

One urban area that’s been overlooked for far too long is Turin.

Panoramic view of TurinPhoto by Fabio Fistarol on Unsplash

What’s Turin Famous For?

Not only is Turin Italy’s first capital, it’s also famous for its chocolate, unearthly gastronomy, and white truffles (tartufi bianchi).

After spending nearly three years in this magnificent Italian city (learn how I got my degree under $3,000 total in Italy), I couldn’t help but share it with you and the world! You’ll have plenty of opportunities to explore Turin’s narrow alleyways, little-known landmarks and even discover secret spots.

Turin, or Torino in Italian, won’t be little-known and underappreciated for long! There’s so much to love about Turin; the city is endowed with clean, magnificent streets that inspire, and small artisan shops that lend authentic charm to this urban Italian environment. Plus, you’ll never feel like you’re elbow-to-elbow with other tourists as you may in Venice and parts of Rome (for now)!

A Changing Scene in Turin, Italy

Turin was once synonymous with industry and gray skies due to the city being the epicenter of the automobile in Italy. Now, it’s a completely different scene; the sky shines bright (even if a little hazy from pollution). And actually, before the Industrial Revolution shaped the heart of the city, Turin was once Italy’s first capital. And as you may be aware, Turin recently hosted the Olympics in 2006, too. So there’s plenty of development, evolution, and historical precedence woven into the history of this city.

The gray skies once cast over Turin are now clear and sunny. The stunning architectural feats, the arts, and the gastronomy will inspire.

As you’ll discover, Turin is a city full of color and vibrancy. From the picturesque cityscape dominated by the Mole to the buzzing food scene (if you do make your way to Piemonte, your perception of pasta will be forever changed. A common dish in this region is pasta with butter — it may not be what you’re used to, but believe me — it’s delicious!) and many lively events that cater to this thriving cultural hub.

A Quick Connection From Milan, Genova, and France

While Turin may not have been on your Italian bucket list, it’s my hope that after reading this guide, you make it a point to book a train ticket (only one-hour with Italo, and two hours by bus or the local commuter train from Milan and Genova) to see all that the “Paris of Italy” has to offer. Turin is truly a one-of-a-kind destination. There’s so much history, art, and beauty hiding within her walls.

Download Taste Torino to enjoy an authentic Taste of Turin!

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My book cover, “Taste Torino”Click here to read

I wrote this guide after living in this magnificent city for three years. You’ll discover:

  • Secret, Off-the-Radar Spots in Turin. Many of which are unknown to locals, Torinesi. You’ll see a whole new side of Turin.
  • Museums of All Types. Turin is a treasure trove of museums. From ancient to modern, there’s an experience for everyone.
  • Foodgasm-worthy Restaurants. Turin is renowned for its food scene. I’ve outlined the top restaurants for you.
  • Day Trips (All Reachable with Public Transport). Take advantage of Turin’s strategic location. Explore the area with buses, trains, and even BlaBlacar.

Beat the Crowds and Explore Turin While It’s Still Secret

I hope you’re able to enjoy your own unique Taste of Turin now while you still have the chance — a destination this rich in cultural treasures can’t stay hidden forever. Luckily, you have access to all the best spots to see in Turin (some of which are unknown even to locals). Whether spending a year or two for work or school, or passing through for just a few days or two, I hope I’ve given you plenty of interesting spots to transform your stay in Turin into one that’s magical rather than ordinary.

If you want a deeper taste of Turin, download or order the paperback here.

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