The one thing locals kept saying to me during my visit to Torino (Turin) was that it was such an elegant city, and they were right. From it’s leafy green parks to its old-world architecture, grand boulevards and its fine restaurants the city speaks volumes to visitors. But it’s not all aristocratic hoo-ha, this is also a huge university town with enough budget-friendly options to satisfy even the most cost-conscious travellers. For me what I loved was how calm, composed and well-presented the city was, if I have to describe Torino as a Spice Girl she’d definitely be Poshhhh.
Torino is located on the left bank of the River Po in the Italian region of Piedmont. The city is given the most incredible backdrop thanks to the Alps, which on a clear day can be seen from the observation deck of the Mole Antonelliana. Similar to many of the cities in the North, Torino feels much more French than Italian. You won’t see orange and red coloured buildings with narrow streets but instead wide boulevards with muted toned buildings, they’ve even dubbed the place “little Paris” for its similarities to the city of love. Some little fun facts you should know about Turin include:
- It’s the birthplace of FIAT – Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino – cool!!
- It’s the home of the slow food movement – yum!!
- It’s regarded as the cradle of Italian liberty – woah!
As I had a traveling companion we decided to stay in an Airbnb on Via Saluzzo, which is a very convenient location as it’s right next to the main station and within walking distance to a lot of bars, restaurants and sights. The apartment was lovely and modern however with Airbnb I sometimes find it strange when the owners leave their belongings such as clothes, toiletries etc. It doesn’t make me feel as comfortable, but other than that it was a really lovely stay!
Oh.my.gosh. I loved the food in Turin! We literally, i mean lit-ah-rillllyyyy, did not have a bad meal during our trip. My favourite was for sure the antipasto platter with stracciatella di bufala, pickles, spicy salami and other delicious stuff, we also ate the leftovers for breakfast and the pasta at Scannabue was unbeatable.
Scannabue | Largo Saluzzo, 25/H, 10125 Torino, Italy
Barnum | Via Saluzzo, 23 bis, 10124 Turin, Italy +39 011 655 548
Alberto Marchetti | Several locations
Now the last meal we had I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the restaurant, and luckily I wouldn’t rate is so high on my list. The best thing was an unexpected “spiked” bicerin, which is the local drink you have to try whilst you’re here!! It’s made of espresso, drinking chocolate and whole milk and it is so yum!
The View from Monte dei Cappuccini
Stunning views, especially at sunset. I felt so glamorous – g-l-am-or-ous (erhm Fergieee)! It really is stunning and something I highly recommend you see whilst in Turin, a lot of locals chill out there too with a birra in hand. MUST-SEE!
Parco del Valentino and the Po River
Hands down one of the prettiest public parks I have ever been to. I felt like everyone was gathering to sit on the grass, soak up the sunshine and just chill. And the best part? It’s all free my friends! I would recommend walking down the main boulevard Corso Vittorio Emanuele and heading to the park.
Going to the top of the Mole Antonelliana is pretty fun, unless you’re afraid of heights! The clear glass elevator ascends to the observation deck with cables but because the lift is not enclosed in anything it really just feels like you’re floating! We got lucky and were able to view the Alps but it really just depends what the weather that day is like! It’s always nice to get a birds eye view of a city and this is perfect spot to see it. It’s also a film museum so if you’re a movie buff then definitely include this on your itinerary.
A great way to sample some of the fresh produce on offer in Turin is to head to the local markets! We picked up some of the sweetest strawberries and took them to the park with us to munch on. And markets are always the first place to head to see how locals live! I absolutely love watching people barter away, I like seeing what produce they buy, how they interact with one another – I find it fascinating!
Wander the Streets
As always one of my favourite things to do is just to get lost and wander through the streets. You find the most unexpected things…
I hope you enjoyed this guide to Turin! Is there anything else you think we should include?? We’d love to hear from you!