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Turin: 2-Hour City Highlights Walking Tour

1. Turin: 2-Hour City Highlights Walking Tour

Meet your guide in the city center to start your discovery of the history and culture of Turin. Begin by exploring the Piazza San Carlo, where you encounter the equestrian monument of Emmanuel Philibert and learn how it is considered the “drawing room” of the city. You then pass under a gallery to arrive at Piazza Carignano, where you can admire some of the most beautiful historical buildings, UNESCO-listed since 1997. From there, enter Piazza Castello, the real heart of Turin, to talk about the main monuments of the city. Discover sites such as Palazzo Reale, Palazzo Madama, and the San Lorenzo Church. Conclude your tour outside the Mole Antonelliana, the most famous building of the city.

Turin: City Highlights Guided Bike Tour

2. Turin: City Highlights Guided Bike Tour

Enjoy a guided bike ride through the city of Turin on this tour. Make stops at important monuments and areas like Valentino Park and Piazza San Carlo. Meet your guide and get an introduction to the tour. Put on your helmet and get started on your bike ride through the city. You’ll be fascinated by a city in constant transformation, full of color and style. Visit some of the city’s many parks and look out on the four rivers surrounding the city. Learn about the history from the Roman period up to the 21st century from your guide. Discover the local curiosity related to social saints, street art, and black-and-white magic. Travel along the bike paths and the broad avenues reminiscent of Paris. Head to the famous Valentino Park with the Medieval Village, the Castle, and the beautiful Giardino Roccioso. During the tour, your guide will give recommendations of places to visit during your stay and where to go to taste the best food, wine, and chocolate in Turin.

Turin: City Highlights Guided E-Bike Tour

3. Turin: City Highlights Guided E-Bike Tour

Meet your local host in the city center, choose your e-bike and start this amusing 3 hours bike tour to discover the many souls and gorgeous monuments of Turin. It is a multi-faceted city, where luxury and modesty live together in perfect balance creating fascinating and interesting contrasts. Your first stop will be the heart of the historic center for a first introduction to the history of this beautiful Italian city, characterized by the Italian Royals: Savoia family. Pedal along elegant boulevards and reach Piazza San Carlo to admire the equestrian monument of Emanuele Filiberto of Savoia. Continue your visit reaching Piazza Carignano and see some of the most beautiful historical buildings, declared UNESCO World heritage since 1997. Follow easy cycling paths and enjoy the shade of elegant buildings until Piazza Castello and admire the Royal Palace, Palazzo Madama and San Lorenzo Church. Your guide will take you on a journey from the past to the present. You’ll learn why the city is so important nowadays and its industrial development thanks to FIAT, the Italian automobile industry that is now part of the popular soul of the city. With your local insider you will then discover the Royal Gardens and Porta Palatina, an ancient Roman site. Relax pedaling through luxuriant gardens and reach Mole Antonelliana, the true symbol of the city. In the shade of its magnificence there’s a very interesting neighborhood, enriched by modern murales dedicated to sustainability, promoted by the famous coffee brand: Lavazza, born in Turin. Finally, cross the monumental bridge over Po river, and climb the Cappuccini hill to enjoy a breathtaking view over Turin. Last but not least, reach the beautiful Valentino Park, famous for being one of the gathering places for locals and for the elegant castel. Finally, enter the young and vibrant neighborhood of San Salvario and go back to the initial point.

Turin: Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

4. Turin: Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

Get to know Turin at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts and legends. An ideal outdoor activity for first time visitors, couples, groups, families, and children. Can be used as a great team-building activity. After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device, use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of Turin’s most important attractions on foot. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the city sightseeing game. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the tour. Start the activity whenever you like and enjoy the flexibility to pause your game at any time to take a break, snap the perfect photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum. Choose to continue the tour later or save the rest for another day. In the history-filled city of Turin you will first visit the beautiful Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. Then the unique Royal Palace of Turin and then the irreplaceable Palazzo Madama. This wonderful route continues to the Galleria Subalpina. As a fifth stop you will find the Piazza Carlo Alberto. As you continue your walk through the city you will find the interesting Museo Nazionale del Risorgimento Italiano. Of course, the Palazzo Carignano could not be missing from this tour. In addition, you will also admire the Egyptian Museum. The penultimate destination is the enviable Piazza San Carlo. While the icing on the cake of this unique tour could not be other than the Piazza Solferino. Download the ‘’World City Trail ‘’ app from the store. Then start your tour and enjoy!

Turin tour with a guided visit to the Egyptian Museum

5. Turin tour with a guided visit to the Egyptian Museum

A great tour discovering northern Italy’s less-heralded gems. This small group tour takes you through central Turin’s majestic piazzas and baroque architecture, as well as the world-renowned Egyptian Museum. Expert local guide Sara says, ‘Turin is famed as the home of the Fiat, Lavazza coffee and creamy Gianduia chocolates. But this tour delves deep into the city’s Savoyard roots and French influences. Plus, you’ll learn all about ancient Egypt and its beliefs and superstitions.’ Starting from Piazza Castello, Turin’s grandeur and opulence will immediately be on full display. See the former Savoy royal residence and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Madama Palace. Visit important sites associated with the Italian Risorgimento and admire the twin baroque churches at Piazza San Carlo. Soak up the stylish Italian flair of the city as you walk its main streets – looking up for a glimpse of the famous cinema museum, Mole Antonelliana – until you reach the Egyptian Museum. Learn about fascinating Egyptian hieroglyphics, with 700 papyri on display, including the showstopper, the 18-metre-long ‘Book of the Dead’. The museum maintains 21°C to 24°C room temperatures to preserve everything you see inside, including day-to-day artefacts such as clothing, instruments, toys and food. Look up at colossal statues of pharaohs, gods and the iconic sphynx. Plus, you’ll also get to see tombs, sarcophagi, temples and mummies.

Turin: E-Bike Sightseeing Tour. Centre and views from above

6. Turin: E-Bike Sightseeing Tour. Centre and views from above

The most beautiful, funny and sustainable way to visit Turin, its historical centre and parks, by E-bike. You'll see and feel the city at your pace, discovering classic spots as well as hidden gems. The only cycling tour reaching the Cappuccini viewpoint on top of the hill. Our bike tour guides will immerse and thrill you in the variety of itinerary from the royal palace to Mole Antonelliana, from the most beautiful squares to Valentino park, through the Savoy residences, gardens, art, history, cuisine. Great way to explore the city on your first visit or to have a look at Turin before departure.

Turin: Egyptian Museum & City Tour Guided Experience

7. Turin: Egyptian Museum & City Tour Guided Experience

Discover the Egyptian Museum of Turin and visit the city on a guided tour. Explore the oldest museum in the world, entirely dedicated to the Egyptian civilization and considered the most important in the world after that of Cairo. Unique collections, papyri, mummies, stories, and intrigues of the ancient civilization of the Pharaohs will be revealed to you. Admire spectacular finds such as ancient mummies and the magnificent jewelry of the Pharaohs. Learn the anecdotes of centuries of Egyptian civilization from your knowledgeable guide. Finally, enjoy a one-hour city tour of Tourin, exploring San Lorenzo Square, San Carlo Square, and the Subalpine Gallery.

Turin Self Guided Sherlock Holmes Murder Mystery Game

8. Turin Self Guided Sherlock Holmes Murder Mystery Game

The Sherlock Holmes City Game is a self-guided tour that gives you a fun and interactive way to walk around the city. All you need is a phone with an internet connection. As soon as you book the game, we will send you all the information you need via email. By moving around the city, you will unlock assignments. Here you will find characters who are willing to help. But the information comes at a price! Solve their puzzles, take on hilarious photo challenges, chase down culprits and play along to get closer to solving the murder of Balthasar. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: - Difficulty level: easy – also suitable for families with children - Duration: 2 hours - Tickets: You only need to buy 1 ticket per group (1-4 people) - Each group will play with 1 device. For groups of more than 4 people, you can buy 2 or more tickets. - To book this game you need to indicate a date/time, BUT you can start whenever you like. - *NOTE: this City Game uses the city as an interactive playing field but DOES NOT provide any information about the city! HOW TO PLAY: Book the City Game, check the email we send you with the instructions, download the Loquiz App, and begin your gaming experience! Explore the city at your own pace while playing the Sherlock Holmes City Game, a self-guided tour that offers a lot of freedom and flexibility. You can play when, where and with who you want. Whether you want to play alone for personal excitement or with a group of people this is the game for you! Playing with more groups will turn into a competitive experience, perfect as a teambuilding activity. This game is a fun activity you can do while visiting a city with your family and friends or as a couple. Our City Game offers the maximum independence, you can play pause & continue whenever you want!

Turin: Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour

9. Turin: Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour

Meet your friendly guide in Piazza San Carlo, a magnificently elegant location aptly nicknamed the ‘lounge’ of Turin. Learn about the Piazza’s history which dates back to 1619 as you admire the intricate architecture of the surrounding buildings. Next, pass by the Port Palazzo Market on your way to the impressive Porta Palatina, which is one of the best preserved 1st-century BC Roman gateways in the world. Continue the tour to the imposing San Giovanni Battista Cathedral, the main place of Catholic worship in Turin. Located in the square of the same name, the cathedral was built at the end of the 15th century and is the city’s only religious building in the Renaissance style. Arrive at Piazza Castello next, a large esplanade that is the true center of Turin. Admire the dazzling Palazzo Madama as well as the majestic Palazzo Reale. Follow your guide to Piazza Carignano, one of the most important and historic squares of the Piedmontese capital. Dating back to the Savoy era of the city, the square boasts a fascinating monument to honor Vincenzo Gioberti, whom you will learn about from your guide. The tour ends at one of the city’s most iconic landmarks, the Mole Antonelliana. Built in 1863 and standing at 167 meters tall, the tower was initially a place of worship for Turin’s Jewish community before being sold to the municipality in 1877. Today the tower houses the fabulous collections of the National Cinema Museum.

Turin: Guided Food Tour with Chocolate & Wine Tasting

10. Turin: Guided Food Tour with Chocolate & Wine Tasting

The tour will start with an overview of Turin and its role in Italy. How food and wine have been thriving in this territory. As you were a bohemien, we will start the tour with a chocolate experience. Try firstly Bicerin, the traditional hot cup receipe consumed in these '800 century cafès. We will move than to explore how local chocolatiers have worked cocoa for our happinness. Sampling a selection of traditional chocolates like Gianduitto, Cremino and Cri Cri and moving to premium dark versions made with Criollo. Talking about the global sourcing issues and challanges. Turin has been developing as a community of citizens from all the regions of Italy, each one bringing over their own recipes and traditions. From the closest seaside of the city near Cinque Terre sample the Focaccia Ligure from a family shops and experience how great olive oil plays together with a fluffy and tasty bake. Turin and Piedmont are famous for its wines, from vineyards in the slopes of Alps. The 2 tastings of whites and icon red will be paired with ham and cheese. Come hungry, thirsty and excited to learn new things and ready to explore the flavors of Turin

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4.9 / 5

based on 175 reviews

Turin might seem all the same to you on an architectural level, but we discovered the Chiara, our guide was fantastic, he explained the history of this city to us, he introduced us to hidden gems incorporated inside these buildings with these identical facades and he showed us what hides behind the magic of places I would never have imagined. My husband and I take home a unique experience made unforgettable by Chiara.

Excellent experience. The very knowledgeable, professional and engaging guide transported us into the history of Turin; the telling of historical facts and anecdotes made the experience very pleasant and comprehensive. We wish we could have listened to her for another 2 hours.

Incredible fun! There was only three of us and at similar age and ability so everything went swimmingly! Lots to see and very informative; a great was to start my stay in Turino

Great tour—a bit less walking than expected but in the end that was a good thing! Greta way to get oriented to this wonderfully unrated city

We loved the tour! Lots of interesting facts about local cuisine. The guide was very friendly.