Turin is an extraordinary, interesting city with a very rich, centuries’ long history. Starting with the Turin Shroud of course; megafamous and a fascinating relic.
We dont want to say anything more about it as the official website below has plenty of articles about its restoration, scientific analysis, spiritual significance and even a series of streaming videos.
See the link at the foot of this article.
However, visitors to the city should discover the additional museums across the city. We have picked five which offer a sense of the historical past and identity of Turin today.
- 'National Mountain Museum 'Duca Degli Abruzzi' Via Giardino, 39, Monte dei Cappuccini;
- 'FIAT Historical Centre' at Via Chiabrera, 20 and 'Museo dell'Automobile' at Corso Unita d'Italia, 40.;
- 'The National Italian Risorgimento Museum' Via Accademia delle Scienze, 5;
- 'The House of Savoy Tombs' Superga, Strada della Basilica di Superga;
- 'National Cinema Museum', Mole Antonelliana, Via Montebllo, 20.
The city flourished in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries as the centre of the Savoy Kingdom, and capital of the Baroque; it became Italy’s first capital in 1861, before power was moved to Florence, and finally Rome.
Turin today has much more to offer than its impressive royal heritage of baroque palaces such as Palazzo Reale, churches, squares and grand corsi lined with 18 km of porticoes designed to protect the nobles against the elements.
Its surroundings are blessed with mountains, hills, lakes and plains; the city is bursting with life and constantly on the move. It is Italy’s modern and contemporary art capital and home to Italian cinema.
Turin’s industrial legacy is also evident, most dramatically in the form of the Lingotto, Fiat’s former factory, hailed at the time as “the cathedral of technology”.
Right in the centre, dominating the cityscape, is Turin’s extravagant and famous landmark, the “Mole Antonelliana” an example of engineering as art and home to the Cinema Museum we linked to above.
But there is more to Turin then architecture. There is the biggest museum of Antique Egyptian art after Cairo and the controversial Holy Shroud, the cloth in which Christ’s body was supposedly wrapped after his crucifixion.
Do view the video above for a recommended itinerary to see the main sites and sights.
With additional content by Residenza Rossini