This guided tour of Turin proposed by Tasting Tours can be a full or half day trip with a local guide.
The city was host to the 2006 Winter Olympics and celebrated in 2011 celebrated the 150 years since it was the first capital of the Kingdom of Italy in 1861. Major Italian car industry, FIAT, was born in Turin where development and design have played a fundamental role.
Turin was and still is renowned for the production of chocolate with its delicious bicherin (drink prepared with the traditional Gianduja chocolate, cream and coffee) and gianduiotti (tinfoil-wrapped chocolates whose shape is similar to an upturned boat).
Tour on foot of the city centre to admire: the Cathedral dedicated to St. John the Baptist where the Holy Shroud is preserved in an urn; the Royal Palace and its beautiful gardens; the Porte Palatine (remains of Roman walls) and the Roman district; Piazza Carignano with the venue of the first Parliament, and the elegant Piazza San Carlo with the historic cafés.
If you feel like walking a little further, take Via Po and admire the Mole Antonelliana, the symbol of the city, which hosts the National Museum of Cinema, the Church of the Great Mother of God built on the model of the Pantheon in Rome, and Piazza Vittorio Veneto, still the largest square in Europe without monuments.
Includes a tasting of the delicious bicerin in one of the elegant historic cafés on Piazza San Carlo. You will also stop at a confectioner’s shop set up in 1836, which is a real must in Turin for the production of pralines, candies, marrons glacés (caramelled chestnuts), and at one of the famous historic chocolate producers in town.
There are two different options for the afternoon activity: visit the Egyptian Museum, second only to the one in Cairo (or the brand-new National Museum of Cinema inside the Mole Antonelliana), or move to Eataly store, the first large store dedicated to high-quality food and drinks set up by the Slow Food Association (two more stores have been opened in Tokyo and New York, too).
Eataly here in Turin covers an area of 11,000 sq m, it houses small theme eateries to enjoy pasta, pizza, ice cream, meat, etc., a Michelin-rated restaurant, a library of gastronomy books and periodicals and a big store dedicated to the best delis of Italy.
FULL-DAY TOUR AS DESCRIBED ABOVE LASTS 7 HOURS (approx. from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
HALF-DAY TOUR (CITY TOUR ON FOOT ONLY) LASTS 3 HOURS (morning or afternoon)
TOUR AVAILABLE EVERY DAY (MUSEUMS CLOSED ON MONDAYS)
INCLUDED: professional tour guide for max. 7 hours; bicerin tasting
NOT INCLUDED: transportation to/from Turin; tickets to museums; lunch; extras.