The tour starts at Piazza Vittorio, one of the biggest squares in Italy and Europe, close to the river Po. From here we visit Piazza Castello, and the important royal building, Porte Palatine, the famous door of the city during the Roman period. We cross Piazza San Carlo, the pedestrian square, and visit Mole Antonelliana, the major landmark of the city. We will then explore the “green” heart of Turin, as we cross the Park of Valentino on the riverside. This is an area rich in interesting buildings, such as the Castle of Princess Savoia. We will finish our tour in Monte dei Capuccini, a little hill with a nice, old church where we will have one of the best views of the city. You can also see the crown of Alps, close to the city and a special skyline from Monviso to Monterosa.
During the tour you will discover one of the oddities of the House of Savoy, erected in 1615 – 18 km of almost uninterrupted portici (column walkways) through the center of Torino?. The walkway is central to Turin life, as locals can walk from the Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace) to Piazza Vittorio Veneto even during the dreary days, avoiding the rain. The current city structure owes a lot to the House of Savoy, with Turin having the largest pedestrian zone in Europe. The tour will also pass in front of the Duomo. The white marble finish of the facade, in which there are three elegant doors, was a break from the contemporary brick finish of other buildings. Inside is sheltered the Sindone. Near the Duomo there is the famous “Cappella del Guarini”.
The city is rich in history – we will explore all this and more in only 8km in the heart of Turin!