The Turin area is perfect for winter sports, although the city itself has much more to see and do than you might think! Visit, for example, the renovated Museum Egizio and the Mole Antonelliana, where you can enjoy fantastic views of the Alps.
Have you ever looked on the back of an Italian 2 cent coin? You’ll see the Mole Antonelliana, the symbol of Turin. Of course, you need good eyesight to see it... The Mole Antonelliana is a unique 167-metre-high tower that, if you take the lift to the top, offers beautiful views of Turin. During clear weather, you can even see the Alps. The building also houses the Museo Nazionale del Cinema, which takes you through the fabulous world of film. In other words, this building contains two sights in one!
The Basilica di Superga is located on a hilltop just outside the city. This Baroque church was built between the years 1717 and 1731 by the architect Filippo Juvarra. Climb to the top of its lovely dome and enjoy nice views of the surrounding area. The tombs of all members of the House of Savoye are located under the basilica.
Interested in the culture of ancient Egypt? Then make sure to visit the Museo Egizio. This museum contains the largest collection of Egyptian archaeological items in the world outside of Cairo, including a statue of Ramses II. It also boasts the world’s largest collection of papyrus, the first form of paper used by the Egyptians 5,000 years ago. The Museo Egizio has been fully renovated in recent years.
Turin Cathedral was built in the 15th century and is a rather modest building. It is first and foremost famous for housing the Shroud of Turin. It is said that Jesus Christ was buried in this fabric. Although this is not known for certain, many pilgrims visit the cathedral each year to see the shroud. This makes the cathedral one of the most important sights in Turin. Incidentally, the pilgrims only get to see a copy because the original Shroud of Turin is only exhibited once every 25 years!
The 17th-century Palazzo Reale is the former residence of the Royal House of Savoye. Nowadays, you can view the rooms of the palace and marvel at the riches of the ancient dukedom of Savoye. Beautiful green palace gardens are located behind the palace and were designed by André le Nôtre. He also designed the famous gardens at Versailles, so you can’t go wrong!
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