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Turin: Torino and Piemonte 2-Day Travel Card

1. Turin: Torino and Piemonte 2-Day Travel Card

Buy a 2-day card to Turin and Piemonte and you will get access to a wealth of attractions in the region, including museums, monuments, exhibitions, fortresses, castles and royal residences. It is the ideal tool for any Turin vacation allowing you to discover the amazing beauties of Turin and Piedmont in an easy and economical way. Plus, enjoy reductions to plenty of great tourist sights in Turin, such as the panoramic lift in the Mole Antonelliana, the Rack Sassi and Superga. The card even includes a reduction on adult tickets at City Sightseeing Torino. More benefits include car rentals at affordable rates, and reductions on sports equipment, outdoor activities, and theme parks. The card includes free entrance to the main cultural sites including museums, monuments, castles, fortresses, and royal residences in Turin and Piedmont, including: • Basilica Di Superga: Appartamento Reale E Reali Tombe Di Casa Savoia • Borgo e Rocca Medievale • Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea • GAM - Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea • Juventus Museum • La Venaria Reale • MAO - Museo d’Arte Orientale • MAUTO - Museo dell'Automobile di Torino • Musei Reali di Torino, Museo della Sindone • Museo di Antropologia Criminale "Cesare Lombroso" • Museo di Arti Decorative Fondazione Accorsi • Ometto, Museo Diocesano di Torino • Museo Egizio • Museo Lavazza • Museo Nazionale del Cinema • Museo Nazionale del Risorgimento Italiano • Museo Nazionale della Montagna • Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi • Palazzo Madama • Museo Civico d'Arte Antica • Pinacoteca dell'Accademia Albertina • Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli Please always check the opening days and times of the museums.

Turin: Egyptian Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

2. Turin: Egyptian Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Explore the Egyptian Museum in Turin on this skip-the-line guided tour. See the stunning gallery of Ramses II, learn about ancient Egyptian culture, and discover the history of Turin's connection with Egypt. Begin your journey back in time outside the Egyptian Museum of Turin in the center of town. Skip the long line by entering with your guide, and follow them through the fascinating museum. Walk past mummies, marvel at sarcophagi, and lose yourself in the over 40,000 artifacts in the museum. Continue to the statue of Ramses II, arranged just as it was when archaeologists unearthed it in Egypt. Finish your tour with a stroll through the sphinx corridor.

Turin: Magic Tour

3. Turin: Magic Tour

Turin has two souls: one linked to white magic, the other to evil black magic. Explore them both with a guide during a "magical mystery tour." Begin your tour in Piazza Statuto, the "hearth of darkness." This part of Turin was considered an unlucky area and used as a burial site by the Romans that founded the city. At sunset, drive past scary stone monsters, sinister architecture, unusual statues adorning ancient buildings, and learn about a lesser-known detail of the Duomo, which houses the famous Holy Shroud.

Turin: Guided Egyptian Museum Tour

4. Turin: Guided Egyptian Museum Tour

The Egyptian Museum of Turin is the oldest museum in the world, entirely dedicated to the Egyptian civilization. This museum is considered the second most important Egyptology in the world, after that of Cairo. Discover the museum throughout your guided tour. See unique collections, papyri, mummies, stories, and intrigues of the ancient civilization of the Pharaohs will be revealed to you. Together with the tour guide, admire spectacular discoveries such as ancient mummies and the magnificent jewelry of the pharaohs. As you explore the museum your guide will also impart to you the anecdotes of centuries of Egyptian civilizations.

Turin: Royal Palace Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

5. Turin: Royal Palace Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Skip the long lines to the magnificent Royal Palace of Turin with fast-track tickets on this guided tour. Meet your guide at the entrance of the Royal Palace. Retrace the steps of the royal Savoy family who lived here during their reign in the 1800s and early 1900s. Imagine what life here might have been like as you tour the throne room, bed chambers, ballroom, and more. Admire the palace's impressive architecture and intricate details while learning about its history, which dates back to the 16th century. Hear stories of the events and ceremonies that took place at the Palace of Turin. Learn about the period that led up to Italy becoming a republic in 1946. Continue to the Chapel of the Holy Shroud, a stunning Baroque-Style chapel built to house the Shroud. Unfortunately, the Shroud was destroyed in a fire in 1997. Nevertheless, the building is still worth a visit to admire its interior and rich history.

Egyptian Museum of Turin: Skip-the-Line Group Tour

6. Egyptian Museum of Turin: Skip-the-Line Group Tour

Meet your guide at Piazza Carignano (in front of the statue) and then skip the long lines to enter Turin's Egyptian Museum. The Egyptian Museum in Turin is the most important of its kind in the world after the one in Cairo and the oldest museum devoted entirely to ancient Egyptian culture. Home to over 30,000 artifacts that narrate 5,000 years of Ancient Egyptian history, the collection includes art, religious relics, and items from everyday life during the time of the great pharaohs. Your guide will take you on an exciting journey through the museum's exhibits. The group tour is only available on Saturdays and in Italian.

Turin: 1.5-Hour City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

7. Turin: 1.5-Hour City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

Discover Turin on a 1.5-hour tour and admire the impressive monuments and famous squares as well as off-the-beaten-track gems with commentary from your expert guide. Visit main squares like the incredible Piazza San Carlo, the Piazza Carignano, and the Piazza Castello. Explore hidden courtyards and navigate the winding streets of the old city. As you stroll, hear the charming stories and anecdotes of the city from your local guide. Learn about Turin's chocolate traditions, the story behind Turin's Egyptian Museum, and why there is a bull's head on every fountain. Feel free to ask your guide for recommendations on Turin's many attractions.

From Turin: Half-Day Medieval Sacra di San Michele Tour

8. From Turin: Half-Day Medieval Sacra di San Michele Tour

Depart Turin and journey to the Sacra di San Michele by private coach, and get ready to experience one of the most beautiful abbeys of the Italian Alps. You can choose either a private or shared experience for this tour. Famous worldwide as the inspiration for Umberto Eco’s bestselling novel "The Name of the Rose" (and for the film adaptation starring Sean Connery and Christian Slater), the Sacra di San Michele is regarded as one of the most important examples of Romanesque architecture in Europe. It was founded on the summit of Mount Pirchiriano and overlooks the valley of the Val di Susa with breathtaking views of the Alps. To reach the marble "Doorway of the Zodiac" (Porta dello Zodiaco) visitors must climb 243 steps, but the unique view from the top is worth it. Discover the whimsical 12th-century "Doorway of the Zodiac" and look closer at its putti (cherubs) pulling at each other’s hair. Marvel at the steep stone staircase known as the "Staircase of the Dead" with its 18-meter high pillar that supports the floor of the church and the tower of the "Bell'Alda." Get an astonishing view of the valley and the "Via Francigena" before the return journey to Turin

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. As you explore, 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 Noir: The Darkest Walking Tour

10. Turin Noir: The Darkest Walking Tour

Meet your guide and begin a spooky walking tour of the city center at night. See the city as you've never done before as you visit sites and monuments during exclusive opening hours. Learn about the dark history of the city, from the plague, crimes, and disturbing witchcraft practices that took place in the Roman Quarters.  Climb the 200 steps to the top of the Bell Tower and marvel at the illuminated panorama of the city by night. Continue on to the ancient Church of Misericordia for an exclusive opening, then discover the spooky history of the oldest law court in the city, amongst other mysterious places. Hear stories about the ancient ghosts in the city as you embark on a thrilling tour with your guide.

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What people are saying about Turin

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based on 651 reviews

We were warmly welcomed into an unpretentious home. It was helpful to have an English speaking person to help with the translation. The food was simply outstanding! The level of participation in the food prep was just right. We will never eat packaged pasta again. A pasta maker is in our future.

Great experience visiting the different eras of underground life in Turin. You also got to see different parts of the city when going between tour sites.

Sophia was delightful very informative and was flexible. She answered all our questions with enthusiasm and knowledge. Please take this tour

Sehr spannend, sehr kompetente Guide, schade dass im Inneren des Museums nur sehr wenige Sitzgelegenheiten sind.

Knowledgeable guide, brilliant collection and experience overall