Turin, the city in the heart of the Piedmont region20.04.2016
Turin is situated in the Piedmont region, in the northeast of Italy and, with 902,000 inhabitants, is the country’s fourth biggest city. It lies in the foothills of the Po Valley and is bounded by the Alps to the north and the hills of Montferrat to the south. The city’s character has been shaped by the Savoy royal dynasty, in particular their palaces and churches, as well as by the Agnelli family, which founded the Fiat car factory in Turin in 1899.
As a baroque city and former royal seat, Turin has a wealth of art and cultural treasures to offer. Many buildings and palaces are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the residences of the House of Savoy, the Palazzo Madama and the Palazzo Reale. With a total of 18 kilometres of arcades, Turin is a wonderful place to go on leisurely strolls. The arcades’ elegant boutiques and small coffee shops are great places to spend some time.
One of the city’s distinctive landmarks is the Mole Antonelliana. This pavilion-like structure with a high dome was built between 1863 and 1889 as a synagogue. Today it is home to the National Museum of Cinema.
One of the world’s major collections of Egyptian art can be seen in the Museo Egizio. After Cairo, it is the second biggest museum housing only Egyptian art. The collection comprises a total of 32,500 works of art, of which 6,500 are on display.
Well worth a visit is the Royal Palace, Palazzo Real, which was built in the 17th century as a residence for the House of Savoy and is thus closely linked with the history of the city. Decorated with precious tapestries and Asian vases, the palace is a testimony to the aristocratic lifestyle of the House of Savoy.
Next to the Royal Palace, in the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, visitors will find the Sacra Sindone, or Shroud of Turin – the 4.36 by 1.10 metre length of linen cloth that is believed to be the burial shroud of Christ. It is, however, only displayed every 25 years – the next time in 2025.
Even among visitors who know Italy very well, the Piedmont region is still considered to be an insiders’ tip. Its wonderful lakes, castles, palaces and landscape are simply captivating. The vineyard-covered rolling hills of Montferrat, where top-quality wines like Barolo and Barbaresco are made, is particularly worth exploring. Other highlights of the Piedmont region include the lakes that exude a Mediterranean charm, such as Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta.
Airport and travel
Turin Caselle Airport lies 16 kilometres to the north of Turin. The airport is officially named after Sandro Pertini, a former Italian president. From the airport railway station, it only takes 19 minutes on the airport train to Dora GTT station in Turin. From there you can continue on to Porta Susa Station in the city centre and thus gain access to the Turin metro system. A taxi to the city centre costs between 30 and 50 euros. The journey takes around 30 minutes.
The airline Blue Air will be launching a new flight connection from Berlin to Turin on 2 May 2016. The connection to Turin Caselle Airport will be scheduled three times a week from Tegel. The route will be served on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The flight time is one hour and forty minutes. Tickets can be booked at: