A private tour on foot through the city center landmarks with a buddy born and bred in town. We will explore Turin in a relaxed and informal manner, getting to know stories and places: the Roman Empire heritages, the Royal District, Porta Palazzo food market, the grand piazzas, the hidden gems and the everyday life. Like hanging around with friends.
The walking tour is free tip-based, hosted by our local expert Roberto. It takes place all year on request. Please book in good advance
Duration: 3.5 hours
SUBALPINA GALLERY | THE BEST GELATO SHOPS | THE HISTORIC CAFES | THE GRAND PIAZZAS | THE ROYAL PALACES | PORTA PALATINA ROMAN GATE | PORTA PALAZZO OPEN MARKET | QUADRILATERO DISTRICT | SANTUARIO DELLA CONSOLATA CHURCH | MOLE ANTONELLIANA
We meet in a historic cafè for a good cappuccino to start with, then cross the heart of the aristocratic capital and reach the site where Torino was founded by Augustus, over 2000 years ago, as a Roman colony- The ruins of the Roman amphitheatre and the prefectly preserved Porta Palatina gate will bring us back to the time of gladiators! Just a stone’s throw is Porta Palazzo, the largest open air maket in Europe, and the Quadrilatero Romano area, which has been the “common people” district for centuries. Narrow cobblestone streets cross each other at right angles forming a perfect chessboard. Chiesa della Consolata church, the Basilica most beloved by the Turinese inhabitants is our next stop: the complex is an amazing piece of religious architecture, featuring colored marbles, giant pillars and Rococo decorations. The church gallery hosts a collection of 13.000 “Ex-Voto” artworks, donated by the worshippers as a token of thanks for blessing.
We move towards the Royal district through the cosy Piazza Palazzo di Città, seat of the City Hall, until we reach the XVIII century Baroque heart of the city, the most notable of Torino’s areas, adorned with noble Baroque-style palaces and piazzas. Palazzo Carignano, Palazzo Reale, Piazza Castello, Piazza San Carlo: stunning architectures shows the power of the Savoy Family who ruled Torino for centuries. We will unveil some stories and secrets about that periods while admiring the majestic facades and porticoes. We now cross the courtyard of first Italian Parliament and walk into the elegant Galleria Subalpina: our favourite Gelato shop is just round the corner. How can we resist…
We now take the scenic Via Po street to reach our final destination, the symbol monument of Torino, the imposing 167 metres-high Mole Antonelliana: standing at its feet and looking above to the top will definitely be a gripping experience.
DISTANCE: 5 km
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Tour name: Torino Private Walkabout
When: on request (booking required) upon availability
Type of tour: private, on foot
Min-Max participants: 2-6
Duration: 3.5 hours
Cost: free tip-based
Notes: in case of bad weather the tour might be cancelled