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Piazza San Carlo, Turin

Piazza San Carlo, Turin: Our most recommended tours and activities

Turin: 2-Hour City Highlights Walking Tour

1. Turin: 2-Hour City Highlights Walking Tour

Meet your guide in the city center to start your discovery of the history and culture of Turin. Begin by exploring the Piazza San Carlo, where you encounter the equestrian monument of Emmanuel Philibert and learn how it is considered the “drawing room” of the city. You then pass under a gallery to arrive at Piazza Carignano, where you can admire some of the most beautiful historical buildings, UNESCO-listed since 1997. From there, enter Piazza Castello, the real heart of Turin, to talk about the main monuments of the city. Discover sites such as Palazzo Reale, Palazzo Madama, and the San Lorenzo Church. Conclude your tour outside the Mole Antonelliana, the most famous building of the city.

Turin: Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour

2. 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. 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: Egyptian Museum & City Tour Guided Experience

3. Turin: Egyptian Museum & City Tour Guided Experience

Discover the Egyptian Museum of Turin and visit the city on a guided tour. Explore the oldest museum in the world, entirely dedicated to the Egyptian civilization and considered the most important in the world after that of Cairo. Unique collections, papyri, mummies, stories, and intrigues of the ancient civilization of the Pharaohs will be revealed to you. Admire spectacular finds such as ancient mummies and the magnificent jewelry of the Pharaohs. Learn the anecdotes of centuries of Egyptian civilization from your knowledgeable guide. Finally, enjoy a one-hour city tour of Tourin, exploring San Lorenzo Square, San Carlo Square, and the Subalpine Gallery.

Turin 3-Hour Classic Walking Tour

4. Turin 3-Hour Classic Walking Tour

Enjoy a 3-hour walking tour of Turin’s classic sights, from the baroque palaces and porticoes of the old city center to its medieval Cathedral, home to the fabled Turin Shroud. The tour starts at Piazza Castello, and sets off to visit Palazzo Madama, the favorite residence of the Ladies of the Royal Court. The Next stop is the Palazzo Reale (Royal Court) where the Savoy kings held court. Spy the spire of the Cathedral, before getting up-close to its stern medieval façade. Debate still rages as to whether the piece of linen inside is the cloth that wrapped the body of Christ or not. Walk through Piazza San Carlo, one of the city’s most elegant squares that was once dubbed “Europe’s sitting room.” Admire the fine baroque architecture of Piazza Carignano, including the palazzo where King Vittorio Emanuele II was born. Next, explore the Quadrilatero Romano, where the Roman grid-like system of the city’s original plan is most evident. During the tour, you will stop for an Italian espresso, accompanied by some "giandujotti," Turin's famous walnut chocolates.

Turin: Sherlock Holmes Smartphone App City Game

5. Turin: Sherlock Holmes Smartphone App City Game

Immerse yourself in the exciting world of Sherlock Holmes by collecting clues as part of a fun smartphone game. Solve the murder of a fictional character with your colleagues, friends, or family, and explore the highlights of Turin, including Giardino Alfredo Frassati. After downloading the app and entering the code, embark on a unique adventure full of brain teasers, puzzles, and lots of British humor. Become a high-class detective for a day and work alongside Sherlock Holmes. Take as long as you need to tackle this criminal case, stopping to explore the area whenever you wish to. Restart the game when you're ready and have a blast while you come across iconic sites, such as Palazzo Carignano. Whilst this game does not focus on interacting with your surroundings nor informing you about it, it is the perfect activity to explore this amazing city in a fun and interactive way. Get ready for a walk through the most beautiful places in the city.

Turin: City Highlights Guided Bike Tour

6. Turin: City Highlights Guided Bike Tour

You’ll be fascinated by a city in constant transformation, stylish, lively, full of color and parks – it is among the cities with the largest number of parks in Italy and is bathed by four rivers - looking to the future but also proud of its glorious past, testified by its buildings, its squares and its museums. There will be references to his history from the Roman period up to the 21th century and curiosity related to social saints, street art, the black and white magic. And still more, the bike paths, the broad avenues reminiscent Paris, the famous Valentino park with the Medieval Village, the Castle, patrimony of Unesco and the wonderful Giardino Roccioso. These and other curiosities are the ingredients of this visit on bicycle lasting 3 hours. During the tour we will point out the places where you can taste the gastronomy, wines and above all chocolate, specialty of Turin.

Turin: City Highlights Guided E-Bike Tour

7. Turin: City Highlights Guided E-Bike Tour

Meet your local host in the city center, choose your e-bike and start this amusing 3 hours bike tour to discover the many souls and gorgeous monuments of Turin. It is a multi-faceted city, where luxury and modesty live together in perfect balance creating fascinating and interesting contrasts. Your first stop will be the heart of the historic center for a first introduction to the history of this beautiful Italian city, characterized by the Italian Royals: Savoia family. Pedal along elegant boulevards and reach Piazza San Carlo to admire the equestrian monument of Emanuele Filiberto of Savoia. Continue your visit reaching Piazza Carignano and see some of the most beautiful historical buildings, declared UNESCO World heritage since 1997. Follow easy cycling paths and enjoy the shade of elegant buildings until Piazza Castello and admire the Royal Palace, Palazzo Madama and San Lorenzo Church. Your guide will take you on a journey from the past to the present. You’ll learn why the city is so important nowadays and its industrial development thanks to FIAT, the Italian automobile industry that is now part of the popular soul of the city. With your local insider you will then discover the Royal Gardens and Porta Palatina, an ancient Roman site. Relax pedaling through luxuriant gardens and reach Mole Antonelliana, the true symbol of the city. In the shade of its magnificence there’s a very interesting neighborhood, enriched by modern murales dedicated to sustainability, promoted by the famous coffee brand: Lavazza, born in Turin. Finally, cross the monumental bridge over Po river, and climb the Cappuccini hill to enjoy a breathtaking view over Turin. Last but not least, reach the beautiful Valentino Park, famous for being one of the gathering places for locals and for the elegant castel. Finally, enter the young and vibrant neighborhood of San Salvario and go back to the initial point.

Turin: Private Walking Tour with Merenda Reale Tasting

8. Turin: Private Walking Tour with Merenda Reale Tasting

The centre of Turin is rich in history, charm and elegance, with its squares, buildings and palaces that are centuries old. Strolling with our guide you will admire the elegance of Turin, the first capital of the Kingdom of Italy. You will discover the historical centre with the help of an expert guide who will lead you to the discovery of the most interesting and characteristic places and monuments of this splendid city. Walking through the romantic streets and listening to the guide's stories, you will arrive at the Palatine Gate, a clear sign of the Roman period of the Piedmontese capital. You will then continue to the Duomo and the Chapel of the Holy Shroud. The guided tour will continue under the city arcades and galleries to Piazza Castello with the Royal Palace, the splendid Church of San Lorenzo, and then Piazza Carignano and Piazza San Carlo. The Royal Chocolate Time can also be a travel through time: taste a Merenda Reale of the 1700s in the historical cafés of the city centre.

Torino: City Highlights Private Guided Walking Tour

9. Torino: City Highlights Private Guided Walking Tour

The guided tour of Turin will be a walk through the historic center where you can admire the main monuments, palaces, churches and historical places of a city to be discovered. It starts from the Porta Palatina, one of the oldest monuments in Turin and one of the four entrances to the city in Roman times with the bronze statues of the emperors Caesar Augustus and Julius Caesar. Nearby we pass through one of the three commercial galleries covered by shining windows, the Galleria Subalpina, built in the 19th century that recalls the typical Parisian "passages" with cafes and restaurants; in our tour we will also visit Galleria Umberto I and San Federico. We continue with the visit of the Cathedral dedicated to San Giovanni, patron saint of the city, in Renaissance style and famous for the Chapel of the Shroud, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a masterpiece of Baroque architecture by Guarini which houses the Holy Shroud (the shroud in which the body would have been covered of Jesus in the sepulcher) behind his altar and visible only during public exhibitions as it is a very delicate relic. With our walk we arrive in Piazza Castello, one of the most beautiful squares that hosts several sites such as the majestic Palazzo Reale, home of the royals of Italy until the 19th century, the Royal Theater among the most important Italian opera houses, Palazzo Madama which was seat of the Subalpine Senate with its beautiful Baroque facade and the Royal Church of San Lorenzo which we will visit inside; this church in Baroque style and the work of Guarini was built by the Savoy family in the 1600s and housed the Holy Shroud as soon as it arrived in Turin. We continue our tour by exploring another historic square, Piazza San Carlo, the "living room" of Turin with its elegant arcades full of cafes, pastry shops and restaurants where you can taste typical foods and the famous Gianduiotti chocolates, with the equestrian statue of Emanuele Filiberto , Duke of Savoy, and the two twin churches of Santa Cristina and San Carlo Borromeo. Walking through the streets of the historic center of Turin we discover externally the Egyptian Museum, one of the largest and richest Egyptian museums in the world and the Palazzo Carignano, a historic building with its majestic architecture that today houses the Museum of Italian Resurgence and was the seat of the first parliament of the Kingdom of Italy. The guided tour ends by discovering externally the symbolic monument of Turin, the magnificent Mole Antonelliana visible throughout the city, a unique structure of its kind that mixes various styles and houses one of the main museums of Turin, the National Cinema Museum.

Turin 2 Hour Guided Tour from Milan

10. Turin 2 Hour Guided Tour from Milan

Maybe you've never considered Turin one your must-sees in Italy. If that's the case, it's time to take a re-think. There's so much beauty in Turin, that this 2 hour tour will hardly be enough. Enjoy a fascinating walk through the elegant buildings of downtown Turin, which made it become the first capital of Italy. Palazzo Reale, hosting kings for more than two centuries, the Senate with its two sides, the superb baroque church of San Lorenzo, the Renaissance cathedral with the Sacra Sindone is, Via Roma, with its chic shops and historic café, Piazza San Carlo, the "salon" of Turin, Piazza Carignano, the birthplace of the Renaissance and the Teatro Regio, one of the Savoy's family favorite places for entertainment. You'll always be walking with your nose in the sky, so as not to lose anything of the unexpected charm of Turin!

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What people are saying about Piazza San Carlo, Turin

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 29 reviews

A great way to discover the main sights of Turin and to learn about the history of the city. Foodies and chocolate lovers will also enjoy this tour, as Turin has a lot to offer in this department. Our tour guide Sofia was very knowledgeable and agreeable. I recommend doing this tour on the first or second day of your visit, to get a got overall picture of the city.

Sofia was amazing. She was a wealth of knowledge, told all about the great food establishments and recommended several outstanding restaurants. Sofia is personable, fun, speaks fluent English and one of the best guides we have ever had. Highly recommend Sofia to anyone looking for a tour of Turin

Sofia, our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining which made the 2 hours go by effortlessly. Her approach to history architecture, and art brought the Royal majesty of this Savoie city alive. A good morning, A good introduction to Torino.

Excellent personal guide on lovely electric bikes. Covered lots of history in a very digestible form. We would do this again when we return to Turin! Brilliant!

2 hour guide packed with historical information that helped me better understand the culture in Torino and the city develpment