Turin may be lesser known than Rome, Florence or Venice, but the capital of the Piedmont is a beautiful and often underestimated place.
The spectacular residences of the House of Savoy, whose members rose from local noblemen to Dukes of Savoy to Kings of Sardinia and later Italy, are part of the UNESCO world heritage. Most frequently visited are the the Versailles-like Veneria Reale and the Palazzo Reale/Musei Reali in the heart of the city center.
Finally, you can walk up to the Basilica di Superga, built after the successful relief of the city in the 1706 siege, and enjoy the breathtaking view over the plain and the Alps. Extending your stay is therefore highly recommended.
Check out the website of the Turin tourism office for more information.
In September 2021, the MITO music festival is taking place is Turin (and Milan) featuring a large number of high-profile artists.
The Lonely Planet has picked the Piedmont as the World’s top region to visit in 2019. Indeed, it has (almost) everything: beautiful nature from towering mountaintops to charming valleys, a rich cultural history and of course, excellent food.
For excursions, we recommend the spectacularly situated Sacra di San Michele, hiking in the nearby Alps (this site contains a lot of detailed suggestions), chilling at the shore of Lago Maggiore or drinking Barolo & Co. in the famous wine regions of Langhe, Roero and the Astigiano.
Eating traditional Piemontese food in the countryside—often better and always cheaper than in Turin—is a particular delight. Some well-known classics are vitello tonnato, bagna cauda, agnolotti del plin, diverse risotti, brasato, and panna cotta.