Turin Holidays

A foodie wonderland fit for kings

Pack your elasticated-waist trousers – this foodie’s paradise makes it impossible to resist just… one... more... bite. The original home of the slow-food movement, on Turin holidays you’ll find elegant, upscale restaurants, some of which have been serving since the 18th century.

Piedmontese cuisine is the order of the day – expect multiple courses of roast meats, polenta, risotto, cheese and truffles – and, of course, pasta. Then there’s the Porta Palazzo, Europe’s largest open-air market, and the numerous cafés serving the famous Turinese chocolatey ‘bicerin’ drink. Chocoholics will be in heaven – the city is said to be the birthplace of the chocolate bar, and chocolatiers have whipped up their sweet creations here for centuries.

Historical and opulent, holidays to Turin are always romantic. There are still ruins and an amphitheatre from the time of its Roman origins, but the ancient city is overlaid by Baroque architecture and ornate flourishes, due to Turin’s former position as the Savoy Kings’ home. In wet and snowy weather, the miles of covered porticos and arcades mean you can shop and stroll in relative comfort, just as the historic royals did. Turin is an excellent shopping, or browsing, city – walk the wide, cobbled avenues to huge piazzas decorated with statues. Around the Roman Quarter, raid cheese, meat and wine shops for souvenirs – and take a bit of the city home with you.

All resorts in Turin

Three tips for a top trip

Stay on track
Don’t take a taxi from the airport – the train is the best way into the city centre, taking a mere 19 minutes and costing just a few euros.
Enter chocolate heaven
Turin’s delicious traditional drink, ‘bicerin’, will power you through sightseeing. Made of rich hot chocolate, espresso and whipped cream, you’ll be looking up the recipe when you get home.
Eat for free
On a budget? Head into a bar around ‘aperitivo’ time, and your drink price will include unlimited food – usually a buffet of meat, cheese, pizza and salad, sometimes epic risottos and roasts.

Best attractions to see in Turin

The Turin Shroud

The Shroud, which some claim is an imprint of Christ’s face, is rarely on public display, but the Museum of the Shroud has an excellent copy on show.

Gran Madre steps

Film fans will recognise Turin as the location for 1969’s ‘The Italian Job’. The gang drove their Minis down the steps in front of the Gran Madre di Dio church.

Porta Palatina

Probably the world’s best-preserved Roman gate, this impressive structure, built in the first century, marks the edge of the old town, and reveals Turin’s grand and ancient origins.

Your Turin questions, answered

Turin has become veggie-friendly, and boasts vegan restaurants, vegan gelato and plenty of veggie menu items. You’ll be eating lots of pasta and pizza – this is Italy, after all.

Northern Italians take their clubbing seriously. There’s a big dance-music scene, with a variety of clubs. In November, the Club to Club festival sees electro acts playing across the city.

Catch the tram to the Basilica di Superga to marvel at a panoramic cityscape, or ascend the tower at the National Cinema Museum for far-reaching views.