Italy’s first ever capital city is a gateway to weekends in the Italian Apennines, home to famous football club Juventus – despite many of its locals preferring Torino FC – and a growing hub of student life. Channelling a similar charm to its Lombardian cousin, Milan, Turin awaits you with an aperitivo under its marble arcades. And it has 18km of them. Stroll along the River Po, sip espresso in the shadow of Palazzo Reale and ascend the Mole Antonelliana (using the lift, of course) for a panoramic view of the city and the mystical mountains that loom over it. Come nightfall, immerse yourself in the student scene that this grossly overlooked city has to offer.
This is the hottest neighbourhood in town. Littered with bars where you can get apericena – which is when you have enough aperitivo that it fills you up for dinner – and basement clubs for when you’re not ready to go home, this bohemian area is not to be missed.
Once home to the House of Savoy, this palatial masterpiece is also the city’s centrepiece. Have a passegiatta (stroll) around the palazzo before getting comfortable with a coffee or a cocktail in the iron-crafted, characteristically Torinese arcades that encircle it.
Laghi di Avigliana
Take a direct train to Avigliana (it will head in the direction of Bussoleno or Bardonecco) from Tornio Centrale, and you’ll be lakeside in 28 minutes. With aperitivi bars and terraces overlooking this natural beauty, what's not to like?
Pizza is not as easy to find in Turin as you’d think. Fear not, as Pizza Cammafà is here. The best pizzeria in town is known for its modern, minimalist interior, three pages of pizza toppings and queues outside the door. Top tip! If you want to live like a local, order a Moretti with your pizza.
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Turin is such a beautiful city that walking really is one of the best ways to get around it, especially in the centre: absorb the atmosphere and, if you want to be Italian about it, take your sweet time.
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