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A land­mark build­ing of Turin since 1889, it was pur­chased by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity who de­cided to make it a mon­u­ment to Ital­ian uni­fi­ca­tion. Stand­ing at a height of 167.5m, at the time of its con­struc­tion it was the high­est brick build­ing in Europe. Built in an eclec­tic style, the Mole has a squat square base topped by a large dome with a spire. You can as­cend to the panoramic ob­ser­va­tion plat­form ei­ther by el­e­va­tor or on foot by climb­ing its 573 steps. Since 2000, it has hosted the Na­tional Mu­seum of Cin­ema. 1


Founded in 1824, Turin's Egyp­tian Mu­seum is the old­est Egyp­tian mu­seum in the world and the se­cond in terms of the value and qual­ity of its trea­sures out­side of Cairo. In 2006, dur­ing Turin's Win­ter Olympics, the mu­seum was re-mod­elled by Os­car-win­ning set de­signer Dante Fer­retti. It houses more than 37,000 ar­ti­facts, from the Pa­le­olithic to the Cop­tic era. The ar­chae­ol­o­gist and Egyp­tol­o­gist JeanFranço­is Cham­pol­lion once said: ‘the road to Mem­phis and Thebes passes through Turin'. 2


The res­i­dence of the Savoys un­til 1865, it is now owned by the Ital­ian gov­ern­ment. The mu­seum tour com­prises a 3km route spread over 30,000 sq.m. and 7 hectares of Royal Gar­dens. In 1563, Duke Emanuele Filib­erto of Savoy moved the cap­i­tal of the duchy from Cham­béry to Turin, mark­ing the be­gin­ning of a ma­jor ur­ban trans­for­ma­tion and the en­rich­ment of the dy­nas­tic col­lec­tions, which now in­clude ar­ti­facts from the pre­his­toric era to the present time. 3


Sit­u­ated in the cen­tre of pi­azza Castello, it has al­ways been a ref­er­ence point in the city, from Ro­man times to 1848, when it be­came the head­quar­ters of the first Subalpine Se­nate. Its name refers to ‘Madame Royale' Chris­tine of France, who took up res­i­dence here in 1600. The view of the city from the Panoramic Tower is spec­tac­u­lar. 4


Lo­cated on the banks of the Po River, and spread over 550,000 sq.m., this is the city's most pop­u­lar park. Its in­te­rior houses nu­mer­ous trea­sures in­clud­ing the Castello del Valentino, a UNESCO world her­itage site and a part of the cir­cuit of the Royal Res­i­dences of Turin and Pied­mont, the Me­dieval Vil­lage and Cas­tle, and the Botan­i­cal Gar­dens (1729). 5


The sum­mer coun­try res­i­dence of the House of Savoy, it was built at the be­gin­ning of the 17th cen­tury as a court vine­yard. It be­came known as Villa della Regina (lit­er­ally the Queen's Villa) when

King Vit­to­rio Amedeo II gifted it to his fu­ture bride in 1714. Don't miss a visit to this mag­nif­i­cent res­i­dence, dis­tin­guished by the re­mains of its orig­i­nal 18th cen­tury dec­o­ra­tions and fur­nish­ings, and its Ital­ianate gar­dens. Villa della Regina is a part of the cir­cuit of the Royal Res­i­dences of Turin and Pied­mont, a UNESCO world her­itage site. 6


The Re­gio is one of the most im­por­tant Ital­ian the­atres on the Euro­pean scene, of­fer­ing an ac­tion-packed pro­gram of opera and bal­let. It was de­signed by Filippo Ju­varra and in­au­gu­rated in 1740. De­stroyed by a fire in 1936, and re­built in 1973 by Turi­nese ar­chi­tect Carlo Mollino, the only part of the orig­i­nal build­ing that still re­mains is its façade, now a UNESCO world her­itage site. Its un­usual gate, named ‘Odis­sea Mu­si­cale' (Mu­si­cal Odyssey) is by Um­berto Mas­troianni. 7


A stroll be­neath the typ­i­cal Tori­nese por­ti­coes in via Po, packed with shops and cafés, is an ab­so­lute must. From here, you can ac­cess Pi­azza Vit­to­rio Veneto, the largest square in the city. The square ends at the Vit­to­rio Emanuele I bridge, which con­nects it to the square of the church of the Gran Madre di Dio (1830), renowned for its im­pos­ing pan­theon-like shape. 8


Also known as ‘the draw­ing room' of the city, it was com­mis­sioned by Marie Chris­tine of France in true Parisian style with seem­ingly end­less por­ti­coes hous­ing fash­ion bou­tiques, and an eques­trian statue - the ‘Caval d'Brons' – of Duke Emanuele Filib­erto of Savoy at its cen­tre. 9


This com­plex of build­ings built in 1916, based on a project by Matté Trucco to house the FIAT fac­tory (now FCA), still sym­bol­izes the wealth of the city. Re­con­verted by Renzo Piano in the 1980s, it hosts events and the fa­mous rooftop test track. The old Carpano plants, ly­ing ad­ja­cent to the Lingotto com­plex, are now oc­cu­pied by ‘Eataly's' vast food mar­ket. 10


The Car Mu­seum (MAUTO) was opened in 1960 and is one of the old­est car mu­se­ums in the world. The semi-cir­cu­lar build­ing over­look­ing the River Po acts as a pre­lude to the three floors of the col­lec­tion fea­tur­ing a spec­tac­u­lar lay­out de­signed by François Con­finio, who also de­signed the exhibition space of the Mu­seum of Cin­ema. 11


De­signed to host up to 41,507 spec­ta­tors, this is the sixth largest sta­dium in Italy. It is owned by the Ju­ven­tus Foot­ball Club whose home matches have been played here since 2011. An ar­chi­tec­tural sym­bol, it is one of the most avant-garde fa­cil­i­ties in the world. The J-Mu­seum, the of­fi­cial foot­ball mu­seum of the ‘bian­conero' team is hosted in­side the sta­dium. 12


Sit­u­ated on the hills sur­round­ing Turin, it offers a breathtaki­ng view. It was built as a thanks­giv­ing to the Vir­gin Mary for Turin's de­liv­er­ance from the French siege (1706) and de­signed by Filippo Ju­varra. One of the most pic­turesque ways of ac­cess­ing it is by the Rack Tramway, which rattles the 3km up the hill­side. 13


Lo­cated in­side the Park of La Man­dria, this is a Baroque-style com­plex built in the mid-17th cen­tury as a glo­ri­fied hunt­ing lodge for Carlo Emanuele II. Par­tic­u­larly wor­thy of note are the Grand Gallery, the Chapel of St. Hu­bert, the Gal­le­ria di Diana, the 18th cen­tury Scud­erie Ju­var­rine and the Citron­iera, now used to host events. It is a part of the cir­cuit of the Royal Res­i­dences of Turin and Pied­mont. 14


Built in Baroque style in 1729, and only 10km from Pi­azza Castello, with its French gar­den, Stupinigi was the royal fam­ily's favourite place for cel­e­bra­tions and events. At the be­gin­ning of the 20th cen­tury, Queen Margherita of Savoy took up per­ma­nent res­i­dence here. In 1919, Stupinigi be­came the head­quar­ters of the Fur­ni­ture Mu­seum. It is a part of the cir­cuit of the Royal Res­i­dences of Turin and Pied­mont, a UNESCO world her­itage site. 15

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