Turin Sights and Landmarks Guide, Italy
Turin can be found in the northwest part of Italy. It is known as the center of business and culture in northern Italy. Turin Sights is a combination of the historical, cultural, athletic and recreational.
Turin Sights – Must-Visit Places
A trip to Turin would not be complete without visiting these magnificent places.
Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. Ask a local where the Cattedrale di San Giovanni Battista is and he will know for sure. This is probably one of the most famous places in the city. The cathedral is a glorious model of baroque architecture and the main church of Turin. It houses the controversial Shroud, which is believed to be the cloth used to wrap the body of Jesus following his crucifixion and death.
FIAT Factory. The factory of the automobile manufacturer is located in one of Turin’s district Lingotto. The very first FIAT autos were created in 1923 and at that time, the factory was considered the most superior in the world. Tourists can visit the new shops and the remains of the old factory as well.
Turin Sights – Museums and Galleries
Museums in Turin are great and magnificent works of art from all across the globe starting from the ancient civilization to the present.
Civic Museum of Ancient Art. More commonly known by the locals as Palazzo Madama, this museum used to be the previous abode of Marie Christine of France (Madame Reale). Filippo Juvarra recreated the facade of the Palazzo. This medieval castle enclosed inside a Roman gate is the home of many artworks from the ancient to Renaissance periods. Palazzo Madame also has a wide collection of ceramics.
Egyptian Museum and Galleria Sabauda. As the name of this museum suggests, Museo Egizio (in Italian) has the biggest display of Egyptian relics in the world. It has more than 30,000 items in its collection that is comprised of mummies and an ancient tomb. Galleria Sabauda, on the other hand, displays European artworks including some masterpieces.
Turin Sights – Stadiums and Recreational Sites
Turin was the host of the 2006 Winter Olympics and stadiums and sports complexes used during the event can be visited by tourists. However, for tourists who are not into sports, some parks and gardens are available, instead.
Valentino Park, known as Parco del Valentino in Italian, is a massive park housing a beautiful botanical garden. There is also a medieval village and castle. Parco del Valentino is located near the Po River.
Stadio Olimpico. The old Turin Municipal Stadium was reconstructed by Arata Isozaki, a Japanese architect, into a more contemporary stadium for the 20th Winter Olympics. The stadium can house 35,000 people.
Turin Sights are indeed spectacular. They withhold all the things that the other close cities of Italy are truly proud of. When on a trip to this city, catch a glimpse of the wonders of Genoa or have a chance to be mesmerized by the majestic sights of Florence.
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