I look out. From where I’m stood, I see floating mountains stretching into the endless horizon. Directly below, a bird’s eye view over an entire city, that of Turin. The sun shines, the wind whips my hair into knots and the scene below takes away my breath. From Basilicas to Ancient Castles, here’s where to find the very best views of Turin!
Basilica di Superga, Strada Basilica di Superga, 73, 10132 Torino TO, Italy
The pretty Basilica that sits atop the nearby hill of Superga overlooks the entire city of Torino and the mountains beyond it. Built between 1717 and 1731, the Basilica is the final resting place of the Savoy family and the building’s impressive dome is meant to mimic that of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. To get here, you’ll need to take the vintage tram that will transport you up the mountain for a fee (scenic views included for free!).
Itinerario Superga, Strada dei Colli, Città Metropolitana di Torino, Italy
Wander around the top of the Superga hill, and you’ll find countless walking trails and hiking paths. While some of these take you straight down the mountain, others lead off on panoramic walks. One of the best views of Turin can be found on the Itineraria Panoramico (the clue is in the name!) Located a fifteen-minute walk from the Basilica, the panoramic along the Itinerario Superga offers one of the very best views onto the Basilica and over the mountains that surround Turin…
Mole Antonelliana, Via Montebello, 20, 10124 Torino TO, Italy
Often referred to as the ‘Eiffel Tower of Italy’, the Mole Antonelliana even appears on 2 centime coins. Yes, you’ve probably seen it on a regular basis during your European travels and not even noticed it! Built between 1863 and 1889, today the tower houses what is thought by many to be the tallest museum in the world.
Wander in during opening hours and you’ll find that this must-see Turin attraction is home to the Museo Nazionale del Cinema (National Cinema Museum). The tower is also home to a central glass elevator that is ready to whisk you up into the heart of the tower, and up onto the roof above (for a fee, of course!)
Palazzo Madama, Piazza Castello, 10122 Torino TO, Italy
In the heart of the city, you’ll find plenty of cobbled streets, the city’s main cathedral (which even houses the Turin Shroud, a length of linen that allegedly shows the image of Jesus of Nazareth) and all the chocolate you could ever want.
After all, Torino isn’t referred to as the capital of chocolate for nothing! Stroll around Turin’s centre and you’ll also come across Palazzo Madama, a historic building which houses plenty of the city’s important collections. Museo Civico d’Arte Antica (Turin’s ancient art), an extensive medieval stonework collection and art from the Middle Ages can all be found here. And, if you head to the rooftop of the Palazzo, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the rooftops of the old town…