Two days in Turin

Two days in Turin

Are you considering traveling to Italy soon? Are you looking for affordable travel destinations within Italy?? You should consider adding Turin to your itinerary. We spent two days in Turin and it was well worth it! Here is an itinerary of spending two days in Turin!

If you’ve read some of my other Italy posts you probably have read a little about our time in Turin, Italy (Torino). If you haven’t checked out any of my Italy posts yet, start here:

We spent two weeks traveling around northern Italy for our honeymoon. The first part of our trip was to Turin, Italy. My husband has distance relatives that lived there. That is ultimately what inspired us to include Turin on our itinerary. But it was well worth it!! First let’s talk about why you should spend time in Turin!

Why you should add Turin to your Italy itinerary

It used to be the capital of Italy!

Did you know that Turin used to be the capital of Italy? It was the capital of the current country of Italy until 1865. Some people say Italy “was born” in Turin, because it’s where the foundation of Italy started. You can read more about the history here.

But I point this out, because it is overlooked. Most people think of traveling to Florence, Rome, Pompeii, or Lake Como when they think of Italy. All of those regions are BEAUTIFUL! But Turin has unique offerings that shouldn’t be missed!

Keep reading to hear my recommended two day itinerary for Turin.

It’s affordable

Because Turin is overlooked, there is less tourism than most places. This makes it extremely affordable! You can stay in a really nice Airbnb for less than 100$ per night.

Read about our Airbnb below in the itinerary!

This doesn’t just mean accommodation. Food and wine are affordable here, as are excursions (if not free). So if you are looking to travel to Italy but are on a budget, consider adding Turin to your itinerary for a couple days. It’ll give you a unique experience from other parts of Italy — AND at an affordable price.

It’s a great place to get immersed in Italian culture

I loved being in Turin because it was less touristy. This meant when we visited a cafe or went out for dinner, we felt like we were eating and sipping espresso with locals. We observed people going about their normal day, stopping by the cafe they frequent for a break to chat with friends. People walked around the parks taking their dogs for a walk. It just felt like we were getting to know Italy!

Florence for example felt much different. Florence is an amazing destination! With that said, it is buzzing with tourists. You might not feel like you’re fulling immersing into Italian culture.

But Turin will be different. If you spend a couple days in Turin, you will start to pick up bits of Italian culture that you might not have in other destinations.

It was one of the best places to practice our Italian

The same goes for the language! I am a big fan of learning and trying to speak the language whenever we travel. But you might not get that opportunity if you only travel to the more touristy locations.

If you’re looking for tips to learn Italian before you travel check out my post here.

In Turin, I was able to order espressos in Italian! Sometimes I did this with the kind help of the waiter — who would gently correct my Italian without overriding the progress in English.

It can be such a powerful moment while traveling to make this progress!

Turin is in the Piedmont region of Italy

One reason you should spend two days in Turin is because Turin lies in the Piedmont region of Italy (Piemonte in Italian!). And this is important because it is so beautiful! And under-rated.

The Piedmont region is characterized by the foothills of the Alps, valleys between increasingly large mountains, snowcaps high in the distance, some of the country’s best wine — and all at affordable prices.

I will be doing a whole post on why you should travel to the Piedmont region.

The food!

Finally, you should add Turin to your Italy itinerary because of the food. Some of our favorite foods were in Turin! We had the most amazing carbonara cacio e pepe (carbonara with cream and pepper). This sounds like a very simple dish, but it is delicious.

Turin does an amazing job with their food. On our train ride to Turin, we met a man from that area and he talked about the food scene in Turin. We learned a lot from him — from someone who wasn’t too proud, but just being truthful and realistic.

And I said it before — I’ll say it again — it was at a very good price.

Two days in Turin

Okay, so what should you do in Turin???!! Let’s look at an itinerary that might fit your schedule and needs really well.

Day 1

Morning

Arrive into Turin! Whether by train, car or plane. We arrived by train. You can easily catch a train –even a high speed train from Milan Central train station. This is probably the most realistic and affordable way to get to Turin.

Once you arrive in the city, find a cafe to take a coffee break. You might not be able to check into your Airbnb or hotel this early, so find a place that looks inviting and hunker down for a little while to people watch.

Order an espresso or cappuccino (because remember, it is seen as slightly weird to order a cappuccino after lunch).

Afternoon

After doing some people watching it’s time to grab some lunch before you check into your accommodation. From our experience you really can’t go wrong eating anywhere. We usually just walked around until we found a little restaurant. And every time we had a delicious meal!

If you really want some recommendations or are looking for a “must see” special restaurant in the city, check out Trip Advisor’s recommendations.

Now it is time to check into your accommodation.

Accommodation and neighborhoods

We broke our Italy trip up between Airbnb and hotel stays. In Turin we stayed at an Airbnb and this is probably what I would recommend for this city. You can find phenomenal deals of a local apartment/flat around the corning from cafe’s and bars where you can walk everywhere. We stayed at this Airbnb hosted by Eduardo.

I can’t recommend it enough. Eduardo actually met us to check-in and gave us the run down of the apartment as well as recommendations of what to do in the city. It was very helpful — and at a price where we felt like we were under-paying….

Airbnb’s are a great way to go because you can get a taste of a local home, you can get some groceries and cook some of your meals if you want to save money.

Check out this site for some recommendations on what neighborhoods to stay as well as information on safety.

Some neighborhoods that seem to be highly recommended for location and safety are Centro, Crocetta, Cenisia and Cit Turin, and Borgo Po.

If you prefer a hotel consider one of these rated well, mid-range-budget friendly hotels in these neighborhoods: Luxury Suite in the Crocetta neighborhood, A casa de Rina in Corso, or Vico 4 rooms in Crocetta.

If you’re willing to pay more or want something more luxurious check these two out: La bombonera Lagrang 3 in Centro or the Agora Boutique Stays in Centro.

Evening

After you get settled into your Airbnb/hotel, grab an aperitivo. Like we found out from our new friend we met on the train, the aperitivo originated in Turin. Then we read more about it. If you don’t know — an aperitivo is a social moment in the late afternoon of the day (usually) where people have a pre-dinner drink. Traditionally this was usually a spirit or liquor (not wine) that you would slowly sip on after a hard day of work before you ate dinner. Sometimes this involves small bites.

There will be numerous bar/cafe’s while you’re walking around Turin that you can stop in for an “aperitivo.”

Before you grab some dinner, I recommend going to check out the Egyptian Museum (Museo Egizio). We actually didn’t get to do this, but we only heard really good things. It’s one thing I wish we had more time to do. You can find some tickets and guided tours at Get Your Guide.

The Museo Egizio is pretty well known and specializes in Egyptian archaeology. Apparently, it’s one of the best in the world!

Now it’s time to grab some dinner! I recommend doing this in the nearby plaza to your stay (of course reading about the safety). It’s a great place to people watch and spend some time sipping on wine and savoring the delicious food.

Day 2

Morning

On day 2 of two days in Turin, I recommend soaking in a slow morning, whether that’s people watching at a nearby cafe or sleeping in at your Airbnb.

After taking your time and watching people go about their day, take a stroll down Via Roma. This is one of the main streets in Turin that is lined with shops, restaurants, cafes, and other businesses. Take some time to do a little shopping if you would like or stop again for an espresso.

I could sit at cafe’s all day long — it’s a hobby! 🙂

Afternoon

As noon comes around the corner, I recommend going to a little grocery store and buying some things for lunch. This can be a really fun way to feel like you’re living in the area and immersing yourself.

It can also be super interesting to see how food is different than America. We did this for most of our lunches in Turin. Take some groceries back to your Airbnb, make some sandwiches or grill some veggies, and relax on your courtyard.

After a bit of a siesta go back out and start your afternoon pleasantly at the Parco del Valentino which lies right on the River Po. It’s a nice, beautiful, and large park that is lined with walkways right along the river. It’s a hidden gem in the city!

As you’re walking in the park you will make your way over to the Borgo Medievale Torino. This is a medieval castle that was reconstructed not long ago after it was destroyed. It’s a beautiful, fascinating place to wander around and get lost. There are a few shops. Maybe it’s a great place to buy some souvenirs…?

Next, I recommend going to the Turin Shroud & Duomo di San Giovanni. You kind of have to visit the city’s most iconic area! Even if you aren’t Catholic or religious, it’s a piece of history that is super interesting.

Evening

Embrace the aperitivo culture and stop somewhere new (or your favorite place from yesterday) for a pre-dinner, slow-paced drink. And then find your way to a restaurant to enjoy some delicious food before calling it a day.

Add-on option!

If you have any more time or an extra half day to spend around Turin, consider going outside the city to a local winery!

This region is well known for the Barolo wine. I really enjoy wine, but I have to admit — I never heard of Barolo before!

If you have time, you can find numerous wineries just outside the city that could be well worth your visit. Here are some suggestions.

I hope that you found some ideas for your trip to Turin and/or Italy!

While this two-day Turin itinerary does not include all the historical monuments in the city, my interest and suggestions lie in soaking in the culture and experience.

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