Thanks to this private guided tour you can visit the center of Turin, walking across the most representative squares and streets. Turin is a bustling metropolis, and one of Italy's main cultural and business center, it is often called "the cradle of Italian liberty". You may enter inside the Egyptian Museum, the most ancient museum in the world completely dedicated to the Egyptian culture.
Visiting Turin on foot
Meet the guide 15 minutes before the extimated time. The tour leaves from Piazza Castello, the most symbolic square of Turin. The center of Piazza Castello is dominated by the Palazzo Madama, the official residence of the queens of the Savoy family. The Church of San Lorenzo is located on the northeast side of Piazza Castello, famous for the dome by Guarino Guarini in the 17th century. Proceeding you will discover Palazzo Reale, residence of the kings of Sardinia and the first king of Italy. Before leaving Piazza Castello, we will find the entrance to the Royal Library. It hosts a collection of drawings by Leonardo Da Vinci together with precious books and prints. Your tour then continues to Piazza San Giovanni and the Cathedral, a significant example of the Renaissance in Italy.
The heart of Roman Turin
Your next stop will be the heart of Roman Turin, the so-called Quadrilateral, where you'll see remains of the Roman Theater and the Palatine Gate, the most significant monuments of the Roman period in the city. Your walking tour continues with the Basilica Mauriziana and the Consolata Sanctuary. In front of the sanctuary is the charming Piazza della Consolata, surrounded by traditional shops and intimate wine bars.You'll then take Via Garibaldi and Via Barbaroux, the main commercial streets that runs nowadays where the ancient Roman Decumanus, witch are characterized by the18th centuries buildings. Before returning to Piazza Castello, your guide will point out the sumptuous Baroque facade of the church of Corpus Domini.
The Egyptian Museum
You may enter inside the Egyptian Museum of Turin with skip the line tickets. The museum is the second in the world after the Cairo Museum, it was established in 1824, although the University of Turin already owned an important collection of Egyptian material before this date. The Drovetti Collection, which forms the original nucleus of the Egyptian Museum, gathers 98 statues, as well as an extraordinary collection of papyri which can be considered as the most important set of Egyptian written documents in the world. Amoung the most impressive items the museum has:the Royal Papyrus, a list of all the kings from 3,000 to 1,600 BC, the Ellesija Temple, presented by the Egyptian government to Italy following the works carried out by the Italian mission, it was extracted and then reconstructed in the museum, the Tomb of Kha, the most impressive and remarkable ensemble of the whole museum.
Other tours in Turin
If you have more time to spend in Turin don't miss our Tour Venaria Royal Palace or our Torino Tasting tour!