4.2 miles, Half day
Torino - Walking Tour
This tour is tailored as a good starter to maximize half a day of relaxed strolling and sightseeing around this charming city. It develops through most of downtown's highlights: icons, monuments, piazzas, pedestrian areas, buildings and parks within easy reach.
Having less time at disposal, the visitor may take a shortcut and move directly to point #19 from point #13.
Founded by the Romans in 26 B.C. as Augusta Taurinorum - meaning "bull" - Torino is a major Baroque city still retaining the standard Roman grid layout with streets as straight as a "grissino", the typical breadstick that was invented here. Tree-lined avenues and elegant porticoes enchant both visitors and residents, often seen in front of a cup of hot chocolate or an alfresco drink during the day.
Former Capital of the Kingdom of Sardinia, Torino became the Capital of unified Italy in 1861. It is today also dubbed as the "Capital of the Alps" and many may remember that it hosted the 2006 Winter Olympics. Basically known as the Italian Motor City, which may drive thoughts of a gray industrial site, it can otherwise surprise for its liveliness, multicultural richness and variety of events soaking the life of some two million residents in the metro area. A place that gave birth to the national automotive, movie, radio, TV and fashion industries. Let's raise a glass of world-famous vermouth, another local invention.
The city lies exactly on the 45th parallel in a temperate zone with four distinct seasons. Spring and fall can be rainy, summer is hot and humid and most winters are cold and white. Adjust accordingly.
Caselle (Sandro Pertini) international airport is located about 15 Km to the north. Bus and train services connect it to the city center in 30 minutes.