Turin Churches And Museums, Italy
Do you think that Turin is an industrial, cold, secular and technological city? That's not really the case. Strolling through the city you'll notice the strong religious sentiments strengthened by the wonderful churches and various places of worship for Jews, Muslims, Eastern Orthodox and Waldensians.
Saint John the Baptist Cathedral
Turin's beautiful cathedral was built in Renaissance style at the end of the fifteenth century. It was built on a site previously occupied by three ancient Medieval churches. The building is embellished by Guarini's Chapel of the Holy Shroud that houses the cloth placed on Jesus' body at the time of his burial. The chapel was built during the seventeenth century and provides access to Turin's Royal Palace.
Opening hours: April to December | Monday - Sunday, 7 AM - 12:30 PM; 3 PM - 7 PM
Basilica di Superga
Constructed by genius Filippo Juvarra in 1717-1731, the church houses the Savoy family tombs, It appears to have been built in tribute to the Virgin Mary after winning the war with France in 1706. Bas-relief, alters and columns are dominated by the high dome, visible from downtown Turin. The captivating cog-train ride to Superga grants you a magnificent view of the city.
Opening hours: Monday - Friday | 9 AM - 12 PM; 3 PM - 6 PM
Saturday and Sunday | 9 AM - 12 PM; 3 PM - 7 PM | Admission: free
Santa Maria del Monte Church
If you leave Piazza Vittorio Veneto and cross the bridge over the Po river and Piazza Gran Madre di Dio strolling down the tree-lined streets, gardens and splendid homes towards the top of Monte dei Cappuccini, you'll stumble across a seventeenth century church with a beautiful wooden altar. Outside is a courtyard with terrace overlooking Turin. This is a great place to stroll, especially in the summer.
Monte dei Cappuccini
Church of San Lorenzo
Baroque architecture has free rein in Turin. In Piazza Castello one of its masters, Guarino Guarini, hired by Duke Emmanuel Philibert, built the Church of San Lorenzo to replace the ancient Church of Santa Maria del Presepio. Its high altar is one of the most beautiful in Northern Italy and the dome includes significant architectural innovations. Don't miss it!
Saturday and Sunday | 9 AM - 1 PM; 3 PM - 7:30 PM | Admission: free
The Consolata Sanctuary
A tenth century Benedictine monk sanctuary awaits you in a small square in the center of the city. The enchanting interior houses Guarini's elliptic nave. The church was dedicated to Mary, Comforter of the Afflicted, at the end of the sixteenth century. The high altar with the two marble angles, work of Juvarra, is also magnificent.
Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 6 AM - 7:30 PM | Sunday 6 AM - 8:30 PM
Church of the Gran Madre di Dio
Overlooking the right bank of the Po river, in front of the Vittorio Emanuele I bridge, the church is dedicated to the return of the Savoy family after Napoleonic rule. It is adorned with impressive statues and a beautiful staircase leading to the WWI memorial (1915-1918). It is reminiscent of the Roman Parthenon.
Opening hours: Monday - Sunday 7:30 AM - 12 PM; 4:30 PM - 7 PM
Churches of Santa Cristina and San Carlo
Both in Piazza San Carlo, curiously paired off on the southern side, their profiles are the works of Carlo di Castellamonte and the ubiquitous Juvarra respectively. Built between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, they are embellished by exquisite statues and create a gateway to Via Roma and one of Turin's most beautiful squares.
Opening hours: Tuesday - Friday 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM | Saturday and Sunday 10 AM - 6 PM
Church of San Filippo Neri
The biggest church in Turin which, in fact, is over 69 meters long. Its current aspect is mainly the work of Filippo Juvarra even if the facade was completed in 1891. Inside, crowned by the grand nave, are the remains of Sebastiano Valfré, devout worshipper of the Holy Shroud and 1706 French war hero, The Baroque altar and sumptuous organ with gallery are extraordinary.
Opening hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 7 PM | Saturday 8 AM - 12 PM; 5:30 PM - 7 PM | Sunday 10 AM - 6 PM
Turin is a true European capital and every art form is well-represented in its museums. There are numerous exhibit halls that host modern art or famous national and international artists' shows, historic artifacts and exhibitions dedicated to technology, cinema and science.
This is one of the leading Egyptian museums in the world that stands up to those in Cairo and London. Its extensive collection is efficiently displayed thanks to the works of talented theater directors and stage designers, able to renew the layouts and thrill the public with captivating lighting and settings. Each museum floor regales visitors with priceless and exquisite Egyptian antiquities, mummies, papyrus, vases and statues.
www.museoegizio.it | Via Accademia delle Scienze 6
Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday 8:30 AM - 7:30 PM | Admission: adults 7.50 €, students, teachers and companions for the handicapped 3.50 € - under 18 and over 65, the handicapped, military free - special group, school and guided tour rates.
Housed in Turin's spectacular Mole, it represents the worthy conclusion thanks to the splendid exhibits and exclusive materials: rare period footage, historic equipment, photographs, small film sets, a section dedicated to special effects and two movie theaters. Additionally, don't miss the extensive collection of original playbills and sets that routinely animate the Mole's interior. Amazing!
Opening hours: Tuesday - Friday: 9 AM - 8 PM; Saturday: 9 AM - 11 PM; Sunday: 9 AM - 8 PM; closed Monday | Admission: adults 7.00 € - discounts for students under 26, over 65, groups of minimum 15 people 5.00 € - children aged 6 - 18 and school groups 2.00 € - children under 5, the handicapped and their companions, free. Additional discounts available for the film museum + scenic elevator ticket.
A city home to brands like FIAT and Lancia had to have a museum dedicated to the evolution of the automobile, its success and the history of the Italian industry that owes a lot to the city of Turin. The display of car models that represented the second half of the twentieth century narrate the development of technologies and talent of national and international designers such as Pininfarina and Bertone. From the 1854 Bordino steam engine to the famous eight-cylinder Isotta Fraschini, crossing the elegance of the Rolls Royce and aggressive Ferrari body, this is a journey through our history.
Scheduled to re-open after renovations in spring 2011
GAM (Modern Art Gallery)
A surprising collection of over 40,000 works, paintings, photos, drawings, sculptures and experimental installations. A rare occasion for all modern art and culture enthusiasts! Next to the famous international avant-garde and foreign art work stands the attentively displayed Italian and Piedmont art section.
Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10 AM - 6 PM | Admission: adults 7.00 € - discounted tickets 6.00 € - First Tuesday of the month and Museum subscribers and Turin + Piedmont Card holders free.
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
Essential site where emerging artists and new trends are compared and exchanged, the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo has an international flair and has been offering qualified space for top notch shows and exhibits since 1995. Its line-up includes visual arts, painting and performances with astonishing installations and meetings with art critics and artists.
www.fsrr.org | Via Modane 16
Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday 12 Pm - 8 PM; Thursday 12 PM - 11 PM | Admission: adults 5.00 € - senior and student discounts 3.00 € - special discounts for youths 15 - 29 1.00 € - groups of minimum 4 people 4.00 € - under 12, Turin Museum subscribers, credits, ICOM members, Thursday 8 PM - 11 PM free admission.
MAO (Museum of Oriental Art)
From China to Japan crossing through India and the splendid Buddhist works, the MAO provides full emersion in Asian culture, in highly captivating settings that host enchanting temporary exhibits from collections throughout the world.
Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10 AM - 6 PM | Admission: adults 7.50 € - discounts 6.00 € - educational activities 2.00 € - school groups with mandatory reservations free.
In the heart of Turin, the Sabauda Gallery is undoubtedly one of Italy's leading art galleries, full of classic and modern art collections. You should also visit the nearby Ancient Art Civics Museum which narrates the centuries-old history of the city of Turin.
Opening hours: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 Am - 2 PM - Wednesday and Thursday 2 PM - 7:30 PM | Admission: adults 4.00 € - students 18 - 25 and teachers 2.00 € - under 18 and over 65 free - special rates for schools.
Pinacoteca Gianni e Marella Agnelli
Located on the roof of the Lingotto and designed by the talented Renzo Piano, the "Scrigno", similar to crystal spaceship, was inaugurated in 2005 and houses 25 works with paintings by Canaletto, Picasso and Matisse. A valuable collection on display in unusual and original settings.
Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10 AM - 7 PM | Admission: adults 4.00 € - groups, schools, children 6 - 16, senior citizens 2.50 € - the handicapped and children under 6 free.
Turin is the city where the historic-political Risorgimento events occurred. In fact, Italy was united in 1861 under Savoy rule and the first prime minister was Camillo Benso di Cavour, illustrious native of Piedmont. Founded in 1878, the museum has been housed in the magnificent Palazzo Carignano since 1935. It preserves photos, relics, prints, books and documents along with statues and paintings that narrate the history of Italy until the Second World War. It will be one of the main venues for the 150th anniversary celebration of the Unification of Italy.
Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday 9 AM - 7 PM | Admission: adults 5.00 € - senior citizens, children 10 - 18, students under 26, groups with at least 25 people 3.50 € - middle and high school groups 2.50 € - elementary school groups 1.50 € - children under 10, authorized tourist guides, military and conscious objectors belonging to some associations, Italian museum directors and curators free.