Turin audio tour: The beautiful Baroque palaces and churches on Turin’s Piazza Castello

The beautiful Baroque palaces and churches on Turin’s Piazza Castello

Walking Tour

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45 mins
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1mi

About the Tour

The beautiful Baroque palaces and churches on Turin’s Piazza Castello
Turin is full of extraordinary stories and larger-than-life characters, but you have to know where to find them. I’m a local and a tour guide, and I’ve been exploring its best squares and palaces – it’s famous piazze and palazzi – for years, and I want to share my passion for local history, culture and food with you. Join me on this adventure in Baroque Turin.

We’ll start near the castle-like fortifications of Palazzo Madama and take a lively stroll around the majestic Piazza Castello. There’s also a short excursion to Piazza Carignano, where there are opulent palaces, extravagant churches and other ancient landmarks.

You’ll find out:

• Where the name Turin comes from
• Why Turin is known as a centre for white and black magic
• How the Royal Church of Saint Lawrence came to have two churches inside it
• Who is the wealthy family behind many of Turin’s most impressive landmarks are
• Where to find Turin’s most famous restaurant, which has fed some of Italy’s most illustrious people, along with the historic sweet shops of Piazza Castello and the original ice-cream sandwich

Whether it’s your first time in Turin or you’re a curious local, this tour is the perfect way to have a Turin adventure.

Please allow up to one hour for the walk. There are plenty of opportunities to stop at cafes, ice cream shops, bars and confectionaries. The tour does not include the entrance fees for any of the sites along the way.

Tour Producer

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Giorgio Nigra

I am a “DOC” Piemontese and I was born in a city near Turin. I have always loved foreign languages. I speak English, German and Italian fluently. Another passion is traveling: discovering and admiring new places. That’s why I have been a licensed tour guide and tour leader for over a decade. My favourite hobby is my work and as result of this passion it is my pleasure to always keep updating my knowledge about my city, its history, culture, architecture, as well as interesting food, beverages and local specialties.

Major Landmarks

  • Piazza Castello

  • Royal Library

  • Royal Palace of Turin

  • Palazzo Madama

  • Church of St Lawrence

  • Palazzo Carignano

  • Piazza Carignano

Directions to Starting Point

STARTING POINT: Piazza Castello - at the rear side of the Palazzo Madama where there is a big monument dedicated to Emanuele Filiberto Duke of Aosta

HOW TO GET TO Piazza Castello by Bus, Train, Metro or Light Rail.
Bus:
18 (Bus/light Rail) Stop Po (#769) + 5 min walking through Via Po or Via Verdi
56 (only Bus) Stop(#471) Piazza Castello

13 (Bus/Light Rail) Stop(#471) Piazza Castello
Train:
Rail:
Stop: Porta Nuova Railway station + Light Rail 15 till Bus Stop(#471) Piazza Castello
Stop: Piazza 18 Dicembre + Bus/ Light Rail 13 + 56 till Bus(#471) Stop Piazza Castello
SFM1: (Servizio Ferroviario Metropolitano): Stop Piazza 18 Dicembre Station + Bus/ Light Rail 13 + 56 till Bus Stop(#471) Piazza Castello
SFM3: (Servizio Ferroviario Metropolitano): Porta Nuova Railway Station + Light Rail 15 till Bus Stop Piazza Castello
Metro: M1
Stop: Porta Nuova + Light Rail 15 till Bus Stop Piazza Castello
Stop: Piazza 18 Dicembre + Bus/ Light Rail 13 + 56 till Bus Stop(#471) Piazza Castello
Light Rail: 13, 15 Bus Stop(#471) Piazza Castello
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Tips

Places to stop along the way

Royal Palace, Palazzo Madama, Baratti & Milano confectionery, Caffè Regio, Caffè Mulassano, Gelateria Pepino, Church of St Lawrence, Ristorante del Cambio

Best time of day

The tour can be taken in all types of weather because it mostly takes place under the arcades.

ROYAL PALACE:
what you can see with one ticket:
- 1 floor: Royal apartament, Holy Shroud Chapel (JUST the chapel, NOT the Holy Shroud), Royal Armoury
- Galleria Sabaudia: one of the biggest flemish painting collection in Europa
- Archeology Museum
Ticket office opening hours: 9am - 7pm. Ticket office will close at 6 pm, last entry at 6.30pm, Monday closed

Ticket:
Full price admission: 15,00 €
Reduced price admission: 2,00 € (available for visitors 18-25-year-old)
Free admission: available for visitors under the age of 18 visitors with disabilities with accompanying person, teachers with school groups, tourist guides, tourists with Torino+Piemonte Card

CAFFETTERIA REALE (inside the Cour d'honneur / Royal Palace)
Opening time: from Tuesday to Sunday: 8.30am - 7.00pm. Monday closed

ROYAL LIBRARY
Mon - Fri: 8am to 7pm / Saturday from 8am to 2pm.
Closing day: Sunday
The admission in the reading room is free of charge
The reading room respects the following schedules: Monday - Wednesday 8.15am/6.45pm /Thursday - Saturday 8.15am/1.45pm. Sunday closed

ROYAL CHURCH OF SAINT LAWRENCE
Openings and closing Time (Church)
Weekdays: from 7,30 to 12 am and from 3,30 to 7pm
Feastdays: from 9am to 7,30 pm.

Visiting Hours
Weekdays: 8.30 - 12 and 3.30 - 6pm.
Feastdays: 1 - 6pm.
It's forbidden to visit the church during the Mass
Celebration
Weekdays
Morning lauds at 7.40 am / Holy Mass 8.00 am am and 6.30 pm

Feastdays
Morning lauds: at 9.00 am / Holy Mass: at 9.30;11.00 am; at 12 o'clock (except for July and August); and at 6.30 pm

PALAZZO MADAMA
Open daily 10am - 6pm
Tuesdays closed
Last admission at 5 pm
The exit from the museum is expected 10 minutes before closing.
In case of extraordinary events, white nights, holidays, museum opening times could change: please check the News section of the site.

Ticket:
Buy online tickets for the Museum
Full € 10,00
Reduced € 8,00
Free entry for minors (under 18 years of age) and other categories
Download the form for free access unaccompanied minors
Free admission on the first Wednesday of each month
Audioguide (italian, english, french, children, visual impaired visitors) € 4,00
Ticket prices could change during temporary exhibitions

BARATTI & MILANO
Tue - Sun: 8am - 8 pm
Closed on Monday

MULASSANO (Coffee shop)
Mon - Sun 8 am - 9 pm
Wednesday closed

Precautions

As always as you travel it’s wise to keep your belongings closed and with you at all times.

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