Vacation in Torino

Italy knows many wonderful cities, but it seems that Turin still does not get its rightful place as one of the most popular of them. On the one hand, this is really a miss, because this is one of the most fascinating and intriguing cities in northern Italy. On the other hand – you are lucky. Those who come here will gain much more free space for wandering and excursions, without long queues and congestion. The story of Turin cannot be summed up in just a few lines and there is definitely a lot to see here: ancient buildings and churches from the Baroque period, extraordinary museums, mesmerizing beauty squares, an unusual food scene, aristocratic buildings, shopping, ultimate proximity to the Italian Alps and all the ski resorts, Leading Italian car manufacturers and one Juventus.

Turin is the fourth largest city in Italy (in terms of the number of inhabitants) and is considered an important business, industrial and cultural center. It is the capital of the Piedmont region, which abounds in landscapes, vineyards, historical sites and excursions that will be combined with a visit to the city and it enjoys a center whose cutting edge is the old city that houses most of the city’s attractions so that you can enjoy them all “in the palm of one hand”.

Hotels in Turin

Most of the city’s tourism is focused on the central area and the old city, so most of the hotels in Turin are also located in these areas. Hotels outside the tourist area or the business center of Turin which is quite nearby are less convenient in terms of getting to the attractions. The city does not include an efficient transportation system for tourists from different points in the city compared to other developed cities and the subway also does not stop at the relevant points. Therefore, it is very useful that your accommodation in Turin takes into account the convenience of movement in relation to the places you plan to see. In general, the average prices for accommodation in Turin are NIS 400 per night per couple in the winter and about NIS 650 per couple during Passover or the holiday season.

There are few 5-star hotels in the city that are considered luxurious and have excellent service. On the other hand, 3 star hotels and below that provide a cheap option are not considered so satisfactory. That is why it is recommended to focus on the group of 4-star hotels that offer an excellent location, large rooms and wonderful service. If you still chose to stay at one of the cheaper hotels, make sure that it is at least within reasonable walking distance from the city center, or that there is a nearby bus/train station that can take you as close as possible to it.

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A 5-star hotel in the Florence area, located 0.3 km from the Consulate General of South Korea in Florence. Price range: 348$ - 717$ per night. recommended!

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A 5-star hotel in the Sorrento area, located 100 m from the beach of Leoneli. Price range: 286$ - 623$ per night. recommended!

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A 5-star hotel in the Sorrento area, located 0.3 km from the Coralle Museum. Price range: 320$ - 673$ per night. recommended!

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מלון באזור טורינו, הממוקם במרחק של 0.1 ק״מ מדורה. טווח מחירים: 197 ₪ - 380 ₪ ללילה.

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מלון באזור טרמיני / טיבורטינו / סן לורנצו / סן ג'ובאני / סן לורנצו, הממוקם בסמוך לסן לורנצו. טווח מחירים: 236 ₪ - 528 ₪ ללילה. מומלץ!

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מלון באזור סנטה קרוצ'ה, הממוקם במרחק של 0.3 ק״מ מקזינו ונציה. טווח מחירים: 382 ₪ - 825 ₪ ללילה. מומלץ!

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מלון דירות בדירוג 5 כוכבים באזור דואומו / סן מרקו / המרכז ההיסטורי של פירנצה, הממוקם במרחק של 0.1 ק״מ מגלריית האקדמיה. טווח מחירים: 24,426 PKR - ‏56,872 PKR ללילה. מומלץ!

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A 3-star hotel in the area of the historic center of Florence / Piazza del Independenza, located 0.1 km from Moia Panza. Price range: 88$ - 171$ per night.

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A hotel in the Turin area, located 0.1 km above Edi. Price range: 62$- 87$ per night. recommended!

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Restaurants in Turin

The Piedmont region in general is considered nationally and internationally outstanding when it comes to food. This is where the garcini and slow food were invented, even the first “magnum”! The restaurants in Turin combine local flavors alongside fashionable Italian food and give a place of honor to every dish, even the cheapest one on the menu.

The waiters in Turin and in general in northern Italy do it as a profession and not to supplement income while completing the degree. They are a large part of the restaurant experience and include a sequence of typical mannerisms and subtleties, such as moving the chair further and closer so that you can sit comfortably, in the presence of the Parmesan immediately after the bowl of pasta is placed in front of you and the presentation of the sweets in the cart with endless patience and sweetness.

Turin’s popular drink is Bicherin – coffee with hot chocolate and frothed milk, served in a sort of huggable cup. By the way, this delicious shlok goes well with any slice of cake you want to enjoy.

Torino actually invented the slow food movement that fought the fast food industry led by the hamburger chain McDonald’s and it strongly emphasizes the slow and complex cooking technique in every dish that comes out of its restaurants. You can also be impressed by this and purchase the raw materials of the method found in the city’s colorful markets, and even in the small containers near your hotel, for self-cooking.

The area is surrounded by Nebviolo vineyards that produce some of the best quality wines in Italy. In some restaurants a little wine will be poured for you automatically as part of the experience and in general in the various pubs you can enjoy particularly fine vintages.

You can also find quite a few culinary tours that will reveal you behind the scenes of the slow food industry and Northern Italian food in general. The tours include tasting and visiting different food stands, interesting explanations and meeting with different food industries.

Between March 11 and March 2 every year, the city hosts the Chocolate Festival – if you are in the area, it is highly recommended to experience it!

An Italian restaurant specializing in seafood and fish mentioned in the Michelin guide, with traditional and comforting Venetian food
A completely different experience: a luxury restaurant in an ancient space that serves Italian and fusion food at a high level – but it does not have a menu
A popular Venetian restaurant with a long pizza menu and also traditional Italian dishes with quality food at a reasonable price.
A restaurant near the Grand Canal that offers traditional Italian food with a warm and homely atmosphere
A restaurant on a cliff facing the Bay of Naples serving local food fresh from the sea since 1942
Wine bar with a rich menu of wines and beers and excellent food
A restaurant with a special atmosphere, which is also a bistro, a cafe, and a delicatessen
A restaurant that serves traditional Neapolitan food in the atmosphere of the past
A traditional Italian restaurant with old-fashioned food run by the chef who taught Jamie Oliver to cook Italian food

attractions in Turin

Most of the attractions in the city are in the old city and you can experience them with a short walk from one to the other. The streets, some of which are original and not restored, give an overwhelming feeling of, well, streets preserved from the Middle Ages. The buildings are also impressive, and there are among them cheap and attractive shops for shopping and of course a great abundance of restaurants and cafes.

Piazza San Carlo

San Carlo Square is the largest and most beautiful piazza in the city. It was built in the 17th century and there are two impressive churches next to it: Santa Cristina and San Carlo. It is advisable to take lots of pictures here (especially at the foot of the statue of Emanuel Filiberto on a horse), to breathe the open air, and above all, you should come here in the evening and be delighted by the impressive lighting.

Piazza San Giovanni

Piazza San Giovanni is another central square, adjacent to San Carlo, and in it there is a church from the Renaissance period, which displays different and special shrouds that are believed to be the shrouds of Christ. Of course, the originals are well preserved, while the many visitors get to view the replica and photographs, they are also worth viewing.

Piazza Castello

The most central point in the city, connecting Via Roma, Via Po and Via Garibaldi. Here stands the “Palace of the First Lady” which welcomes the guests in an ancient Roman style construction combined with motifs from the Baroque period that are very characteristic of Turin. Inside the palace is a small museum of ancient art. There is a fee to enter the palace itself.

Cinema Museum (Museo Nazionale del Cinema)

It is not certain that you have mastered Italian cinema, but that does not rule out a visit to one of the most wonderful must-see attractions in the city! The Cinema Museum in Turin includes a special and intriguing experience across several wings, each of which is dedicated to a different topic: the film industry, television productions, film history and also a library that includes more than 7,000 films from different periods! Please note: the emphasis in the museum is on Italian cinema more than Hollywood cinema. Entrance fee: 40 euros. Closed on Tuesdays.

The Egyptian Museum (Museo Egizio)

You must be asking yourself, why would a museum of ancient Egypt be built here? Well, the explorers of the Turinese civilizations used to return here with souvenirs and over the years quite a few amazing ancient Egyptian items were collected here. Yes, including mummies! Do not miss the special museum that includes exceptional collections, special works and an encounter with an ancient culture that intrigues many to this day. Entrance fee: 42 euros.

The old royal house

Raja di Venaria-Reale is an extremely important cultural and artistic center for the Italian people. The palace is built in the impressive Baroque style and underwent a thorough 8-year renovation that ended in 2007. The place presents an exhibition with works of art, the story of the building’s architecture, symmetrical gardens and manicured lawns. Entrance fee: 30 euros.

Museum of Antique Cars (Museo dell’Automobile)

Must do when visiting Turin! The antique car museum will bring you together with over 170 extraordinary historical car models, including the finest Italian cars of all time: Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini and more. A must site for car lovers and people who love them.

Allianz Stadium

The Turin football stadium is also the home ground of the famous Juventus team and was built on the debts of the previous stadium. It’s definitely worth checking if the team is playing during your visit and hurry to get tickets.

Mole Antonelliana

An impressive public building on any scale, which includes a magnetic and unusual architectural appearance that will make you look up into the clouds thanks to its long pointed spire. Originally, the building was intended to be a synagogue, but became a public building housing the cinema museum. It is the symbol of the city of Turin that even appears on the euro coin. This is the tallest building in the city and if you are willing to go up to its observation deck, you will get to see a mesmerizing view.

Asti

For those of you who rent a car, there is the possibility of meeting a small and peaceful town located in the Tarano Valley, about 55 km from Turin. So why is it so worth the trip? A pleasant local and to be impressed by the variety of noble towers.You can catch horse races here in September as well as an annual wine fair.

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An ancient gate that dates back to 1285 and is considered one of the oldest gates in Florence

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A museum dedicated to the football team AC Milan, which is considered one of the most successful teams in the world

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City park

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One of Milan's oldest parks has lawns, walking paths, bike paths and more

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A museum presenting an impressive private collection containing valuable details from the 14th-19th centuries AD

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A fascinating museum where you will meet musical instruments from different periods of history, from the 15th century AD to the present day

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One of the most popular museums in Milan which are dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of world cultures

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The Children's Museum is museum that allows children to learn interesting life facts, environmental issues, and activities from the world of adults.

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Several museums including galleries and exhibitions show rare art details in over ten thousand different rooms.

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The Archaeological Museum of Milan allows you to peek into the fascinating history of Italy and the Italian nation

Car rental in Turin

Turin is connected to Italy’s main highway system so that the vehicle becomes a wonderful companion for trips around the city and beyond. In some hotels, there is private parking for cars, although it will usually be for an additional fee, and you can find out with the hotel if there is a public parking lot nearby if not. It is important to know that the entrance to the old city and most of the tourist sites is prohibited for vehicles, so in any case you will have to find a nearby parking lot and proceed on foot.

If you prefer to rent a car in Turin already upon landing at the airport, this is certainly possible, but remember that if the car is returned to another point at the end, you will be charged a more expensive cost.

You can book the car in advance on the rental company’s website and pick it up directly from the airport where you land. As the ultimate car city, the city provides a rich variety of cars and you can also rent a car with a manual transmission which will always be cheaper (in fact this is the default of the rental companies, unless you requested otherwise). On the other hand, you have to remember that the Piedmont region and northern Italy in general, includes a lot of steep roads, so driving a vehicle with a manual transmission requires a certain skill and may also be a little tiring.

 

 

 

Flights to Turin

There are no direct flights from Israel to Turin and you have to land in Rome or Milan and continue from there to your destination. This can be done through the well-developed train system up to the city or, of course, by rental car. The fastest way to fly to Turin with a connection in Italy takes about six hours, three and a half of which will be to Rome or Milan and another hour to Turin. The difference is the waiting at the airport. Another option is to fly with another European company from Israel to another European city and from there continue to the airport in Milan or Rome. This significantly lengthens the road but greatly reduces the flight tickets.

When should you fly to Turin?

Turin is very cold in the winter and hot in the summer, so it is relatively difficult to stay in the peak of these seasons, unless you prefer to visit it in the cold months in any case to reduce costs, or to reach the ski resorts. The most recommended time to arrive is the spring (March-April) or the holiday season (September-October). If you plan to land in Turin for a day or two and continue from there to the various ski resorts, you will be happy to know that January is the cheapest month of the year.

In conclusion, Turin is a charming city that you can enjoy whether you are coming for a romantic vacation of a few days or whether you want to go on a journey in northern Italy with the children as well. That’s why it’s always a good idea to check the flight prices today and to be honest, you should also book the flight that suits you as far in advance as possible and not postpone the matter. If you have already visited other places in Italy, you can compare Turin and the other cities you have been to, which will make your acquaintance with the land of the boot much more profound. Turin is a great city that offers the combination of food, culture and interest, so even if you don’t understand Italian there is no doubt that you will have an experience here that you will not be able to forget so quickly.

Beautiful Torino is known for its food scene, its longstanding automotive industry and of course boasts one of the best soccer teams in the world. You will find all the recommendations for a perfect trip to Turin on the website.

Beyond the magical city center, there are other neighborhoods in Turin that are really worth getting to know and it depends on your budget and the vehicle you traveled with. You can read about the recommended places in the article about hotels in Turin on the website.

Well, the easiest is to say as much as possible! But of course it depends on the total length of your trip and what you want to do. You will find recommendations for routes in Turin and northern Italy in our guides on the website.

There are particularly pampering hotels in Turin for an unforgettable hospitality experience. You will find the best of them on the Turin hotels page on the website and you can reserve a place for yourself for the upcoming vacation.