TURIN: The first capital of the Kingdom of Italy
A city of unique charm marked by the history of the Savoy family and surrounded by the majesty of the Alps. A city with many facets, which has reinterpreted its role over the years, from the capital of the Kingdom of Italy to capital of the car industry, cinema, television, industrial design, between historic palaces and religious buildings of extraordinary beauty.
DAY 1: TURIN
Arrival in Turin in the early afternoon and meet with the guide for a panoramic walking tour of the city. You will start in Piazza Castello, the heart of the city, in the centre of which stands the two thousand-year-old Palazzo Madama. The Royal Palace, the Regio Theatre and the splendid church of San Lorenzo dominate the square. Nearby are the Cathedral, the Shroud Chapel and the Roman archaeological park with the Porta Palatina. Walking along the airy arcades of Via Roma, you reach the 17th-century Piazza San Carlo, the city’s living room; continue to Piazza Carignano with the imposing palace designed by Guarino Guarini. Passing through the elegant Piazza Carlo Alberto, you pass through the ‘Galleria dell’Industria Subalpina’ with its historic shops and cafés. Check-in at the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 2: SUPERGA
After breakfast departure for Superga, one of the highest hills in Turin, from where you can enjoy a splendid view of the river, the city and the Alps that embrace the Piedmontese capital. At the top of the hill is one of the most important attractions in Turin and Piedmont, the Basilica of Superga, a Baroque-style work by the famous architect Filippo Juvarra. The Superga hill can be reached by taking the cog electric tram, the only one of its kind in Italy, inaugurated in 1934. The funicular consists of old-style cars, with wooden doors and large windows to admire the view of the hill: a truly evocative experience. Return to the city, free time for lunch and afternoon at leisure to discover the city at your own pace and taste a Bicerin (Piedmontese drink made with espresso, hot chocolate and milk). Dinner and accommodation at the hotel
DAY 3: VENARIA REALE
Breakfast and visit to the Reggia di Venaria, designed by the architect Amedeo di Castellamonte at the request of Duke Carlo Emanuele II who wanted to use it as his hunting lodge. The Reggia di Venaria is certainly one of the largest and most beautiful Savoyard residences. Imposing and sumptuous, its project was taken up for the construction of the palace par excellence, that of Versailles. Since 1997 it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to the city, free time for lunch.
Afternoon at leisure to stroll around the city. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel
DAY 4: DEPARTURE
Departure after breakfast and end of our services.
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