leisure in Turin
Updated 9 months ago

Located in the Western Alps, overlooked by snowy peaks and enclosed by the River Po, Turin offers expats an abundance of things to do. Famous for both ancient and modern history, Turin also offers palaces, museums, parks, restaurants, and historic houses, as well as 18km of porticos and plenty of trattorie, bars, and nightclubs.

Museums and galleries in Turin

Turin is a major centre of European culture, home to monuments, royal palaces, churches, and numerous galleries. Highlights include the Royal Palace, the Church of Consolata, and the National Museum of Cinema. Just outside the city walls, the Rivoli Castle houses the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the castles of Aglie and Masino house are wonderful examples of post-renaissance architecture.


Turin has a reputation for being one of the greenest places in Europe and boasts about 25 parks. Most of Turin’s parks and gardens are located along the banks of the four rivers which course through the city. The most famous park in Turin is undoubtedly the Parco del Valentino, a vast park which comprises a castle and a medieval village. Open air shows and cinema screenings are held here frequently in the summer. Botany enthusiasts should not miss the glorious Botanic Gardens, which have been part of the University since the 18th century. The garden boasts a 500-year-old flower bed, an orangery, greenhouse, and a museum complete with herbarium.

Shopping in Turin

Turin has over 18km of porticoes, which were created for the Savoy household. Beneath these picturesque porticoes are shops and bars, most notably the Via Roma, the Via Lagrange, and Via Carlo, which are home to big Italian brands and international names. The Galleria Subalpina, a beautiful art nouveau-style building, offers books, records, and antiques. Don’t miss the Porta Palazzo market and the Balôn flea-market. Other local market highlights include the Crocetta and the Pizza Madama Cristina.

Sport in Turin

The Alps offers a renowned quality and quantity of services, making Turin the perfect destination for expats who enjoy skiing. The Alta Val Susa and Chisone offers modern ski and snowboard opportunities. There are numerous, well-equipped ski areas with advanced runs, offering facilities for everyone, from beginners to experts.


Turin is home to one of Italy’s most prestigious universities and thus offers a fantastic and varied nightlife. Streets light up with wine bars, restaurants, and jazz clubs. There is also an abundance of classical music, theatre and opera for more refined tastes. For live music and artistic performances, head to Piazza Vittorio Veneto, Borgo Dora, and the Quadrilatero Romano. Valentino Park is also a well-known meeting place and the boats along the Po provide a great atmosphere and clubs for night owls. The city centre – Via Po, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, Via Mazzini, Corso Matteotti – is full and eventful: after the cinema, theatre, or dinner, numerous pubs, crèmeries, and bars stay open late. Lastly, along the roads of the hill there are the largest and most famous nightclubs of the city.

Famous theatres include the Regio Theatre, where Puccini performed ‘La Boheme’, the Auditorium del Lingotto, and the Auditorium RAI, which is now home to Rai’s National Symphony Orchestra. The Officine Grandi Riparazioni, hosts international exhibitions, shows, concerts, theatre performances, and clubbing events.

 Useful links:

Central Markets - list of markets in Turin
Turin tourist board
Skiing in Turin

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