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Turin: Royal Palace and Egyptian Museum Guided Tour

1. Turin: Royal Palace and Egyptian Museum Guided Tour

Join this small-group tour to skip the long lines to the top 2 museums of Turin, the majestic Royal Palace, and the fascinating Egyptian Museum. Meet your guide at the entrance of the Royal Palace. Explore the former residence of the Savoy family, who reigned over Italy until it became a republic in 1946. Pass by their chambers, learning about their lives. Continue to the Chapel of the Holy Shroud, the original location of the Shroud. Next, visit the Egyptian Museum. Learn about the findings used to study ancient Egypt, including mummies, sarcophagus, sphinx, pots, jewelry, and more. Your guide will explain why this museum is in Turin. Hear about how it became the second most important museum in the world for Egyptology.

Turin: Private Tour on The Path of The Holy Shroud

2. Turin: Private Tour on The Path of The Holy Shroud

Discover the history and mystery behind the Holy Shroud of Turin. Legend says that the burial garment of Jesus's crucified body was transferred to Turin in 1578 by the Dukes of Savoy. But where was it kept before? Did the Templars hide it? Uncover all these secrets on the tour. Just one of the fascinating theories about the Holy Shroud is considered to be the most important relic in Christianity but is rarely displayed. The ancient linen has been preserved in the royal chapel of the cathedral of San Giovanni Battista. Follow the history behind the burial shroud by visiting the breathtaking Chapel of the Holy Shroud, Guarino Guarini’s masterpiece and one of the most famous Baroque buildings in the world. Continue to the Renaissance Cathedral dedicated to St. John The Baptist where the Shroud is kept and displayed for very special occasions only. End the tour with a guided tour of the Museum of the Holy Shroud to answer some of the questions linked to the authenticity of the Shroud, a relic that draws people from all over the world.

Turin: Walking Tour with Royal Palace and Egyptian Museum

3. Turin: Walking Tour with Royal Palace and Egyptian Museum

Begin your experience in the morning by walking through the city center of Turin. Discover the city's highlights and main monuments, listening to the guide as they explain how the city was built throughout the centuries. Your guide talks with you about the main sites, including Palazzo Reale, Palazzo Madama, and San Lorenzo Church. This first part of the tour then ends at the Mole Antonelliana, a symbol of the city with its unforgettable shape. Following a small break for free time, re-group with your guide to enter the Royal Palace. This palace was the old residence of the Savoia family, who reigned throughout the entire duration of the monarchy in Italy. Whilst at the palace, see the main rooms where the Savoia lived, and enter the Chapel of the Holy Shroud - the facility where the Shroud was housed for a long time. To complete your experience, enter the Egyptian Museum - a must-see attraction of Turin. There your guide tells you about the ancient Egyptian history and culture as you pass mummies, sarcophagi, sphinxes, and other different findings.

Turin: Cathedral Bell Tower Entry with Sunset Aperitivo

4. Turin: Cathedral Bell Tower Entry with Sunset Aperitivo

Climb 200 steps to reach the top of the Bell Tower and enjoy a unique and exceptional panorama! An expert tour guide and a live saxophonist will show you the most beautiful view of Turin: on one side the ancient Roman Doors, on the other side the astonishing Piazza Castello, the Dome of the Holy Shroud and the Mole Antonelliana. A dreamy evening tasting local white wines and a small aperitif in the magical blue light of the sunset, with soft live music and the expert words of our tour guide to discover Turin from a unique point of view!

Turin: Private City Walking Tour with Chocolate Shop Tasting

5. Turin: Private City Walking Tour with Chocolate Shop Tasting

Art and history are very much at home in Turin, and this can be seen by the city’s museums and palazzos, its piazzas, courtyards and churches. You will enjoy the elegant beauty of its historical centre from the Roman origins to the breathtakingPiazza Castello with the Royal Palace, Palazzo Madama, the Cathedral and the splendid Baroque Palaces...and not only! Did you know that Torino is famous for the exquisite chocolate? Taste the famous “giandujotto” in a nice and elegant choco-shop during the visit!

Torino: City Highlights Private Guided Walking Tour

6. Torino: City Highlights Private Guided Walking Tour

The guided tour of Turin will be a walk through the historic center where you can admire the main monuments, palaces, churches and historical places of a city to be discovered. It starts from the Porta Palatina, one of the oldest monuments in Turin and one of the four entrances to the city in Roman times with the bronze statues of the emperors Caesar Augustus and Julius Caesar. Nearby we pass through one of the three commercial galleries covered by shining windows, the Galleria Subalpina, built in the 19th century that recalls the typical Parisian "passages" with cafes and restaurants; in our tour we will also visit Galleria Umberto I and San Federico. We continue with the visit of the Cathedral dedicated to San Giovanni, patron saint of the city, in Renaissance style and famous for the Chapel of the Shroud, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a masterpiece of Baroque architecture by Guarini which houses the Holy Shroud (the shroud in which the body would have been covered of Jesus in the sepulcher) behind his altar and visible only during public exhibitions as it is a very delicate relic. With our walk we arrive in Piazza Castello, one of the most beautiful squares that hosts several sites such as the majestic Palazzo Reale, home of the royals of Italy until the 19th century, the Royal Theater among the most important Italian opera houses, Palazzo Madama which was seat of the Subalpine Senate with its beautiful Baroque facade and the Royal Church of San Lorenzo which we will visit inside; this church in Baroque style and the work of Guarini was built by the Savoy family in the 1600s and housed the Holy Shroud as soon as it arrived in Turin. We continue our tour by exploring another historic square, Piazza San Carlo, the "living room" of Turin with its elegant arcades full of cafes, pastry shops and restaurants where you can taste typical foods and the famous Gianduiotti chocolates, with the equestrian statue of Emanuele Filiberto , Duke of Savoy, and the two twin churches of Santa Cristina and San Carlo Borromeo. Walking through the streets of the historic center of Turin we discover externally the Egyptian Museum, one of the largest and richest Egyptian museums in the world and the Palazzo Carignano, a historic building with its majestic architecture that today houses the Museum of Italian Resurgence and was the seat of the first parliament of the Kingdom of Italy. The guided tour ends by discovering externally the symbolic monument of Turin, the magnificent Mole Antonelliana visible throughout the city, a unique structure of its kind that mixes various styles and houses one of the main museums of Turin, the National Cinema Museum.

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What people are saying about Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 118 reviews

The professionalism of the guide Laura, who provided us with all the information and history of the Holy Shroud. 3 hours of intense and joyful guidance with a lot of quality, knowledge, efficiency, cordiality, and really transmitting to us the experience that we would have liked to have. Exceeded all expectations. Congratulations on having the Laura tab on your boards. Thank you from the heart Laura for the experience and for everything. Gratitude.

Fabulous personal tour with our guide Carla. She was extremely friendly and incredibly knowledgeable about absolutely everthing to do with the Holy Shroud. The tour was very interesting and Carla explained more history of the City as we walked from the Chapel to the Museum and back. Worth every penny! 5 stars from us.

Sophia gave us the most amazing tour to the Royal Palace and the Egyptian Museum. She was kind knowledgeable and patient. Whenever you book your tour make sure to ask for her - you won't be disappointed.

Thanks a lot to our super guide, with his enormous passion in telling us events, moments, well he catapulted us back in time, really talented, precise and very open to further questions.

No way we would have understood the history and significance of the royal palace and Egyptian museum without a tour guide! Worth every penny!