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Turin: Torino and Piemonte 2-Day Travel Card

1. Turin: Torino and Piemonte 2-Day Travel Card

Buy a 2-day card to Turin and Piemonte and you will get access to a wealth of attractions in the region, including museums, monuments, exhibitions, fortresses, castles and royal residences. It is the ideal tool for any Turin vacation allowing you to discover the amazing beauties of Turin and Piedmont in an easy and economical way. Plus, enjoy reductions to plenty of great tourist sights in Turin, such as the panoramic lift in the Mole Antonelliana, the Rack Sassi and Superga. The card even includes a reduction on adult tickets at City Sightseeing Torino. More benefits include car rentals at affordable rates, and reductions on sports equipment, outdoor activities, and theme parks. The card includes free entrance to the main cultural sites including museums, monuments, castles, fortresses, and royal residences in Turin and Piedmont, including: • Basilica Di Superga: Appartamento Reale E Reali Tombe Di Casa Savoia • Borgo e Rocca Medievale • Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea • GAM - Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea • Juventus Museum • La Venaria Reale • MAO - Museo d’Arte Orientale • MAUTO - Museo dell'Automobile di Torino • Musei Reali di Torino, Museo della Sindone • Museo di Antropologia Criminale "Cesare Lombroso" • Museo di Arti Decorative Fondazione Accorsi • Ometto, Museo Diocesano di Torino • Museo Egizio • Museo Lavazza • Museo Nazionale del Cinema • Museo Nazionale del Risorgimento Italiano • Museo Nazionale della Montagna • Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi • Palazzo Madama • Museo Civico d'Arte Antica • Pinacoteca dell'Accademia Albertina • Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli Please always check the opening days and times of the museums.

Turin: Egyptian Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

2. Turin: Egyptian Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Explore the Egyptian Museum in Turin with skip-the-line tickets on this guided tour. See the stunning gallery of Ramses II, learn about ancient Egyptian culture, and discover the history of Turin's connection with Egypt.  Begin your journey back in time outside the Egyptian Museum of Turin. Meet your guide and breeze past the line with skip-the-line access to this popular attraction. Walk past mummies and marvel at well-preserved sarcophagi. Navigate easily through the over 40,000 artifacts housed in the museum with the help of a guide that knows the museum well. Admire the statue of Ramses II that is arranged just as it was when archaeologists unearthed it in Egypt.  Lose yourself in the romance surrounding the tomb of Khâ and Merit tomb. Finish your tour with a stroll through the sphinx corridor. 

Turin: Black Magic and Dark Arts Tour

3. Turin: Black Magic and Dark Arts Tour

Turin has two souls: one linked to white magic, the other to evil black magic. Explore them both with a guide during a "magical mystery tour." Begin your tour in Piazza Statuto, the "hearth of darkness." This part of Turin was considered an unlucky area and used as a burial site by the Romans that founded the city. At sunset, drive past scary stone monsters, sinister architecture, unusual statues adorning ancient buildings, and learn about a lesser-known detail of the Duomo, which houses the famous Holy Shroud.

Egyptian Museum of Turin: Skip-the-Line Group Tour

4. Egyptian Museum of Turin: Skip-the-Line Group Tour

Meet your guide at Piazza Carignano (in front of the statue) and then skip the long lines to enter Turin's Egyptian Museum. The Egyptian Museum in Turin is the most important of its kind in the world after the one in Cairo and the oldest museum devoted entirely to ancient Egyptian culture. Home to over 30,000 artifacts that narrate 5,000 years of Ancient Egyptian history, the collection includes art, religious relics, and items from everyday life during the time of the great pharaohs. Your guide will take you on an exciting journey through the museum's exhibits.

Turin: Guided Egyptian Museum Tour

5. Turin: Guided Egyptian Museum Tour

The Egyptian Museum of Turin is the oldest museum in the world, entirely dedicated to the Egyptian civilization. This museum is considered the second most important Egyptology in the world, after that of Cairo. Discover the museum throughout your guided tour. See unique collections, papyri, mummies, stories, and intrigues of the ancient civilization of the Pharaohs will be revealed to you. Together with the tour guide, admire spectacular discoveries such as ancient mummies and the magnificent jewelry of the pharaohs. As you explore the museum your guide will also impart to you the anecdotes of centuries of Egyptian civilizations.

Turin: Egyptian Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Mystery Tour

6. Turin: Egyptian Museum Skip-the-Line Guided Mystery Tour

Meet your guide and enter the building with a skip-the-line ticket. Explore the exhibitions dedicated exclusively to ancient Egyptian culture and art. Take a journey through time as the displays show items in chronological order, from the 4th-century BC to the 3rd-century AD. Together with your guide, discover the mysterious and magical side of the Egyptian Empire on this gripping tour. See the spectacular Tomb of Kha, a tomb builder to the pharaohs, which dates to 3,500 BC. Admire the sarcophagi, statues, sundries, and furniture, as well as astonishingly well-preserved items such as salted meat and a pottery bowl with the remains of tamarind and grapes. Next, head to the Drovetti Collection of papyrus sheets, which is considered by some as the most important in the world. Finally, visit the Ellesija Temple, a rock-hewn temple that is more than 3,500-years-old. Learn about how the temple was built for Pharaoh Tuthmosis III and was saved from Nile flooding before it was moved to Italy in 1966. During the visit, feel free to take a break at the museum cafeteria and at the end don't forget to stop at the marvelous souvenir shop.

Turin: Royal Palace Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

7. Turin: Royal Palace Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Skip the long lines to the magnificent Royal Palace of Turin with fast-track tickets on this guided tour. Meet your guide at the entrance of the Royal Palace. Retrace the steps of the royal Savoy family who lived here during their reign in the 1800s and early 1900s. Imagine what life here might have been like as you tour the throne room, bed chambers, ballroom, and more. Admire the palace's impressive architecture and intricate details while learning about its history, which dates back to the 16th century. Hear stories of the events and ceremonies that took place at the Palace of Turin. Learn about the period that led up to Italy becoming a republic in 1946. Continue to the Chapel of the Holy Shroud, a stunning Baroque-Style chapel built to house the Shroud. Unfortunately, the Shroud was destroyed in a fire in 1997. Nevertheless, the building is still worth a visit to admire its interior and rich history.

From Turin: Half-Day Medieval Sacra di San Michele Tour

8. From Turin: Half-Day Medieval Sacra di San Michele Tour

Depart Turin and journey to the Sacra di San Michele by private coach, and get ready to experience one of the most beautiful abbeys of the Italian Alps. You can choose either a private or shared experience for this tour. Famous worldwide as the inspiration for Umberto Eco’s bestselling novel "The Name of the Rose" (and for the film adaptation starring Sean Connery and Christian Slater), the Sacra di San Michele is regarded as one of the most important examples of Romanesque architecture in Europe. It was founded on the summit of Mount Pirchiriano and overlooks the valley of the Val di Susa with breathtaking views of the Alps. To reach the marble "Doorway of the Zodiac" (Porta dello Zodiaco) visitors must climb 243 steps, but the unique view from the top is worth it. Discover the whimsical 12th-century "Doorway of the Zodiac" and look closer at its putti (cherubs) pulling at each other’s hair. Marvel at the steep stone staircase known as the "Staircase of the Dead" with its 18-meter high pillar that supports the floor of the church and the tower of the "Bell'Alda." Get an astonishing view of the valley and the "Via Francigena" before the return journey to Turin

Turin: Egyptian Museum Skip-the-Line Tour

9. Turin: Egyptian Museum Skip-the-Line Tour

Explore the oldest Egyptian museum in the world on a 2-hour guided tour with skip-the-line entrance tickets. Discover the highlights of the Egyptian Museum of Turin's collection of over 37,000 pieces. Meet your guide and begin your tour of the most extensive collection of Egyptian artifacts outside of Cairo. The four floors of the Palazzo dell’Accademia delle Scienze, where the museum is located, tell tales of the Egyptian Kingdoms in all their glory. Stroll through items from the Predynastic period to the period of Late Antiquity. After more than three years of work, the new exhibition path, inaugurated in 2015, is ready for you to get lost among its rows of golden sarcophagi.  Uncover 4,000 years of history together with your professional guide and discover the history and myths of this ancient civilization. View the Tomb of Kha and a 3,500 year-old Ellesjia Temple.

Turin: 1.5-Hour City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

10. Turin: 1.5-Hour City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

Discover Turin on a 1.5-hour tour and admire the impressive monuments and famous squares as well as off-the-beaten-track gems with commentary from your expert guide. Visit main squares like the incredible Piazza San Carlo, the Piazza Carignano, and the Piazza Castello. Explore hidden courtyards and navigate the winding streets of the old city. As you stroll, hear the charming stories and anecdotes of the city from your local guide. Learn about Turin's chocolate traditions, the story behind Turin's Egyptian Museum, and why there is a bull's head on every fountain. Feel free to ask your guide for recommendations on Turin's many attractions.

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This was the best idea I have had in a long time. Our guide Francesco was very knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming. We did the bike tour on our first day and it helped us learn about the incredible history or Turin and set up our places to go over the next few days. So awesome!! We have another leg in our trip to a different city and I am looking for bike tours there now too. You are cycling in a city and there are cobblestone and cars and street car / tram track to contend with but Francesco did his best to take bike lanes and other safer routes whenever possible.

Very interesting for a first approach to the first capital of Italy and its rich historical past, as well as to select among the attractions, mainly museums, well worth a visit in order to fit them within our stay. The pace was suitable for everyone and our guide, Alessio, was very attentive, gave lots of info (even about where the locals eat) and answered all our questions. Highly recommended!

Everything worked like clockwork. The explainations were very complete. However, I thought the importance of Drovetti in assembling and selling the collection in 1824 (?) was not explained at all

The city is really worth the effort / time as it is gorgeous and the explanations and overall tour was great !

Manu was very patient and resourceful about Italy history and all questions . Thank you for the same . :)