With boulevards elegantly lined with trees, you'll find Turin, even more appealing with its in its stately art nouveau cafes. The industrious Turin culture has paved the way to first saleable hard chocolate and Italy's most iconic car, Fiat. Today, contemporary Turin is booming with art and architecture with its live-music scene just as exciting as its innovative food and wine culture. Download the Turin Travel Guide and Offline Map and discover Turin in your next adventure to Italy.
1. Castello di Rivoli
Established in 1984 Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Arts to help build a new identity for the city. Its permanent collection has a sizeable number Arte Povera works are beautifully displayed in the historic setting, along with pieces from the Transavanguardia, Minimal, Body and Land Art movements. So it comes to no surprise that it is the envy of Milan, Venice, and Rome's art worlds.
2. Museo Egizio
This Turin institution houses the most important collection of Egyptian treasure outside Cairo. The museum officially opened in 1824 and among its many highlights are the statue of Ramses II and the world's largest papyrus collection. There are also 500 funerary and domestic items from the tomb of royal architect Kha and his wife Merit, dating to 1400 BC and found in 1906. Both coffins are incredibly beautiful, but Merit's image, rendered in cartonnage, gold leaf and glass inlays, is one of the most hauntingly beautiful ever displayed.
3. Basilica di Superga
Built on a hill across the Po river, the basilica was built by Vittorio Amedeo II in the 1700's as a promise in honor of the Virgin Mary if Turin was saved from besieging French and Spanish armies. The Basilica is also the final resting place of the Savoy family whose lavish tombs are displayed for viewing. The Basilica made recent news when a plane carrying the entire Turin football team crashed into the church in thick fog, killing all on board.
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