Fly To Turin, Italy
Turin is about as aristocratic as cities go, with a pedigree dating back to the Romans in 28 BC. The streets still follow the original Roman grid, although the buildings lining them are more likely to be baroque, rococo, neoclassical or Art Nouveau.
More reminiscent of Paris than her Italian counterparts, Turin’s elegant boulevards, manicured gardens, and grand palaces were once home to the Italian royal family. These days, her glittering restaurants, palatial mansions and awe-inspiring churches are populated with a curiously restrained breed of Italian, renowned for composure and sophistication. Don’t be fooled, however: they have all the passion and creativity of their fellow countrymen. It’s just veiled beneath the same understated elegance that pervades the whole of this magnificent city.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a Visa to visit Turin, Italy. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and remember to check that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The nearest South African Consulate to Turin is the Consulate-General in Milan. Vicolo San Giovanni, Sul Muro 4, 20121 Milan. Phone: + 39 2 88 58 581. Website: sudafrica.it.
See and do
The most famous of Turin’s attractions is the Shroud of Turin, housed in the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. Believed to be the genuine fabric that covered Christ after the crucifixion, it is rarely displayed, and only by Papal decree. You can check the official website for viewings and reservations, but the cathedral itself is also worth a visit, even if you can’t view the relic itself.
There are countless other attractions to visit including the Mole Antonelliana. Originally a synagogue, it’s the tallest masonry structure in Europe, and now holds one of the best cinema museums on the continent. The Palazzo Madama, home of the Queen, is fascinating in its opulence, while the Cathedral of Superga is simply grand, and offers some of the best views in Turin.
For a break from European history, pay a visit to the Egyptian Museum, housing the most important collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts outside of Cairo. It’s been recently upgraded and the exhibits are beautifully preserved and displayed.
Turin is well known for outdoor markets, and they’re a great place to find souvenirs. Grab a gelato and take a wander through Porta Palazzo, or Carmagnola. You’ll find jewellery, antiques, Italian glass and collectables, not to mention some delicious snacks to nibble along the way.
Public transport in Turin is run by the Gruppo Torinse Trasporti, and includes two suburban railway lines, a subway line, eight tramlines and around 100 bus routes. It covers the whole city centre, the suburbs, and quite a few surrounding towns, making it a great way to get around.
Turin (Caselle) Airport – TRN
Food and beverage: Autogrill Snack Bar and Autogrill Piazza Castello Wine Bar.
Currency Exchange: Bank Intesa Sanpaolo and Bank Unicredit both offer foreign exchange services, as does Forexchange.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to the Lost Property Office, located at the SAGAT Group office 200m north of the airport terminal.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Casale Ricci, Le Rondini Hotel San Francesco al Campo, Romantik Hotel Furno, and Albergo e Ristorante Caccia Reale.
Car Hire: Auto Europa, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, LocautoRent, Maggiore, and Sixt.
Airport Hub: Turin Airport (code TRN) is a focus city for Alitalia and Meridiana Fly.