About The City Sightseeing Turin Tour:
The City Sightseeing Turin tour is a hop-on hop-off bus service that unlocks up to 3 routes (A, B & C) and provides either 24 or 48 hours to explore them all. You'll visit famous attractions such as Mole Antonelliana, Borgo Medievale and the Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi. As you travel you'll be treated to recorded commentary in a choice of 8 languages. Hear all about the city's history, curiosities and traditions.
Disembark at any point and further your exploration by tuning into your City Sightseeing Turin walking tour app (downloadable on-board).
- Line A: All Year Round | Except January 1 and December 25.
- Lines B & C: April 01 to November 05, 2017.
- Digital Audio: English, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and Russian.
- Kids Channel: English and Italian available on line A only.
Tour Times / Frequency:
- See Timetable Downloads.
- Various, see Map Download.
- Line A: 50 Minutes.
- Line B: 1 Hour 30 Minutes.
- Line C: 1 Hour 50 Minutes.
- Wheelchair friendly access.
- Free Wi-Fi and a walking tour app.
Things To See And Do In Turin:
This sightseeing bus tour of Turin is split into 3 routes. Each present the city from a different perspective and cover a unique range of landmarks, from popular museums in the city centre to Stupinigi Palace in the south. Both of Turin's sightseeing routes have their first stop at Piazza Castello, so navigation is easy if you decide to do them in order:
City Sightseeing Turin, Bus Line A:
Line A encompasses the very best landmarks in and around Turin city centre. It begins at Piazza Castello, a location surrounded by some of Turin's most popular museums, from the Museo Egizio and Museum of the Risorgimento to Madama Palace and Royal Palace of Turin.
Turin's Egyptian Museum contains one of the world's largest collections of ancient Egyptian antiquities, while the Risorgimento recounts the history of Italy's 19th century unification. Madama Palace serves as Turin's municipal museum of ancient art, and during a visit to Royal Palace you'll discover a stunning collection of decorative art once owned by the royal House of Savoy. One of the Royal Palace's wings, the Chapel of the Holy Shroud, is the building that houses the famed Shroud of Turin.
From stop 1 the A Line buses head towards Piazza Vittorio Veneto, near to which you'll find the Mole Antonelliana. This enormous structure currently houses the Italian National Museum of Cinema, whose interactive and highly visual exhibitions take visitors on a personal journey across the history of film.
After departing stop 2 the buses cross the Po River and offer riders a chance to hop-off at the Villa della Regina and Monte dei Cappuccini. The first of these is a beautiful UNESCO listed residence formerly owned Royal House of Savoy, while the latter is a late-Renaissance church so named as it was built for the Order of Capuchin Friars Minor.
Heading south of the Capuchin Church the buses ride along the eastern bank of the Po River before crossing Ponte Isabella and stopping outside the Torino Esposizioni. If you choose to stay on the buses you'll be taken to nearby stop 6, situated in the middle of Parco del Valentino. With around 500,000m² of manicured green space available to explore, its own 17th century castle, a Botanical Garden and more, it's ideal for an afternoon stroll.
If required, stop 7 allows passengers to embark/disembark at Porta Nuova Train Station, after which it's onto Via XX Settembre. Though stop 1 is very close by we'd recommend hopping off here, as it places you within easy reach of Turin Cathedral and the Parco Archeologico di Torino. Visit the archaeological park to see the Palatine Towers.
City Sightseeing Turin, Bus Line B:
Beginning at Piazza Castello Line B works its way south past Parco del Valentino and out towards Palazzina di Stupinigi. During the outward journey you'll have the option of hopping-off near the Turin Museum of Natural History, Castello del Valentino and the Torino Palavela.
An English translation of its highlight stop is the 'The Hunting Residence of Stupinigi', another one of the House of Savoy's royal residences. It's easily one of the grandest in the region, having been constructed on a vast scale and in the baroque style from 1729 right until the end of the 18th century. Today it is one of the province's many UNESCO Heritage sites, and visitors are encouraged to explore the building's interior between 10:00-17:00 (10:00-18:00 on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays). Adult tickets can be purchased for €12.00.
On the return journey to central Turin you might like to stop off at Turin's Olympic Stadium (museum and tour available), the Museo del Carcere Le Nuove (a fascinating prison museum) and the Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (GAM Torino).
City Sightseeing Turin, Bus Line C:
The C Line Route is an eclectic blend of sport, nature sightseeing and art. Just as you depart Piazza Castello you'll be taken to the historical neighbourhood of Borgo Dora. This area is a treat explore if you want to discover one of Turin's oldest quarters and enjoy one of its most distinctive attractions. Jump inside the Turin Eye (a hot air balloon) and rise hundreds of meters above the rooftops, browse the Saturday 'Balon' Flea Market along Via Borgo Dora, and wander the food markets of Piazza della Repubblica.
After leaving Borgo Dora the City Sightseeing buses move onto Juventus Stadium (stop 3), site of the 2014 UEFA Europa League Final. Check out this link for information on how to book tickets for the Juventus Museum and Stadium tour.
If football isn't your thing continue towards stops 4 & 5, which place you next to the Palace of Venaria and Parco la Mandria respectively. While exploring the palace be sure to view the stunning models and sculptures housed within The Royal Stables, and the vast collection of paintings displayed throughout the Galleria Sabauda.
While you could probably spend hours at the Venaria Reale you may also want to take a long walk around the adjacent Parco la Mandria. This expansive nature reserve has a boundary wall covering some 30 kilometres and features numerous woodland trails, historical monuments, and diverse fauna from horses and deer to foxes and storks.
The final stop on City Sightseeing's C Line takes you to Rivoli Castle. Located about 15 kilometres outside central Turin this stately fortress was constructed around the 9th to 10th centuries. It was occupied by the House of Savoy shortly afterwards, fell into disrepair during the 1800s, and was later restored in the late 20th century as a Contemporary Art Museum.