Explore the Piedmont region, discover white truffles, Roman ruins and more.
As the Official Travel Partner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, Booking.com knows a thing or two about our stylish host city. If you’re lucky enough to be in town for the contest and want to explore more of Italy and its glorious Piedmont region, here are the best day trips from Turin.
The crescent-shaped, dreamily beautiful coastal region of Liguria (nicknamed the Italian Riviera) is an achievable day trip from Turin. Visit the Cinque Terre, a string of picturesque villages with pastel-painted houses decorating the hillside and harbors where colorful fishing boats float in the Mediterranean. Or head to a local trattoria in the port city of Genoa to sample pesto pasta in the hometown of the beloved sauce. Return to Turin or spend the night at the Hotel Astoria in Genoa.
The town of Alba is only 50 km from Turin and – although small – is undoubtedly the gastronomic capital of Piedmont. Famous for its white truffles (and for being home to the Ferrero Rocher factory), it sits in the rolling vineyards of the famous Barolo and Barbaresco regions of the Piedmont wine region. Discover Duomo di Alba (also Cattedrale di San Lorenzo or Alba Cathedral), with its grand Romanesque façade overlooking Piazza Risorgimento. Be sure to dine here; try the three-star Michelin restaurant, Piazza Duomo, and its little brother (located in the same building), La Piola. Or savor even more expertly prepared traditional Piedmontese cuisine at the Osteria dell’Arco. Return to Turin or spend the night at Vincafè in the center of Alba.
Ivrea may be known for its annual spring food-throwing carnival (aka the Battle of the Oranges, one of the biggest food fights in the world), but it’s a delightful day trip from Turin at any time of the year. Visit the city’s 4th century castle and enjoy the view, stroll along the river admiring the Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) and stop for an Italian coffee with crostata in the historic center before returning to Torino. Or spend the night at Dora Charming House in Ivrea.
The Barolo vineyards
For an idyllic day spent munching on local delicacies and sipping rich, robust wine, head to the town of Barolo. This group of terracotta roofs and hills surrounded by vineyards are known for the local Nebbiolo grape, aged in oak barrels for at least two years. Book a tour of a local winery and be guided through the cellars, before a tasting including local delicacies. Return to Turin or spend the night at Bed & Breakfast La Giolitta in Barolo.
Susa Roman Ruins
Just an hour’s drive (or direct train) west of the Alps from Turin, you’ll find the small town of Susa. Framed by masterful mountains, this delicate and pretty place was once the capital of the surrounding province and an important part of the Roman Empire. Today, visitors can still admire the well-preserved Roman walls, aqueduct and amphitheater, as well as the ancient and magnificent Arco D’Augusto (Arch of Augustus). Return to Turin or spend the night at B&B Rocciamelone.
Sacra di San Michele
This extraordinary ancient abbey was built around 987 AD, perched on top of Monte Pirchiriano with stunning views over the Susa Valley. The high altitude means the Gothic and Romanesque spiers of the abbey are often shrouded in mist and cloud, creating an otherworldly effect – but whatever the weather makes for a day trip captivating. Only 40 km from Turin and easily accessible from the city, you can drive, take the bus or take a train and then a 90 minute hike. Return to Turin to spend the night in your apartment at Tre Madame.
La Venaria Reale
Reopened in 2007 after a 10-year restoration project, La Venaria Reale is a lavish 17th-century palace and estate located just outside Turin. Tour the seemingly endless Baroque interior, filled with stuccowork and frescoes, before basking in the sun in the 80-hectare manicured gardens – there’s also a beer garden for an aperitif before heading back to Turin for dinner ( which is half an hour’s drive or a slightly longer train ride) and spend the night in the elegant VILLA ANNA suite.
For a taste of Piedmont’s natural beauty, head out of town and into the alpine Lake Orta. This lesser-known Italian lake is a peaceful enclave offering hikes along the shore, boat trips to Isola San Giulio (a picturesque island smack dab in the middle), and swimming and water sports in the summer. Return to Turin to spend the night at B&B Via Stampatori.
Basilica of Superga
Built on a hill just outside Turin, the 18th-century Baroque Basilica of Superga is perfect for a brief escape from the city. For panoramic views of Turin and the Alps, you can get there by taking the Sassi–Superga tram, a traditional railway (original from 1934, in fact) that takes you up the steep hill. Be sure to book yourself a tour of the basilica and the traditional tram to make the most of your day. And spend the night at the Turin Palace Hotel in the center of the city.
Milan, Italy’s fashion capital, hardly needs an introduction. Host to some of the world’s most glamorous fashion weeks, as well as Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper painting, it’s a must-visit for day-trippers who appreciate culture or design – and it’s only a trip by train. 45 minute train from Turin, so you can easily return to Loca, a highly rated guest house in Turin’s Crocetta district.