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Piazza San Carlo
Of Turin’s many baroque squares, Piazza San Carlo is a standout. Lined with porticoed palaces housing historic cafés, and the twin churches of Santa Cristina and San Carlo Borromeo, this square on Via Roma between Piazza Castello and Piazza Carlo Felice is one of the liveliest in the city.
 
The Basics
Piazza San Carlo is often called “Turin’s parlor,” as it has been a popular gathering spot for locals since it was built in the 17th century. Its peripheral arcades are filled with busy restaurant and cafe tables, and the center of the square is full couples relaxing on the benches, children playing around the base of the statue of Duke Emmanuel Philibert, and tourists strolling through to reach the nearby Egyptian Museum. The square also hosts important public events, including New Year’s Eve celebrations and live streams of the city’s beloved Juventus soccer (football) matches.
 
Piazza San Carlo is a highlight of many private and small-group Turin walking tours or hop-on hop-off bus tours that visit the city’s top attractions. Other sights may include the Duomo, the Royal Palace, and Mole Antonelliana.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Most Turin tours of the city center and Piazza San Carlo are on foot, so wear comfortable shoes and a sun hat.
  • The square is an excellent spot for a snack or coffee break at one of the sidewalk cafés that are tucked under the porticoes.
  • With its wide, traffic-free spaces and street performers, Piazza San Carlo is a fun stop for kids.
  • The open-air public square and its porticoed walkways are accessible to wheelchairs or strollers.
 
How to Get There
Piazza San Carlo is set along the main Via Roma thoroughfare in the heart of Turin, a short walk from the Porta Nuova train station and many of the city’s main attractions. Turin is a popular day trip destination from Milan; a direct train runs nonstop between these two cities.
 
When to Get There
The square is especially fun to visit during a Juventus championship game, when the space is crowded with local soccer (football) fans cheering on their home team.
 
Turin’s Café Culture
Turin has been famous for its literary cafés for centuries, and Piazza San Carlo has long been the center of the city’s café culture. The square is home to two of the most important and historic cafés in the city: Caffé San Carlo and Caffé Torino. Writers, intellectuals, and aristocrats gather here in the evenings to discuss politics, philosophy, and literature.
Address: Turin, Piedmont, Italy
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WELCOME TO TURIN - guided walking tour

WELCOME TO TURIN - guided walking tour

Discover Turin with WE LOVE TORINO ❤ We are ready to welcome you and guide you to discover our wonderful city. Together we will visit the most characteristic neighborhoods and talk about the most interesting tourist and cultural attractions. The tour lasts about two and a half hours and will provide you with the keys to get to know our splendid Turin. If you wish, we can also stop for a coffee break to admire the historic places that are the centerpiece of the center and help to make the squares of Turin refined and elegant. We are waiting for you in Turin!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Walking Tour

Walking Tour

Turin is undoubtedly a beautiful and full of attention city: museums famous all over the world, Savoy residences, UNESCO heritage, squares and elegant streets that often hide mysterious stories. How to orient yourself if you don't know the city? Through this itinerary I will make you visit the most fascinating places in the city, allowing you to see them with the eyes and passion of a Turin tourism professional.
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Panoramic Guided Historic Stroll in Torino for Small-Groups

Panoramic Guided Historic Stroll in Torino for Small-Groups

Enjoy a small groups for a safe walking tour! Discovering Torin with a certified local guide, from its Roman ancestries to the its role as capital of the cinema in Italy, walking through its baroque gems and its uinque elengant squares. Find out where Italy was actually created and let be spoiled with a sweet local speciality to taste. Kids go for free!
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Late Afternoon Guided Walking Tour of Turin

Late Afternoon Guided Walking Tour of Turin

Have you just arrived in the city or are you in Turin for a short time? This tour is ideal for those who want to know the essentials about the history and cultural heritage of the city. In the company of Giulia, licensed tour guide of the city, in a couple of hours (5.30 pm 7.30 pm) you will go to visit the main highlights surrounded by the romantic atmosphere of the evening. - Licensed tour guide - 5.30 pm to 7.30/8 pm - Turin highlights - Small group.
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Turin Highlights Walking Tour

Turin Highlights Walking Tour

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This 2-hour Walking Tour is the perfect way to discover Turin with the help of a local and expert guide. Meet with the guide and with your small group in the old town and delve into the history and culture of the wonderful Turin. Your first stop will be Piazza San Carlo: discover the history and the so-called “drawing room” of the city and look at the equestrian monument of Emanuele Filiberto of Savoia. Continue your visit reaching Piazza Carignano and admire some of the most beautiful historical buildings, declared UNESCO World heritage since 1997. You will later arrive in Piazza Castello, the real heart of Turin, to learn more about the main monuments of the city, such as the Royal Palace, Palazzo Madama and San Lorenzo Church. End your tour on a high note at the Mole Antonelliana, the true symbol of the city. After this tour you will definitely say that you know Turin a bit better than you did before...we are sure you will fall in love with this amazing city!
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Turin Walking Tour by Night

Turin Walking Tour by Night

Over the centuries Turin has been the protagonist of many novels and poems emphasising its breath-taking beauty and elegance. It is a multi-faceted city, where luxury and modesty live together in perfect balance creating fascinating and interesting contrasts. In the evening, the golden lights illuminating the city create the perfect atmosphere to admire the most beautiful places in the old town from a completely new but less captivating perspective. Your local guide will lead you through this daydream as they reveal to you the interesting and adventurous history of Turin. Join this 1.5-hour night tour and explore the heart of the old town with a local. At the end of the tour you will know the city better and you will for sure start falling in love with it.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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2 Hour Turin Walking Sightseeing Tour with Local Guide

2 Hour Turin Walking Sightseeing Tour with Local Guide

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Explore the most important sights of Turin with an expert local guide on this 2-hour small group tour.  Get the perfect introduction to Turin  Walking through the main streets. Cross the amazing Piazza San Carlo and admire the Porta Palazzo food Market, the largest outdoor market in Europe!  Head towards the Duomo with its beautiful Renaissance facade which holds the Holy Shroud and reach the Royal Palace, home of the first king of Italy. Strolling along Via Po' you will finish your tour admiring the magnificient and unique Mole Antonelliana! This is the ideal tour for first-time visitors to Turin !
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  • 2 hours
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