Five Things to do in Turin (for free)

Turin is a fascinating and underrated Italian city. There are several things in the city that you can do without spending money! Yes, if you’re on a budget and want to admire Turin without spending a Euro, here are 5 things you can do in Turin, for free

5 Things to do in Turin for FREE

1. Go back in Time at Piazza Castello

One of the most amazing things about Italian towns is that they all have a central piazza. In Turin, Piazza Castello is a gorgeous piazza in the heart of the city. Visiting this piazza is almost as if you have stepped back in time. You can almost imagine yourself walking with the Savoys! 

Piazza Castello is popular and always full of people as it houses the two of the most important palaces- Reale and Madama.

Get yourself a gelato and sit on any of the benches at the piazza. La Dolce Vita!


Free Things to do in Turin: Piazza Castello

2. Admire the Valentino Park

When in Turin, don’t miss visiting the Valentino Park (Parco del Valentino) to rest and take a break. The park also includes the Borgo Medievale (the medieval village) and Castle of Valentino (Castello del Valentino). The former is a “newly constructed medieval village” while the latter is a French styled castle turned university.

There are several events and exhibitions here and its great to simply see the Castle from afar for FREE!


Free Things to do in Turin: Castello del Valentino

3. Visit Grand Balôn

Turin is full of interesting things to do and Grand Balon is one of the places I’d recommend you to visit. If you are a fan of all things antique, Grand Balôn is our market to go to. It happens on every second Saturday of the month. I timed my visit around a lot of events and Grand Balôn was one of them.

Make sure to keep a few snacks handy or have breakfast before you visit. 


The vintage market called Grand Balôn

4. See the city from Monte dei Cappuccini

If you are a sucker for views, you should certainly visit Monte dei Cappuccini in Turin. The path to visit here is simply walking straight from Via Po towards the other side of the bridge.

This is another thing you can do in Turin for free. Here you can also see the city’s stunning skyline and visit the 16th century Santa Maria del Monte. On a clear day, you can see the Alps from here 

5. Stop at a Historic Shop

It doesn’t cost a penny to go to a historic shop to look around. Learn more about Turin’s historic shops (and there are plenty) whether it is one of the oldest crystal maker – Prochet or Menietti- the oldest suppliers of brewing and wine making. It is fascinating to see these stores preserve the same method and process since decades.


Stop at a Historic Shop

Did you know CNN along with Stanley Tucci were in Turin in November 2021. The team traveled across the region of Piemonte for the shooting of the popular show Searching for Italy. Read this article for more information.

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  • Eleonoradipi
    September 18, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Now I must visit Torino! Maybe next weekend.. mmmh
    Ishita, would you recommend it as a destination to spend New Year’s eve?
    (Later I’ll read ALL your posts about Torino)

    • Italophilia
      September 19, 2018 at 9:09 am

      Aww! Thank you. I think you’ll love it, the Xmas lights and festive mood will make it one of the best places on New year’s Eve

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  • America On Coffee
    January 6, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Beautiful post and thank you for sharing the shroud as well.

    • Ishita
      January 6, 2018 at 5:28 pm

      Thanks for reading 🙂 Have a great day x

  • B.
    January 5, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Never been there … now I know a bit more… thank you!

    • Ishita
      January 6, 2018 at 5:32 pm

      Happy to share 🙂

  • thewonderer86
    January 3, 2018 at 11:52 am

    I am loving reading your blogs about Turin!

    • Ishita
      January 4, 2018 at 12:47 am

      Thank you🙌😍

  • Francis
    January 2, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    absolutely excellent account of Turin
    Must return….

    • Ishita
      January 2, 2018 at 5:06 pm

      Thanks Francis. Hope London is treating you well. x

  • baumanolly
    January 2, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Monte dei Cappuccini is so great for making pictures!!! 😉

    • Ishita
      January 2, 2018 at 1:44 pm

      Yes a +1 for it totally 😉

  • thethriftypilgrims
    January 2, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    I love Turin! Thank you!

    • Ishita
      January 2, 2018 at 1:44 pm

      So happy to know it is getting the attention it deserves

  • amindfultravellerblog
    January 2, 2018 at 11:02 am

    Haha…you sound like me. It feels like I’ve been posting about Singapore for years!
    What’s not to love about Turin anyway. That view from Monte dei Cappuccini is gorgeous and those old book stores are just made to get lost in. I could read these posts on Turin all day. Xx

    • Ishita
      January 2, 2018 at 11:07 am

      Haha I love your Singapore posts. Keep them coming 😉 Totally agree. The porticoes are pure love and the stores make it better.

    • baumanolly
      January 2, 2018 at 1:06 pm

      I was in Singapore 1,5 years ago, but at that time I was not writing my blog. You encouraged me to write about it now ;-). I’ll definitely check out your experience in Singapore!

      • Ishita
        January 2, 2018 at 1:43 pm

        Lorelle has some great posts about the place! x

      • amindfultravellerblog
        January 2, 2018 at 3:07 pm

        You definitely should, it’s a great way of remembering those trips. Good memories 😉


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