The Egyptian Museum in Turin is located a via Accademia di Scienze, 6. It is opened everyday of the week: on Monday from 9-2, and Tue-Sun 9:30-7:30. The ticket cost is 13 euro for adults and worth every penny!
The museum houses the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts outside of Egypt. Sixty five hundred objects are on display and another 26,000 are archived. An audio guide comes with the ticket price and is actually very good, but if you listen to every entry, be prepared to be there for well over 4 hours.
The museum was more crowded than I would have liked it to be, but it was summer, so to be expected. The artifacts go on and on through many rooms and several floors. I was most drawn to the sculptures and the sarcophagi, which were incredible. They also have a very well preserved mummy (or 2) and the linen that was used to wrap the mummies during the time frame that they were dated is a mystery because they have no idea how it was made.
Piedmont is one of Italy’s great wine making regions and is highly agriculture producing grapes, grains, cereals, fruit and milk. They have over 30 DOC designated wines such as Barolo, Barbera, Nebbiolo, Asti, and Barbaresco. We rented a car and headed out to two small wine producing towns, Asti and Alba.
Again, I don’t recommend driving in Italy! Every time I do it I say it is my last, but honestly I think it’s true this time. The Piedmont region, much like Chianti is hilly, curvy, and steep. It’s not fun to drive on and the street markings are equally as bad. The GPS we rented worked fine when we were on the Autostrada, but when we wanted to get off to see the countryside, it failed us miserably.
Alba and Asti can both be reached by train, which I will do the next time I visit the area. They are both lovely little towns with more to see in them than we had time to do making it a certainty that we will return. We did manage to squeeze in some time to sample some of the wonderful wines. Remember when you are visiting these places for a day trip, most things close during 1-4:30. We were late for lunch and found everything closed at 2:30 for miles around, so missed out on an eating opportunity. I hate it when that happens.
Asti has its on Palio in the Grand Piazza which serves as a large and convenient parking lot when it’s not Palio time. The Information Center, which was not in the parking lot where the sign indicated, but about a block away was one of the more helpful ones that we have come across.
The countryside around this area and between these two towns is breathtaking. I am considering a trip to Alba as a base to visit the many Castles and sites in the area. (Whoops! That is going to require a car!)
The Basilica of Superga is set high on a hill at the outskirts of Torino. It looks over the city with majesty and grace and visiting it is a must! From wherever you are in the city, look for the number 15 bus. The stop has Superga in the name(Sassi-Superga) and is close to the end of the line. It is about ½ hour bus ride to get to the bottom of the hill where you will find a tram line.
The tram is a historic line that takes 20 minutes to get up to the top of the hill. Tickets are 7 euro roundtrip. There is a nice little restaurant at the station, and we had a wonderful meal there while we were waiting. The train runs about once per hour.
The Basilica was built in 1717-1731 for Victor Amadeus II of Savoy. The church contains many tombs of the princes and kings of the House of Savoy. You can visit the Royal Crypt or buy a ticket to climb the stairs to the top of the dome.
The panorama is incredible. When we went it was hazy so you could just make out the Swiss Alps in the distance. It was fun to pick out the buildings, piazzas and monuments that we had already visited in the city.
This is a spectacular off the beaten path thing to do while you are in Torino. It also allows you to take advantage of the beautiful green trees and flora and fauna as you make your way up the hill on the tram.