Turin Airport is only 15km from the city centre and connected by a modern motorway, so it's a quick, easy 20-minute trip into the city if you organise car hire at Turin Airport in advance. There are regular cheap flights to Turin from around the UK, including direct flights to Turin from Bristol, Birmingham, Edinburgh and elsewhere. In terms of getting around Turin, the beautiful baroque city centre emanates in well-gridded, easy-to-navigate streets from Piazza del Castello and Piazza Maggiore. This historic area is chock full of gaudy Gothic buildings and gorgeous architectural gems like the Royal Armoury and Madama Palace. The areas around Turin's Porta Susa Station and nearby Porta Nuova subway station are always busy, but with plenty of off- and on-street parking available it's surprisingly easy to find a park right in the heart of the city
With so many options for cultural things to do in Turin, it's difficult to choose. Shouldered by the River Po on one side and a wide, multi-lane boulevard on the other, the expansive grounds of Valentino Park boast a grand castle and medieval village, as well as a number of shady tree-lined walking paths ideal for a mid-afternoon stroll. You can visit the acclaimed Egyptian Museum of Turin, which holds the world's most significant collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts outside of Cairo. The mysterious Shroud of Turin lives at Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, which is a must-see for visitors. If you rent a car in Turin, don't miss venturing south to Lingotto, home to the old Fiat factory and National Automobile Museum, a Mecca for Italian car enthusiasts but also worth a visit for its historical importance alone.
Turin is the capital of the northern Italian region of Piedmont, wedged between the French border and the Mediterranean along the Po River Valley, a region of lush farming plains overlooked by the impressive Italian Alps (which provide a staggering backdrop to the city's baroque buildings). Turin was the home of the Italian royal family and it was the first capital of a unified Italy in the late 19th century, giving it more than its fair share of grandiose turn-of-the-century architecture. It also sits at the heart of one of Italy's most productive farming regions, so naturally it has long boasted one of the country's proudest local food cultures. Countless Piedmontese dishes reflect the rich heritage of the city, although the best illustration of the city's multi-cultural heritage is the vibrant smells and sounds surrounding Porta Palazzo Market, Europe's largest open-air market.
Compared with other parts of Italy, Turin is a dream to drive around. Roads are well-marked with traffic directions, and Turin's wide boulevards make it easy to navigate the city, while traffic congestion is comparatively rare. Its modern motorways (a mixture of private toll roads and free public highways) also mean you can easily get out of Turin and explore the surrounding area. Turin is handily placed to world-class ski resorts like Via Lattea, as well as thousands of small villages dotted around the Italian Alps, all an easy drive away. Some huge royal parks and old hunting estates also surround Turin, easy to reach if you rent a car in Turin then feel like escaping the city for a bit of nature. There are several airports near Turin, too, such as Milan Malpensa, easily reached by car within a few hours.