Having been one of the Turin favorite holiday resort, in time the Lanzo Valleys have been influenced by it. For this reason, the nature-loving tourists who come to our valleys have an opportunity to visit the town, Italy’s first capital city. It is only 50 km away and it may be reached in an hour, either by car or our historical railroad.
You will then be able to discover its wide tree-lined avenues with the many artistic and architectural treasures and enjoy the many small pleasures, which make Turin unique.
More than 80 museums will surprise you. Among these, the Museo Egizio, second in the world to the one in Cairo, with its Dante Ferretti’s prestigious outfitting, or the Museo Nazionale del Cinema with its magnificent setting in the Mole Antonelliana.
In case you want to experience the old times atmosphere, be sure to visit the Savoy’s Royal Residences: Palazzo Reale and Palazzo Madama situated in the central Piazza Castello. In the outskirts of town there are the Reggia di Venaria Reale with its gardens and the Palazzina di Caccia in Stupinigi with the Museo dell’Ammobigliamento e dell’Arredamento (furniture and interior design). You will also find the courtly Palazzo Ducale in Agliè and the Castello di Masino near Ivrea.
The Basilica di Superga, situated on Turin hillside with a breathtaking view of the town and surroundings, is the place where some of the Savoia Dynasty members are buried. There also is the Sala dei Papi where the entire Popes’ portraits, starting from Saint Peter’s, collection is on exhibit.
To people willing to travel a little farther, we suggest to visit the Olympic Valleys where, ever since Mediaeval times, many fortresses were built. The Forte di Finestrelle, icon of Turin province, is the largest European stronghold. The Forte di Exilles, besides being a museum of its own, hosts a section of Turin Museo Nazionale della Montagna “Duca degli Abruzzi”. Two permanent exhibits are on show: one regarding the mountain military troops, the other about Western Alps fortresses.
In the same valleys, you will have the opportunity to take a spiritual tour by visiting several Benedictine monasteries: Abbazia di Sant’Antonio di Ranverso and, most of all, the Sacra di San Michele, Regione Piemonte’s icon, that overlooks the Susa Valley entrance.