Are you planning a weekend in Turin with the children?
Good choice! Turin is a beautiful city, full of culture and activities for adults and children.
But among the many activities, which are the ones to do absolutely?
Here are 7 things to do in Turin with children, so interesting to copinvolgere the whole family!
What to do in Turin with the family
Turin is a very lively city full of visitors, always a destination for tourists and families: this is because it offers families and children many things to do, starting from the Parco del Valentino, the Basilica Superga and the memorial Gran Torino. admire the royal palace of Venaria Reale and the Fantacasino carousel inside, take a tour to see the Royal Castle Racconigi and the Zoom Biopark, until you see the city from above with the Sightseeing Turin Eye.
Turin is full of attractions and destinations that children must absolutely do:
1)Valentino Park: the medieval village for children
Valentino Park is the second most important symbol of the city: perfect for walking, having fun and taking a pleasant break in the sun or in the sun.
It is a huge green space along the banks of the Po, with playgrounds, cycle paths, large areas to lie down and refreshment points. Inside you can visit the Botanical Garden.
In the Parco del Valentino is a must for children: Il Borgo medievale, a faithful reproduction, erected in the late nineteenth century, of an ancient feudal village.
Children fond of knights and castles, can cross a real bridge, go into the characteristic streets of the village and browse the shops, selling reproductions of shields and swords, knights and soldiers, fantasy characters from books including the “Lord of the Rings” “and” Harry Potter “.
To discover the Valentino park, we recommend playing with the virtual treasure hunt: “Valentino Park 2015”. To play, just download the app and follow the directions: discover with the children the history of the Valentino Park and many hidden features.
2) See Turin “from above”: the Turin Eye
For children and parents who are not afraid to stand with their feet in the air, a hot-air balloon ride is a must.
The Turin Eye balloon is anchored in Borgo Doria, a characteristic and multi-ethnic neighborhood, home to the Baloon, the largest flea market in the city (and in Italy).
On sunny days, from the hot air balloon you can enjoy the view across Turin, from the Plains to the entire Alpine chain.
3) See Turin “from below”: City Sightseeing and the Historic Tram number 7
For those who do not like heights, there are many other possibilities to see Turin “from below”:
The City Sightseeing, seated on a double-decker bus, with its three different itineraries, takes tourists to discover all the beauties of Turin.
Audio-guides are provided for children.
On weekends and holidays, families can board the historic Tram number 7 to travel in the city center and learn its history!
On spring days, when the Po shows all its majestic beauty, it is advisable to take a boat ride along the river
4) The hill of Turin and the Basilica of Superga
On the hill of Turin, one of the highest in the city, is the Basilica of Superga which offers a truly spectacular view of the city and a beautiful natural park.
To get on the hill it is possible to take the historical and suggestive Dentiera train that arrives in Superga in 15 minutes from Borgo Rosa-Sassi.
A tramway with ancient wooden carriages that crosses the green woods of the Turin hills. The natural show is really beautiful, you have the feeling of being back in time!
For all football fans, you can not walk around the church and visit the memorial at the Grande Torino, on the site of the plane crash in which the whole team lost their lives.
5) Venaria Reale and the giostra Fantacasino
Venaria Reale was the holiday home of the Savoy. The Reggia, one of the main Savoy residences in Piedmont and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is considered as the Versailles of Turin for its grandeur.
To better organize the tour around Venaria, interactive maps are delivered.
For the children there are paths, sensory visits, simplified explanations and games.
You can visit Venaria by gondola, carriage, train or simply on foot: the park gives its best in spring and summer, when the lawns show off colorful and fragrant flowers. The complete tour lasts 4 hours abundant.
The Reggia can also be reached via the GTT Venaria Express shuttle, which connects the center of Turin and the Porta Susa station with the Reggia di Venaria and the La Mandria Park. The cost is € 1.70 for travel on weekdays and € 7 for the whole day on Saturday and Sunday. For more information on how to reach the palace, consult the site.
Do not miss “The Fantacasino“, the attraction of the Grove of games designed for families and an audience of all ages.
A very special place where it seems to make a trip into the past, between rides that move without electricity, wooden construction games, games never seen or forgotten over time. The fantacasino is a magical place where the big kids come back!
6) Racconigi and the other Savoy residences
To the south is the Royal Castle of Racconigi, summer residence of the Savoy, with a beautiful large park to enjoy with children.
The interiors of the palace can be visited, the children will be fascinated by discovering how and where the kings live: they can visit the rooms full of ancient frescoes and portraits, walk through the greenhouses and farms and see the storks that nest in the park surrounding the palace.
7) The Zoom biopark
Just outside the city, in Cumiana, is the ZOOM Biopark.
ZOOM is the first immersive biopark in Italy: a huge green area entirely pedestrian, in which there live about 300 animals, including lemurs, giraffes, hippos, gibbons, porcupines and tigers. Animals live without nets, cages or barriers.
Zoom Bioparco is a short walk from Turin and is a must-see destination! Animals live without cages and aim to educate children about love and respect for animals.