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The city of Turin is one of the most important cities in Italy. It's a city with a history and contribution unlike any other. However, despite being the 4th largest, it often gets unacknowledged by tourists, regardless of its greatness. Turin also used to be the capital of Italy (now the capital of Piedmont). What's interesting is that, although Turin has a greater significance than many other Italian cities, it is still very underrated and is usually avoided from the traveling lists of many tourists.

St. Peter’s Basilica
Torino, Turin       |        Click by Brandon Morse from Flickr

The Italian Government redesigned and reconstructed much of Turin's streets and architecture during the Pre-World War 2 era. And therefore, the streets managed to provide easy travel to many parts of the city, which were very hard. This shift also acted as a transition when compared with the significant amount of architecture in Turin, designed during the high-class art period in Italy, like the Baroque architecture during the Renaissance period.

Arcade in Turin        |        Click by John Noble from Flickr

Apart from all this, what usually occurs to mind when one thinks of Italy? Ancient buildings might possess some history that won't fit into superficial or worldly meanings. It's an accepted fact now that Italy has a gothic impression reflecting from every corner, which makes it the way it is, and it doesn't change, no matter which city you go to. That's how it is for Turin. Turin contributes significantly to this gothic impression that lives in our heads when we think of Italy. 

People who have visited Turin know Turin is home to many architectures and cathedrals that are important to the religious community of the world, culture and tradition. Some of Turin's architecture dates back two thousand years, centuries before Jesus Christ. Some gates were used by the ancient Romans, and houses were constructed by the royal families to protect their progeny. Apart from that, there are cathedrals in Turin which possess the remaining shroud of linen wrapped around the body of Jesus Christ; at least, this is what the locals believe. 

Many tourists have claimed to have felt unmatched gratitude after visiting these places because although they believe in such radical beliefs, they still felt other-worldly, indescribable emotions seeing all these artifacts which connect us to our past. 

However, we shouldn't just discredit Turin by saying that its contribution to the world is just some ethereal feel it imposes and not appreciate the botanical gardens and acts towards green earth. The botanical gardens in Turin are a place of significantly restored plants, some of which are now even extinct in other cities.

Busses

The buses are owned by GTT (Gruppo Torinese Trasporti), similar to all other public transport in Turin. To get the bus tickets, the best recommendation is to pre-book it the night before because the bus ticket shops are known to remain randomly closed at  any time of the day. Therefore, if you're a tourist with little knowledge about the city, you should pre-book your tickets. Once you get on the bus, you have to tap the ticket on the ticket reader machine so it can get recorded, after which you can enjoy your trip through Turin. 

The bus ticket fare varies for different tickets; for example, you can get a regular ticket at 1.90 euros which allows you 100 minutes of travel on the bus. Similarly, you can get a general daily ticket for 4 euros, which can be used several times throughout the day. And lastly, there is the "multi-daily 7" for 17.50 euros, which, as the name suggests, allows a journey for 7 days. 

Geneva transportation in tram
Tram, Turin       |        Click by Harshil Shah from Flickr

Trams

With around 10 tram lines, the trams in Turin have remained a tourist favorite for a long time. These trams are very easy to catch since the stations generally fall on the side of a road. Alongside the metro, trams are preferred heavily by the locals because of the comfort it provides. Since the trams are also run by GTT, the tickets are similar to buses or metro. 

Metro, Turin     |      Click by Guilhem Vellut from Flickr

Metro

Turin's metros are similar to metros all over the world, i.e., you can get your ticket online or at the station and go underground to catch the train. Although, there is only one metro line in Turin, which travels between Lingotto and Fermi and back. Similar to the bus tickets, the metro tickets vary in types, namely, City 100, a 100-minute ride for 1.90 euros, Multi City ticket for 10 euros, and Multi Daily 7 for 17 euros. However, getting a daily ticket would be better if you're traveling a lot in Turin.

There are many airport transfer options from the airport to the city center in Turin. The most convenient ones are the buses, trains, and taxis. The airports in Turin are closely tied with the company that owns and operates the public transport in Turin, i.e., GTT (Gruppo Torinese Trasporti). Due to this, the airport consists of specified areas dedicated to bus services, metro stations, and taxi services.

Battery Bus
Bus, Turin     |     Click by Brenna DiMella from Flickr

If you plan to board the metro, it must be clear that the station rests a few minutes from the airport at the arrivals level and, therefore, needs a little walk to arrive. Apart from that, if your destination needs you to travel by  a taxi or a bus, you can find them just outside the airport. 

The buses are usually the most preferred airport transfers since they are the cheapest. A ticket of 7 euros can get you to Turin city center along with all your luggage in just around 45 minutes. You can get a bus ticket from the airport itself, where there are multiple ticket counters, or even book it online from the company's website. 

Trains are possibly the least boarded airport transfers because of the lack of connections across Turin. However, the company claims to be constructing more railway lines so that it becomes easy for more people to get to their dream destinations in Turin. 

But, if you are a person who desires comfort while traveling, then you should opt for a taxi. You can find waiting taxis outside the airport looking for passengers to Turin, charging around 30-50 euros.

The best sightseeing transfers in Turin, as preferred by the locals and tourists are the busses, and trams. Both of these transports are owned by the same company, GTT, and therefore have the same ticket charges. 

Best time to visit Turin 

Like most of Italy, the best time to visit Turin is summer. In the warm months, the sunlight spreads a sheet of yellow, which accentuates the experience of this urban yet medieval town. The months from July to August are the hottest in Turin when the scale reaches 25-30 degrees celsius. These temperatures are not new to Turin because it escalates slowly in April and starts to fall by September. But what remains constant is the clear sunny skies which shower the sun rays directly on every corner of the city. 

The hot days of June, July, and August can be spent on the beach or cruising through the city center on public transport, specifically, a bike. You can put on your sundresses, straw hats, shorts, floral shirts, and sunglasses and hop on a bike to ride through the unpopulated streets of Turin. 

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