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Anonymous 06/30/14(Mon)19:54 UTC+1 No.866329 Report

So I'm getting a bit of wanderlust again and I am thinking of taking a short 3-4 day spur-of-the-moment trip to Turin. Ryanair, Hostel, backpack.

What are the prices like? Bus/train tickets, food and drink, museum entry fees and the like? I want to visit the Egyptian Museum for sure and I'd like to see as many sights as possible, maybe have a beer in a nice pub, chat with some locals and ABSORB.

What am I looking at money needs-wise?
Anonymous 07/01/14(Tue)00:13 UTC+1 No.866403 Report

Italy 07/01/14(Tue)04:11 UTC+1 No.866483 Report


I'll try to help, never been to Turin but I can give you some general advices.. if you need informations and you only speak english, then ask to young people, english isn't very well known in my country. Turin is a wonderful city (very italian but with a french touch) and the Egyptian Museum is one of the biggest of Europe. Turin was also the first capital of the Italian Kingdom, in 1861, so if you're into historical thing there are a lot of fancy monuments and buildings of that time you could see. For any other doubt, http://www.turismotorino.org/
Anonymous 07/01/14(Tue)12:34 UTC+1 No.866626 Report

Anyone please?
Anonymous 07/01/14(Tue)17:09 UTC+1 No.866694 Report

Thank you. I always target younger people due to language barriers myself.

Absolutely nobody has gone to Turin or is even italian to give me some info please?
Anonymous 07/01/14(Tue)18:24 UTC+1 No.866707 Report

If you are into cars, I've heard very good things about the FIAT museum, seems that the people of the Turin are pretty proud of the brand of their city
Anonymous 07/01/14(Tue)18:33 UTC+1 No.866711 Report

Not much into cars I'm afraid but I heard it's chock full of museums. I generally want to know the kind of pricing I can expect for day-to-day life so I know how much money I can set aside for it.

Getting a heads-up on if there's any tourist help (like language translation, friendliness of people to speaking english or having the patience to help you while you speak broken italian etc). How tourist-friendly is it?
Anonymous 07/01/14(Tue)23:24 UTC+1 No.866820 Report

Anonymous 07/01/14(Tue)23:44 UTC+1 No.866827 Report

Turinfag here.
The Egyptian Museum is 7,50€, 3,50€ if you're 18 to 25 years old. If you're an European student of art or something related it's free (you have to prove it in some way, like if you have some university card or something).
The bus tickets are 1,50€ or a little bit less if you buy the prepaid card for multiple rides. Remember that there are two types of rides urban and suburban. They require different tickets/cards unless you buy the specific one that goes for both (and costs more).
Actually there are special one, two or three days tickets which work everywhere for 5 to 10 euro, so you might want to get those.
The train depends on where you're going. You won't need the train if you plan to travel the city and the outskirts. If you meant the metro, the regular bus tickets work for that too.
I have no ideas about food and drink because I don't drink and I dislike eating out. Though the prices sure vary a lot, and if you want to go cheap you can just order a pizza in a pizzeria and you won't spend more than 10 euro.
Anonymous 07/01/14(Tue)23:51 UTC+1 No.866828 Report

Interesting, thank you very much! How about tourist friendliness? Would I be ok with minimal knowledge of italian? I'm Maltese, so I know a little bit and can understand decently well but can't speak it much.

Any tips on nice places that won't break my bank? Think 200 euros spending money will suffice for 3-4 days staying in a hostel? Any hostel advice?

I appreciate the feedback bro!
Anonymous 07/02/14(Wed)00:08 UTC+1 No.866837 Report

About the sights, it depends on you taste really. Like someone else said, there's the "FIAT museum" which is actually the Car Museum, lots of Ferraris and stuff. Go see that if you're into car history, but might not be ideal if you're just into contemporary cars.
If you're into Baroque, then you're in the right place as just about everything is Baroque in the centre of the city. Check out Palazzo Madama and Palazzo Reale.
Definitely go out your way to check out Stupinigi, the King's hunting "lodge". Also the Basilica of Superga, on the hill, is nice.
Finally, if you're into movie history, there's the Mole Antonelliana, which has an elevator you can ride to get you to the top so you can view the whole city.
The ticket price varies but it's around 10 euro or less for most of these things.
There are many beautiful churches and if you're in the city centre you'll just run into them naturally.
About tourist friendliness... I think you'll be ok as long as you stick with younger people outside, while SOMEONE will speak English among the staff at museums and such, so that shouldn't be a problem. The only people who strike up a conversation with strangers on the street/bus are very old men, so that might be a bit awkward. Your best bet is probably going to pubs in the city central plazas (like Vittorio Veneto) or Via Garibaldi (one of the main shopping streets).
I don't really know about hostels, and honestly I haven't even seen one (though there certainly are). Everyone I've heard go to bed&breakfasts as they can get pretty cheap as long as they are not in the centre (around 20~€/night I think?).
Anonymous 07/02/14(Wed)00:25 UTC+1 No.866840 Report

Ok sweet! There's maps for all these yes? I like to go GTA-style when I'm on vacation (map and pen and get lost, adding interesting things to my map as I explore)

Well I'm guessing bed and breakfasts don't have lockers and such right? You just go in, get a bed and piss off in the morning after you had some toast? If you can ask a buddy if they know any hostel recommendations, I'd be very appreciative!

It sounds like I'll be able to get by easily, even if it sounds that I might have some trouble with the language barrier. Getting some Paris vibes where people will refuse you attention if you don't use the language..

Anything else you could possible tell me Turinbro? Tips on how shit works there? Maybe parts of the city I should avoid or a particular group of people? Scams, stores that kinda thing?
Anonymous 07/02/14(Wed)00:34 UTC+1 No.866842 Report

Oh, I had missed this post. As far as you're just asking indications, you'll be fine. I've had people come up TO me asking if I needed any help since I was staring at the city map at the bus stops (if you are lost, search for these, though not every stop has them).
Also yes, there are tons of other museums, though since there are so many, I don't really know what to suggest, not knowing your tastes.
Consider that we even have a museum of Oriental Arts and tomorrow the Japanese association celebrates Tanabata (A Japanese festival), just like that. Probably not what you've come here to see, but that's just to say how much variety there is.
Also, I just recalled, if you're in history/antiquities definitely check out the Museo d'Antichità (also called Museo Archeologico). I honestly like that better than the Egyptian one, but that's just me.
Oh, if you're into Italian history specifically, I definitely suggest to check out the Museo Pietro Micca which is about the Siege of Turin.
Honestly there are so many museums I'm having problem recalling them all.
Well, don't avoid it but be careful about Porta Palazzo. It's one of the city open air markets and it's choke full of shady people (you might get drugs here, or so I hear. Not into that stuff myself), to the point where there are policmen or even the military patrolling the area and "asking" you not to stand still in one point for too long. Never heard of any scam though. Lots of touts. Like, we have a reputation as the most tout-full city in Italy I think. Again, these are not scammers, in fact you might eventually get some deal off them (stolen cheep object and the like).
>You just go in, get a bed and piss off in the morning after you had some toast?
That's the idea, yes.
Cont'd next post as I reached limit here.
Anonymous 07/02/14(Wed)00:52 UTC+1 No.866845 Report

>If you can ask a buddy if they know any hostel recommendations, I'd be very appreciative!
Incidentally, I did already for another anon here a while ago, and simply nobody I know seem to know of any hostels. Honestly even the word hostel sounds kind of foreign to me. Googling "hostels Turin" gives some results at least, but I'm as lost as you here. Actually, I just tried asking my mother and she confirmed that they indeed exist, but she doesn't know where.
>Tips on how shit works there?
Don't expect anything to be on time (bus, etc.). Aside from that, there's not much else you need to know, as the only "secret" attraction was the Murazzi (a night-time fair-like market/shop-thing which was were people went to drug themselves and have fun alongside the river Po) but it's now closed. They're going to re-open a legalized version of it sometime soon (maybe they're already open?) but nobody really expects it to return to the good old thing.
Many good stores closed in recent years. I'd say check out everything in Via Garibaldi, and maybe stroll down some of the nearby narrow streets if you're looking for strange stuff. Also everything in Via Roma which is the second shopping street.
>There's maps for all these yes?
Of course, most of these also have a website with all the info and everything. Some even have an English version, surprisingly enough.
Anonymous 07/02/14(Wed)01:25 UTC+1 No.866854 Report

This is great, thank you! I'm trying to rope in two of my buddies to come with me, make things a bit easier and memorable. Plus they can speak italian decently so that would be another load off my mind.

I saved the thread so I can refer to your info anytime I need it. You've been a great help! It seems that after the plane tickets, 200 euros spending money will be enough (or maybe after hostel fees too). Regardless, I think I can do this at minimal cost.
Anonymous 07/02/14(Wed)01:45 UTC+1 No.866865 Report

One last thing I remembered just now, it might be nice if you coordinated the trip so that you can visit the Great Balon which takes place the second Sunday of each month. The Balon is a flee market which normally takes place every Saturday. The second Sunday of each month there's a bigger version of it with even more stuff. It's very exotic looking, to me at least. Watch your purse.
Granted, the best offers there are on furniture so it might not be a must-see depending on your taste.
Anonymous 07/02/14(Wed)01:55 UTC+1 No.866871 Report

Well I generally love trinkets and weirdo shit like that. But I'm not sure I can make it at those dates. I'll have to see soon, but thank you for the tip. If I can make it, I definitely will check it out.
Anonymous 07/02/14(Wed)02:13 UTC+1 No.866875 Report

Oh yeah, Turinbro, how's the weather like? Here it's very hot so shoirts and loose shirts are commonplace, but since you're at the foot of the alps, might be cooler?
Anonymous 07/02/14(Wed)13:00 UTC+1 No.867052 Report

Right now it's around 22°. When they say Turin is a "Grey City", while it refers to the dull colors of the buildings, it's also because cloudy is the standard weather. Don't get me wrong, it's still an Italian city so when it's sunny and hot it does get hot, but that's more like the exception. Also, don't expect a consistent weather for all the week.
It's always humid though, so that makes it a bit more uncomfortable.
I definitely don't see many shorts around, except in July and August of those hot years we occasionally got (this year is not exceptionally hot).
Still, if you'll go to Stupinigi and the like there will be a lot to walk under the sun, so be prepared for that. I remember having to wear sunscreen when I went last time.
Oh and one last thing, mosquito. We had so many, that the Region had to intervene to remove them some years ago. Now the situation is a little bit better, but I would rank them as one of the major complain of anyone visiting (and living) in the city still.
Anonymous 07/02/14(Wed)14:40 UTC+1 No.867084 Report

Damn, I fucking HATE mosquitoes (especially tiger ones) even if i'm used to them. Same thing about the heat but I'm Maltese so at least I'm used to the humidity.

All in all it sounds like home but with more clouds, so I think I'll live! I'll bring insect repellent and sunscreen and some aftersun just in case.

You'd say people don't wear shorts because of the tiger or just because it's not THAT hot?
Anonymous 07/02/14(Wed)14:50 UTC+1 No.867088 Report

They're generally considered ok for teens but most people are against them fashion-wise. The whole thing about "bright color t-shirt and shorts" sounds very American to me, and that's not really considered a good thing.
Like, if you look at your pic >>866329
here, that's pretty much the average ratio of people who wear shorts you'll find anywhere. Obviously it's a bit more common among tourists.
But yeah, it's definitely not as hot as seaside cities and the likes. Mosquitoes are more of a problem inside your home or in parks. The regular streets are relatively "safe".
Anonymous 07/02/14(Wed)14:55 UTC+1 No.867091 Report

I see. I usually wear jean shorts here not chinos or whatever, ends right above the knee. Shirts are like... dull blue and reds or black and white.

Nothing with logos or Hawaiian shirts or whatever.

I might pack a flyswatter and some regular bug spray then, in case I find a menace in the hostel and the owners don't have adequate countermeasures.
Anonymous 07/02/14(Wed)15:00 UTC+1 No.867094 Report

Remember that if you want to go visit churches, which you probably will, you MIGHT be refused entry if you wear shorts.
Especially if they are having a Mass and there's, you know, people, especially old people inside.
That's not a common occurrence but I've seen it happen and, considering few people wear shorts, it stuck in my memory pretty vividly.
Anonymous 07/02/14(Wed)15:02 UTC+1 No.867096 Report

Don't worry about that, Malta is a very christian place, every village being dominated by a mini-cathedral. We have that rule too and I'm very respectful to such customs.
Anonymous 07/02/14(Wed)15:10 UTC+1 No.867097 Report

Right, talking about churches and stuff, if you're into that sort of thing or maybe into sculptures, and you've got nothing else to do (4 days are more than enough to visit everything you want I think, everything major at least), you might consider visiting the Cimitero Monumentale. It's a cemetery, which is pretty gloomy I know, but if you go in and don't get lost you'll get to the historical, monumental area which has a lot, and I mean a lot of sculptures, fancy architecture and the like. It's probably not commonly found on tourist guides I guess.
Anonymous 07/02/14(Wed)15:14 UTC+1 No.867100 Report

This. It's simply going to close an option or two to dress poorly when one aspect of your travels may include a cathedral, a government building, a hotel lobby, a nicer store, or what looks like a finer restaurant that you stumble across. If you're female, bam, skort, or bring a wrap for your shoulders. But if you're male, I'm noticing more and more men tourists in Europe are wearing capris :0 Kind of crazy, but I suggest simply sticking to the right fabrics for the weather, versus shorts/tank skin exposure. If you have no budget, get some UV fabric,and save on the sunscreen. They're also quick drying.
Anonymous 07/02/14(Wed)15:15 UTC+1 No.867101 Report

Yeah that sounds great! I mean, y'know, great as in interesting in a sombre manner not YAY dead people. Yeah. Anyway.

I'll definitely put that on my list! Since you're at the foot of the alps, do you have access to the heidi-esque vista with snowy mountains and grassy fields in high elevations n shit? Or are those things still too far from Turin?
Anonymous 07/02/14(Wed)15:18 UTC+1 No.867104 Report

Oh yeah, definitely. As I said, Jeans and Jean shorts not anything like capris or chinos etc. As for shirts, pic related and other dull-colour variations along with plain black t-shirts.
Anonymous 07/02/14(Wed)15:27 UTC+1 No.867106 Report

They would be pretty far yes. I mean, still comfortably reachable for people who live here to go for the weekend, but I'm not sure if at that point 4 days would be enough.
If you really want to go I'd suggest either leave Piedmont and take a train to Valle d'Aosta (1h and a half I think), or just get a bus to the Gran Paradiso which is pretty amazing. It will likely take a whole day to itself though.
There are also lots of forts, in the province, which are great but kind of hard to reach without a car, I think. Maybe there are buses. Fenestrelle Fort and Exilles Fort are amazing but will require the entire day (and reservation in advance) too.
Sestriere would be an awesome location, in winter that is. Otherwise it's just meh.
Anonymous 07/02/14(Wed)15:50 UTC+1 No.867118 Report

Damn I forgot about Palazzo Carignano and the Museum of Risorgimento inside it.
Here's a list of the most important and official ones anyways: http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musei_di_Torino
It's in Italian but I'm sure you can find something useful/interesting by googling the names and stuff.
Anonymous 07/02/14(Wed)16:27 UTC+1 No.867128 Report

Marvelous, will make a battleplan soon enough as I'm trying to get two bros to come with me. One's an archeology student and another loves cars, plenty for us to see.

H-How are the grills? I heard italian girls tend to be very difficult or frigid (or uber-picky to anyone who doesn't look like a fashion model). Or do you just not like foreign dudes comning to steal your wimin?
Anonymous 07/02/14(Wed)16:37 UTC+1 No.867134 Report

>One's an archeology student
I'd add in the Roman ruins then, which are conveniently near the Museo d'Antichità (the place is called Parco Archeologico I believe). You'll spot them easily as they are damn big, pic related.
>H-How are the grills?
Yeah, you're probably not going to pick up one at a random pub. If you want a girl fast, pretty much the only way is to go to disco/parties and find a drunk enough one. I'm not a disco expert, but the most famous ones require special invites to get into so that might be out of tourist reach.
Anonymous 07/02/14(Wed)16:52 UTC+1 No.867141 Report

>Roman ruins
One of his specialities, how wonderful!

Well, can't have everything. This is mostly a relaxation/museum trip anyway.
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