Visit Turin with the 4-star BW Crystal Palace Hotel
The 4-star Best Western Crystal Palace Hotel in Turin invites you to visit the splendid city where the composure of the skyline surrounded by towering mountain peaks give unique charm to this Savoy city that emperors have passed through, where kingdoms have been born and power has left permanent marks.
What to see in Turin
The Egyptian Museum
With its artefacts, the Ancient Egyptian Museum of Turin, which is just little over a kilometre from the 4-star hotel, is considered to be one of the most prominent in the world, alongside the Louvre in Paris and the British Museum of London, second only to the Museum in Cairo.
Entrance to the Museo Egizio / Egyptian Museum of Turin: Via Accademia delle Scienze n°6
Palazzo Madama – Turin City Museum of Ancient Art
Situated in the very central Piazza Castello in Turin, approximately 1.5 km from 4-star Crystal Palace Hotel, Palazzo Madama is an emblem of 2000 years of Piedmont history. Over the centuries the building has been modified several times, turning from Roman door into castle, and then into the residence of the Royal Madames. The building is now home to the Turin City Museum of Ancient Art which exhibits important works of art such as ancient sculptures, a pinacotheca and a vast collection of pottery.
The National Cinema Museum of Turin
From the strategic position of our 4-star hotel it is easy to get to the National Cinema Museum of Turin which is inside the Mole Antonelliana, the city’s landmark. Throughout the five-floor exhibit it is possible to visit spaces dedicated to the main people it takes to make a movie. The National Cinema Museum of Turin houses a rich collection of pre-cinematographic optical machines (magic lanterns), ancient and modern equipment, posters and reels, pieces from the sets of the first Italian films and much more. The Museum also features a panoramic elevator, with glass walls, which travels all the way to the top through a single open space, without middle floors, from the 10 metre starting point to the 85 metre stop at the “small temple”, from where you can admire a splendid view of the city of Turin.
GAM – Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art
The Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art of Turin, just over 10 minutes from our hotel, is one of the city’s most important museums displaying more than 45,000 works which count paintings, sculptures, installations and photographs ,on top of which there is a rich collection of drawings and engravings and one of Europe’s most important art film and video collections.
Address: Via Magenta 31
Palazzo Reale, Royal Armoury and Library of Turin
The Palazzo Reale (‘Royal Palace’) of Turin, only a portion of which can be visited through guided tours, is a grandiose example of 16th century architecture situated in Piazza Castello, in the heart of the city’s historical centre. Until 1659 it was the residence of the King of Sardinia and then Victor Emmanuel II until 1865.
One wing of the Royal Palace, with entrance from Piazza Castello, houses the Royal Armoury gallery of Turin, one of the world’s richest collections of fire arms, melee weapons, fine medieval pieces, Napoleonic relics and armoury belonging to the Savoy sovereigns.
Phone: Royal Palace - 011.4361455, Armoury and Library - 011.5184358
National Museum of the Italian Risorgimento
Just over 1 km from the 4-star hotel, the National Museum of the Italian Risorgimento, housed in Palazzo Carignano, offers an exhibit arranged in 30 rooms, where visitors can admire 2,400 pieces selected from over 50,000 that have been preserved.
Address: Via Accademia delle Scienze
Medieval Hamlet and Fortress - Valentino Park
The Medieval Hamlet and Fortress of Turin, in the heart of Valentino Park, just a short distance from the hotel, was built in 1884 for the Esposizione Generale Italiana di Torino (Expo in Turin). The facility was designed for teaching and popularising purposes, and was intended to be demolished at the end of the international event; it was actually the only pavilion to be preserved and was turned into a city museum in 1942. The Medieval hamlet is comprised of a series of houses and shops with the castle over top of them; all of the building facades, the decorations of the rooms and the castle furnishings are perfect replicas of the originals from the 15th century in Piedmont and the Aosta Valley.
Medieval Hamlet of Turin: free, every day from 9:00am to 7:00pm (8:00pm in the summer)
Medieval Fortress: guided tours (duration approximately 30 min) from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Official website: www.borgomedioevaletorino.it
Museo dell’Automobile di Torino (Automobile Museum of Turin)
The Automobile Museum of Turin, one of a kind in Italy, tells the story of the automobile, its transformation from means of transport into cult object, from its beginnings to the modern day evolution of creative thinking, covering society’s epochal transitions. The Museum, set up by French-Swiss set-designer François Confino, is not only intended for car enthusiasts, but was conceived with a modern and innovative approach to involve a broad and varied audience.
Address: C.so Unità d’Italia 40