Walking up to 4 miles throughout the day; extended periods of standing during field trips; mostly level stone sidewalks, streets with cobblestones.
At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as an egg dish, cold cuts, cheeses, cereals and muesli, fresh fruit, yogurt, breads and pastries, jams, honey, butter, and a selection of hot and cold beverages including juice, coffee, tea, and water.
We will begin our journey by delving into the sophisticated and intimate beauty of Turin on a walking field trip with a local expert through its arcaded streets and scenic piazze. Highlights we will see include ancient Roman ruins and the Duomo — Cathedral Basilica San Giovanni Battista — Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, where the Holy Shroud of Turin is conserved. The current structure, rebuilt from 1491-1498, stands on the site of three earlier churches. The dome designed by Guarino Guarini has been reopened. We will then continue on with an English-speaking local expert on a walking field trip to the largest open-air market in Europe. Porta Palazzo – which took its present shape in 1835 – has more than a thousand vendors and is a melting pot of cultures, folklore, and dialects in the Piazza della Repubblica. We will browse the stalls of produce and household goods before entering the indoor food court with vendors from local restaurants, bakeries, and gelato shops.
We will have a street food lunch at the Porta Palazzo market.
Next, we will walk to the Mole Antonelliana, the preeminent architectural symbol of Turin. Construction began in 1863 when it was planned as a synagogue. However, as work continued and costs escalated, the congregation sold it to the city in 1878. It was completed in 1889 as a symbol of national unity. The Mole reaches a height of more than 500 feet — the tallest masonry building in Europe and the tallest unreinforced brick structure in the world. It is now the home of the Museo Nazionale del Cinema — National Museum of Cinema. One of the most dramatic features is a glass-sided lift. Those who wish can take the lift to the terrace nearly 300 feet up for panoramic views of the city, surrounded by the breathtaking Alpine chain.
On your own to enjoy what you like.
Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the evening is at leisure.