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Top Choice Museum in Turin

Museo Egizio

Opened in 1824 and housed in the austere Palazzo dell'Accademia delle Scienze, this Turin institution houses the most important collection of Egyptian treasure outside Cairo. Among its many highlights are a statue o…
Top Choice Gallery in Turin

Castello di Rivoli

Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art's establishment in 1984 came about as the canny Torinese realised contemporary art could help build a new identity for the city. Its ambition and reach, not to mention h…
Top Choice Fortress in Valle d'Aosta

Forte di Bard

A fort has existed here for millennia and the current 1830s Savoy edifice is an imposing one, set high up upon a rocky escarpment at the jaws of the Valle d’Aosta. Ride up a series of super-modern panoramic lifts, w…
Top Choice Piedmontese in Alba

La Piola

Part of the Ceretto family's small empire, La Piola offers a faithful menu of traditional Piedmontese dishes but at the same time manages to be stylish, modern and relaxed (let's put it down to sprezzatura – the Ita…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Porto Venere

Grotta di Byron

At the end of the quay, a Cinque Terre panorama unfolds from the rocky terraces of a cave formerly known as Grotta Arpaia. Lord Byron once swam across the gulf from here to Lerici to visit the resident Shelleys and …
Top Choice Museum in Genoa

Musei di Strada Nuova

Skirting the northern edge of the old city limits, pedestrianised Via Garibaldi (formerly Strada Nuova) was planned by Galeazzo Alessi in the 16th century. It quickly became the most sought-after quarter, lined with…
Top Choice Museum in Turin

Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile

As the historic birthplace of one of the world's leading car manufacturers – the ‘T’ in Fiat stands for Torino – Turin is the obvious place for a car museum. This dashing modern museum, located roughly 5km south of …
Top Choice Homewares in Genoa

Via Garibaldi 12

Even if you're not in the market for designer homewares, it's worth trotting up the noble stairs just to be reminded how splendid a city Genoa can be. There's an incredibly canny collection of contemporary furniture…
Top Choice Architecture in Turin

Museo Casa Mollino

Architect-designer-artist Carlo Mollino is perhaps Turin's most intriguing son, a quintessentially 20th-century Torinese. The little-known Museo Casa Mollino is a testament to his deliriously lush aesthetic, his ski…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Turin

Gaudenzio

Meet the gang who are intent on breaking down Italy's beloved course structure. It’s small plates here – although there is a sliding scale of small to large – and the innovative but sublimely local dishes are some o…