Turin Airport was built in 1953, and was renovated once in 1989 for the 1990 FIFA World Cup, and then again in 2005 in culmination of the Winter Olympics. During the 60s and the 70s, Turin Airport underwent a number of rebuilding and refurbishing because of the increasing demand for air transport.
In 1988, the company running Turin Airport, SAGAT, decided to purchase a World War II DC3 and turn it into a monument. Today, the DC3, completely restored to its former glory and beauty, welcomes passengers into Turin Airport. In April of 2001, the terminal linked up with a new airport railway station by a convenient pedestrian connection.
Turin is named after Italy’s most loved president, Sandro Pertini.
The Turin Airport itself has a shopping gallery, houses a variety of different restaurants and bars for passengers seeking to spend some time experiencing the last of their holiday trip absorbing the rest of Italy.
How to get around
If you decide to rent a car, such companies are readily available at the arrival hall. The city is a short 30mins drive from the airport, and a rental car would ensure you with the most freedom, going to places at your own pace and leisure.
If you decide, however, to take a train, the train station is connected via a convenient pedestrian crossing, just adjacent to the Airport. Public buses are also available to bring you into the city. SADEM bus service links the airport to the city at just over 40minutes.
Of course, you could choose to take a taxi. The taxi stands are located to the left of the airport, just outside the arrival hall lounge. The travel time is approximately 30minutes.
What to see & do
Turin is a large city with a population of about one million inhabitants. It is located in the Piedmont region, northwest of Italy, and an hour drive from the French border. It is known to be the home of Italy’s royal family. Turin is best known for its aristocratic ambience, historical looking shops on grand boulevards and palaces surrounded by mighty greens. Several art galleries littered around the city also boosts the city’s status as a fine arts city steeped in cultural and artistic history.
One of the must visits is the National Cinema Museum. Opened in July 2000, the museum has since come to symbolize Turin. The hall covers over 3000 square metres and spans over 5 levels. The exhibitions are themed according to the levels: The Archaeology of Cinema, the Video Camera, and the Great Temple. The museum showcases artefacts from the collection of Maria Adrianna Prolo Foundation, inclusive of magic lanterns, optical illusions, photographs, drawings and other interesting items.
Another famed site is the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. This is the cathedral that houses the controversial Shroud of Turin, stored in a vault below the cathedral. The shroud was last shown in 2013, and is scheduled to be shown between 2014 and 2015. For more information about the shroud and viewings, go to the official site.