Donald Strachan's verdict Turin
Transport. The centre is laid out on a grid pattern, and you can easily travel from the Stazione Porta Nuova (at the southern fringe of the centre), to Piazza Reale (in the north) on foot. Opened in 2006 in time for the Winter Olympics, the Turin Metro is fast and efficient, but most stops are only really useful for residents. You'll probably only use it if you head out to Lingotto. If you are driving into Turin for the day, there is a well-signed car park on Corso Bolzano, opposite Porta Susa station, and a Metro stop inside.
Dining. Turin is the capital of the Piedmont region, and Piedmontese cuisine is hearty and filling, often incorporating rice (in risotto) and polenta (maize porridge) as a carb, rather than pasta. If you can, make time for a bicerin, an energy-packed combination of warm, creamy milk, hot chocolate, and coffee, served in a tall glass. It was invented at Caffè al Bicerin in the 18th century, and was a favourite of Cavour, the Torinese politician who became Italy's first prime minister in 1861.
Discounts. If you are staying longer than one day, and plan to cram more of the city's museums into a visit, buy the Torino+Piemonte Card. It includes free entry into the Museo Egizio, Galleria Sabauda, Mole Antonelliana, and much more, in and far beyond Turin. The card is valid for 2 days (€25), 3 days (€29), or 5 days (€34). Buy it from the tourist offices inside Porta Nuova station or in Piazza Castello.