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Turin is one of those cities that is undoubtedly associated with cars, not just because it is the home of Fiat, but also because most Brits with associate Turin with the legendary crime caper the Italian job. So is there any reason not to pick up a red, white or blue mini at the airport?

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  • Italian job — now the Turin of Italian job fame may have been, and indeed may still be horrendously congested, but the real enjoyment is to be had on the Alpine roads surrounding the city. This is stunning driving territory!
  • Poor rail network – outside the area covered by the Turin metro and suburban trains, options for travelling around by rail are relatively limited.
  • Flights — outside the ski season, the range of flights to Turin is relatively small, especially when compared with Milan, which has a much greater offering of both scheduled and low-cost flights. Getting from any of Milan’s airports to Turin is nothing like as easy as it should be. Even though Malpensa airport has its own railway station, you may need to change between stations in Milan to continue on to Turin.

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  • City delights — Turin might be Italy’s answer to Manchester, but the centre is a delightful network of arcades and squares that really is simply best appreciated on foot. Turin also has a number of cultural attractions, including its famous Egyptian Museum, it’s Museum of film, and there is also the small question of that mysterious piece of cloth.
  • Metro — built around the time of 2006 Winter Olympics, Turin has an ultramodern metro system which will take you to various places of interest in the city. However, the number of places served is still relatively limited, but buses are still readily available.
  • Lignotto – one of the most famous locations featured in the Italian Job film is the former Fiat factory of Lignotto. This is where they had the famous rooftop test track. Now this building has become a shopping and conference centre with a shiny rooftop observation room. Designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, the refurbished Lignotto has become a worthwhile destination in its own right. As there is no more driving on the roof, you might aswell get here on Turin’s swanky metro.
  • Ski transfers — in winter, Turin airport welcomes huge volumes of skiers heading the nearby Alpine ski resorts. Plenty of options are available for resort transfers by bus, although of course as with anywhere, a car will give you more flexibility to travel between different resorts.
  • Milan by train — the high-speed Eurostar Italia train will whisk you to Milan in just over an hour, making it easy to combine these two cities as part of a North Italian break. Naturally, you can continue from Milan onwards to Venice, Florence or beyond, and going by train is a great way to explore the cities.

Conclusion — Do you need a car in Turin? There is plenty to enjoy within the city of Turin itself and nearby without needing a car, but to do your own modern version of the Italian Job (we hope without the bullion robbery), getting a hire car is a must. It would be rude to do it any other way.

Verdict — yes.

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