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Turin

Day trips for families

In this section you can find recommendations for day trips in and around Turin. If you have a recommendation or comment to add to this section please send an email to info@mumabroad.com

  • Bardonecchia Adventure Park

    Recommended by Lyn Gladwin

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    The adventure park is located in Campo Smith at the foot of Mount Colomion and is made up of numerous wooden and rope platforms and a huge range of suspended safety equipment and cables that allows the user to ‘walk’ around the trees and greenery safely. The whole experience tests the users balance, coordination and concentration with a Tarzan swing rope, Tibetan bridge, hunter’s bridge, zipline and suspended trap. For younger children there is a little park which has pulleys, suspended ropes, swing ropes and nets to give them the chance to have fun and practice for when they are ready for the main attraction. See the website for other activities available such as horse riding, mountain biking, hill walking and climbing. 

    Morning or afternoon entrance: 09.00 – 13.30 or 13.00 – 18.00 Open from June until first week of September. All protective clothing and equipment provided. Height restrictions apply (minimum height 110cm). Free buses from local railway station. By car, once in Bardonecchia follow signs for ‘skilifts’ at Campo Smith. Entrance fee: Children under 10: €12, Children over 10: €16, Little park access: €5, Family of four receives one entrance for free.

    Campo Smith, Bardonecchia Tel: +39 334 737 3902
    www.bardonecchiaski.com

    Comments:
    "Fantastic way to get out in the mountain air and escape the city, plus the surroundings are beautiful. The park is well equipped and safe to use with instructors on-hand for assistance. The smaller park is ideal for young children and the less adventurous." (LG, Sept 2012)

  • La Reggia di Veneria and Parco La Mandria

    Recommended by Lyn Gladwin

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    The beautiful town of Veneria Reale is home to La Reggia di Veneria, an international masterpiece of baroque architecture and elegance, once residence to the Savoys. Here you can admire art, taste, design and style with regular exhibitions to be enjoyed.  A visit to La Reggia wouldn’t be complete without a walk around the Royal Gardens, with hectares of beautiful paths, rose gardens, ponds, fountains and orchards. The estate itself extends into the Park of La Mandria, one of the largest environmental havens in Europe where numerous species of wild animals live in complete freedom and where historical and architectural heritage is preserved. La Reggia and La Mandria are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Online booking available. See local listings for regular events, activities, exhibitions and summer programme. Entrance to La Mandria is free and there are regular train and bus tours are available.

    La Reggia opening hours: Monday: closed, Tuesday – Friday: 09.00 - 17.00, Saturday and Sunday: 09.00 - 20.00. The Royal Gardens are open throughout the year except February.

    Piazza della Repubblica, 4 10078 Veneria (TO) +39 011 499 2333
    www.lavenaria.it
    Email:
    prenotazioni@laveneriareale.it

    Comments:
    "A wonderful family outing. La Reggia is magnificent and the gardens are spectacular. A walk around the old town is definitely worth it too. La Mandria is huge so a bus tour is a good idea if you have tired legs or young children. There’s just too much to do in one day!"  (LG, April 2013)

  • Zoom and Bolder Beach

    Recommended by Lyn Gladwin

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    Zoom is a biopark with two objectives: to improve the welfare of animal life and allow visitors to immerse in nature. The park has been designed to replicate a journey through Asia or Africa with experts on-hand to make your day not only fun but interesting. Here, you can see a variety of species including lemurs, pelicans, giant turtles, giraffes, zebras, eagles, falcons and the star attraction for many, the Bengal Tiger. At Bolder Beach, which is located within the biopark, you can spend the day in the sun on the rented sunloungers or on the grass with your own towel. The pool area is suitable for children and has a built-in glass wall which allows swimmers to see penguins on the other side. Apart from the pool there is a Ranger Camp fun area with swings, walkways and other activities. Bolder Beach doesn’t consider itself to be a waterpark, rather a place of relaxation and fun for all the family. Within the park there are also a number of bars, cafes and restaurants to choose from. Tickets online or at park entrance. Birthday parties can be organised (minimum 10 people). Bolder Beach open from June to September and Zoom open from March to November: Full season pass available with added advantages including no queues at entrance and discounts within the park.

    Strada Piscina, 36 10040 Cumiana (TO) Tel: +39 011 907 0419
    www.zoomtorino.it
    Email: info@zoomtorino.it

    Comments:
    "Have spent the day at both on separate occasions. Zoom is a fun day out for a family and it’s a nice way to get close to nature although I did feel sorry for the tiger as it looked so unhappy. Bolder beach was fun and felt like a mini holiday. Be warned: the queues are awful when the weather is good and it can be very overcrowded in and around the pool area." (LG, March 2013)

  • Stresa

    Recommended by Lyn Gladwin

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    This popular holiday resort and former fishing village is situated on the west side of Lago Maggiore and has become a hotspot for tourism due to its central yet panoramic position. The town is approximately one and a half hours drive from Turin and it has wonderful views of the Borromeo Islands which are made up of Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori and Isola Madre.  All three islands are enchanting, with regular boat trips to and from the islands and mainland.  The main town itself has a beautiful promenade which is filled with hotels and there are many bars, shops and restaurants filling the narrow streets and alleys. There are a number of other interesting places to visit whilst in Stresa including Villa Pallavicino and Park, Giardino Alpinia and Mottarone which can be reached by the fenicular railway departing from Stresa Lido. For more useful information please see the tourist office website listed below.

    Ufficcio Turistico Piazza Marconi 28838 Stresa (VB) Tel: +39 0323 31308
    www.stresaturismo.it
    Email:
    info@stresaturismo.it

    Comments:
    "So much to see and do here and it’s such a beautiful town. The islands are a must if you visit Stresa but it can be very overcrowded in the summer months so there’s often a lot of queueing and waiting around for the boats. However, I can’t wait to go back again." (LG, April 2013)

  • Forte di Bard

    Recommended by Lyn Gladwin

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    Located approximately 80 kms from Turin, Forte di Bard represents one of the greatest examples of an early 1800 military stronghold. The fortress is composed of three main defence stations all of which are positioned at different levels on the high rock, the highest being at 467 meters. The top of the fortress is accessible due to the external glass lifts which give visitors sensational views of the medieval village of Bard below and the surrounding areas. Inside you can find a museum, prison, shop, cafe and regular events take place throughout the year including concerts and photography and art exhibitions. See the website for details of current events and exhibitions. Multi-storey car-park located at foot of the fortress. Closed Mondays.

    Forte di Bard 11020 Bard Valle d’Aosta Tel: +39 0125 833811
    www.fortedibard.it
    Email: info@fortedibard.it

    Comments:
    "What an incredible example of engineering and architecture. The views as you are going up in the glass lifts are fantastic, but not advisable for those who are afraid of heights!"  (LG, April 2013)

  • Safari Park Pombia

    Recommended by Lyn Gladwin

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    This safari and fun park is situated near the town of Oleggio in the province of Novara, approximately one and a half hours drive from Turin. The park houses a huge number of activities for families starting with the most obvious, the safari park. Here you can drive or take the train through the animal enclosure, where you will see hundreds of examples of wildlife including some rare and endangered species, including white rhinos and Siberian tigers. The park has so many things to see such as the regular falconry or parrot displays and the reptile enclosure.  Children will be guaranteed a great day out at the funfair too with rides for younger and older children, go-kart track, big wheel and water slides. Services for visitors include bars, restaurants, shops and entertainment. Opening times: April to September, 7 days a week 09.00 – 19.00 and weekend opening all other months 10.00 – 16.00.

    Safari Park Pombia 28050 (NO) Tel: +39 0321 956401
    www.safaripark.it
    Email: info@safaripark.it

    Comments:
    "A fun day out for all the family.  The safari park is good and has all the usual animals you would expect to see.  It really is good entertainment for younger and older children with a funfair and lots of exciting rides and shows.  In general, the park caters for all and is well serviced." (LG, April 2013)

  • Fattoria Propolis

    Recommended by Lyn Gladwin

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    Propolis farm is an educational centre, bar and restaurant located in Parco del Nobile, only 10 minutes’ drive from the centre of Turin. The farm aims to teach visitors about nature and the farm animals through education, theatre, music and demonstrations by trained staff. There are always new and exciting courses for children to participate in which range from basic astronomy, theatre and sounds of the forest. The website is updated regularly and provides all relevant course information and special events.  Indoor and outdoor birthday parties can be organised at the farm with children’s entertainers, treasure hunts and games all provided (see website for prices and conditions). Open 7 days

    Strada del Nobile, 86 10131 Torino Tel: +39 011 660 6530
    www.fattoriapropolis.it
    Email: info@fattoriapropolis.it

    Comments:
    "Wonderful idea to let children learn and discover all things related to nature through touch, smell, sight. The courses are very interesting and the staff are all experienced and involving. Great work!" (LG, April 2013)

  • Oasi di Viverone

    Recommended by Lyn Gladwin

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    This water and relaxation park approximately one hour’s drive from Turin offers guests the chance to enjoy the sun, swimming pools and lake-side position set amongst lush trees and plants. In total there 5 pools, one of which is dedicated solely to children with colourful soft toys and slides. There is also a blue lagoon with beach, lazy river, spa area, sundeck etc. The park has been designed with everyone in mind, including sports lovers with mini-golf, table tennis, football pitch, volleyball court all provided free of charge. A bar and self-service restaurant provides refreshments but there is also a picnic area for those who prefer to bring their own. At the weekend there is children’s entertainment and on the lake you can hire pedalos, sailboats and go wakeboarding. Opening times: May weekends only 10.00 – 19.00, June – August open 7 days 10.00 – 19.00

    Via Provincale, 157 13886 Viverone (Biella) Tel: +39 347 358 5034
    www.oasiviverone.it
    Email:
    info@oasiviverone.it

    Comments:
    "We had a lovely day here. It’s not too far from Turin and it feels like a mini holiday when you get there. The surroundings are nice and there is something for everyone." (LG, April 2013)

  • Parco Avventura Tre Querce

    Recommended by Lyn Gladwin

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    The adventure park is situated in the Parco Naturale della Collina di Superga, 10 minutes away from Turin, and offers children and adults the opportunity to practice their balancing skills high up in the forest’s trees. There are more than 50 different types of obstacles to cross which are subdivided into groups depending on difficulty. The baby course is aimed at 3 – 6 year olds accompanied by their families, then 6 – 13 year olds and finally teens and adults who obviously have the most challenging course to complete. The public park is accessible to everyone and is free except for the use of the adventure area. The park also has picnic tables, a sheltered picnic area, toilets and a children’s play area. Opening times: March to early June and mid-September to November: weekends only between 10.00 and 18.00. Mid-June to mid-September: open every day except Monday between 10.00 and 19.00

    Via dei Colli (Strada Panoramica) Pino Torinese (TO) Tel: +39 327 614 1003
    www.p3q.it
    Email:
    info@p3q.it

    Comments:
    "Fantastic location being in the hills just outside Turin, which is perfect for a getaway without having to drive too far. Great fun for adults and even for younger kids with instructors around to help out." (LG, April 2013)  

  • Aosta

    Recommended by Lyn Gladwin

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    The town of Aosta dates back to 25 B.C. when it was constructed as a Roman town, equipped with typical facilities of the times such as thermal baths, amphitheatre, town walls, fortifications and archway, many of which can be seen today. (La Porta Praetoria, Il Teatro Romano and the Museo Archeologico Regionale can all be visited free of charge).  In recent times, Aosta has become extremely popular with tourists and it never fails to provide entertainment for visitors including art and craft fairs, street markets and similar events all of which run regularly throughout the year, often in the main square Piazza Chanoux.  The town is very well serviced with a large selection of bars, cafes, restaurants, ice-cream parlours, clothes shops, craft-shops and bakers’ selling fantastic local produce.  Throughout the year, Aosta is full of visitors yet it manages to maintain its ‘small town’ feel and provide tourists with an interesting and relaxing break. See tourist office website listed below for local events and information.

    Ufficio Turistico Piazza Porta Praetoria, 3 11100 Aosta (AO) Tel: +39 0165 236 627
    www.lovevda.it
    Email:
    aosta@turismo.vda.it

    Comments:
    "Aosta is a really lovely town with some interesting monuments, museums and roman sites to visit.  The main town and high street is lovely to walk around and take in the scenery with a great selection of shops and bars for a lazy weekend escape." (LG, April 2013)