Europa Park – The Turin hills have always been the green lung of the city. They run along the entire agglomeration east of the Po river, from north to south, providing an exceptional panorama with their lush greenery dotted with interesting buildings such as the church of the Gran Madre of Dio, the Villa of the Regina, the Cappuccini Monastery and further south the villas of Cavoretto. The hills certainly reach their maximum popularity in the summer, when to escape the sultry heat of the dog days of summer and when the Valentino or Pellerina Parks are no longer enough, you cross the city, venturing beyond the Po and climbing up those narrow and twisting streets sure to find the coveted fresh air. If today is one of those days, follow me! I will bring you to Europa Park, a little known but really beautiful park, which is just right for us.
The park is located above the agglomeration of Cavoretto and can be reached in just a few minutes by car from the city centre. The peculiarity that I must tell you is that there are several roads that lead to the park, but not all of them are easy to travel by car! So, if you use Google Maps, pay attention to what the diabolical algorithm proposes to you: our first experience was terrifying. Probably to give us the shortest route, the nice Maps made us squeeze into a street so narrow that we had to close the side-view mirrors to pass. I can’t tell you the fear of getting stuck between the two walls without even being able to open the doors to get out!
However, once you have ascertained that the route is by car and not by bicycle (!), enter the agglomeration of Cavoretto and continue to climb until the road ends in a parking lot. Leave your car here and you will be in Europa Park, a very beautiful park, well maintained (unfortunately the fountains at the entrance are always turned off!) that will make you completely forget the stress of the traffic and the sultry heat of 10 minutes ago.
The park winds around the hillside and is a succession of paths and staircases completely immersed in greenery, with flowering trees, fresh pines, trellised passageways and many panoramic points with views of the city. From here you will see well the southward development of Turin: the skyscraper of the Region, the Oval, Lingotto with the Olympic arch, the Sanpaolo skyscraper, and facing towards the north you will see also, of course, the Mole.
The beauty of Europa Park is certainly the peace and serenity that it transmits. Everywhere there are benches where you can rest and admire the view or just enjoy the coolness and the silence. At the beginning of the park, in front of the parking out, there is a bar with a very large terrace where you can comfortably enjoy a nice cappuccino and a croissant along with a breath-taking view. Going up a little further there is also a cute little playground with swings, a slide and other attractions to entertain the kids.
Parco Europa Torino (Europa Park Turin)
Address: Via Nuova, 10133 Turin TO
Hours: 8am – 1am
Caffè del Parco
Address: Via Nuova, 26, 10133 Turin TO
Hours: Mon – Thu 11am – 2am; Fri – Sat 11am – 3am; Sun 10am – 1am
Where to Stay – Hotels in Turin
Whenever we travel in Italy, we always try to stay at an NH Hotel. They are simply the best! The rooms are comfortable and well-appointed. The staff are always very friendly and helpful. And they have the most delicious breakfast! In Turin, we are fortunate to have several NH Hotels but there are definitely two centrally located that we can highly recommend: the NH Collection Torino Piazza Carlina and the NH Torino Santo Stefano. Both are beautiful hotels in the city centre, walking distance from all the main tourist attractions.
If you are looking for something a little more economical, we can also highly recommend the Le Petit Hotel, a sweet little hotel in the heart of Turin, just next to Piazza Solferino and walking distance to all the main attractions and museums.