5 Underrated Italian Museums You Must Visit

Located in Stunning Turin, Italy

Ryan Scott Shannon
5 min readFeb 8, 2022


If Italian history excites you, you’ve come to the right place. While there are plenty of historical sites in other more heavily-trafficked cities like Rome and Florence, Turin sets itself apart in its diversity of museum types and expansive collections (the Egyptian Museum, for example, takes three days to see it all according to the Torinesi).

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Unfortunately, these five museums don’t receive the love they deserve! if you’re ever in Turin and would like to visit off-the-radar museums, add these to your list!

1. Civic Museum of Ancient Art (Palazzo Madama)

While you’re in the city center of Turin visiting the Royal Palace, you might as well swing by neighboring Palazzo Madama palace which hosts the Civic Museum of Ancient Art. If you’re an art or history lover, this is a must-visit place during your trip to Turin.

You’ll quickly notice a difference in feel between the pieces of art held here and many modern art pieces — there seems to be a timeless quality about the historic pieces of art found in this museum with countless precious artifacts.

Beyond painted works collected from the Renaissance to Gothic periods, you’ll also encounter sculptures, ceramics and furniture and cloths that are exquisitely preserved.

Take a step back in time and experience quality, timeless art that’s hard to come by today.

Things to Note

The beautiful oil-based paintings aren’t the only things to see in this museum — be sure to keep your eyes open and look up at the roofs, the corners of each of the 35 rooms and even the exterior architecture.


Monday 10AM–6PM, Tuesday Closed, Wednesday-Sunday 10AM–6PM


Piazza Castello, 10122 Torino TO, Italy

2. Juventus Museum

Who says museums must be all about history and the arts? If you intend on going to a soccer (futbol) game while in Turin, you might as well stop by the Juventus museum located inside Allianz stadium. The museum, “J-Museum”.



Ryan Scott Shannon

Digital nomad, I/O psychology student, entrepreneur. Visited nearly 30 countries. Author of 5 books on travel, wellness, mental health. linktr.ee/ryanscottbooks