Itineraries25 October 2018

The historic Line 7 in Turin: "moving museum" on the rails [Video gallery]

If you want to make a sightseeing tour of the city of Turin in a different way than usual, with an old means of transport, we recommend the "Historic Line 7" of the Turin Transport Group.

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This is a unique initiative of its kind in Italy, which brings together in this respect the city of Turin to other major cities of the world such as San Francisco, Lisbon, Stockholm and Oporto, which offer the same service.

This line, inaugurated in March 2011, was born from the idea of ​​re-proposing to tourists and Turinese the ancient "Linea dei Viali" that existed in Turin between the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century. The historic line 7, called at the time "circular G", was inaugurated on April 15, 1893 and had as its end Piazza Statuto. The route crossed the great avenues of Turin showing some of the most important tourist attractions of the city.

The cars used today for the historic line 7 date back to the 1930s and have been completely restored, but have retained the original parts allowing to appreciate the beauty and charm of this ancient means of transport. The interiors are made of wood and the large windows make you enjoy the full view of the city.

The historic line 7 has maintained the same route as the ancient circular G with the sole exception of Piazza Solferino, where today there are no longer the tracks for the passage of the tram. The tour, which starts from the Gran Madre, passes Piazza Vittorio, then from Via Po to Piazza Castello and then continues on Via Pietro Micca and Corso Vittorio Emanuele. In short, a real "moving museum" for Turin that will allow you to appreciate the architecture of the city and the various tourist attractions comfortably seated in a tram that is almost one hundred years old.

Often you will also find on the tram some volunteers who offer a guided tour with free offer, telling stories and anecdotes related to the places, monuments and buildings that can be seen during the tour of tram 7. The Historical Line 7 will make you enjoy a real time travel in the heart of Turin. An opportunity not to be missed!

Practical Information

  • Rates: € 1.50 (the same price of all public transport in Turin)
  • Hours and Days: Saturday from 9.30am to 7.30pm (1 ride per hour) Sunday and holidays from 9.30am to 7.30 pm (1 ride per hour in the morning, 1 ride every half hour in the afternoon).
  • There are no rides during the week.

If you liked the ride on the historic tram in the center of Turin and want to continue the tour with another historic transport, we recommend the Tranvia Sassi-Superga, to go up the hill on the tramway opened in 1934 and admire the beautiful panorama that one has from Superga.

Judit Neuberger

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